The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay
by Nicola May
Praise for Nicola May’s books
‘This book will twang your funny bone & your heartstrings’ – Milly Johnson
‘A fun and flighty read’ the Sun
‘A funny and fast-paced romp – thoroughly enjoyable!’ WOMAN Magazine
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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Rose is having a bad day…she has lost her job. But, it isn’t all bad. She just found out she has inherited a shop in a Devon. When she returns to the home she shares the news with her roommate and sometimes hookup, Josh, he encourages her to go for it. She has no clue how very much this decision will change her life.
Rose is a complicated woman. She has had a hard life, not knowing her birth parents, and living most of her life in foster homes. Yet, she finds a way to survive and attempts to make her life better. She gets that chance with her Corner Shop. Yes, there is some romance in it, but this is a story about Rose and her discovering who she really is.
I had no idea when I read the synopsis that Marsh would have so many hidden gems and mysteries tucked within the pages. I could go into them, but I’m not. I don’t want to ruin a thing about this book.
This is a lovely, charming book with fantastic characters. Thank you, Nicola May, for taking me away from reality for just a bit and spend it in the lovely village of Devon!!!
About Nicola May
Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.
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Q & A with Nicola
How did you come up with the idea for this book?
It was quite random really. My dad is an artist and had given me a painting of a corner shop that used to be in Sunninghill, a village near where I live. It was so pretty and actually had the words The Corner Shop over it’s pretty windows. It is long gone now. but seeing it, made me think back to the novel and film Chocolat, and accentuated in my mind what a great focal point for a novel, a seaside corner shop would be. I love going on holiday in Devon, so I was able to just imagine one of the little coastal villages I had been to down there, to set the scene. On the book cover, the actual painting that my dad did is incorporated into the illustration.
What was your favorite thing about each character?
I think Hot, the sausage dog steals the show to be honest! He has an amusing little character of his own and is always by Rosa’s side.
However, I also love my heroine, Rosa in this novel. She is feisty and opinionated and after being brought up in children’s homes, defies the opinions of others and is determined to make the corner shop a success.
Queenie Cobb is also an interesting character, she is both mystical and blunt and is hiding a myriad of secrets. The old lady finds it hard to show love, but deep down you know that she is full of it.
Do you have a playlist you listen to when writing?
I like to write in peace and quiet as a rule. If for any reason I have music on, usually the radio in the background, I never end up hearing it as get so engrossed in getting the words out.
Any favorite foods/drinks you like while writing?
Tea, tea and more tea. I quite often forget to eat and drink at regular times when I’m mid-flow as my writing all consumes me.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I actually didn’t start writing until my thirties. I was working in PR at the time, loved a drink and smoked 20 a day and was dared to run a half marathon. I thought it would be quite funny to create a comedy diary of events throughout my tough training. Amazingly, I completed the run, but didn’t finish the diary. It did, however, give me the writing bug and I commended my first novel.
What are some are your favorite reads?
The Shell Seekers by Rosamund Pilcher
Anything by Patrick Gale
I am also a big fan of Marian Keyes and Milly Johnson, both of whom have inspired me greatly.