Three Reasons Why You Should Read This Book
I finished this one yesterday. It was a great read after my month of reading mysteries. But why should you read this book?
- Read this book if you are looking for something historical that is wholesome. Sometimes you just need to escape to a better time or place and Yorkshire England during the ’30’s might just be what you are looking for.
- Are you in need of a beautiful setting? Though the setting for Spring, Summer, and Fall seem welcoming the harshness of winter also has it’s beauty until you see the hardship the main character endured. The memoir tells of James Herriot’s stories of sometimes walking miles through the snow to care for the local farmers livestock. But if you can picture each season, you will feel both the hardships and the good times shared within the small towns. I loved the pub visits and the local dances.
- If you like quirky characters, you will enjoy the townspeople and farmers in the community. Each has their own eccentricities. Some are the kind you may want to see regularly and some maybe just once. Each little vignette he writes about introduces you to more of the community. By the time you are finished, you feel like you too are part of the small village of Darrowby . His books are probably a reason why so many people from around the world travel to England.
I have heard some BookTubers call books like this a palette cleanser after reading stories that are a little more gritty. I would say this is true. It is a comfortable visit to a time in the past. It sometimes makes you wish you lived back then when you see how close the residents of the community are and how they enjoy their time together. Their ability to communicate without the interference of Social Media and other modern technical intruders. You won’t see anyone looking at their phone over dinner. In fact, many residents didn’t even own a landline.
It also makes you happy that in the middle of winter, you have more reliable transportation. The author talks about having to patch his tires frequently and that he has become so good at it that he can do it without much thought. As far as the veterinary medicine, it appears that much of the vet’s practice involved doing stuff they knew probably wouldn’t work and some things that did work but they weren’t sure why.
I enjoyed getting to know the characters, especially those within the Skeldale household, Siegfried Farnon is the Veterinarian who hired Jim as an assistant. Mrs. Hall is his housekeeper. Her part of the story is not as well developed in the book as it was on the television adaptation. Siegfried’s brother Tristan is a real character who always seems to get into trouble and sometimes drags James along with him. Helen is James love interest and that part seemed pretty close to the television show. One difference I did see from the book to the show was with Helen’s family. The book says she has a father, and both a younger brother and sister but on the show she only has a father and younger sister. There are always some inconsistencies with adaptations. I am guessing they decided to eliminate one character because even in the book they didn’t delve too far into either sister or brother’s lives.
Overall this was an enjoyable read and something I might read again so I will give this one 4 stars.
Have you read this series or watched any of the adaptations? There is an older version on Prime that I may watch soon too because I do enjoy this series that much. I also like to compare how shows are adapted.
I am enjoying Spring so far. My next read that I just started is an Agatha Christie – Sinister Spring. I will share more about this one, once I have finished reading it.
Hoping you have a great day. Take time to relax with a good book.
Until next time,