By Carolyn McSparren
Usually in comparison to the novels of James Herriot, ALL GOD'S CREATURES follows the lifetime of a girl veterinarian in glossy Tennessee. by way of veteran romance writer and committed horsewoman Carolyn McSparren, who additionally writes the Merry Abbot Carriage riding Mysteries.Say hi to Maggie McLain, an not going Southern debutante in 1960's Memphis. Gawky, stressed, clever and opinionated, younger Maggie is not lower out to fill the patent leather-based pumps of a Southern Belle. whilst she ditches Cotton Carnival ball to save lots of a drowning puppy, Maggie realizes her destiny.Is the land of mint juleps and Elvis prepared for a lady veterinarian? might be now not, yet Dr. Maggie McLain units out to end up otherwise.Over the years, Maggie earns the devotion and recognize of crusty farmers, snobby horse breeders and uncertain puppy proprietors all through western Tennessee. She's an notion to up-and-coming ladies vets, a loving spouse to her proud husband, a sufferer mom to her difficult little ones, and specially, a champion to in poor health and injured animals.When loss and grief knock Maggie off her pedestal, she falls challenging. it can take a miracle for her to appreciate that typically even the easiest health professional needs to fight to heal her personal middle.
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