Saturday, January 30, 2016

Book Review: Follow Me Home

Title - Follow Me Home
Author - Cathy Woodman
Series - Talyton St. George #8 can be read as a standalone
Genre - Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Publisher - Pegasus Books
Published July 15th 2015
Format - Paperback 

A charming and poignant romp through the love affairs—both hound and human—of a country-village midwife, from the international bestselling author of City Girl, Country Vet, set in Talyton St George, Britain's most romantic town.

Life has been tough lately for Zara, a recently divorced country midwife. Now living with her grandmother, it is hardly the ideal situation in which to get her life back on track. And then one day, love walks in, in the form of an abandoned puppy. From the start, Zara feels in over her head: she knows nothing about dogs, and has been afraid of them for most of her life. Yet she quickly comes to adore her new friend, despite the fact that the puppy causes havoc wherever they go. She is grateful when a local shepherd, Lewis, offers to help train her. But Lewis has an ulterior motive for helping. And though Zara may be able to trust him with her naughty dog, can she trust him with her bruised heart?

I received Follow Me Home in return for an honest review from the publisher. While Follow Me Home is the 8th in a series it is a standalone so no need to read the prior books. Zara is a midwife in a country town who has just gone through a divorce, but she and her now ex-husband are just friends. She’s living with her Grandmother above the shop that the family has owned for a long time. Zara’s twin sister has just given birth to a little girl as the book starts out and Zara has captured the attention of the hired shepherd. Zara can’t deny the attract she has towards Lewis but he’s a lot younger than her so she can’t imagine he sees her as anything but older.

One night while driving home Zara catches the reflection of eyes on the side of the road stopping she finds a pup attached to a rope that’s almost frozen. While she’s afraid of dogs her encounter with Lewis’s dogs has made her rescue the poor pup taking her to the vet. When the time comes to send Frosty to the sanctuary Zara can’t do it she adopts her going from dog hater to dog lover. As if Zara doesn’t have enough with her hands full of Frosty she finds out that Lewis does she her as a beautiful woman he’s interested in. What starts out as just a casual things turns into a whirlwind romance with up’s and downs but in the end it may just work out. Zara also has her ailing grandmother to take care and an ex-husband who just doesn’t want to get out of her life.

I like Zara she’s super sweet and I love that she rescued Frosty working so very hard to figure out how to make things work for both of them. After all Frosty is deaf which I can imagine is a struggle at least she has the help to figure out how to speak dog. I wasn’t sure about Lewis at first since he’s only in town for a limited time but it really works as the story progresses he’s very supportive and wants to make things work with Zara. I disliked her ex-husband right from the start than when he showed up at her place of work with his girlfriend was just icing on the cake and gave her the push to give him the boot. We also have a wide selection of fun characters in Zara’s life to keep her busy from little Poppy to her grandmother.

I’ve had this one sitting on my shelf for a while just haven’t gotten the chance to read it yet. Now that I have I wish I hadn’t waited because it’s really cute. I love a contemporary romance and Zara’s story while a little sad does have a happy ending with a lot of humor and happy moments mixed throughout the story. Zara’s past touched my heart it made me sad that she had issues having children, but she learned to deal with it and finding Frosty seemed to be just what she needed. I haven’t been to Britain yet but Talyton St George is exactly how I would have pictured it. I loved having a chance to get to know that town as well as Zara because she’s such a great character. It’s no surprise that Follow Me Home is a Happy ever after you knew it was coming and Zara ended up with the perfect guy. The characters are easy to connect with after all Zara stole a little piece of my heart. I enjoyed turning every page of Follow Me Home it’s a beautifully written story that captured my heart. I plan to read the rest of the series to enjoy more of Talyton St. George. Highly recommend for fans of contemporary romance. 

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