Similar to James Herriot's English country vet tales, McSparren's novel delivers a Southern version through the family and experiences of Maggie Mclain and her veterinary partner, Eli.

Readers experience every veterinary endeavor, from the birth of a foal to the difficult surgery performed on a foundered horse.

Maggie's life is highlighted as she continues her career as a veterinarian, faces tragedy in her personal life and watches her children grow older and move away. Laughter, love and loss can be found in the pages of this thoughtfully written novel, a page-turner to be savored. (Nov., 384 pp., $14.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick