Book Review, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

Today I am delighted to be hosting the blog tour for The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May.  Thank you to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for inviting me to take part.

The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay

I have been so excited to read this book because it features a miniature dachshund called ‘Hot’. Followers of this blog know that I have a rescue mini dachshund called Mr Darcy who keeps me on my toes with his comical antics and mischievous (naughty) behaviour. I also couldn’t wait to read The Cornershop in Cockleberry Bay because the location is a small Devon coastal village and I spent many happy hours on holiday in a very similar North Devon resort. I can still see the waves crashing on the rocks and taste the clotted cream teas…

The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay

by Nicola May

  Praise for Nicola May’s books

‘This book will twang your funny bone & your heartstrings’ – Milly Johnson

‘A fun and flighty read’ the Sun

‘A funny and fast-paced romp – thoroughly enjoyable!’  WOMAN Magazine

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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.


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Here’s a short prologue from the book to wet your appetite.


‘Are you sure you’ve got the right person?’

Rosa took off her bright red woolly hat and scratched the back of her head furiously, causing her dark brown curly hair to become even more unruly.

The tall, pinched-faced solicitor nodded. ‘Yes, of course we have. Evans, Donald and Simpson do not make mistakes. You, Miss Larkin, are now the official owner of the corner shop in Cockleberry Bay.’

He handed the bewildered twenty-five-year-old a battered leather briefcase and pointed to a small combination padlock on its brass clasp.

‘Here. The will stated that you – and only you – can open this, using your date of birth.’

‘This is all very strange,’ Rosa said.  ‘And where exactly is this Cockleberry Bay?’

‘Devon, dear, Devon.’  The solicitor looked under his rimless glasses. ‘I take it you know where that is?’

‘I may have a cockney accent, Mr Donald, but I’m not stupid.’

‘Well, open it then.’ The solicitor was shifting from foot to foot in anticipation. He confided, ‘We’ve been wanting to know what’s in there for days.’

Showing no emotion, Rosa gazed at him with her striking green eyes and asked coolly: ‘Is there anything else I need?’

‘Er, no – but are you not going to . . .?’

‘I need to get to work.’ Rosa put her hat and scarf back on, zipped up her fur-lined bomber jacket and headed for the door. ‘Thank you so much for your help.’

And she was gone.


The solicitor peered crossly out of the window of the offices in Staple Inn and watched as the young woman, the briefcase in her arms, strode across the frosty cobbled courtyard and out into the bustle of London’s ancient legal quarter.

My Review

I’ve been really looking forward to reading this book since I took part in the cover reveal last month. It’s not often that all my favourite things are together in one book but I knew this was one for me as soon as I saw the little dachshund and the quaint cobbled street running down to the sparkling blue sea.

The main character Rosa has a very sad start in life which shaped her into the person she is. If anyone deserves a break, it’s Rosa, and my fingers were firmly crossed that she grabbed her chance of happiness with both hands.

I loved the mystery surrounding the inheritance and the villagers who were both endearing, annoying and unique all at the same time. Rosa originated from London and it was interesting to see how she fitted into a small town, where everyone knew each others business. I loved her razor-sharp wit, her straight talking, and determination to overcome whatever life throws at her (and I need a best friend like Josh in my life!)

As for ‘Hot’ the dachshund, I fell for him completely. Nicola depicts the very noisy, cheeky but fiercely loyal dachshund in just the right way and no one will be able to resist him.The story of how Rosa met the little sausage dog was a real tearjerker and explains why they have such a special relationship.

This is much more than a RomCom, I think Cockleberry Bay and all its residents have stolen a place in my heart and I really hope that we get to return there one day.

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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 About Nicola May

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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