Book Review: Sunshine and Spaniels by Cressida Mclaughlin

Sunshine and Spaniels (A novella) (Primrose Terrace Series, Book 2)Sunshine and Spaniels by Cressida Mclaughlin
Release Date: 18th June 2015
Publisher: Harper
Buy: Kindle
5 star


Cat Palmer’s dog-walking business, Pooch Promenade is taking off. It hasn’t been plain sailing but with the help of her flatmate Joe, she’s taken on some more new clients from Primrose Terrace. But when she meets boisterous puppy Olaf, who is owned by harassed single mum Frankie, she wonders if she has bitten off more than she can chew! Cat’s also getting to know her sexy neighbour Mark and his Collie, Chips, a little better, but is there more to him than meets the eye? Perhaps sorting out her best friend Polly’s love life will be easier than her own…

Sunshine and Spaniels is the second part of a serialized novel told in four parts – all set in Primrose Terrace.


After reviewing the first installment of Cressida Mclaughlin’s series set in Primrose Terrace I was stupidly excited about reading the second part, Sunshine and Spaniels.
We re-join Cat during summer as her Pooch Promenade dog-walking business is really taking off. She has regular clients and has even organised her own event for owners and their four legged friends in an attempt to gain publicity.
Cat then meets super-excitable (and super-adorable!) spaniel Olaf. Olaf belongs to one of the children she used to look after in her old nursery job, Emma. Emma’s mum Frankie is a harassed single mum, who is struggling to hold down a job, pay the bills and look after her three children. Cat being Cat immediately wants to help and goes way above and beyond her neighbourly duty to help Frankie, her children – and of course, Olaf.
Cat is still having one or two difficulties with the men in her life. The mysterious Mark is still being, well, mysterious, however her housemate Joe is looking to be slightly less grumpy which is promising. Especially as Cat desperately, DESPERATELY wants a dog of her own *hint, hint*.

I could not wait to become reacquainted with Cat and the Primrose Terrace gang (of the two-legged and four-legged variety.) This is such a lovely series and I feel so attached to all the characters, even after just reading the first two installments.
As I enjoyed the first installment, Wellies and Westies so much, all of the characters were safely tucked away in my mind, waiting to come out and star in part two so I didn’t have any trouble picking up where I left off. I think that these stories work well as novellas, but me being me (aka greedy) I’d love to be able to read them all in one big, book-gobbling go. I think that they will work really when everything is pieced together and the final story will be an absolutely gorgeous one.
I just adore Cat. She is such a beautiful person, inside and out and she really does have a heart of gold. Her friendship with Polly (who I also love) really makes me smile and the two work so well together. I love how Cat doesn’t let anything phase her – particularity when her old boss starts kicking off at the event she organises. I really admire her as a character and I’d also love, love, LOVE to do her job.

Cressida has really created something really special with Primose Terrace. Its idyllic setting, it’s interesting inhabitants and the fact that there is always something going on. I am completely in love with this series and I just can’t wait for more.

Light, sweet, funny and warm, this is a MUST read, especially if you love our four legged friends.

My thanks to publishers Harper for approving me on NetGalley to read and review Sunshine and Spaniels. 


Cressy was born in South East London surrounded by books and with a cat named after Lawrence of Arabia. She studied English at the University of East Anglia and now lives in Norwich with her husband David.
Cressy’s favourite things include terrifying ghost stories, lava lamps and romantic heroes, though not necessarily at the same time. She doesn’t (yet) have a dog of her own, but feeds her love vicariously through friends’ pets, and was once chased around a field by a soaking wet, very mischievous Border Collie called Wags.
When she isn’t writing, Cressy spends her spare time reading, returning to London or exploring the beautiful Norfolk coastline.

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