Out of Practice – Penny Parkes


Paperback: 496 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (Paperback 28th July 2016, Kindle 23rd May 2016)

Book Description:

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 …

My Review:

I received a copy of this book at the Spring Blogger Event in March and couldn’t wait to read it. The book is Penny Parkes’ first novel and is based in the small town of Larkford. Holly & her husband, along with their adorable 2 yr old twins, have left Reading (and her hospital job) to settle in a small community.

Holly’s husband Milo is frustratingly….um…well, he’s an arsehole basically!! Holly is supposed to be this professional, educated, keeping it together mum and she can not seem to get herself away from her horrid husband (that’s not a criticism, that’s the point made in the book!).

The book has some brilliantly fun characters – I think I have met every single one of those doctors at some point (we ALL know a Henry Bruce!!). I can’t decide if Dr Dan Carter or Dr Taffy Jones is my favourite! But, I would love an Elise Townsend in my life!

The book has the right amount of laughs and a few “screaming in frustration” moments!! A perfect, light summer read!

I am assured by the lovely Penny Parkes that she will revisit Larkford next year and I can not wait!

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