by Nicola May
Here, we are, back in the Devon with the same cast of wonderful characters we were introduced to in The Corner Shop in Cocklebery Bay. It is now several months since we last saw them all and things have moved on. Now Mrs Smith – having married the love of her life and former landlord Josh – Rosa is happier than she has ever been. Her close friend Titch has just given birth (on the shop floor) to a baby boy, the shop itself is thriving and her relationship with her formerly estranged mother is going well. If only Josh didn’t have to travel to London every week for work her life would be perfect.
But life has never been easy for Rosa and even now, with everything looking rosy and bright, there is a green-eyed monster lurking in the wongs, ready to pounce. Rosa’s life-long insecurities and deeply rooted jealousy will inevitably break through all the happiness bringing all kinds of destruction with them. In a single moment of jealous rage, Rosa’s nicely constructed new life comes crashing down around her.
Meet Me In Cocklebery Bay is very much in the same vein as it’s predecessor. It is full of lovely and interesting characters, a good plot and plenty of humour. There are highs and lows for all the characters, none more so than Rosa Smith who is forced to face her demons if she has any chance of winning back her beloved Josh.
In the end, it is the friendships she has made and the love of those around her that will enable her to take her darker side head-on. With not a little help from her faithful dachshund Hot Dog.
Meet Me In Cockleberry Bay is a delightful, very funny and inspiring novel. I only hope that this is not the last we will hear from this wonderful set of characters.