By Rebecca Shaw
Welcome to Barleybridge, a small village nestled within the Dorset hills of britain, the place sheep graze at the close by slopes and everyone is familiar with their buddies. younger, green, and a bit of shy, Kate Howard arrives during this idyllic atmosphere to embark on a brand new experience and start a role as a receptionist on the Barleybridge Veterinary medical institution. The busy perform sees creatures huge and small, from pets to cattle, and the employees she meets there's pleasant and inviting. As Kate learns the bits and bobs of her task (from who to by no means allow via at the cellphone to which dogs—and owners—need to be shunned each one other), good-looking Australian vet Scott Spencer takes an curiosity in her and encourages Kate to pursue her goals to develop into a vet herself. His suggestion is stable, and his attraction is intoxicating, yet Kate is definitely conscious that she is not often the single lady to fall less than the speeding doctor’s spell. upload to this the strain of her longtime yet relatively uninteresting boyfriend, Adam, who's on no account satisfied approximately her newfound aspirations to come back to varsity, and Kate has a few judgements to make, judgements which are becoming extra advanced at each turn.
Tender, humorous, and entire of heat and easy joys, a rustic Affair is the precise advent to a pleasant position and its witty and lovely population. look ahead to the subsequent novels in Rebecca Shaw’s Barleybridge sequence coming quickly. you'll want to go back to Barleybridge time and again.
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