Friday 30 May 2014

Review: The Three of Us by Cathy Woodman

The Three of Us is an exclusive short story introducing Zara, the village midwife whose story you can read in Follow Me Home, and bringing us up to date with what's happened to Tessa and Jack from The Village Vet

Tessa and Jack live at the animal sanctuary in Talyton St George. They had been friends for years, but it wasn't until Jack interrupted Tessa's wedding that she discovered his feelings for her were stronger than she ever knew.

Now, a year on, they could not be happier. And when Tessa discovers she's pregnant, it's as if all their dreams have come true.

But a scan shows that there are complications, and suddenly Tessa realises that Jack has always had doubts about having a baby. Supported throughout by Zara, the village midwife, Tessa and Jack have some tough decisions to make.

However, as the baby's birth draws closer, Tessa and Jack grow further apart. Will he feel differently when the baby is born? Or will having her wonderful child mean losing the man of her dreams?

Review: this was the first Cathy Woodman book I'd read because I thought it might give me a little taste of her writing, having been recommended her books in the past. I was so glad that I read this. Frustratingly I wasn't able to sit down and read it in one big chunk because life got in the way whenever I actually tried to sit down but I read it in three sittings, although I think it would be even more lovely in one. Seriously though, this author has packed so many feels into such a little novella, it's insane! 

I so enjoyed this storyline. Even though I didn't know any of the characters from previous or further novels I still managed to fall in love with them. The idea of people having a baby and everything not being exactly rosy, actual reality sets in, the fact that things go wrong, or people become unhappy I think is so realistic and needs to be written about (and not in an overly dramatic way). This had the feel of an awesome chick lit novel but is short enough to get through after work! I loved midwife Zara and so I really want to read the full novel that follows this so that I can get to know her a little bit more, she just seemed to down to earth but I'm sure she's got some secrets lurking in her past...

This was a really enjoyable book. The setting was fab because of all the animals and it was obviously a super fast read. As you can tell from the review, you don't have to have read any of this authors novels before to enjoy this although I'm sure if you're a fan of her writing and know the characters then some of the things in the story will have extra meaning for you. A lovely little treat of a novella! 

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