I received this book from TLC Book Tours for my review. Something funny happened to me while I was reading this book. I thought the title was “Country Living” until about half way through when I realized it is actually “Country Loving.” Either title would fit, but while the book is about living in the country, it is loving that country life and all that comes with it that is important.
“Successful city accountant Stevie receives two surprises in one week. A proposal of marriage from her boyfriend and a phone call begging her to return to the family farm in Talyton St George. But what she thought would be a weekend visit turns into much longer as she struggles to bring order to her father’s rundown farm. Finally, she decides to give up her job — and her boyfriend — and stay permanently. Even though the locals are up in arms about her plans for the farm, Stevie loves being back in the country — and having to work so closely with local vet Leo is an added bonus. Until a life-changing complication throws all her plans into disarray, and destroys her growing romance with Leo…”
Cathy Woodman has written a series of books about this same small town in England and each book focuses on different characters from the town. This reminded me of Debbie Macomber’s style of writing a “series,” though the books can stand alone easily. In Country Loving, Stevie leaves the city to takeover her family’s farm after learning her father has been ill and neglecting the job. She comes up with a plan to save the farm and in doing so, interacts with the town locals and finds both enemies and friends as time goes on.
Some of my favorite parts of the story involved the animals that Stevie interacted with – from an overprotective dog to a runaway pack of cows to a disgruntled donkey, these animals helped me to feel a part of the farm experience. It was not hard to believe that Stevie could give up her city life, as she did not appear to have much “city” inside her anyway – as shown by how well she was able to run the farm and love the country life.
If you like lighter reads with a small town feel, you’ll enjoy this book. I am giving away one iBook copy of this book – if you want to win an iBook download code, just leave me a comment!