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20 January 2016

Review & Giveaway: 'A Country Practice - To Everything a Season' by Judith Colquhoun (2015)

The rural community of Wandin Valley is divided over the arrival of seasonal workers for the harvest. While some welcome their help at a busy time of year, others feel they pose a threat to the small town. For many of them this will be a harvest like no other, and several lives will be changed forever before the season ends. 

When Molly throws herself into country life, she discovers that it can bring both danger and heartache. Meanwhile, Brendan continues to win over patients and staff at the hospital. 

Dr Simon Bowen befriends a spirited elderly patient. But what secrets is Emily Page hiding, and what plans does she have in mind for Simon? 

Will Dr Terence Elliott's interest in a young family help to save a life? 

As Vicky and Molly's friendship grows, Frank continues in his quest to win Shirley's heart. 

Meanwhile, a young widow and mother must face her demons. Can she learn to let go of the past and love again? And one of Terence's patients must decide whether to stand up to her overbearing father and make a life for herself.

Last year I received a review copy of author Judith Colquhoun’s novel ‘A Country Practice’ (click here to read my review), a new series based on the award-winning TV series ‘A Country Practice.’ I have to admit I was not familiar with the TV show before I was contacted about the new book series last year, but really enjoyed stepping into the world of Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital and meeting the various characters, and I was curious to read more. So, when I got the chance to also read and review part 2, ‘To Everything a Season’, I straight away said yes. I looked forward to once again travel to Australia with Judith Colquhoun and discover what the characters had been up to since the end of book 1. Thanks to publisher Corazon Books I am able to host a giveaway today as well, so if you want to be in with a chance to win a copy of the first part of the ‘A Country Practice’ series, be sure to scroll down and enter the giveaway!   

‘A Country Practice: To Everything a Season’ takes its readers back to Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital to catch up with some familiar faces that also made an appearance in the first part of the ‘A Country Practice’ series. Molly and her husband Brendan are still busy settling in in the farm house they bought. With Brendan working long hours as a nurse in the hospital, Molly is left to her own devices and tries her best to make farming life work for her. Doctor Simon Bowen befriends elderly lady Emily Page; a lovely woman who seems to be hiding a secret, while doctor Terence Elliott tries his best to help out a new family that has come to town to help with the season’s fruit picking. All villagers are dealing with everyday life in their small country town in their own way, showing that no matter the season, there’s always something going on in Wandin Valley...

Last year I got the chance to check out the first part of Judith Colquhoun’s ‘A Country Practice’ book series, based on the same-titled TV-show set in the early 1980s, and it was great to once again travel to Wandin Valley and catch up with all the familiar faces. It’s easy to warm to characters such as doctors Simon and Terence, local vet Vicky, and my personal favourite couple, Molly and Brendan. However, some new characters were also introduced such as Alex and his daughter-in-law Silvia, who have come to town to help with the fruit picking. There are numerous characters the book focuses on, continually switching from one storyline to another, which definitely held my attention and made me curious to keep on reading.   

As mentioned before, this book series is based on the award-winning TV-show ‘A Country Practice’, and I have to admit I felt like the book was also still written as a TV-show. The story is fast-paced and continually switches from one storyline and group of characters to another, just like a TV-drama. Unfortunately, the book also doesn’t provide too much in-depth detail and background stories on the characters, which I think is a real shame. I’d love to learn more about these characters and why they do and say specific things. I guess I’d love the book to read more like a novel than as a TV-show turned to paper. However, I still really enjoyed this second part of the series; it was an entertaining and fast-paced read, and I am already looking forward to visiting Wandin Valley again for the third time sometime soon, hopefully!  
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Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Giveaway of 'A Country Practice' - Book 1!

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