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Summary

The perfect summer romance from the author of A Christmas Tail. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan and Holly Martin.

Summer Freeman returns to the waterside village of Willowbeck to rescue the Canal Boat Café, her late mother's picturesque narrowboat, which has run into choppy waters. A family friend, Valerie, has been trying to keep things afloat, but the coffee machine is jammed, the cake offerings are paltry, and not all of the locals want to see the café succeed.

Help comes from the boat next door, in the shape of handsome wildlife photographer, Mason, and his naughty border terrier, who are showing more than a passing interest in Summer and her adorable bichon frise, Latte. But is Mason being honest about himself? Or does he have something to hide?

As her life and the community of Willowbeck begin to entwine, Summer finds herself setting sail on a new adventure. Will the anchor of a steady life on land be too strong, or can Summer learn to cut loose and embrace life afloat?

©2016 Cressida McLaughlin (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

Praise for Primrose Terrace: "A lovely, warm gem of a series that stays with you.... I loved it." (Alexandra Brown)
"Warm and wonderful...bursting with characters you'll adore." (Miranda Dickinson)

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Long, easy listening

Nice long book for car journeys - a bit of excitement, mystery and romance. Very descriptive - a dash too much at times. But kept me wanting my journey to be a little longer so I could listen!

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A good and easy read xxx
So sit down and make yourself comfortable
You're going to have a few hours in the company of
Well written characters that before you know it.
It's been hours before you pull yourself up and we all like a good love story!!!

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fun and easy listening

Really enjoyed this little love story so much I found it hard to stop listening as j needed to know the answers to the twists and turns- could see this as a mini series on the BBC
Narration was clear and entertaining.
Thank you

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lovely story

About loss and happiness.
will they get together? or wont they?
the book keeps you in suspense for quite a bit.

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great read.

loved this book couldn't put it down,even had it playing in the car.
I would recommend it.

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loved it

believable characters. good story. clear narration with pleasant voice. I really enjoyed it. felt like I was there myself along the river and wished I could pop out to Summer's cafe for a cake.

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Spell binding

Fell in love with the characters and found myself telling them what to do was a shame when the book ended

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lovely summery book...couldnt stop listening

lovely gentle story with warmth laughter and romance and of course dogs .....a wonderful listen

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I really enjoyed this book...

This book was really good, there were enough different things going on to keep it enjoyable as well as keeping the reader engaged. It was a nice easy going book, and I'd read/listen to it again :)

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Pleasant Book

Narration excellent, Nice story puts you in a good relaxed mood. drift away with the boat people of Willowbeck.