Title: The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay
Author: Nicola May
Publisher: Amazon Media
Publication Date: 9 April 2018
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.
After reading my way through a pile of gory thrillers, The Corner Shop by Cockleberry Bay (which I will call Cockleberry Bay for the remainder of this review) was a breath of fresh air and proved to be a perfect choice for one of my holiday reads.
The story revolves around Rosa Larkin. Life is not going well for her in London, so she jumps at the chance to try her hand at running a small shop in a quaint Devonshire village. Rosa and little Hot dog head for the Devon countryside and their next adventure.
However, life in that small corner of Devon is not as quiet as one might think and Rosa founds herself quickly immersed in one drama after the next, picking up friends and foes on the way.
The main characters are believable and very likable (whether human or animal!) and the villains are sufficiently villainous in a soap-opera villain type of way – I wanted to “boo” them!
The was a good flow to the story, with a number of different sub-plots running throughout the book. Those different plot lines provide a level of intrigue to the tale which grasps the readers’ attention and maintains their interest until the end.
There is a definite contrast between the two ends of the village, with one end being occupied by a delightful gastro pub ran by two charming gentleman, whilst the other end of the village would be more at home on the set of Eastenders, with the hard-as-nails family matriarch and her misbehaving brethren of family and friends. This certainly adds a little ‘something’ to the tale.
As with books of this genre, there is a lovely splash of romance as Rosa finds herself stuck between a gorgeous rugby player, a wickedly sexy plumber and a charming reporter. In fact, you may find a few slightly saucy scenes within the pages of Cockleberry Bay.
Cockleberry Bay is a wonderfully warm and unexpectedly fun story of love, laughter, disasters, friendship and family. An easy read and the perfect beach read – chick lit with a kick (as per Ms May’s own description).
About the Author
Award winning author Nicola May writes what she calls chick lit with a kick! All of her books have been in the bestselling Kindle charts. The School Gates & Christmas Yves won awards for Best Author Published reads at the Festival of Romance in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Let Love Win was also nominated in 2013.