Length: 344 pages
What they say:
Praise for Nicola May’s books
‘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 Magazine
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 Review: Well, the blurb kind of says it all, doesn’t it (I know you’re fed up of me saying it but yay to blurbs that tell you exactly what you’re getting as opposed to giving you so little that you basically can’t write a review!)
So this is the story of Rosa, who has just been fired from another job when she gets a shock. She has been gifted a shop! With nothing to lose Rosa heads off to try to make a go of what is the legacy of an unknown benefactor. What with this unknown factor, the beauty of Cockleberry Bay and the drama that quickly ensued this book was really a lesson in how to write chick lit that has so much going on you don’t have time to stop reading! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t always too sure of Rosa, she’s a bit of a departure from the usuals, she’s very open which is a nice way of saying she’s loud, pushy and brash, and yet that made her fit into Cockleberry Bay even more, as they weren’t averse to telling it how it is either.
It also made you feel for her that little bit more when she let her guard down when things fell apart, and wow, did they! With a myriad of romantic possibilities, Rosa is beyond unlucky in love, although she doesn’t mind that, she’s never been looking for ‘The One.’ As well as that, the people in Cockleberry Bay aren’t too quick to bring her into their fold and there’s a lot of work to be done in the new shop. Saying that there were also some helpful characters to pull her up and of course a special mention has to go to her great little dog ‘Hot!’ The antics and mysteries in this were brilliantly done and interspersed with gorgeous settings. It was a very busy book, what with trying to work out who people were, figure out who’d knocked down one person and who’d got another pregnant, as well as the one burning question, who gave Rosa the shop in the first place?
The book is told in third person and mainly from Rosa’s pov, although we’re lucky enough to hear other people in it too. All in all, pretty much my type of chick lit in terms of being very soap opera-ey and crazy, with so many threads running through it that made me want to salute the author for her braveness. It wasn’t always my cup of tea, just because I can be a bit of a prude and amn’t too much of a fan of cursing either but that was who Rosa is really! Whoever loves this will seriously heart it, and I hearted most of it myself!
About the author (I love this bio, by the by!!!)
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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