Practice makes Perfect by Penny Parkes
Paperback: 576 pages
Published: June 29, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Source: Supplied by publisher
Links: Amazon / Goodreads
It was so good to catch up with all the lovable characters from the first instalment Out of Practice. In this second round, Practice makes Perfect things heat up, so it is no wonder the books gets even better. More thrilling and more captivating and more heartfelt.
The Practice at Larkford has suddenly been thrust into the spotlight – and its nomination as an ‘NHS Model Surgery’ is causing the team major headaches. Dr Holly Graham should be basking in the glow of her new romance with a fellow doctor, Taffy – but she is worried that the team is prioritising plaudits over patients, and her favourite resident, the irreverent and entertaining Elsie, is facing a difficult diagnosis. Add to that the chaos of family life and the strain is starting to show.
Dr Dishy Dan Carter’s obsession with work is masking unhappiness elsewhere – he can’t persuade girlfriend Julia to settle down. It’s only as Julia’s mother comes to stay that he realises what she has been hiding for so long. Alice Walker joins the team like a breath of fresh air and her assistance dog Coco quickly wins everyone round – which is just as well, because Coco and Alice will soon need some help of their own. Can they pull together and become the Dream Team that the NHS obviously thinks they are?
Practice makes Perfect has several leading characters each with their story to tell. There are Holly and Taffy and their new relationship that they have to constantly balance with their demanding work and a very energetic twin boys. Holly's boys love Taffy as their new father figure, and Taffy loves Holly's little family more than anything else in this life. Holly is finding her new relationship very liberating and enjoyable. There is real love, support and the affection between the couple and their personalities are beautifully complementing each other.
Julia's TV show is taken a toll on everyone around The Surgery then Julia's mother appearance on the scene adds another strain on both Julia and Dan. The couple has a lot to overcome if they want their relationship to survive.
When it comes to the supporting cast of characters, there is a mix of new and the old ones. It was so lovely to see who everyone else's lives moved on from the previous book. And it felt like I went on holidays and came back home after a few weeks to catch up on gossip with the surgery nurses and the charming residents of Larkford, especially the self-appointed Dame of Larkford Elsie.
But I also got to meet a brand new set of characters that added yet another layer to this enormous story. Alice joins The Surgery after her heartwarming interview with "people person" Holly, and I was absolutely smitten with Alice's companion and assistance dog, Coco. More than once I wished I could reach into the pages and give her a cuddle!
There are more characters that you can count, but their stories seem to seamlessly and so effortlessly run alongside one another creating one fabulous book that will warm your heart and make you see things or perhaps understand some sensitive subject and modern days taboos a little bit more after you finished the last page.
It wouldn't be Practice makes Perfect without a healthy dose of drama, a handful of gorgeous doctors and a life-affirming believe in love and positive attitude.
Practice makes Perfect will without a doubt feature on my list of Best Books in 2017!
Thank you so much to the publicity team at Simon & Schuster UK for supplying this book in exchange for a fair review!
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