Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Blog Tour Review: The Cornershop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay
Published: 9th April 2018
Pages: 403
Available on Kindle
Rating: 5/5

Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he - or she - has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed - and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?

There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.

With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay is my first read by Nicola May but my goodness it won’t be my last, this book had all the elements of a fantastic read with some extra surprising extra elements. It’s one of my favourite books of this year so far.
Rosa Larkin has never had much luck being an orphan and moving from job to job have been her life for the past few years, but things are about to change. Rosa has a mystery benefactor and has now become the proud owner of the corner shop in Cockleberry Bay in a quaint little village in Devon. With nothing keeping her in London Rosa heads off for a new life by the sea with cute companion Hot the dog.
As Rosa sets out to make a success out of her little shop she comes across many of the residents. Some welcome her with open arms and some use underhand methods to try and see her fail and some Rosa just can’t help being drawn to. Life in Cockleberry Bay comes with plenty of its own drama including a hit and run accident, a necklace going missing and an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration, among all this Rosa beings to feel home and finds that the mystery behind the shop’s previous owner may just be the key to her own heritage.
I loved Rosa as a character, she’s had plenty of disappointment in her life but always picks herself back up and carries on with a smile on her face. Even when some of the locals don’t play fair she still manages to not to give in.  As the sparks of chemistry fly with various men and Rosa has her first tastes of romance I was pleased for her, I jus had my fingers crossed she pick the best one eventually.
The mystery of the previous shop owner had me intrigued from the start and created a brilliant plot as Rosa uncovers more clues and works it all out. I have to confess I did work it out quite early on in the novel but this did not lessen my enjoyment of this book.
Mystery, romance and the great array of realistic characters make this a great read. For me though the star of the show was Hot. I’ve never been a dog person, but the cuteness and cheeky character of this young sausage dog are seriously making me reconsider, he was simply adorable.
I can highly recommend The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, its simply a great read.
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Nicola May for sending me a copy of this book to review honestly and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.

About the Author

Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.

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