Love Heart Lane – where friends are there for you no matter what
All’s fair in love and…medicine?
Dr Katie O’Neil has only been in Heartcross a few hours when she finds herself already ruffling feathers – not least with medical school nemesis and new colleague Ben Sanders.
Katie’s the woman Ben loves to hate and until now he’d hoped he’d never set eyes on her again but now she’s back – and living next door!
When a charity boat race down the River Heart puts the two in direct competition, sparks fly. The winner takes it all, but who will it be? And will their prize be far more than they were expecting…
Ben has not long been living in Heartcross himself but already feels at home and like one of the locals. His life is looking on the up until Katie, someone from his university days, turns up and his heart literally sinks.
I actually took to Katie straight away. She is a really likeable character and it isn’t long before Ben is wondering if he has got it wrong where she is concerned as even though still competitive, she appears to have softened. I so enjoyed getting to know these two characters better and finding out more about their pasts. If anything it was rather emotional in parts although the chemistry between Katie and Ben was really lovely to read and I couldn’t get enough of the pair of them.
Heartcross is the perfect name for this village as it really has a lot of heart. Following on from the previous book in the series, the thread to do with dementia put my heart through so much turmoil seeing how it affects not just the person suffering with it but for those close to them. The community feeling in these stories is especially heart-warming and I seriously can’t get enough of these books.
The New Doctor at Peony Practice is a fabulously gorgeous read that stole a piece of my heart. As soon as I finish one of this author’s books I am already on the lookout for her next novel. This is one of my favourite small town communities in this genre and it’s like catching back up with old friends. Christie Barlow creates the most wonderful characters that touches on issues that many of us can relate to yet manages to turn them round to leaving you feeling uplifted. A wonderful gem of a book!
My thanks to One More Chapter and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.