Veterinary Surgeon by Nancy Wheelton is a slow-burn, small town romance set in the rural prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada. This is the third book the author has written set in Canada with veterinarians playing a large role in the stories. In fact, some of the important secondary characters in this tale can be found in the earlier books. However, this book can easily be read as a standalone so don’t worry if you haven’t read the earlier stories yet.
I have to say I found the descriptions of the setting to be one of the best parts of this novel. The author caught the small town/rural feel of the Canadian prairie perfectly. While I don’t live on the prairie, I do live in a similarly rural area of Northern Ontario, so I can say with certainty that her descriptions are spot on with the places and the people who inhabit the area.
The romance between the two main characters (RCMP Corporal Suzanne “Mitch” Mitchell and veterinary surgeon Kay Gallant) was slow and sweet. I had trouble connecting with Kay, though I eventually came to like her character later in the book. The first half of the novel was a bit slow as well, but the pace definitely picked up in the second half.
Overall, I did enjoy this book, and I’m looking forward to more from this author. I’m giving this story a 3.5 star rating and moving it to 4 stars for the great setting and the beautiful love story.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.