The Pets at Primrose Cottage: Part One and Part Two by Sheila Norton book review

The Pets at Primrose Cottage is a new serialised novel from Sheila Norton, published Ebury Digital.  Part One: A Place to Hide is available NOW in ebook format.  Part Two:  New Beginnings is available to download in ebook format on 21st December 2017.


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Emma Nightingale needs a place to hide away. Pursued by the demons left by her ex-boyfriend, she takes refuge in quiet Crickleford, a sleepy town in Dartmoor, where she can lay low.

Life in Crickleford is quiet and peaceful, but it won’t be for long if people discover the truth about Emma’s past. Not wanting to make too much of a fuss, she ends up lying about why she’s there – she’s looking after some cats, she says – then suddenly the town’s new ‘pet-sitter’ is in high demand!

While looking after an Alsatian, Emma finds all attention is on her, and the handsome young reporter from the local paper takes an interest in her story…


alsationI adored Sheila Norton’s previous book, The Vets at Hope Green and was pleased to hear of a new story from her.  I was instantly drawn by the title, I love stories set around a country cottage and with the inclusion of animals, which I feel add a warmth and humour to a storyline and they also bring out the soft side in a character’s personality, I knew I was going to enjoy this story.

Emma has recently moved to the little Devon village.  She’s renting a room with a young family.  The author hints about some celebrity gossip that Emma has fled from in the States.  You are left wondering what has happened to make Emma leave the bright lights of New York.  Emma is afraid of being recognised which has left me intrigued as to what she is trying to hide from.  She has no job and her money will only last a short while but when she offers to help look after her landlady’s two pet cats word spreads about Emma helping out with pet sitting and she is soon inundated with requests to look after other pets.

Emma, with the help of the dogs she is caring for, soon starts to enjoy village life and whilst walking the dogs she falls in love with a little property near the river.  It appears to be empty at the moment and Emma soon starts day dreaming of owning a property like this.  Wishful thinking at the moment.

Whilst reading this novel I felt like I was exploring the village with Emma, it sounded so idyllic with names like Primrose Gardens, Primrose Cottage, Lavender Lane and Bilberry Cottage. Such a lovely start to a new cosy novel to cuddle up with on a winter’s night.


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All Emma wants is a quiet life in sleepy Crickleford, away from the prying eyes of the press who are obsessed with the life she used to lead.

She is enjoying her new vocation: the town’s most in-demand pet-sitter. But her journalist friend and fellow animal lover Matt is desperate for a big story to make his career – such as Emma’s true identity…

Emma doesn’t want the spotlight, but it keeps finding her anyway. Can she keep her past a secret and live the life she’s dreamed of?


burmese catIt was so nice to return to Emma and Primrose Cottage, it felt like I’d just recently visited them.  We left Emma last time with the fear of her whereabouts being found out by the local journalist.  Emma is still in hiding after fleeing from the States.  With this instalment we learn a little more about her relationship with her ex-boyfriend celebrity Shane but as yet we don’t know why she suddenly fled.

The pets of the village are keeping Emma’s mind off her thoughts although a farm cat causes her undue pain and anguish.

Will Emma’s new life and new beginning become in jeopardy as her friendship with the local journalist grows?

Another lovely instalment from Sheila Norton of a paw-friendly heartfelt story with a touch of intrigue and maybe blossoming romance for our animal loving shy heroine.

I’m really looking forward to continuing with this story, we don’t have long to wait with part three due out on 18th January 2018 and the final instalment part four due out on 15th February 2018.

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