This is an adorable story about Cyrus Mills, a veterinarian in his late thirties who returns to northern Vermont after his father’s death to run his father’s veterinary practice, The Bedside Manor for Sick Animals.
There’s a subplot about the Evil Corporate Competitor, a national chain called Healthy Paws, and one involving Cyrus’s romantic interest in a local waitress named Amy Carp (presumably a hat tip to the author, Nick Trout). But the real appeal of the book is the wonderful collection of anecdotes about pets.
Evaluation: This is apparently a sequel to The Patron Saint of Lost Dogs. I did not read this book, and thought the author did a fair (but not excellent) job of filling in new readers, mostly about how Cyrus got interested in Amy. But it didn’t really matter much. The book has loads of humor, charm, and great pet stories by a guy who knows what he is talking about. The author is a graduate of the veterinary school at the University of Cambridge, a Diplomate of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons , and a staff surgeon at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. If you love pets, you’ll love this book!
Published by Hyperion, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc., 2014