Title: The Pets at Primrose Cottage: Part Two New Beginnings
Author: Sheila Norton
Publisher: Ebury Digital
Genre: Contemporary
Book format: Digital (pre-release)
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Description: 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?

Free copy provided by publiser for review…

Review:  This is the second part of The Pets at Prirmose Cottage and I’ve enjoyed it almost as much as the first part. Emma’s story in Crickleford continues as her business for pet-sitting continues, but with local journalist Matt insisting on a story for the paper, will she be able to keep her past forever hidden?

This second part of the serialised novel starts with an exciting moment as Emma wonders whether she should stay in Crickleford or take a chance and run. Of course this story being a little predictable, Emma decides to stay, and finds herself looking after more animals, this time rabbits and cats. I like how easily this book flows, and how easy it was for me to get back into the story even after taking a long break from book one. I enjoyed getting to know Emma a bit better. Although most of the story is about Emma’s life in the sleepy town, we do get to know her character a bit more and particularly more from her early past, when she met Shane and before they went to America.

I really enjoyed the story of the dog in the first part of this novel and it was lovely getting to know the rabbits and cats which make up the animal stories in this part. Although the animals are always lovely to read about and I liked how one rabbit came around to liking Emma, the animal stories didn’t feel as satisfying as the one with the dog did. I can’t really explain why I didn’t like it as much, I just didn’t feel like there was as much of a connection to the animals with Emma as there was with the dog, although it was interesting to see a familiar tabby cat mentioned again.

Just like the first part of this novel, the book has nothing offensive in it and has a warm, feel to it making it a great contemporary for anyone to read although I would suggest reading the first part as this will make no sense reading it.

This part of the novel ends on a cliff-hanger moment and a really good one that makes you want to dive into the next part. I can’t wait to read part three and four now to see what happens to Emma. As I said the story has a predictability to it, but there’s also a sense of drama and curiosity as I wonder who was in the window, and what will ultimately happen to Emma and her pet-sitting business. I also can’t wait to read more animal stories and hope they become more interesting in the next two parts of this novel.

-Review first appeared online June 2018 – now republished here.

Read review of book 1 – The Pets at Primrose Cottage: Part One A Place to Hide by clicking here.


Have you read this book either serealised or whole?  Do you like books that feature animals?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂