Today on ChocolatePages, I’m bringing you a book review from one of my very favourite Authors, and a wonderful lady, Nicola May. This is an older book that the Author got published in 2015. The great thing about finding an Author that you love, after they have already released a few books is that you can go back and read all their other books. This is how I came to read Starfish, I wanted to go back and read all of Nicola’s books.
Amy Anderson has a plan: to find her ‘soul mate’ by dating her way through the twelve signs of the zodiac.
Tired of looking for love, the dreamy Piscean decides than an astrological dating agency is the only way to meet the man of her dreams. Who will finally win Amy’s love? Will it be Ted the Arian photographer with a passion for ice skating, or Laurence, the Libran IT whizz kid who likes to get behind the wheel of a fast car?
Or how about Capricorn Chris, the owner of Starr & Son, the dating agency?
Published May 5th 2015 by Accent Press
‘Star Fish’ is a complete chick lit, easy reading, comedic read. You can tell from the blurb that it will be a fun and ‘escapism’ type read. The type of book that takes you out of the stresses and regularities of your days, and excerts some excitement where you can go dating with Amy. You can follow the fun dates, the hot dates and the incredibly cringy dates. Dating her way through the star signs and getting peeks of the guys and Amy’s horoscope was a mixed up bag of laughs and fun.
Along with Amy and the blind date guys that she met, we also see a lot from Amy’s friends. Of course being fun chick lit, there is a gay best friend which boosts plenty of fun, sympathy and great friendship with.
I’m not sure if the Author researched what is typically the characteristics of each star sign, but I’m not sure I believe all that really anyway. It did take my interest though, how each star sign was characterised, particularly my own…… just out of general interest you know!
“Scorpions are passionate and intense beings, filled with desire. They are secretive and complex. Don’t try to get too much out of them or they’ll become suspicious and leave. They are particularly resourceful characters”.
Well, whether these are true or not, the descriptions fitted with each guy of that particular birth date, and that is part of what made the book fun.
Another fab book by Nicola May, British humour and chick lit fun all the way. I loved it.
p.s Nicola May has lots of books published, all available from Amazon and other bookstores.
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.
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
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 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 seaair 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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