Review of Primrose Terrace (Pt1): Wellies & Westies by Cressida McLaughlin

Published: 30th April 2015
Publisher: Harper
Pages: 98


Catherine ‘Cat’ Palmer realises, too late, that bringing an adorable puppy into work at the local nursery was a bad idea, especially after the ensuing chaos gets her the sack. Determined to turn a negative into a positive, Cat decides this is the perfect opportunity to get her dog-walking business off the ground with the help of her flatmates, Polly and Joe. After all, Primrose Terrace where she lives, is full of home-alone hounds…


Thank you to Harper Collins for kindly sending me a review copy.

Wellies And Westies gets off to a puppy drama start with plenty of sneaking around, hushed voices, excited children and an end of an era – what a way to kick-start your debut novel. Cat is a very upbeat, happy, positive person and I took an instant shine to her and she reminded me a lot of Cressida actually. She was creative, down to earth, friendly and pretty determined to make a good go of her new business.

“She still couldn’t get over how idyllic her new home was. She had the beach, the park, and wide, quiet roads that demanded strolling rather than hurrying.”

Cat lives in a beautiful town house with her best friend Polly and Polly’s hunky brother Joe. At first, there is no detail of history of how the three met one another (that comes later on in different chapters), but it was really nice to not know straight away and use my own imagination. Very quickly, the trio have Cat’s new dog walking business up and ready to go. This gave readers the chance to feel sympathetic towards her at the beginning yet then become excited for her as she started on her new adventure – I loved this! Of course, what’s a new local business without a celebrity author getting involved and helping you out a little?

“Sometimes he finds going after a bowl of whiskas too toxing.”

There were two attractive males in the plot; Joe (Polly’s hunky brother) and Mark, the one with the Border Collie. Cat attempted to play Sherlock with the both of them, find out some inside information and hopefully see how she can help in some way – it was quite amusing to see her try and slightly fail. Cressida’s writing style is so effortless, addictive and I flew through the first part and now I’m super eager to read the second. I quickly fell into step with Cat’s life, the dogs and the beauty that is Primrose Terrace. Can I live there, please? The descriptions were divine and made me feel so utterly relaxed as I glided through Cat’s hectic world. I really hope that part two is just as amazing as the first.

Twitter: @CressMcLaughlin