The Pets at Primrose Cottage: New Beginnings by Sheila Norton
Publisher: Ebury Digital
Publishing Date: 21st December 2017
Series: The Pets at Primrose Cottage #2 (read my review of part 1 here )
Source: Received from publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review, thank you!
Number of pages: 79
Genre: General Fiction (Adult)
Buy the Book: Kindle
PART TWO of a serialised novel – a charming and romantic story about living the simple life and the joy of animals.
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?
“New Beginnings” is a second part in “The Pets at Primrose Cottage” series and I was really glad to read it, as the characters and the setting were still fresh in my mind and – yes! – I just wanted to know how it is going to continue and what’s going to happen.
It was a nice continuation of the first part, however it didn’t bring anything new in the characters’ development. We got to know more pets than people this time and while it was nice, the novella felt slow and a little bit flat. How often can the main character ask herself how long is she going to tell lies over and over again and still not tell the truth? It was desperately annoying. However, guys, I really started to warm to Emma, even though she really seems not to know what’s best for her at the moment, she’d rather run away from her problems than face them, and I think she’s too big a girl for that. But she’s great with the animals – better than with some people, I’d say, I really am not sure why she so over – reacts around Matt – and she really has a heart in the right place.
Of course, it ended on a cliffhanger, and well, I must admit, I am really intrigued if this what Emma thought she’s seen is true or maybe she’s made a mistake, and if it’s truth, how did it happen? I am guessing that more action is to come in the next two parts and I am really looking forward to reading them – I want to know why Emma has fled her life of luxury and what has happened that she’s now so reluctant to open up and to trust again. Altogether, “New Beginnings” was a quick and pleasant read, the writing style is lovely, full of warmth and it just feels chatty.