The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay

Written 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.




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This is the tale of Rosa, a young woman with no family who lodges in her friend Josh’s house in London. Just as she loses her job (again) she strangely inherits a shop in a seaside village in Devon.

Rosa soon finds out that life in Devon is very different to the life she’s been living in London where you can be anonymous. However, in any small place a newcomer is fodder for gossip and Rosa falls foul of that sooner rather than later! This story develops at it’s own pace and by the end, all questions are answered and loose ends tied up securely.

This is a nice tale. Likeable and unlikeable characters, a bit of mystery, a bit of romance AND a cute dog! There’s even a touch of mysticism. The setting of Cockleberry Bay sounds like just the place to visit on holiday. I enjoyed the read but I just wasn’t mad about it – for me, it didn’t have that extra sparkle factor.

My thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for providing my copy of this novel. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: rom-com



  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publication Date: 9 April 2018
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81MqOHUeykL._SY200_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.

Love Me Tinder was ebook of the week in The Sun newspaper.

Nicola likes watching films that involve a lot of swooning and eating cream teas.

For more details about her books go to



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