Book Review: Best Practice by Penny Parkes

Penny Parkes' first novel, Out of Practice, won the RNA's Romantic Comedy of the Year Award in 2017 and now she is back with the third book in this delightful series, Best Practice. Penny stopped by the blog earlier this week to share with us how a writing day looks for her (read it here) and today I am sharing my thoughts:

Title: Best Practice
Author: Penny Parkes
Published: June 28th 2018 by Simon & Schuster

Blurb: Love and laughter with the residents of Larkford is exactly what the doctor ordered!

Dr Alice Walker has become accomplished at presenting a façade to the world – to anyone watching, she is the epitome of style, composure and professionalism. But perhaps it was to be expected that the cracks might begin to show at some point. Thankfully Grace is on hand to offer both friendship and support when it’s needed most.

Meanwhile, Dr Holly Graham has her hands full both professionally and personally. Planning a wedding with Taffy Jones is challenging enough, even before some surprising news changes everything. At least beloved Larkford resident, Elsie, still has a few tricks left up her sleeve!

Dr Dan Carter, on the other hand, has decided to throw himself into his career – the best antidote he’s found to unrequited love. When tragedy strikes in the heart of Larkford, Dan makes it his mission to help the community.

Review: And we are back in Larkford with my favourite doctors! I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and was really looking forward to catching up with Holly and all the gang, especially after one of the main character, TV star doctor Julia, left the practice at the end of the previous book. 

As in the previous books, Best Practice, is packed with drama. It starts already with a village fête gone wrong and a little girl fighting for her life and from there, things keep happening non-stop. Penny Parkes definitely have some shocking surprises in store for us! Also, in this story we get to know a lot more about Alice, the newest member of the practice team and she turns out to be a very interesting character. I really enjoyed learning about her past and how it has affected her current life.

As usual though, the star of the show is Elsie. I think I should re-read all the books and note down all her pieces of life advice. She is a very wise woman with a huge heart. I love her bantering with Holly and how she always gets away with everything she wants. 

Another highlight of the story are the more romantic storylines. I was really happy how these turned out and might have shade a tear or two during some of the more emotional scenes. 

Once again, Penny Parkes has created a delightful story. I consider these characters good friends by now and I cannot wait for the next installment to see how they are doing after the latest events. If you haven't discovered Larkford yet, you are missing out!

Rating: 4 stars

I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy of this book. This is my honest opinion.

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