Wellies and Westies (a novella) by Cressida McLaughlin


What it’s all about:

Catherine ‘Cat’ Palmer realises, too late, that bringing an adorable puppy into work at the local nursery was a bad idea, especially after the ensuing chaos gets her the sack.
Determined to turn a negative into a positive, Cat decides this is the perfect opportunity to get her dog-walking business off the ground with the help of her flatmates, Polly and Joe. After all, Primrose Terrace where she lives, is full of home-alone hounds…

Wellies and Westies is the first part of a serialized novel told in four parts – all set in Primrose Terrace.


Book provided by HarperCollins UK via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

There was a serious buzz on Twitter about this glorious novella and the moment I saw the cover, I was sold. As well as being a sucker for a gorgeous cover, I love anything that involves animals and this was perfect.

In Wellies and Westies we meet the lovely, if not slightly unlucky, Catherine. Cat for short. She doesn’t have much luck with jobs and in the opening chapter, you understand why. Her heart is in the right place but she pushes the boundaries a little too far and gets herself the sack. On returning home to her friends house at number nine Primrose Terrace where she is currently living, Cat feels deflated and lost, not knowing which direction to go in. She has lost her job in the nursery and doesn’t know what else she’s good at. Aside from her love of animals, dogs in particular, she insists she doesn’t have anything else that she enjoys. This conversation with her friend eventually inspires her to set up her own dog walking business! Starting with the residents of Primrose Terrace, Cat begins to build up her business and it thrives. With a celebrity author requesting her services, Cat finds herself attending a glamorous party and making not only new friends but contacts.

Encouraged by her friend, Polly and Polly’s brother, Joe, Cat gains confidence but occasionally finds herself mesmerized and distracted by another local dog walker, the intriguing and over-confident Mark; who may or may not have a secret. Cat isn’t sure what to do for the best but she does know she’d like to find out more about him.

Cressida’s writing truly was fun and I really enjoyed Wellies and Westies. It’s the first time I’ve read anything by Cressida and it won’t be the last. I can’t wait to hear more about Cat’s adventures and what happens with Mark. If you want to be whisked away to a welcoming town by the sea for a few hours and love the idea of reading about the adventures of some unruly pooches, then this novella is definitely one for you. It gives me great pleasure to give this wonderful read……


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About Cressida


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 – other than writing – include terrifying ghost stories, lava lamps and romantic heroes, though not necessarily at the same time. (Though perhaps a good starting point for a story . . ?)

When she isn’t writing, Cressy spends her spare time reading, returning to London or exploring the beautiful and romantic Norfolk coastline.

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