The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May Review


The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay
By Nicola May
Release Date: April 9th, 2018
Nowell Publishing
Source: ARC provided by the author


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.

*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

Welcome to Cockleberry Bay, the sweetest little Devonshire village, that nothing is what it seems

I will not lie, I totally picked this book solely because it is set in Devon, and seen as I'm really homesick at the moment, books based in the UK are making me feel happy. But what I didn't expect was the rollercoaster of emotion that I would experience or that I was at chapter 43 before I blinked an eye! So maybe this book should come with a warning! This book is so addictive that you will literally lose 3 hours of your life, and you won't care!

The whole book revolves around Rosa Larkin, a girl who grew up in the foster system, and has suddenly been left a shop in Cockleberry Bay! After the bumpy start to her life, and losing her charity shop job, she left London with the blessing of Josh, her roommate/BFF with drunk benefits and her dog Hot, and headed down to the sunny skies of Devon.

But this Cockleberry Bay could give Midsummer Murders a run for its money! And nothing and no one is what it seems!

Now I'm not going to share any more of the story with you, as you really need to go out and read it, because it is SO freaking good! And I totally admit, I didn't see the ending coming.

This is the first Nicola May book I have ever read, but it certainly will NOT be the last! The writing is fantastic, the way the author made the characters come to life just blew me away! I truly haven't felt this much empathy for a character in such a long time, that it shook me to the core a little!

Now to sum up The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay it is fantastic, gripping, no holds barred amazing 5-star book! And one I recommend everyone read and enjoy.




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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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