BOOK REVIEW OUT OF PRACTICE BY PENNY PARKES

Out of Practice is based around a large country medical practice, which proves to be a hotbed of rivalry, resentment and romance – and that’s just the doctors. Think James Herriot meets House.

Meet married mum of two and successful GP Holly Graham as she relocates her family to join the team at The Practice at Beckerford, hoping to find the peaceful life she craves, despite the chaos that comes with her two year old twins and the troublesome state of her marriage. It will certainly be a challenge to keep her private and professional lives separate in such a tight-knit community.

Her colleagues have their own issues to contend with. The gorgeous Dr Dan Carter is struggling with to focus on work and the last thing he needs is any more stress; having his ambitious ex-girlfriend Dr Julia Channing working alongside him isn’t really helping. Thankfully, the rather delectable Dr Taffy Jones is on hand to distract Holly from the escalating situation at home.

Feisty octogenarian and resident celebrity, Elsie Townsend, is Holly’s favourite patient and saving grace. Elsie’s inspirational Life Lessons come at the perfect moment, as The Practice is suddenly under threat of imminent closure and Holly rediscovers her voice and her priorities just in time …

Firstly thanks to Sara-jade at books and the city for my copy which I was lucky enough to get signed earlier in the year .

Apologies for taking so long to get to this book and after loving it so much I can’t believe I didn’t read it sooner

This book is great and holds all the key ingredients for a bestselling chick lit .The fact that this is Pennys debut book is quite shocking . And simply makes me belive she’s going to be  a huge success .

Her writing is warm witty and enjoyable. I was hooked straight away and was reading at every availability to find out what would happen to the residents of Larkford .

This book is about finding out who you really are and not what others want you to be !

I could relate to Holly in some ways but she had my respect at holding down a career as a working mum .She is in a marriage which is hardly making her feel like a Disney princess and you will find yourself rooting for her to wake up and smell the coffee.

Not only does Holly learn to speak up for herself but also for  Larkford as  a whole and she has a huge impact on those she meets .

My favourite character has to be Elsie full of glamorous tales and yummy cocktails mixed with wisdom to give to people .  She is comedy gold and made me howl on the bus with one of her sentences about enourmous hands ….

 

Then there’s the men dishy dan and hunky taffy …. I love the Welsh accent so taffy gets my vote that way .However I think Dan has a deeper side who has experienced some pain .

Such a great read about friendship ,family and new beginnings .  

I cant wait to read more from Penny but also to be reunited with all the resicdents from Larkford .

Perfect for fans of Carole matthews  and Alexandra brown .

I wish her every success with her debut book .

Publshed in paperback 28th July

 

 

 

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