Country Wives (BARLEYBRIDGE Book 2)
Dan's wife's baby is due any moment. Letty is worried that she may be terminally ill but is afraid to tell anyone. Joy finds that she is still in love with Mungo, a fact that finally compels her husband Duncan to leave home. Rhodri is deeply in love with Megan, a local farmer's daughter, but she can't marry him because she is committed to caring for her elderly father. A wonderfully pacy, funny but tender novel about life in the country. Country Wives. There's trouble afoot in Barleybridge.
The vets' practice, which normally runs so smoothly, is disrupted by the new locum, Dan, who seems to be annoying just about everyone with his abrupt manner and unreasonable demands. And when he succeeds in losing an important client through his arrogant attitude, the wives connected to the practice are determined that something has to be done.
But Kate, who works at the practice, finds she rather likes Dan's no-nonsense approach, despite what everyone thinks of him. Then, when she is suddenly confronted by a devastating tragedy at home, it is Dan, with a sad secret of his own, who helps her come to terms with her new situation A Village Feud. With the Rector Peter Harris and his family back from Africa, the villagers of Turnham Malpas heave huge sighs of relief - everything seems to be back to normal. But Peter has other ideas, and decides to return to Africa to fulfil his promise of working there for a year, leaving his family behind.
The villagers are also missing Peter's guidance, especially when the store is the target of petty theft and violence.
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Everyone is relying on Peter's return to help restore harmony. But will he make it back before things get out of hand? The Village Green Affairs. The stranger stretched his long legs out in front of him, locking his ankles together, and observed the ancient village waking up Yes, this was the place, he thought. A mysterious visitor arrives in Turnham Malpas, snooping around while keeping his cards close to his chest. Soon the village is buzzing with rumour and outrage: is Titus Bellamy planning to hold a market on the picturesque green Meanwhile the Neal's marriage is on a rocky ground - according to unhappy Liz.
But blissfully unaware, Neville is planning their silver wedding anniversary celebration.
The party and the market mark both the beginning and end of two relationships. But who is really to blame? A Village Dilemma. An unwelcome visitor arrives in Turnham Malpas.
Why is Bryn Fields - who fled four years ago under the worst possible circumstances - back? And what are his plans for the village? For the rector and his wife, Peter and Caroline, there are more serious problems to cope with when their twins start asking about their real mother. Having accepted her husband's indiscretion ten years ago, Caroline finds that facing up to it again now is almost more than she can bear Village Gossip.
For the locals of Turnham Malpas the rural peace is disrupted when a famous actor comes to stay to recuperate from illness. Before long he is bored by village life and when he meets Caroline, the rector's wife, he is instantly attracted to her. He agrees to direct and star in a play with the villagers as his supporting cast and Caroline as his leading lady Before long, the villagers' lives are turned upside down: a marriage is wrecked, a proud man humbled and two people are brought closer together as gossip, scandal and jealousy mount Talk of the Village.
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The village is bedevilled by talk and all is not as it seems in the village of Turnham Malpas Does pushy newcomer Venetia have her eye on Peter, the handsome rector? Is Jeremy, her husband, really making a success of the new health club? And why does Willie's new love set a vicious tongue wagging? In the Royal Oak, the usual banter has turned to bitter wrangling as the rector's wife Caroline makes a challenge over an ancient country tradition and splits the village her husband had so recently united.
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As the people of the village use the power of words to reconcile or divide, Peter finds it is what isn't talked about that threatens to cause madness, confusion and tragedy. Whispers in the Village. The staff are friendly and welcoming, particularly Scott, the Australian vet. But Kate already has a boyfriend, Adam. Having initially resisted Scott's advances, Kate finds herself drawn to him more strongly than she intended.
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Will her dedication to the welfare of the animals and her new friendships in the Practice help to resolve her difficulties? This is the first novel in a beguiling new series from Rebecca Shaw, author of the bestselling Turnham Malpas books. She has created an enchanting cast of new characters, recreating the warmth and humour her listeners have come to love and expect. Sometimes a book goes temporarily out of print - and sometimes no audio version has ever been recorded. Audible wants to give you the most complete selection we can and we'll keep adding series and filling in gaps as quickly as possible.
The lively Barleybridge Veterinary Hospital is bustling with energy, everyone is working hard to ensure that all the animals are looked after. At the same time, the staff are coping with crises in their personal lives. Rhodri, the Welsh vet, is deeply in love with Megan but is struggling to find a solution to their problems with her invalid father. Kate is worrying about her A-level results and getting into veterinary college. It is a shock to the staff at the Barleybridge Animal Hospital when Dan, one of the farm vets, is seriously injured in a car accident.
It is even more of a shock when Scott Spencer, back from Australia, steps in to cover for him.
Scott slips seamlessly into the Practice routine, not guessing what secrets are about to be revealed: secrets that will turn his life upside down and amend his callous attitude towards women.