Happy Publication Day. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, by Nicola May. Blog Tour, Review & #Giveaway. #TCSICB

09 Apr
Happy Publication Day. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, by Nicola May. Blog Tour, Review & #Giveaway. #TCSICB

Today I am very happy and honoured to be on the Blog Tour on Publication Day for the brilliant new book by Nicola May. As you will know if you saw my Cover Reveal post for this book, I love Nicola May’s books. I think Nicola is a talented, inspirational woman. (Nicola would be one of my literary tea party guests!). Her new book ‘The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay’ is a 5 star read for me. It lived up to my very high expectations and I loved it. 

Today is the start of a brilliant blog tour, whereby there will be lots of rave reviews for this book, and a lovely giveaway. So be sure to check out the rest of the bookbloggers on this tour, and enter the giveaway which is at the end of this post. 

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Some high praise for Nicola’s books by some famous names!

‘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

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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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 The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay is typically Nicola May brilliance. Her plot, characters and portrayal of chick lit escapism is perfect. Nicola’s writing pulls the reader right into Cockleberry Bay so that we can feel the cold air and smell the sea air and sandy beaches of Devon. We can feel the warmth of some of the characters and the bitter taste of others.  As you can tell I loved this book. I was engrossed in Rosa and Hot’s life, decisions, highs and lows. 

The main character Rosa inherits a shop from an unknown benefactor. So she and her beloved dog Hot travel down to see the shop and investigate what could be her new life. Here the adventures begin, with new people to meet, adventures and trials to keep Rosa and the reader intrigued. 

This isn’t the kind of chick lit book that you can predict exactly what will happen. There are surprises throughout the book. I kept wanting to read more and see how Rosa would manage, what she would do next, and who out of the new people she meets would she trust or avoid. There is a brilliant set of side line characters in Cockleberry Bay, and along with Rosa we have to decide which ones are nice and which are nasty!

Rosa has had a tough life, and I like that Nicola May is able to show Rosa’s nature which would depict such emotions from a scarred life. 

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Khalil Gibran. 

I can relate to Rosa, she is a girl after my own heart! She loves a J D and Coke, and has an outlook on life which shows strength and an awareness that life is not fair, but you have to make the best of what you have. Rosa grows throughout the book, and character growth and believe-ability shows the talent of an Author who knows lifes ups and downs and can write it so.

“Life isn’t black and white, Joe. There is no rule book – well apart from the one bloody society throws at us”. – (I hear you Rosa and Nicola!). 

In any review of this book, there has to be a mention of the co-star main character, Hot the little sausage dog is adorable and Rosa’s love, companion and pride and joy. You can see Hot on the cover of this book, but you will have to read it to find out the double entendre of his name and more cute-ness from the lovely sausage.

If I had read this book as a mystery book and you didn’t tell me who the Author was, I would take a guess that it was written by Nicola May! I love her writing style, her ideas and the way she invents her characters that come to life in the readers head. If you haven’t read Nicola May’s books before, read this one…..and the go read all her others. 

5 out of 5 stars brilliant.

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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Giveaway – Win x 3 Paperback copies of The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay (Open Internationally)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.




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Posted by on April 9, 2018 in Books, Giveaways


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14 responses to “Happy Publication Day. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, by Nicola May. Blog Tour, Review & #Giveaway. #TCSICB

  1. Kristina

    April 9, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Your review looks so professional compared to mine, ahah !

    yes !! I love how you could made guesses out of clues, but I got baffled a couple times ! her writting is done so well !! I also appreciate how she gave hot proper dachshies traits ❤

    • chocolatepages

      April 10, 2018 at 11:41 am

      Thank you for your compliment Kristina. I have had my blog for 4 years, so I have a lot of practice. I love yours too.
      I’m happy to hear that as a Dacshie owner yourself, you thought Nicola wrote Hot well.

  2. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

    April 11, 2018 at 7:35 am

    This sounds very sweet! I think I will try that giveaway 🙂 great review.

    • chocolatepages

      April 11, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Thank you Evelina, good luck for the giveaway it is a brilliant book by a very talented Author.

  3. Lindsay | Bookboodle

    April 15, 2018 at 8:36 am

    Good to hear it wasn’t a predictable read, I’m more likely to read it if doesn’t fit the stereotype!

    I know I’d have an issue with the legality of the gift of the shop itself and not being able to sell it. I currently work as a legal secretary and had a similar conversation with a solicitor at work recently whereby a young man had been left a considerable amount of money in a Will, I’d asked if a condition could be placed upon that gift that it had to be used to buy a property, and was advised no, it’s either a gift, or it isn’t. I’m going to ask at work after my week off. Sorry for going off on a tangent there, I guess a certain amount of belief suspension is required 🙂

    Thanks for linking with #TalkoftheTown this week Amanda x

    • chocolatepages

      April 15, 2018 at 10:46 am

      Thanks for your thoughts Lindsay. I would be interested to hear what the answer to your question is. I know generally Authors find out details of truth for their books, but an element of fiction is fine too, especially for chick lit. However, I would like to know if it is legal or not. Thank you.

  4. Alba in Bookland

    April 15, 2018 at 11:40 am

    It sounds like a lovely read! I haven’t read any books by Nicola May but after reading your praise, I’m curious to discover her stories! #talkofthetown

    • chocolatepages

      April 15, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks Alba, Nicola is most definitely an Author to look up. I love all of her books that I have read.

  5. shazjera

    April 15, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    We did it again Amanda 🙂 Loved reading your review. Thank you for linking #TalkoftheTown

    • chocolatepages

      April 15, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you Shaz, and thanks for hosting talk of the town. I’m glad you liked my review, the book was a great read and I love to share my thoughts on it, and see if anyone else would like to read it.

  6. Cozynookbks

    June 9, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    This is the kind of book I like to read. I wish I’d seen this post earlier.

    • chocolatepages

      June 9, 2018 at 12:45 pm

      The book is still available to read if you want to read it. I’m not sure if libraries would have it yet (dependant on your country), but it is available on Amazon. It is a really good book.

      • Cozynookbks

        June 9, 2018 at 12:51 pm

        I’ll check it out on Amazon. Thanks! 😊


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