Welcome to Glorious Tuga

Ecco. Jul. 2024. 368p. ISBN 9780063360457. $28.99. F
Fresh out of veterinary school and fleeing after a fight with her mother, Londoner Charlotte Walker accepts a research grant to study endangered tortoises on the remote South Atlantic island of Tuga de Oro. Miserable and seasick, tended to by the handsome young doctor who is returning home after years abroad, Charlotte is also hoping to find answers about her father, who she believes lives on Tuga. Once she gets to the island, she realizes that the tortoises are not the only creatures who need her veterinary care—the island’s goats, dogs, and donkeys need her as well. And then there are the Tuga residents, who welcome her with cake and jam in the hope that she will decide to stay on the island permanently. Told through multiple narratives, Segal’s (The Awkward Age) latest novel, the first in a planned trilogy, seamlessly blends the past with the present. As secrets unfold and destinies intertwine with humor and warmth, Segal shows readers what it means to come home.
VERDICT For fans of James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small or anyone looking for an engrossing and heartwarming book to enjoy in one sitting.
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