Raincoats and Retrievers by Cressida McLaughlin
Release Date: 3rd September 2015
It’s autumn and Primrose Terrace has never looked lovelier. But things are far from rosy for the Barker’s at No.6. Cat’s been walking their pair of gorgeous Golden Retrievers and she’s noticed that things are distinctly chilly between owners Juliette and Will. For Cat, things are coming to a head with Mark, but is he the right man for her? Especially as she is getting closer to flatmate Joe. Cat thinks she must be able to do something to stop autumn falling on the Barker’s marriage, but is there anything she can do to resolve her feelings about Mark?
Raincoats and Retrievers is the third part of a serialized novel told in four parts – all set in Primrose Terrace.
We’re back on the gorgeous-sounding Primrose Terrace, picking up where we left dog-walker Cat and her glorious gang of pooches.
This episode focuses on Juliette and Will Barker who are living at No. 6. Whilst Cat takes on the responsibility of walking Effie and Alfie, their playful retrievers, it soon becomes clear that all is not well between the couple. Cat is not one to enjoy seeing anyone unhappy and she tries her best to come up with a plan that will bring Juliette and Will back together. But will her help be appreciated?
However, Cat’s own personal life isn’t looking too grand at the moment, either. Things finally look like they’re about to go somewhere with hunky neighbour Mark but Cat can’t silence the niggling doubts that are at the back of her mind. Then there’s her housemate Joe. Something is brewing between the two but Cat can’t quite put her finger on what. Then when Cat discovers some of Joe’s drawings he is left with some explaining to do…
Dogs are definitely less complicated than humans…
I am loving every minute of this beautiful series which is jam-packed full of fantastic characters (of the two legged and four legged variety!)
It was such a delight to be reunited with Cat. She is such a vibrant and caring person who has a heart of gold. I love that her personality means she has a tendency to ‘interfere’ but I wouldn’t call it interfering at all. I think she just sometimes cares too much and wants to help.
The whole cast of characters living on Primrose Terrace are wonderful and I want to pack my suitcase and move in with Cat, Polly and Joe right away. They can make room for me, surely?
I’m not sure about living in a dog-free house, but it looks as though we’re going to find out what’s behind Joe’s reluctance to have a dog very soon…
The only character I didn’t quite warm to was Mark. He annoyed me at the start of the episode – smarmy or what!? I can’t quite put my finger on whether he’s a good guy or not. I guess we’ll soon find out!
This episode is definitely the most romantic so far, but the focus is not taken away from the brilliant dogs that are the stars of the story.I love how each episode focuses on a different dog and different resident of Primrose Terrace. Throughout the series it really feels as though we have got to know the inhabitants of Fairview and they all play their own important part in the story.
The serialization of novels is something which seems to be happening more often lately and it’s something I’m quite enjoying. In fact I think this story is working particularly well in this format – but I think it’s also going to make a cracking novel and I cannot wait to revisit each episode on one big, greedy chunk.
Raincoats and Retrievers continues the trend for Cressida’s heart-warming and all-round-lovely story. This episode is definitely action packed and a must-read if you have enjoyed the previous two installments. There’s drama, surfing Jack Russells, confrontations, confessions and a adorable pug called Paddlepuss…Don’t miss it!
A huge thank you to publishers, Harper, for approving me on NetGalley to read and review Raincoats and Retrievers. ♥
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.