Today I’m pleased to welcome Judith Colquhoun to BrizzleLass Books as part of the blog tour for the first book in her A Country Practice series. Whether you followed the TV series back in the 80’s or not there is something for everyone in the medical drama.
Brendan and Molly Jones swap city living for a new start in the country. But are they prepared for rural life in Wandin Valley?
A Country Practice follows the dramas, loves, secrets and dilemmas of the people in a small country town in south-eastern Australia. There is romance, humour and tragedy for the medical staff and patients of the Wandin Valley Bush Nursing Hospital, and their friends and neighbours.
Brendan and Molly meet the colourful characters who will change their lives forever.
Terence Elliott is the town’s respected doctor, but can he overcome his demons to save a mother and baby in danger?
Simon Bowen, the newest doctor in town, is frustrated at being seen as an outsider by the tight knit country people. Will he succeed in winning them around ‒ especially young vet Vicky Dean?
Police sergeant Frank Gilroy has his heart set on Vicky’s mum, Sister Shirley Dean. But is he the man for her?
Meanwhile, a teenager in love clashes with her father and a serious car accident reveals a surprising secret about two of the town’s residents.
A heart-warming and engaging tale, based on the award-winning, international hit television serial A Country Practice.
A Country Practice was a firm favourite in my house, my Mum didn’t let an episode pass without having us sit around our crackly old black & white portable TV to watch (I kid you not!). It’s probably the first TV programme I remember, and I say this seriously as we didn’t watch much TV at all back then so the characters of Wandin Valley were firmly a part of our lives.
When the opportunity to read this came up I jumped at it, the chance to meet these characters again as an adult now, was one I couldn’t turn down.
There are two main storylines in the novel a pregnant woman who goes into labour early and requires surgery and a serious car crash which involves a well liked member of the community. These held up well were strong and introduced members of the community and hospital.
There are also several sub-plots which is where I felt the book got a little lost. On TV the jumping around, multiple people and stories works well, it’s easier to take all of that in. But in a book I found it a little messy and too dry at times. I think a few of the smaller sub-plots and characters would have been better cut for the sake of easier reading.
Overall, I think there is a lot of hope in the storylines containing Simon, the new doctor to the area, and Vicky, the local vet. And Vicky’s mum Shirley, and the local police officer Frank. These storylines have a romantic element but were also funny, involved other characters and you could see how they could work with other dramatic events such as the medical events in this book.
Thanks to Judith Colquhoun and Corazon Books for the eARC to review, this is my honest opinion.
About Judith Colquhoun
Judith Colquhoun was born in Queensland and grew up in Sydney. She studied production at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and soon after graduating, love and a job took her to Melbourne. Later, she lived in London for a time, spent many years in country Victoria and long enough in Italy to fall in love with the Mezzogiorno. She is now back in Melbourne and may even stay there.
She started writing when she was six and from the age of twenty-three has always earned her living from it in one way or another. She was a scriptwriter for far too long, writing countless hours of television for many of Australia’s most popular shows, including Neighbours and Home & Away. Her output included one hundred episodes of A Country Practice.
Judith has worked as an editor and script producer, and in Italy was a script consultant on the serial Un Posto Al Sole. She has won five Awgie Awards and in 2007 was made a Life Member of the Australian Writers’ Guild.
In 2009 she finally gave up scriptwriting to attempt a novel. Thicker Than Water, which is largely set in southern Italy, was published in 2014. It was Highly Commended in the Fellowship of Australian Writers 2014 National Literary Awards.
She has written three novels based on the stories and characters of A Country Practice – New Beginnings, To Everything a Season and Silver Linings.
Judith is married with two children and three grandchildren.
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Title: A Country Practice: New Beginnings
Series: A Country Practice #1
Author: Judith Colquhoun
Genre: Drama | Medical
Publisher: Corazon Books
Publication Date: 12 June 2015
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
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