Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May
The cast of the runaway bestseller, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, are back – including Rosa, Josh, Mary, Jacob, Sheila, new mum Titch and, last but by no means least, Hot, the adorable dachshund. Newly wed, and with her inherited corner shop successfully up and running, Rosa Smith seems to have all that anyone could wish for. But the course of true love never did run smooth and Rosa’s suspicions that her husband is having an affair have dire consequences. Reaching rock bottom before she can climb back up to the top, fragile Rosa is forced to face her fears, addiction and jealousy head on. With a selection of meddling locals still at large, a mystery fire and Titch’s frantic search for the real father of her sick baby, the second book in this enchanting series will take you on a further unpredictable journey of self-discovery.
I really wish I'd read the first book in this series, because many of the reminders and references in the first few chapters went over my head, even though there were explanations galore as to the histories of the various characters.
I didn't like the MC Rosa one little bit, and I very nearly didn't finish the book. Possibly because I'd not read the first book and hadn't therefore developed any kind of empathy for her, I struggled to move beyond her teenagerish behaviour. Trish, her best friend, also came across in a negative way.
But this is a story about self-discovery, learning to like oneself, and growing up, and both Rosa and Trish certainly did all of those things. It's also a story of forgiveness and learning from one's mistakes - which many characters in the novel do. Eventually, the book drew me in and I came to care what happened to Rosa.
If you haven't already read The Corner Shop at Cockleberry Bay, I suggest you do, before you tackle this one, and you'll be in an ideal position to enjoy it to the full.
About the Author
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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