Blogmas Day 18: Primrose Terrace (pt4): Tinsel And Terriers by Cressida McLaughlin


Published: 22nd October 2015
Pages: 112

On the eighteenth day of Blogmas…


Christmas is coming to Primrose Terrace, Pooch Promenade is doing brilliantly and Cat has made lots of new friends in the street, both dogs and their owners. Life seems good. Things start to go badly when Cat learns something about Mark that she wishes she hadn’t. Then, when one of Ellen’s lovable schnauzers, Chalky, gets ill, it looks like this Christmas could be turning into a dog’s dinner. But Cat has never given up on anything in her life – and this is one Christmas that’s definitely worth saving…

Part 1 Review // Part 2 Review // Part 3 Review


The final instalment of the utterly delightful Primrose Terrace picks up straight away. Cat and Joe (flat mate and best friend’s brother) were found in a bit of an awkward spot and naturally, her gorgeous boyfriend Mark walked in on them but is she being completely honest about her feelings?

“You’ve made your mark on Primrose Terrace, you’ve helped so many people. Your curiosity. Your tenacity – this place wouldn’t be the same without you.”

As November creeps into Primrose Terrace, Cat has an idea. Of course she does; Cat isn’t Cat without a plan or two up her sleeve and that’s one of the many reasons why she’s such a loveable character. While she celebrates Christmas in November with her parents who are about to go travelling, Cat does an awful lot of thinking about life and in particular, which man truly has her heart.

“Cat thought again of her guitar, and how idiotic she’d been to believe that she could ever have gone through with it.”

Christmas is a matter of days away and as the residents of Primrose Terrace gather together at a party to celebrate the fun dog costumes and house light competitions, I truly felt saddened by the fact that the book was coming to an end. It was such a magical, sweet ending which I know all readers will be rather pleased about. Everything seemed to fit into place and despite perhaps being able to guess at the outcome, I couldn’t help but be swept off my feet by Cressida’s wonderful writing.

“She’s gone on a long, rocky journey, taken wrong turns, made mistakes, had to backtrack and apologise and rethink, but finally, she had got to him.”

Twitter: @CressMcLaughlin