Monday, 9 April 2018

Book Tour | The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay

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.

The Corner Shop In Cockleberry Bay
by Nicola May

  • ASIN: B07B8KML35
  • Rating: 4/5

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I love renovation stories! After reading Prosecco & Promises I was determined to find another read which featured a renovation project of an old shop. And here it is!

The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay features an odd inheritance arrangement in which the premises of the old shop cannot be sold, but handed over to someone who deserves it. A really nice gesture but unusual, leading lady Rosa and her adorable companion Hot ( the dog ), the secrets and locals start to unravel in a bumpy plot.

I gave the book four out of five stars as I had a couple of eye roll moments. My eye rolls are usually saved for parts of plots where I think they're unrealistic or far too cliche. Apart from my own personal niggles, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay is an entertaining read which I think a lot of readers will enjoy.

The writing style of Nicola May is easy reading and straight forward. No long worded jargon or over complicated phrases. You don't need to pay a huge amount of attention to follow the plot and you can still enjoy the book if you have to put it down every five minutes. This is a fun and interesting read which is a must for your bookshelf.

Exclusive Q & A

1. Do you have a special place where you gather your thoughts and ideas for a new story?

I am very lucky to live close to her Majesty the Queen’s back garden; also known as Windsor Great Park. So, when I am plotting my novels, I tend to head there to walk and think. I also find I talk to myself as ideas form. I have had many Eureka plot moments whilst wandering amongst the beauty of the massive old oak trees out there.

2. How do you decide on titles for your books?

Titles are hard. They can also make or break a book. I am actually in the process of brainstorming a new title for The SW19 Club as I think putting an area in London as a title didn’t make sense for a national or international audience. Usually, I have a few ideas, then run them by my editor and friends to see which comes out top. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay was fairly easy as I knew it was all about the shop, then I just had a to think up an appealing name for a picturesque Devon town.

3. Is there one of your books in particular that you consider the pride of your collection?

I think that would have to be The School Gates. I wrote it in a month, from my bed, whilst recovering from a hysterectomy. It not only has been my bestseller to date, it also won at award for Best Author Read at the Festival of Romance. So from a dark time, came a very happy

4. What’s the strangest thing you’ve been inspired by?

I think maybe I have to say a painting of a corner shop. I live near a village called Sunninghill, my dad is an artist and painted the little old shop many years ago. It used to be a sweet shop but is long gone now. I thought back to the novel Chocolat, and suddenly thought what a great focal point for a novel, a seaside corner shop would be. On the book cover, the actual painting that my dad did is incorporated into the illustration.

5. Have you created a character who is the fictional version of you?

There are part of me in every one of my heroines, I think. For example in Star Fish, about Piscean Amy, who dates each sign of the zodiac, I am a Piscean and my own dating experiences reflect some of hers. Same as with Cali in Love Me Tinder, about the dating app. When Ruby does 12 jobs in 12 months in Working it Out, I too can relate to that, as because my creativity is my passion, I find having to knuckle down to a ‘proper’ job difficult. I still work as a freelance Events Manager.

Getting To Know You Quick Fire

1. Salt & Vinegar / Cheese & Onion – Salt and Vinegar
2. Sweet / Savoury - Sweet

3. A week in Florida / A weekend in Paris – Weekend in Paris

4. Indoors / Outdoors - Outdoors

5. Pen / Pencil - Pencil

6. Halloween / Christmas - Christmas

7. Book / Film - Book

8. Fish and chips / Pie and mash – Pie and mash

9. DVDs / Netflix – DVD’s

10. Cats / Dogs – Cats. I have a gorgeous, albeit slightly mad rescue cat, called Stan.


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