The Vet’s Country Holiday is the fourth book in the Chalk Hill series by Australian author
Lily Malone. It is a modern-day country romance fiction, rich in self-exploration.
Isabella Passmore, Izzy to her friends, was run off her feet at her Perth veterinary practice when her friend Taylor asked if she would like to house sit. Part of the deal is to look after Bruno, his beloved dog, for a month in the country town of Chalk Hill. She grabs the opportunity for a well-deserved break.
Elliot Field, an accountant living in Brisbane, has been asked to return home to Chalk Hill by his parents Wendy and Dylan. They own a ski park on the outskirts of town and are having financial difficulties.
With Elliot’s background in finance, they are hoping he’ll be able to sort out their books and save their business.
Izzy settles nicely into the quiet country town, but after three days she becomes restless. Walking Bruno through the streets every day she sees the same sights and people. She’s drawn to the quaint second-hand bookshop and is asked by the owner, Irene, to help out while she is away visiting a friend. Izzy takes up the challenge.
From the day Elliot walks into the second-hand bookshop to buy a mug, there’s a spark between him and Izzy. Even though their lives and personalities are so different, they challenge each other, and a budding romance beautifully grows.
The characters are full of life and well developed, with distinct personalities that win you over instantly. Izzy is a likable protagonist who is dynamic, cheeky, and easy to root for. Elliot at first seems serious and straight to the point, but his warmth comes through.
I thoroughly enjoy animals in stories and this one had a nice mixture of the Bruno and Bertie, and the mischievous ducks, and chickens.
The Vet’s Country Holiday is a joy to read. The story is engaging with plenty of humour, and you’ll be egging the characters on to get together.
The dialogue is simple, easy to follow, and hits every aspect of a true romance story. Lily Malone is an acclaimed author of sweet, heart-warming stories that are full of romance and drama – with an abundance of inspiration mixed in.
She’s known for her charming small towns, following your dreams, and love blooming when strangers become friends, and friends grow into family.
While this is a stand-alone book, readers will want to read the earlier novels of this series. I highly recommend it.
Thank you, Beauty and Lace and HarperCollins Publishers, for the opportunity to read and review.
Copy courtesy of publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading The Vet’s Country Holiday by Lily Malone. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.
My love of books started at a very young age. My mum has always been a reader and encouraged me to read, buying me endless book from classic fairy tales advancing to the world of Enid Blyton, CS Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Kathryn Kenny, Carolyn Keene, Francine Pascal. In my adult years the list of authors is endless and every room in my house is filled with books.
One of my favourite novels is Narnia which has always has a special place in my heart. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1978 and when I was given this book to read it let me escape to another world where I felt like I was in the book with all the characters, it wasfun and exciting to escape from reality and eased the ups and downs of the disease at such a young age.
In books nothing is impossible and there is endless potential and hundreds of places to explore or being taken to places that are only made up from the authors’ great minds, the past and future to navigate, characters lives you step into taking you on an emotional rollercoaster ride or being scared out of your wits. I can experience things that I can’t in real life because they’re not possible or real. It challenges my perspective and mindset expanding my worldview.
I find joy, comfort and peace with books, many people may not get it, but I know bookworms like me truly understand. Reading makes my heart happy.