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Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Pets at Primrose Cottage by Sheila Norton - Book Review & Giveaway

Review by Anniek

Emma used to be one of the It girls in America, when she was still together with her famous boyfriend. Unfortunately their relationship ends on bad terms and Emma needs a quiet and safe place to calm down and hide from the press. Emma ends up in Crickleford, where she rents a room from a nice and warm family. She needs to look for a job now that she has to earn her own money again. She has no idea what to do, but accidentally lands a pet sitting job. She loves animals, so she starts her own pet-sitting company. How long will Emma be able to hide in Crickleford before the press finds her again?

Emma tries to keep to herself, but in a small town like Crickleford nothing stays a secret for long. She tells little lies to prevent having to disclose who she really is. While she tries to stay hidden in the shadows, Emma almost becomes a local heroine overnight and her brave actions are putting her in the spotlight more than once. When she gets to know local journalist Matt she has to remind herself of the reasons why she came to Crickleford in the first place. Everyone loves a good story, but how will Emma's end when the locals find out who she really is?

The Pets at Primrose Cottage is such a sweet and heartwarming story. Emma is a kind soul, but she lost herself in the glitter and glamour of the rich and famous. She never wants to become that person again and works hard to look after of the pets that are in her care. Emma doesn't think highly of herself. She's sad she can't compare to her genius sister, but it's not all brains that make someone special. Emma is so smart and is very brave when others are needing her. I loved her from the start and was wishing for her to find the courage to break down her walls and be open to the possibility of love.

Crickleford is a nice and quaint small town, where everybody knows each other. I always love to read about those kind of places. The local people are all so warm and inviting and I loved their trusting nature. Sheila Norton's vivid descriptions of the town and the lovely cottages made it easy for me to have a clear picture of the place. Being a dog owner myself I enjoy reading about animals and I found myself laughing out loud multiple times about Emma's adventures. The pets have their own personalities and this was so relatable for me. The Pets at Primrose Cottage is a feelgood story about secrets, fabulous animals and learning to trust again. It's my first book by Sheila Norton and she got me addicted to her easy-flowing writing style. I can't wait to read another one of her stories.


If you love sweet and endearing stories set in small towns you will definitely like The Pets at Primrose Cottage.

About Sheila Norton

Sheila was born in Romford, now lives near Chelmsford, Essex, and has been writing avidly since childhood. For most of her life she worked as a medical secretary, retiring early to concentrate on her writing.

Her first publications were children’s stories, but after twice winning first prize in the Writers’ News short story competitions in the 1990s, she began to have short stories published regularly in women’s magazines. Her first romantic comedy novel was published in 2003 by Piatkus Books, followed by a further seven similar books with Piatkus, including three under the pseudonym of Olivia Ryan. She then self-published several novels with Amazon, including two books set mainly in the 1960s, and one family story with grandparents at its heart.

In another radical change of direction, since 2015 Sheila has been published by Ebury Press, writing adult fiction with animal themes. Two novels with cats as the central ‘characters’ have now been followed by ‘The Vets at Hope Green’.


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Five very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive a digital copy of The Pets at Primrose Cottage by Sheila Norton.

The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


  1. The Pets at Primrose Cottage sounds like an utterly heart-warming and charming story about living the simple life and the joy of animals.

  2. love this book yes please enter me to win a delightful read

  3. This sounds like the perfect summer read and I adore that cover and title!

  4. Thank you Anniek for this nice review. ☺

  5. It sounds like a great read. I love pets in books.

  6. Fantastic Author - bet this book is as good as if not better than others I've read of hers!

  7. I love the cover and premise of the book! It is certainly going on my TBR list!

  8. Michelle FergusonMay 22, 2018 at 10:05 PM

    This looks like a lovely book to read on my holiday

  9. OOH this sounds great. I really enjoy the "relocation" books and what secrets people are hiding from their neighbours. Would love to "pet-sit" myself, nearest I've got is having my niece's 3 chihuahua's for 2 hours on a Saturday afternoon.

  10. I used to look after my sister's guinea pig whenever she was away but never again. I've always had cats & the only way to stop Oscar being eaten was to keep him in my bedroom. If anyone is considering sleeping with a guinea pig - don't! Between snuffling in their hay & squeaking/chattering you won't get much rest!