BLOG TOUR: The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

I'm very pleased to be on the blog tour for Nicola May's latest book which is out now!  
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 accident 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.
The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay is Nicola May’s ninth book and it’s a lovely read. I’ve read several of Nicola’s books so I was more than happy to review her latest one.
Rosa is our main character, she has had a very tough start in life and spent most of her childhood in the care system, being passed from pillar to post. Unexpectedly she is left a shop in Cockleberry Bay which is in Devon. She has no idea who her benefactor is but she has been told that she is not allowed to sell the shop; she can only pass it on to someone who deserves it in the future. So Rosa leaves her life in London and heads for her new start. She has no idea about running a shop and some of the locals aren’t too welcoming but she’s determined to make the most of it.
Nicola May packs so much into this story,  and inadvertently becomes implicated in a mysterious hit and run accident. The chapters were short and snappy and each one left me wanting more.We go along as Rosa moves to her new home; has a new love interest; realises an old friend may be something more; sets up a new business
I think Cockleberry Bay is the perfect setting for this book. Rosa has her work cut out as an outsider and there are plenty of colourful characters to entertain the reader.
The book follows Rosa as she gets the shop ready to open; I’m hoping that Nicola might write a sequel as I think that there could be a lot more fun in store now that the shop is up and running.
If you are looking for a feel-good read with a bit of romance and mystery then I would recommend The Corner Shop at Cockleberry Bay and Nicola’s other books are well worth a look too!

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