The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay
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.
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
Purchase from –
Amazon US –here
Amazon UK –here
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.
My Review of The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay
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.
Here is my review of the follow-up book to The Corner Shop In Cockleberry Bay
It is called Meet Me In Cockleberry Bay
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.