Summer at Hope Meadows by British author Lucy Daniels, a shared pseudonym used by multiple authors which is this case is written by Sarah McGurk, herself a practicing veterinarian, is the 1st novel in her Hope Meadows series of heartwarming contemporary/literary fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Hodder & Stoughton.
This is the 1st novel in an adult-level spin-off of the popular children’s series Animal Ark, which is credited by originating author Ben M. Baglio in North America. The series takes place a small English countryside town in Yorkshire, centred around the happenings at a veterinarian’s office, which form the basis for various heartwarming human and animal anecdotes, in the style of popular author James Herriot.
This installment sets up the series with the story of a newly qualified vet (apparently a now grown-up character from the childrens’ books) returning home from training in the big city and facing conflict and tragedy with the locals, as well as pressure to return to her boyfriend in the city, and rising to life’s challenges, in between caring for animals.
Offered in the UK & Europe and several other regions worldwide (excluding North America), available at multiple retailers.
Free for a limited time @ Amazon Kobo, Google Play, iTunes (this appeared to only be free in the UK, EU, South America, Japan, but not anywhere else that I spot-checked, though YMMV for your own locale at assorted stores)
Newly qualified vet Mandy Hope is leaving Leeds – and her boyfriend Simon – to return to the Yorkshire village she grew up in, where she’ll help out with animals of all shapes and sizes in her parents’ surgery.
But it’s not all plain sailing: Mandy clashes with gruff local Jimmy Marsh, and some of the villagers won’t accept a new vet. Meanwhile, Simon is determined that Mandy will rejoin him back in the city.
When tragedy strikes for her best friend James Hunter, and some neglected animals are discovered on a nearby farm, Mandy must prove herself. When it comes to being there for her friends – and protecting animals in need – she’s prepared to do whatever it takes…
This gorgeous and heartwarming novel, based on the globally bestselling Animal Ark series, is perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley and Katie Fforde.