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What a perfect read This is a story about Zara a midwife who seems to be unable to have babies of her own who made a promise to and is the carer for her shop owner Gran who has worsening dementia Zara then finds and cares for an abandoned pup when she has an intense fear of dogs seems to have a fair few issues on her plate When she meets the new shepherd who helps train her deaf puppy sparks fly even though she is so much older than him then he leaves her sister s farm for another job Her sister is pregnant again, her Gran worsens and there are decisions to be made. Such a rubbish book I forced and dragged myself to read but finally gave up Just simple, easy reading chick lit I do love Talyton St George though, and the way characters from all the books pop in and out. This is a fascinating tale with several layers One is the romance between Zara, the midwife, and Lewis, the shepherd Another is the strained relationship between Zara and her ex husband Yet another is the relationship between Zara and her grandmother, who has dementia that is steadily worsening.While this book is the eighth in a series, it stands on its own with no issue There is nothing to make the reader feel as if they don t understand or have missed out on something.This story is about love, friendship, family, life in a small village, and hope The characters are realistically written, flaws and all, and the story is very well told I also enjoyed the relationships which many characters had with their canine or feline friends I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. UGHHHHH I didn t get on with this Books like this epitomize why I cannot stand romance and women s fiction Unfortunately the only light reads featuring pets usually involve some element of vapidity but this was too much.I loved the sheep and dog components of this story immensely I m glad such attention was paid to the sheep I wasn t overly enamoured with the characters Zara seemed really simple to me She read like an 18 yo than someone over 30 Her melodrama is increasingly insufferable as the book progresses Emily was alright also, like a 21 yo than 30 but I was sick of death of her bratty kid by the end of it Emily needs to stop breeding The grandma, while I felt sorry for her, was too much of a try hard character The author wanted to make her a naughty gran but it just didn t work with the incredibly sad dementia component Lewis was a typical rude boy and I didn t like him at all The age difference between he and Zara was bizarre Although someone with Zara s emotional maturity may be drawn to a jerky twenty something He was emotionally void, abusive, paranoid, jealous and bears all the warning signs of a domineering, controlling male He s awful Claire was a vacuous cow The overall story was slow, and I felt the book too long for it I didn t like the forays into Zara s mind when she was obsessing over Lewis Too juvenile for my taste What really did my nut was how Lewis got on his paranoid, abusive you re cheating on me crap whenever Zara would interact with another man That s a bit rich coming from him given his own actions with the prior girlfriend It almost made me throw the book across the room when Zara romanticized his actions by thinking it s cute , normal or somehow an indication of their love to fight like this Girl, if it s that bad when you ve just started dating, get out now That s a huge red flag It s not cute, normal or healthy to have your partner make paranoid accusations and say hurtful things because he s insecure Fighting and sparring all the time is neither normal nor healthy The fact that they break up all the time over melodramatic nonsense is pretty tiresome Yikes The we are such a happy town vibe was off putting as well It was saccharine and set my teeth on edge The mommy ness of it all was also hard to take These women seemed like total dunderheads in their own baby centric sphere incapable of anything except nattering To make it worse, there were far too many of them To be honest, I was surprised Miley wasn t put down after the vicious attack on Frosty Lewis clearly can not handle that dog and the fact that it almost killed Frosty seems lost on him He completely disregards Zara s very legitimate concerns at them meeting again After an attack like that, I was surprised the vets didn t insist on calling law enforcement.The simpering, melodramatic stupidity gets worse as this book goes on I ended up skimming the last 100 pages Zara and Lewis are terrible and the fact they end up breaking up and getting back together for the third fourth time by the end of the book is just tiresome What makes the reader think the last time is the time it sticks They re both goofs I m a bit disheartened at the positive endorsements and reviews this gets If this what women find romantic , that s a touch worrying I bought this at a book sale because of the dog theme I didn t know it was the eighth of a series I don t think I will read any others in the series This book is destined for the bin. Not my favorite read, but not horrible I really didn t like the male protagonist, he just seemed like a bit of an ass. I m glad this was not my first by Cathy Woodman because it felt a bit of a disappointment when compared with the previous 7 in the series It felt too long, probably because it took me so long to make a connection with Zara Lewis, and if I hadn t read and enjoyed so many other books by CW, I might not have finished it It was only the very late improvement that raised it from 2 to 3 stars.There were also hints that suggested the plot would expand further regarding Paul, Zara s ex husband, yet nothing came of it Perhaps we will find out in books 9 10, but as this is such a long book 480 pages in paperback it could easily have fallen into this one in exchange for cutting out some of the earlier material. Glad I finally got to read it Much complex than her other books, with the main character involved in several different aspects of other people s lives, rather than just centering on her own It was fun to read a dog book where the heroine is afraid of dogs, prior to getting one, and to follow her progress Also interesting to catch up with Tessa and Jack Loved the back and forth between Zara and Gran, it was handled beautifully, and it was fun to get a glimpse into Gran s past, even if dementia was the instigator Maybe a book all about Gran as a young woman will come along someday I did not like this book as much as some of the others in the Talyton series The issues on dementia were interesting and the family coping with a loved one with increasing dementia sad but real I found Lewis quite annoying and immature when every time Zara spoke to her ex or had a sympathetic conversation with another or patient s husband Lewis thought she was having a fling with them It was work and patient confidentiality didn t he understand that I think this is where the story came apart and didn t feel genuine In the other books the characters have depth and I was interested in them In this book it became too Woman s Weekly and the story became unbelievable in places The child Poppy, was a pain in the ass and the parents didn t seem to be able to cope It became annoying in the story. ^FREE EPUB ↟ Follow Me Home ☠ The Village Midwife And A Young Shepherd Find Love In The New Novel From The Bestselling Author Of Trust Me I M A Vet And Country Loving, Set In Talyton St George, Britain S Most Romantic TownLife Has Been Tough For Village Midwife Zara Recently Divorced And Living With Her Grandmother, Zara Is Struggling To Get Back On TrackUntil One Day, Love Walks In, In The Form Of An Abandoned PuppyAlthough Zara Adores Her New Friend, The Puppy Causes Havoc Wherever They Go, So She Is Grateful When Local Shepherd Lewis Offers To Train HerBut 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