Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love animals. What many may not know is how author James Herriot's books inspired me to be a veterinarian. As a child, the answer to "What do you want to be when you grow up" was always "a vet."
While that childhood dream did not come true, I have never lost the fondness for Herriot's work. So, when this book turned up on our office swap shelf, I nabbed it.
"If Only They Could Talk" is a UK-issued book consisting of selected stories from All Creatures Great And Small. I was glad to see some of my long-time favorites from Herriot's little Darrowby community, like Mrs. Pumphrey and her precious Tricki Woo, the selection of laconic farmers with their cows, and (of course) the irrepressible Farnon brothers with whom Herriot practices.
As I read this book, it felt like I was spending time with a dear old friend. Sure, all of the stories were known to me from previous reading; it didn't matter one bit, because I still smiled just as broadly as the first time I read them.