Romance | Best Practice by Penny Parkes | Guest Review by Laura

We’re delighted to sharing Laura’s thoughts with you on Penny Parkes latest novel in the Larkford Series, Best Practice.

Publishing tomorrow in paperback format this is one story you’ll want to get your hands on for those relaxing weekends or lazing by the pool on holiday.  Don’t worry if you haven’t read the first two stories in the series, Laura says it’s easy to become involved with the characters.

Best Practice Penny Parkes

Paperback: 528 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (28 Jun. 2018)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1471164004

ISBN-13: 978-1471164002

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.


Best Practice is the third book in the Larkford series following Out of Practice and Practice Makes Perfect. It’s a heart-warming story about the lives of doctors in a sweet, rural community of Larkford.

Considering I haven’t read the first two books I still enjoyed Best Practice as it was easy to become involved with the characters.

I preferred Dr Alice Walker, a fashionista with her own health worries. She is a likeable character and has her own flaws that she needs to deal with.

Dr Holly Graham while planning her wedding to fellow doctor, Taffy Jones needs to decide whether to repeat the big white wedding. There are a few surprises in store for her and Taffy.

With services cut in the local community, the residents of Larkford need to work together to improve their current situation.

Best practice is a lovely story with themes of friendship, love and community spirit running throughout.


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Penny ParkesPenny Parkes survived a Convent education largely thanks to a ready supply of inappropriate novels and her passion for writing and languages.

She studied International Management in Bath and Germany, before gaining experience with the BBC. She then set up an independent Film Location Agency and spent many happy years organising shoots for film, television and advertising – thereby ensuring that she was never short of travel opportunities, freelance writing projects or entertaining anecdotes.

Penny now lives in the Cotswolds with her husband, two children and a geriatric spaniel. She will often be found plotting epic train journeys through the Alps, baking gluten-free goodies or attempting to prove that you can, in fact, teach an old dog new tricks.

Twitter: @CotswoldPenny

Married with two sons in their early 20’s, I love my day job as an Inclusion Lead. I am passionate about early help, expressed not only in my setting but also as a member of Bournemouth’s Early Help Operational Board. It’s an honour to be working alongside others to instigate change and growth.

I’m also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet.

I’ve been blogging for seven years at Jera’s Jamboree.



  1. July 7, 2018 / 8:01 am

    This sounds like a lovely read! x

    • July 7, 2018 / 8:23 am

      I’m taking part in the tour next week with a chapter extract Kate. I’ve not read any of Penny Parkes, have you?

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