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#Review : The Gift of Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May #SmallCommunity #Romance #Mystery #BlogTour

From the author of the #1 BESTSELLING The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay

All of our favourite characters from Cockleberry Bay are back in this final, heart warming story in the series. Including Hot, Rosa Smith’s adorable dachshund and his new-born puppies.

Now successfully running the Cockleberry Café and wishing to start a family herself, Rosa feels the time is right to let her inherited Corner Shop go. However, her benefactor left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

Rosa is torn. How can she make such a huge decision? And will it be the right one? Once the news gets out and goes public, untrustworthy newcomers appear in the Bay . . . their motives uncertain. With the revelation of more secrets from Rosa’s family heritage, a new journey of unpredictable and life-changing events begins to unfold.

The Gift of Cockleberry Bay concludes this phenomenally successful series in typically brisk and bolshy style and will delight the many thousands of Rosa’s fans

My Review

I’m so sorry that this is the last book in this endearing trilogy but it a great finale with so many discoveries, decisions and events. It was great to catch up on the so familiar characters and read how their lives progressed. There are more dilemmas, some fears, new puppies and life events in this dramatic conclusion. I suspect you need to have read other two books in the series to truly appreciate this one but  would still enjoy it if you read it as a standalone.

This story has everything you’d expect from a small, close knit seaside community – including unexpected storms, great folk and all the trials and tribulations, life and death, fireworks and fun, grief and tragedy, celebrations and joy – everything you’d anticipate being there somewhere in real life. Most of the story centres around Rosa Smith who is running the Cockleberry Café and corner shop and this time she’s considering passing it on to someone else…..

Sometimes it takes a while to reconnect with everything in a series, but that certainly wasn’t the case when I read this I was back in Cockleberry Bay from the very first pages. The characters are so easy to relate to – especially Rosa. There are many different threads running through this story and the final chapters bring it all to a heartwarming, brilliant conclusion. I’ve really enjoyed this series and am sorry to reach its end but I have to admit I’m looking forward to discovering where Nicola May will take me in her next books and look forward to reading them in future!

I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.

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Author Bio –

Nicola May lives in the UK, five miles from the Queen’s castle in Windsor, with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon and devouring cream teas.

Her bestselling The Corner Shop in Cockleberry, the 1st book in the Cockleberry Bay series, went to #1 on Amazon and stayed there for an unprecedented 6 weeks.

She classes her novels as ‘chicklit with a kick,’ writing about love, life and friendships in a real, not fluffy kind of way. She likes burgers, mince pies, clocks, birds, bubble baths and facials – but is not so keen on aubergines.

Follow Nicola May

Website – www.nicolamay.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NicolaMayAuthor

Twitter – https://twitter.com/nicolamay1

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/author_nicola/

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One comment on “#Review : The Gift of Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May #SmallCommunity #Romance #Mystery #BlogTour

  1. carhicks
    May 2, 2020

    Great review Elaine. I loved how this series ended, although I would be happy to head back to Cockleberry Bay anytime.


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