Things are finally starting to look up for Sam – a chance at her dream job as a vet, and a new friend (who is a huge animal lover himself – a very important detail!) What more could she ask for?
But a something is eating away at her: her boss Joe is acting strangely around her – he’s definitely hiding something. And having dreamed of being a vet for so long, she cannot afford to put a foot wrong.
When a call to tend to a sick pony comes into the practice, it all strikes too close to home for Sam and Joe. The odds are stacked against her, and she risks losing everything…
Note: this is part three of a four-part serialised novel. The full length paperback will be available in June.
Purchase Here available 16th March
About the Author
Sheila Norton lives in Essex and worked for most of her life as a medical secretary, until retiring early to concentrate on her writing.
Her most recent novels are published by Ebury (Penguin Random House) and are contemporary fiction with animal backgrounds: ‘The Vets at Hope Green’ was preceded by two ‘cat’ stories: ‘Oliver the Cat Who Saved Christmas’ and ‘Charlie the Kitten Who Saved a Life’.
Sheila’s first novel was published in 2003 and most of her earlier books were of the ‘chick lit’ style of women’s fiction, apart from two books set mostly in the 1960s and one book about grandparents.
She has enjoyed writing all her life, but her writing career first really took off in the 1990s when she won two first prizes for her short stories, and went on to have over 100 stories published in women’s magazines.
Sheila enjoys hearing from readers and can be contacted through her website where you can also ask to be added to an email mailing list for updates about Sheila’s books and writing life.
After the enormous cliff-hanger at the end of book two I was desperate to read this one and discover what happened. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. This story is really pulling together now and the characters are well and truly ensconced in my head, it feels as though they are part of my family and I was waiting for a ‘gossip’ update.
Little Sam is still working with grumpy Joe the Vet, but there is an insight now as to why he is acting the way he is. She is also introduced to his young daughter who has a pony. This seems to give Sam flashbacks but she is the adult and has to behave accordingly.
David the dog-walker is still as chatty and obsessed with Sam, they have fun and bond over window boxes! Sam is beginning to feel a sense of belonging in the village and resents anyone who thinks she should leave Nana and head back to London to her former boyfriend, her friend Claire pays her a visit, with friends like her I would stay where I was if I were Sam!
Lots of emotion in this segment and it is ramping up nicely for a mega finale. I can’t wait to read the conclusion especially as this one has ended at a crucial spot as well .. the publishers/author are really teasing us.