I was introduced to James Herriot quite early on thanks to an Aunt who had all the four omnibus editions. I saw that this book was on a similar line and decided to give it a shot. I have since found out that this was a very long-running series in Britain and even watched a clip or two. It looked quite good.
The biggest realisation I have had is that I like non-fiction to follow a timeline instead of being grouped in order of ‘type’ of occurrence. This book begins with Nicholas Rhea taking up a new post as a local constable. He moves into a new home with his wife and children and almost immediately jumps into the daily routine of his job. From that point, the chapters are grouped by occurrences. Animal shenanigans are lumped together, as are religious leaders doing their bit for unity in the town, and so on. Overall it was a quaint read, a look back at a time and place where things were done differently. I liked the read, but for the size of the book, it took me a while to read it entirely. The people have their own quirks and play different roles in the day to day of village/town happenings. It is not hard to like Constable Rhea, who is conscientious as well as a person who looks out for others.
I would recommend this to people who are familiar with the show without having read the book to draw comparisons.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley but the review is entirely is based on my own reading experience