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.
This is the first I have read by Nicola May and I can definitely say it won’t be the last, this is a fun, surprising and twisty romance that keeps you engaged and guessing all the way through.
Rosa is a little down on her luck, she hasn’t had the best of luck in life which has made her a little cynical so when she suddenly inherits a derelict corner shop from a mysterious benefactor she sees this as her chance to make something of herself and find her place in the world that so far has been pretty horrible to her. She plans to sell it as soon as it’s fixed up, that is until she finds out the terms of the inheritance; that she can not sell it but pass it on to someone who is deserving.
With nothing to lose Rosa and her cute as a button, little sausage dog; Hot. Set of from the big smoke of London to the outer corner of beautiful Devon, a little village and close- knit community of Cockleberry Bay. Once there she soon finds herself in the middle of more going’s on then your average episode of Midsummer Murders (only without the gruesome murder). She makes ally’s and enemies, finds out secrets not just about this mysterious inheritance and benefactor but also finds out more about herself. Plus, in the process of getting the shop up and running and doing a little detective work she finds something that she wouldn’t have dreamt of; true happiness and love.
This is such a magical and uplifting story, it really does fill your heart with warmth. There are twists and turns and unexpected secrets, the characters are very likable, the story is moves along at a great pace which captures you and takes you on a wonderful journey around the beautiful Devonshire coast. I really like Rosa, she is a very relatable character, at times your heart really goes out for this strong and quite vulnerable young woman. I found Ms May’s writing to be witty and engaging, she twirls the story around with ease which captures your attention from the start.
A great little story or second chances on the back drop of beautiful Devon and a book that I highly recommend.
This was a complimentary copy via the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay is available now and can be purchased at Amazon.