Last April I hosted Nicola May with a Q&A on tour for The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay. Today we’re delighted to be sharing Alice-Jane’s thoughts plus an extract.
As an aside, I’ve been around since Nicola May’s first novel and it’s fab to see her receiving the recognition she deserves (this story is a Kindle best seller). 1,921 reviews with an overall rating of 4.6 on Amazon says it all. Awesome 🙂
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. However, while the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he or she has left one important proviso: the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.
Rosa resolves to get the shop, in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay, up and running again. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who will work secretly to see her fail?
A handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter, a selection of meddling locals, and a dachshund named Hot Dog, together with a hit-and-run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace, all play their part in an unpredictable journey of self-discovery in this runaway bestseller from chick-lit publishing phenomenon Nicola May.
What a fun, energetic and entertaining story!
Nicola May has created a vivid setting in the beautiful little Devon coastal village of Cockleberry, with all the expectations of small town life!- noisy neighbours, news that travels faster than you, and yet the care and attention of those who know you.
Rosa’s introduction to this standard of living is a shock to her system but with the launch of her new shop life, she discovers not only connections to her past but also how she wants to maintain these for her future.
For Rosa, her unsettled and fragmented past, trusting others and well as her own abilities, is a long journey. The friends and connections that Devon life brings her helps on this road to true happiness.
A thoroughly uplifting and inspiring read!
When Nicola May was made redundant from her event management job, she resorted to a variety of temping jobs to make ends meet. This became the inspiration for her first novel, Working It Out, a romantic comedy about a young woman who does twelve different jobs in as many months.
Unable to find a publisher, she published that novel herself, achieving the rare distinction of getting it stocked in Waterstones, and went on to self-publish eight more novels, all of which have appeared in the Kindle bestseller charts. Her novels Christmas Spirit and The School Gates won Best Author-Published Read at the Festival of Romance in 2012 and 2014, while Love Me Tinder was ebook of the week in The Sun. Her ninth novel, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, became the best-selling Kindle book in the UK in January 2019.
Nicola lives near Ascot racecourse with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan.
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