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The Doctor Calling by [Appleyard, Meredith]
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Length: 384 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
Language: English

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What Laura was about to do wasn't easy. To become embroiled in a family's turmoil, their grief, their anger, their secrets, wasn't safe, or clever. �

Rebuilding her life again after unexpected tragedy, GP Laura O'Connor flees Adelaide, and her medical career, for a quiet life in rural Potters Junction. She's looking to escape her own family dramas. The last thing she expects is to become caught up in another's.

Jake Finlay is a man with a troubled past and a passion for risk-taking. After years away from his small home town, he's hell-bent on keeping his distance. But his father is dying and this could be the last chance they have to make amends.

As Laura and Jake come together over the care for the frail man, they experience an irresistible attraction. Will facing death help them both to grab hold of life? And might love be just what the doctor ordered?

Reviews for�The Country Practice

'A page-turning romance with a medical flavour capturing the essence of rural Australia. Meredith Appleyard is a fresh new country voice.' Tricia Stringer

'A refreshing take on traditional rural romance novels . . . a beautiful and intriguing tale about country life.' Weekly Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1298 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin eBooks (29 February 2016)
  • Sold by: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0184W45JC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,450 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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The Doctor Calling, novel number two from new Australian author Meredith Appleyard, is a gentle read with many instances where your heart breaks for the sadness of the central characters – each one of them dealing with heartache, loss, broken dreams or just pure disappointment at the way life has turned out.

A caring old great-aunt has willed an historical cottage to two sisters. The author paints a wonderful word picture of life in a South Australian rural township as its newest resident finds solace in the anonymity of this isolated community far from her usual residence in Adelaide, the state’s capital city.

Laura’s life had been shattered by the loss of the three closest people in her life over a period of only a few short weeks. When the reality of her new situation becomes all too much, she hides away from everything and everyone in the little town of Potters Junction – including her vocation as a successful big city GP – until she finds herself being drawn to Neill, the elderly gentleman next door.

To her dismay, she learns he is in the final throes of a terrible disease. His children are already struggling with their own hardships and demons and now they have to cope with seeing their father’s body becoming withered and ravaged as time ticks away far too quickly.

A gentle awakening of emotions occurs when Laura meets Jake, Neill’s adopted son. He is torn between fulfilling his dreams of working on another documentary in Afghanistan or making peace with his father after a lifetime filled with hurt and bitterness from when his mother left them for another man many years earlier.
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A fabulous book to read, could not put it down. I am hoping that more books by this author will become available in the near future!
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nice easy story
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excelelnt Aussie rural romance 13 March 2016
By carolynfromoz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Laura O’Connell, recovering from a horror year of family and personal tragedies decides to take a year off from the busy Adelaide GP practice where she works. To get away from it all she moves into the house left to her and her sister by her elderly aunt in the outback town of Potter’s Junction where she can be anonymous and start to rebuild her confidence and her life. At first she is able to spend her days quietly renovating the house and rebuilding the garden with only her neighbour, Neill Finlay for company. Neill, retired from his farm is slowly dying of cancer so Laura can’t help but get involved in his life, especially when the only town GP, 70 year old Milt Burns is so busy. However after Neill’s son, news photographer Jake arrives back from an overseas assignment and the town eventually finds out that she is a doctor, life starts to get complicated for Laura again.
This was a very enjoyable rural romance with the story taking precedence over the slow burning love story. Ms Appleyard has really conveyed what it is like to live in a country town with its rhythms of birth, life and death. With her first hand knowledge of what it’s like to work in country health practices she knows how difficult it is for country towns to recruit young GPs to replace those retiring. She also knows the problems faced by country patients who can’t afford to get sick because times are tough and there is no one to replace them.
I enjoyed the way the author slowly built up her characters until they not only felt real but also people you have met and got to know. I especially loved watching Laura grow from the anxious mess she was at the start of the story to become really comfortable with who she is by the end. She develops a lovely, caring relationship with Neill, her sick elderly neighbour as well as with his handsome, slightly broody son Jake, who needs to sort out his relationship with his father and decide what is important to him. Neill’s daughter Jess trying to keep the family farm going gives us a glimpse of how tough it can get for farmers struggling through yet another drought. Definitely recommended if you want to read an interesting medical, rural romance set against a backdrop of real people leading real lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 29 February 2016
By Brenda Telford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Laura O’Connor had taken twelve months leave after tragedy rocked her life; she was a GP but all she wanted to do was hide and come to terms with her grief. Potters Junction and the old house her aunt had left her and her sister Alice was the perfect place to contemplate her future. Day in and day out she exhausted herself with the renovations to the old home that she had taken on – but her affection for her elderly, but sick and dying neighbour Neill Finlay kept her centred to a degree.

When Neill’s estranged son Jake arrived home for a few days at the insistence of his sister Jess, the bitterness and anger radiated off him. When Laura met him for the first time she felt a tingle of attraction – but nothing could be further from her mind. Jess lived on the Finlay farm with her husband Darren and two sons Mikey and Sam while Neill lived in town – but Neill was getting to the stage of being unable to live alone; the family stress was high. And Laura knew she shouldn’t become involved with them, but her kind and compassionate nature wouldn’t let her stay away.

Life suddenly stepped in and Laura had to make some hard decisions. But was she ready? Her career was one she loved – it was all she had ever wanted to do; but could she step up to the plate and start practicing again? And what would happen with the Finlay family, especially Jake? She couldn’t have her heart broken again…

The Doctor Calling by Aussie author Meredith Appleyard is the second by this author, (The Country Practice her first) and I’ve loved them both. Strong and well written characters are portrayed in The Doctor Calling, with Laura, Jess and Meghan exceptional. But I loved Neill’s character; his strength, his obvious love for his two children and affection for Laura. I have no hesitation in highly recommending The Doctor Calling – Ms Appleyard is definitely an author to watch!
4.0 out of 5 stars Facing death will make you grab hold of life 19 June 2016
By Soggie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Becoming embroiled in her neighbour's grief isn't what Laura planned on her own road to emotional recovery, but they need her. Maybe facing death will help them all to grab a hold of life. This was a bit of a sad story, but I became totally engrossed in the characters and their struggles and really enjoyed it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 23 April 2016
By leonard armitage/Gail - Published on Amazon.com
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A good story, look forward to the next book by Meredith Appleyard.

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