I am super excited to share my review with you today for The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May
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.
First of all I would like to thank Kim Nash for the book recommendation. If it wasn’t for Kim I would never of read this book. Being more on the dark side with my reading and having read quite a few very dark thrillers lately I needed to move over to the light and sparkly side. Which was a very good move, because this book is bloody awesome! I loved everything about it.
It is full of unforgettable and realistic characters who make the story what it is. I loved Rosa and could easily relate to her, she reminded me of myself in some ways. I could quite easily go for a drink or two with her. The friendships she makes are delightful and not forgetting her sausage dog Hot!
I must mention that I listened to this on audio in a day and a half . I loved the narrator she has done a brilliant job of bringing Rosa to life and made me feel right there in the story.
This is a story has it all. A beautiful setting. It is full of fun, mystery, magic, romance, heart break and not forgetting laugh out loud moments. It certainly kept me entertained. I loved it that much I have now started the second book.
There is nothing not to like about this book. It is perfect. I just cannot believe I have never read any of Nicola’s books before. She is a fantastic writer. I cannot recommend this book enough giving it all the stars.