Review of Primrose Terrace (Pt3): Raincoats And Retrievers by Cressida McLaughlin

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Published: 3rd September 2015
Pages: 100


It’s autumn and Primrose Terrace has never looked lovelier. But things are far from rosy for the Barker’s at No.6. Cat’s been walking their pair of gorgeous Golden Retrievers and she’s noticed that things are distinctly chilly between owners Juliette and Will. For Cat, things are coming to a head with Mark, but is he the right man for her? Especially as she is getting closer to flatmate Joe. Cat thinks she must be able to do something to stop autumn falling on the Barker’s marriage, but is there anything she can do to resolve her feelings about Mark?


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

“Fairview was under the spell of a shimmering August sun, and it had been the kind of day when winter seemed impossible, something that never visited the south coast.”

The third element of the book opens with Cat on a date with a very handsome man but the issue is: she’s utterly nervous and it was easy to sense that she was outside of her comfort zone. Very early on, two new characters pop up in the narrative and it’s none other than Cat’s parents. This was going to be interesting..

“She was having enough trouble trying to sort out her own love life.”

At the back of my mind, I was always secretly hoping something was going to happen between Cat and Joe. They didn’t exactly click from the beginning in Part One, but they knew each other’s likes and dislikes without even having to ask. Now that is a relationship worth being in, not one where you have to force your feelings. We definitely see more of Cat’s worried personality throughout this third part of the book and it doesn’t always focus around her own life – both her housemates are keeping hush, her neighbours are arguing, her parents are off to Canada and the handsome man is as cold as can be. What will be fixed first I wonder?

“I’m going to do what I do best. I’m going to interfere.”

The plot is left on a juicy cliffhanger and I have no clue what will happen in the fourth and final part. Once again, Cressida welcomes you into her beautiful world of Primrose Terrace and it’s rather difficult to escape. These individual parts are so easy to lose yourself in within a few hours and by the time it finishes, you’ll be begging for the next part – I know I am.

Twitter: @CressMcLaughlin