This feel-good book, The Corner Shop In Cockleberry Bay, got me through a weekend away with three hormonal teenage girls and one ten year old girl (two were mine and the other two were my sister’s kids).
Good books get you through stressful times.
On a night, in our small budget hotel room, when the teenagers came to life, I was able to escape their make up dramas, their squabbling, their YouTube videos and their sarcasm by jumping into Rosa Larkin’s shoes.
By the end of the book I was ready to pack up my car, give my teenagers some money for the bus home and head off to Cockleberry Bay.
Since putting the book down I have found myself missing Rosa and her dog, Hot. There have been some moments in my life lately where I have thought – what would Rosa do in this situation?
There have also been some occasions during the past few weeks where I have felt Rosa taught me a few things about bravery and determination.
When the author, Nicola May, tweeted to say she was starting work on a sequel I struggled to stay focused on my huge ironing pile.
Once you read this book you understand why it’s been so successful.
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.
I found myself warming to the character, Rosa, from the start. She’s such a refreshing romance heroine; witty, brash, a little rude and if flirting was an Olympic sport, Rosa would be in Team GB.
Rosa hasn’t had an easy life, brought up in care, she has no family to call her own. But she doesn’t let this hold her back.
Nicola May does a great job in whisking you away to Cockleberry Bay, the location was very vivid in my mind. I could almost smell the sea air, hear the seagulls calling out overhead and watch the locals gossip and curtain twitch.
The other star of the show is Hot, Rosa’s sausage dog. He is adorable and all credit to Nicola for creating such a fab animal character.
Rosa’s love life is filled with peaks and troughs. There’s never a dull moment with this girl. Her banter with Josh, her rugby playing BFF, is at times hilarious.
This book offers you mystery, romance, drama and comedy. It is filled with a great array of realistic characters and at times feels like a little soap opera. You live through Rosa’s trials and tribulations with opening a business and the journey she goes on with finding herself.
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3 Things I Like About This Author:
1. After reading this book I read up about Nicola May and her inspirational self publishing journey. At the time I was deliberating about what to do with my romcom – Instructions For Falling In Love Again. Nicola’s journey combined with this wonderful book helped me to make my decision. ❤️
2. Her book ‘Working It Out’ is just as funny!
3. She loves cream cakes!
Can’t wait for the sequel!
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