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City Girl, Country Vet (Talyton St. George #1)

3.47  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,424 Ratings  ·  201 Reviews
London veterinarian Maz Harwood has learned the hard way that love and work don't mix. So when Emma, her best friend from vet school, asks her to look after her practice in the English countryside for six months, Maz decides that is just the change of scenery she needs. But country life is trickier than she could have imagined. It is one thing to trade her smart heels for ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Hachette Books (first published 2010)
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Leah
Apr 21, 2010 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge animal fan – particularly after we adopted our two dogs after moving into their house – so when I was browsing on the Bookseller website one night and I came across an article saying Cathy Woodman was going to be writing a new vets series, I knew I had to keep track of when the book was coming out as it sounded like a fantastic read. I was thrilled when it finally came up on Amazon for release and I was even happier when I was offered it to review.

I’ve never read any of Cathy’s books
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 Gigi Ann
Jan 10, 2014 Gigi Ann rated it it was amazing


This book reminded me of the James Herriott true stories from his books in the 1970s. However, this is a novel, not true stories, but it is a charming and original tale of adventure, mishap, and romance centered around a vet's practice in the English countryside.
London veterinarian Maz Harwood has learned the hard way that love and work don't mix. So when Emma, her best friend from vet school, asks her to look after her practice in the English countryside for six months, Maz decides that is just
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Samantha
Maz Harwood decides to accept the post of locum at Otter House Small Animal Veterinary Clinic in the Devon market town of Talyton St George to help out college friend Emma Kendall.

First let's make one thing clear despite the blurb on the front cover by Katie Fforde "I absolutely loved this - it made me laugh and cry! Such a treat to read." This is not a funny book unless you find the idea of animals being put down funny nor does it stir emotions so deep that you cry except in frustration and ann
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Jessica
Sep 27, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
Well, I finished this book quickly. I've been mired down in Game of Thrones as audiobooks (to/from work), which I enjoy, but seriously, what a way to start and end your day. I get home and Husband is like, "How was your day?", and I'm like, "The night is long and full of terrors." And by long, I mean 180 HOURS of audiobook stabbings and faces getting chewed off. This is why "City Girl, Country Vet" was such a delight. The biggest threats to our protagonist (city-girl-turned-country-vet) are the ...more
Amanda
Trust Me, I'm a Vet is most definitely a novel of two parts. I say that because the vet aspects and the animal stories were handled beautifully and practically brought me to tears on some occasions, whereas the "chick lit" part of the novel - the contrived way of bringing Maz to Otter House Veterinary Clinic, the romance, the larger-than-life characters - were clunky and cliched.

I do think that Cathy Woodman has talent as a novelist, and I have no doubt that the other novels in this series will
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Lelia Taylor
Nov 17, 2012 Lelia Taylor rated it really liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
Comfort fiction. Sometimes, I have to escape from what I spend most of my reading time on and comfort fiction is what I want. City Girl, Country Vet fills the bill in a lot of ways with just a few very minor quibbles.

I’m inordinately attached to stories about veterinarians in rural areas, usually preferring real vets’ tales about their own experiences (thank you, James Herriot!), but fiction is OK, too, and I imagine some of this story might be based on real life since Ms. Woodman started out as
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Lindsey
Sep 22, 2012 Lindsey rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book more then I did. I thought it was a great concept and I couldn't wait to read it when I picked it up on a whim the other day. I'm not a bit fan of books that are all drama and have nothing really good in them. They tend to make me a bit anxious. Nothing seemed to go right in this book, even at the end when things were starting to wind down. It just kind of made me depressed seeing bad thing after bad thing happen to Maz and nothing really good ever happening. Ev ...more
Lesley
Oct 19, 2015 Lesley rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
I was looking forward to reading this novel because what could be better than a book combining the English countryside with animals and a story line about a country veterinary practice? Unfortunately, I was to be disappointed by this one. The main character was not very likeable and didn't seem to be a very good veterinarian at all! The love story was so one dimensional and undeveloped it was pathetic. In fact, not one of the characters were developed to any degree of depth. I found myself with ...more
Kimberly
Mar 31, 2016 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Cute, super easy reading. Not high lit by any stretch but a good way to spend the time.
Edelweiss
Nov 12, 2015 Edelweiss rated it it was ok
I did like that this was a little more realistic than some of the vet novels that I have read before. Sometimes Fluffy can't get better with your genius diagnosis, and that is reflected here. I did knock it a star, though, because of (view spoiler) ...more
Lori
Oct 25, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it
I expected a chick-lit book and I got one with slightly more depth than normal chick-lit. I found the vet details interesting, due to my love of animals. The antagonists were predictable as was the romance. But, that's just what I was looking for and exactly what I expected. Very enjoyable quick read!
Suzanne
Feb 08, 2015 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: family-saga, animal
2 women attend the same vet school and become friends. One of the women opens her veterinarian practice and desperately needs a vacation with her husband. After hearing of her girlfriend's breakup with her boyfriend, she calls upon her friend for her assistance. Her friend, Maz, agrees to be her relief while she's on holiday. Maz soon finds out that she doesn't belong in the country, which is where her friend's practice is. She is a city girl and finds it rather dull in the country.

It is dull un
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Tomjerry1
Jul 28, 2014 Tomjerry1 rated it it was amazing
Wenn man sich dieses Cover anschaut, denkt man dies sei eine sehr leichte Frauenliteratur, mit witzigen Dialogen und einer Liebesgeschichte. Aber wer dieses Buch liest oder schon gelesen hat, weiß dies trifft es nicht wirklich und leider ist das Cover nicht passend zum Inhalt. Denn hier ist nicht Friedefreudeeierkuchen, nein, es geht hier um eine Geschichte, die sehr real wirkt und nur sehr selten man zum lachen anregt. Es passieren hier doch so einige Dinge, wo ich überrascht und entsetzt war, ...more
Cindy
Jan 19, 2013 Cindy rated it liked it
Easy read, predictable and entertaining. Would recommend for a lazy Sunday.m
Katie(babs)
Mar 31, 2016 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trust Me, I'm a Vet (Talyton St George #1) by Cathy Woodman is an adorable small town, chick-lit type romance about a woman trying to find her place in the world after leaving her big town job as a veterinarian when her lover of four years reconciles with his ex-wife. The heroine goes through a lot in this story to find happiness and peace that includes a romance with a local man who should be all wrong for her, but isn't.

Maz has left her old veterinarian job in the city, and takes a sabbatical
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Sally906
Jul 09, 2013 Sally906 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, e-book
Overall TRUST ME, I’M A VET was an enjoyable novel, even though it was so very over the top at times! There seems to be a cast of hundreds, and they all seem quirky, so I did have trouble trying to remember everyone and getting myself quite confused. Eventually I worked out who were just passing and who was pertinent to the story. The main character, Maz, was a hard character to get a grip on at first – I thought at one stage she might have had a sign on her head saying kick me I’m a victim!! Ho ...more
Valerie Jaafari
May 04, 2012 Valerie Jaafari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
City vet Maz Harwood has to replace her friend Emma at her Otter House Veterinary Clinic. So she arrives and tries to do her best ..but there is another vet clinic, the manor owned by the Fox-Giffords, there who doesn’t want to cooperate.
Maz will learn that it is not easy to deal with the clients of those 2 vets clinics especially when the animals take so much place in their owner’s hearts.
It won’t be easy when love comes into that and when Maz meets Alex (the son of the owner of the other clin
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René
Oct 24, 2012 René rated it it was ok
First things, two stars is very generous.

The story was trite: a girl gets jaded by her lover, runs off to a new locale, shenanigans occur, and she falls in love in the process. I didn't like any of the characters. Maz was annoying and pathetic. Emma took advantage of her friend. Izzy was a jerk masquerading as kind 'Johnny on the spot.' The townspeople were cliche. Ugh.

The story was spent too much time focusing on the vet aspects of the story that the story of the people never developed. There w
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Rea Sinfield
Oct 22, 2011 Rea Sinfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book when I was in the library, I have to say I would not usually go out of my way to read a book about animals as they are not a great interest of mine but a month or so ago I read a book about lost dogs and thoroughly enjoyed it so I thought I would give this one a go.



Our main character in this book is Maz Harwood. She is a vet who up until recent events have worked as a vet in the city. Her partner who also is her boss decides he wants to make another go of a relationship
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Rea Sinfield
May 30, 2011 Rea Sinfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book when I was in the library, I have to say I would not usually go out of my way to read a book about animals as they are not a great interest of mine but a month or so ago I read a book about lost dogs and thoroughly enjoyed it so I thought I would give this one a go.



Our main character in this book is Maz Harwood. She is a vet who up until recent events have worked as a vet in the city. Her partner who also is her boss decides he wants to make another go of a relationship
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Meg
Jan 26, 2015 Meg rated it it was ok
I was pretty underwhelmed by this book. I finally figured out that I didn't much like the main character, and actually, the whole premise was kind of weak. City vet Maz is forced to quit her London job after her relationship with the practice owner goes south. Coincidentally, her best friend from vet school needs a relief vet so she can take six months off to de-stress and tour the world. Maz reluctantly agrees to take over. She doesn't fit in - she wears high heels and a beaded halter top to a ...more
Maggie Didier
May 27, 2013 Maggie Didier rated it it was amazing
If you like a story about animals and love this is the book for you. City Girl, Country Vet is all about vet Dr. Maz moving to the countryside to help her friend Dr. Emma out at her clinic The Otter House while she is out of town. Dr. Maz is forced to face a rival vet clinic, a small town, and love. In small towns everyone knows everyone which is a hard thing to overcome for her. Also, to earn the towns respect as the new vet. One of the challenges that she had to face was the rival vet clinic p ...more
Staci
May 23, 2013 Staci rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I would like to say that starting and finishing a 364 page in one day means that that book was simply fabulous and I want to read it over and over, however for me that's not much of a task. Either way, this book was one of the better ones and the setting of rural England outside of London was exactly what I ended to left my spirits.

Some people would find it difficult to read a book about small animals, dogs and cats mostly, with some must trauma surrounding them, especially when you have your o
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Gabrielle
Aug 20, 2013 Gabrielle rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
Okay, so two stars is probably a little harsh for a lot of readers. I loved the vet-side of the story, but could have done without the embarrassingly contrived and cliché romance. I was blushing as I read this in public because, quite frankly, at times I felt I was reading a Mills & Boon novel! While it isn't graphic, it is ridiculously shallow at times...

She spends a lot of time repeating a "I hate him/I love him" thought train, intertwined with a barrage of worried and insecure questions-
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Maria Zivalich
Nov 03, 2013 Maria Zivalich rated it it was amazing
This was a very good read indeed! I love the authors wit. It made me cry more then once. It a wonderful story about really finding out who you are and where you belong. A bit of romance as well, which I always like. :) If you love animals you will also enjoy how the main character really feels for the animals the towns people bring to her. A vet that gives a kiss to the dogs/cats she sees. She is not accepted with open arms in this small country town. She is there for her best friend Emma she we ...more
Sara Dame
Mar 13, 2013 Sara Dame rated it liked it
I read this book hoping for a light-hearted fun chick-lot romance book. It wasn't exactly that. It was much more depressing than I was counting on, with the deaths of more than one living being.

Also, quite a bit of it to me was a bit unbelievable, notably the competition between the Otter House vet and the Fox-Gifford vet. I can't imagine one vet being so openly rude and hateful and just downright unprofessional to another vet and still being the most respected vet in town. But maybe I'm wrong.
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Kankra
Stadt, Land, Kuss ist ein schöner Unterhaltungsroman für Zwischendurch. Im Vordergrund ist weniger eine Liebesgeschichte, sondern Maz und ihre oft turbulenten Erlebnisse in einer ländlichen Tierarztpraxis in Devon, England.

Maz übernimmt die Vertretung der Tierarztpraxis Otter House ihrer Freundin Emma. Die Praxis liegt im ländlichen Süden Englands. Maz kommt zunächst gar nicht mit dem Landleben klar, es ist ihr nach dem Leben in London einfach viel zu still. Doch nachdem sie einige Patienten beh
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Karen
Jan 23, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
As the saying goes 'Never judge a book by it's cover' - well in choosing to read this, I did just that. And I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't wowed either. It was competent and fun and brought back memories of reading 'All Creatures Great and Small' as a teen. Like ACGAS, each chapter seemed to bring about a different animal/owner adventure and introduced lots of small English country village characters, but unlike ACGAS, I don't remember James Herriot pining away over failed romances and the ...more
Mfbirkett
Oct 02, 2013 Mfbirkett rated it really liked it
I thought this would be like James Herriot's books from the 1980's, and it is similar. However, Cathy Woodman turned to writing fiction after practicing veterinary medicine in London. Maz Harwood goes to a village in East Devon, England, to cover for her friend Emma who is going on vacation. She finds herself in competition with a longtime Fox-Gifford father-son veterinary team Talyton Manor Vets that takes care of large and small animals while Emma's Otter House surgery looks after only small a ...more
Sarah Adamson
Nov 22, 2014 Sarah Adamson rated it it was ok
Shelves: novel
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