by Nicola May
by Nicola May
Once again we pay a visit to the residents of Cockleberry Bay. Over the previous two books, I have grown very fond of the residents of this quaint little village, nestled on the South Devon coast.
The usual cast of characters is here, including Rosa Smith and her faithful dachshund Hot. Now happily married and running both the Corner Shop and the Cockleberry Bay Cafe (recently renamed Rosa’s), Rosa now finds herself ready to pass on her beloved shop to someone else. However, she is not able to sell it – one of the stipulations of her inheriting the shop was that it cannot be sold, only passed on to someone who really deserves it.
But how can she make such an important decision? How will she know she is doing the right thing?
These questions form the central pillar of the book’s story, but there is also, as you can imagine, lots of other distractions for Rosa and her friends.
The Gift of Cockleberry Bay is as amusing and easy to read as the first two books, filled with humour, compassion intrigue and conflicting loyalties. Whilst there are a few interesting twists and a small mystery to solve, the ending is just what you would expect.
I have enjoyed this series and hope that there will be more. I am sure that Rosa Smith’s story is far from over.
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.
by Nicola May
For me, romantic comedies like this are pure escapism. You know what is coming but are there for the ride, not the destination. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay is the story of Rosa Larkin, a mid-twenties loner who unexpectedly inherits the run-down shop. She has no idea who her benefactor is or why they chose to leave the property in her hands. One thing she is certain of is that she is going to make the most of this opportunity.
Before arriving in the quiet Devon town of Cockleberry Bay, Rosa’s only friends are her long-suffering landlord Josh and her dog, Hot. Working to establish herself in her new home, ROsa makes new friends, deals with complicated relationships and finds new inner strength.
The plot is simple, the outcome pretty much inevitable, but the journey worth the fare. I really enjoyed this adventure with the troubled but undeniably intriguing Rosa Larkin. The characters are all interesting and well envisaged, the story well-paced and the style easy. A really enjoyable read.
24/12/19 – 01/01/20