Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Review: The Gable House by Ellyn Oaksmith

The Gable House
by Ellyn Oaksmith

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 298
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Two old rivals. One dream job. And a summer they’ll never forget.

Freya Johanssen needs a fresh start. A recently heartbroken and newly-qualified veterinarian, she will take any job that gets her away from Seattle—for now. Her plan is to spend two years in the small town of Whisper Falls, and then head back to the city and civilisation.

And then Trent Crossley shows up, and her carefully laid plans are blown to pieces. He’s the last person she expected—or wanted—ever to see again. This is the guy who thinks he’s God’s gift to women; who breezed through vet school without studying and who betrayed her in a way she’ll never forgive. She thinks he’s an arrogant party boy; he thinks she’s an uptight perfectionist. Now he’s in her clinic, and the fluttering in her stomach must mean she’s still mad at him.

It seems they have both been hired for the same job—and now neither is backing down. But as Freya works to outdo Trent at every turn, she starts to see a different side to the man she thought she knew. Falling in love was never part of her plan. And if she wants the new beginning she’s worked so hard for, can she afford to give away her heart?

Kritters Thoughts:  Two recent grads of veterinarian school both head to a small town in Washington state wanting the job that would service the typical range of pets with a side of farms that have horses and sheep and lambs and so on.  Freya graduated first in the class and while she has a reputation of being a great vet, her human bed side manners could be improved!  Trent was second in class and has much more of the charm and a speciality with horses as he was supposed to return to his family's farm to repay his schooling debt and be the family vet. 

This was one of those fun semi enemies to lovers romance book.  I was glad that they weren't complete enemies, so it was more believable that they could go from mild distaste to love in the course of the novel!  I wish we would have had a few more scenes from their veterinarian school days so we could see the foundation of the knowledge of each other and how they orbited each other in those years.  

The characters make this book from Trent to Freya who are great main characters, but the other ones in this book are just fun.  I loved the small town feel with the small town characters and the juxtaposition of the big farms colliding in this book and in this town.  This author built such a fun town that I wouldn't mind visiting in another story.  

This is only my second Ellyn Oaksmith book and I would love to catch up on her backlist and also anticipate her upcoming releases.    

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 136 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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