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The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay

(Cockleberry Bay #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  12,115 ratings  ·  657 reviews

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
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Published April 9th 2018
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4.5 Lovely Stars🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Love is friendship set on fire...

This book was an absolute pleasure to read... One of the absolute best parts of being a book blogger/reviewer is the exposure you get to so many amazing authors you wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to... this book is a perfect example of that.... I’ve never read anything by Nicola may, But I can guarantee I will take every opportunity offered to read more books from her.... I like my romance with a touch of humor, a lot of fabulous characters,
Dash fan
5☆ This Gorgeous Story has it all... A Must Read! - Which i devoured from cover to cover!

 The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay has it all, Humour, heartache, mystery, romance, sex, a lil bit of magic, nosy neighbours, charm, Witt, Adorable fur babies, memorable characters, a quaint shop.

There is nothing I didn't love about this fabulous book.
It triggered so many emotions, it was an uplifting story full of warmth and laughter that tugged on my heart strings.
It made for a compulsive read that I coul
DJ Sakata
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Brian, my late husband, passed just last year… he was a miserable old bugger and I had a face-lift and my teeth done with one of his insurances, which helped numb the pain slightly.

You’ve obviously already realised that you can’t do a silent fart around here without it being in the South Cliffs Gazette.

I refuse to answer that on the grounds of sexual discrimination.

Meet me where the sky touches the sea.

My mum always says, “Follow your heart, but don’t forget to take
Whispering Stories
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Rosa Larkin has been left a corner shop in Cockleberry Bay, Devon, in the will of an unknown person. She has also been left £2000, and a letter telling her that she cannot sell the shop, she can only pass it on to someone worthy.

It came as a complete shock to Rosa, as she has no family, due to being brought up in foster care, nor know of anyone who cared about her enough to do something like this for her.

Heading from London to Devon, she decide
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hooked me in from the first few pages, and as the book progressed well it was under my skin and I kept thinking about it when I wasn't reading, until I decided to just give in and read most of the second half in one sitting. I just didn't want to put it down, I was so absorbed by Rosa Larkin's story.

There is far more to this book than meets the eye, I know what you are thinking, its another shop with inheritance books, some conditions stuck on it, and moving to a new place sort of thing. Well y
Miss T
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
The story is lovely and did keep me reading to the end, but it was a bit simplistic. It was missing depth of the characters, I couldn't really get to know them. Although the main character has a complex history, she was not very complex herself. There are a lot of sleazy comments thought this book and sexual assaults that are almost treated as acceptable. The ending which finally tied the whole story together was rushed. It wasn't really for me. But any story in which the heroine brings her dog ...more
Kim Nash
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that I can't stop thinking about way after I've read it! 

I loved the character of Rosa, she was so entertaining and relatable.  One of those characters that you actually want to be! Or be friends with.  I loved the pluckiness of her character just going to start a new life in a new place and I totally adored and was quite envious of her friendship with Josh.  What could be better than having a gorgeous rugby player as your BFF who would drop everything to help you? The
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

THE CORNER SHOP IN COCKLEBERRY BAY by Nicola May will make you laugh out loud and dab your eyes in equal measure and is my favourite story from Nicola May so far.

Rosa Larkin has never really belonged or known what love feels like. Growing up in one care home after another, she learned to be strong and to stay away from commitment. Other than her best friend Josh and her rescued little pooch Hot Dog, Rosa doesn't feel connected with much else in her life. So when she discovers that somebody has l
Helena Halme
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful feel-good novel with some grit thrown in

I read this novel in two days while suffering from a winter cold. It was restorative to be transported into the wonderful seaside community of Cockleberry with its sea breeze, screeching seagulls and gossiping locals.
My in-laws hail from Devon, so I fully recognise the small community mentality, so brilliantly described in the book, but what really stood out for me was the hugely believable, fiercely independent, but often vulnerable, heroine
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lovely little book . . .
Karen Mace
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a chick lit book with attitude! The main character Rosa is not your normal kind of 'heroine' - she's had an extremely tough upbringing`and finds herself unable to settle and very happy to pick fights with those who she sees as treating her badly.

Then out of nowhere she is contacted to say she has inherited a corner shop in a place she's never visited or even heard of in Devon! And it couldn't have come at a better time as she's just walked out on yet another job so she has nothing to los
Misfits farm
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much more than the average “Man meets woman + inheritance mystery” type read in a very good way. Rosa lives and works in London and rents a room from Josh, her friend, Her work is more off than on as she has had more jobs than a little. When she gets notification that she has been left a shop in a Devon town fate has intervened as yet again she has lost her job. She has no know relatives having spent her childhood in care and so is mystified as to whom her benefactor is. Arriving in the town, sh ...more
Kathy K.
I liked it, I didn't like it, I liked it. Etc. It was an ok read. The only characters I liked were Josh and the little dog, Hot. The element of mystery was a nice touch too.
I'm not sure why I put this on my tbr list - it isn't my usual sort of book. It may have been a recommendation from somebody. Nevertheless, when the audiobook I'd downloaded got a glitch and I needed another, I went for this one.
I was unsure at first, but I persevered and in the end I quite enjoyed it, though I found it predictable in parts.
Lorna Corcoran
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aww what a beautiful story! I loved it!
Rachel's Random Resources

From the description I expected a light-hearted, funny read typical of the chick lit genre.  This book is not that.  It is surprisingly dark especially considering how it is being marketed.

The main character is self-destructive.  She drinks excessively and can't keep a job.  Her main human contact is a series of one night sexual encounters.  She uses sex to help pay for the rent on her flat.  The only thing she loves at all is her dog, Hot.  Getting an inheritance is a
Melisa Broadbent
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally just set out to read the first chapter of this book when I downloaded it but I found myself having such a good time reading it that I read it over a weekend!

Nicola May entices you in straight away with her witty writing which follows Rosa Larkin, a down on her luck young women who drifts from job to job with no real aim in life. She lives with her housemate Josh, a successful city broker and her beloved miniature dachshund, Hot.

Although not having the best start in life, things look
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
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 prett
Martin Belcher
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
A delightfully uplifting novel, a modern day telling of a rags to riches fairytale with a twist.
Rosa works hard and coasts from job to job, never really settling down or feeling like she’s found her calling in life until one day she finds she has been left an inheritance by someone she doesn’t even know.
It’s an empty shop with flat above in a small coastal town on the south west coast of England called Cockleberry Bay. Rosa wastes no time in saying goodbye to her life in London and moving herse
Grace J Reviewerlady
This is the tale of Rosa, a young woman with no family who lodges in her friend Josh's house in London. Just as she loses her job (again) she strangely inherits a shop in a seaside village in Devon.

Rosa soon finds out that life in Devon is very different to the life she's been living in London where you can be anonymous. However, in any small place a newcomer is fodder for gossip and Rosa falls foul of that sooner rather than later! This story develops at it's own pace and by the end, all questi
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is women's fiction with a touch of realism to the main character, Rosa. It starts in a common way for chick lit with Rosa gaining an inheritance that could be life changing but from the first page,  I found she was different to many protagonists of these stories. Yes she is naive in how real life works when it comes to living alone and running a business but beyond that, she is straight talking, rude at times and broken; she is very real. She remains true to that throughout and her personal ...more
Bena Roberts
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

I felt like I was in Devon. I loved Rosa, and her past and the mystery of the shop made me want to read and read. I mean, who doesn't want to be left something mysterious in a will. Very relatable characters and the I loved Hot Dog or Dog Hot or just Hot. I can't remember the exact name as I write the review -but it was just the cute little dog and the twists and the turns with Luke, the lousy journalist, his son... Page turner! Seriously
Julie Davis
Having read other books by this author I wanted to love this book but I just couldn't. Rosa is not a lovable character and I just couldn't identify with her or feel any empathy for her. There were also too many weak storylines for me that didn't get resolved well.
Fab idea for a book poorly executed
jane king
What tosh. The only good characters are Josh and the little dog Hot. Rosa and the rest are unlikeable. The storyline is unbelievable and the ending just rushed in as if the author had run out of things to write . Thank goodness it was free.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rosa Larkin lives her life day by day. She has non-important jobs and rents a room from Josh. Josh and Rosa have become close friends and tell each other everything. Josh is probably the only one who knows much about her. Rosa had a tough childhood. She was taken away from her mother and was placed into foster care. When Rosa gets a surprise visit from a solicitor, who has a closed briefcase for her, she is shocked. The lock on the briefcase can only be opened with the numbers of her birthday. R ...more
Allie Bock
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Corner shop on cockleberry bay

Thank you to the author, publisher, and Rachel's Random Resources for this ARC. This is my honest opinion.

When I had gotten the email about a blog tour for this book, I knew I just had to read it. Why you may ask? Well, Rosa has her very own Dachshund named Hot. As a Dachshund lover, I just had to give it a go. (Tank's a Dachshund, too. He is just bigger and hairier than most 😁)

We weren't disappointed. The book is set in Cockleberry Bay where everyone knows eve
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all let’s get something out of the way, dachshunds are my absolute favourite dog without question so when I saw the cover of this novel I was already won over by Hot’s adorable little doggy face!

From the very beginning of this novel Rosa pulled me into the story, there is something instantly loveable about her. Whether it’s her slight scattiness, her love for little sausage dog Hot or the fact that she embraced the huge life change that came with inheriting the corner shop in Cockleberr
Allie Bock
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Corner shop on cockleberry bay

Thank you to the author, publisher, and Rachel's Random Resources for this ARC. This is my honest opinion.

When I had gotten the email about a blog tour for this book, I knew I just had to read it. Why you may ask? Well, Rosa has her very own Dachshund named Hot. As a Dachshund lover, I just had to give it a go. (Tank's a Dachshund, too. He is just bigger and hairier than most 😁)

We weren't disappointed. The book is set in Cockleberry Bay where everyone knows eve
Amanda ChocolatePages
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
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been really looking forward to reading this book since I took part in the cover reveal last month. It's not often that all my favourite things are together in one book but I knew this was one for me as soon as I saw the little dachshund and the quaint cobbled street running down to the sparkling blue sea.

The main character Rosa has a very sad start in life which shaped her into the person she is. If anyone deserves a break, it's Rosa, and my fingers were firmly crossed that she grabbed her
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