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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.
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This is book #2 in the Cockleberry Bay series. It can be read as a standalone book, but to understand the stories of some of the characters, I would recommend you read book #1 as well.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series and so was looking forward to returning back to Cockleberry Bay. I had to refresh myself with some of the characters as it had been a while since I had read it, but once I’d started this story they were all so memorable that it didn’t take long to settle back in to it. Rosa is back and still running the Corner Shop, along with her new husband Josh and her gorgeous little dog, Hot! Married life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be though with Josh working away and Rosa’s insecurities about their relationship. I do like Rosa’s character though and love how she isn’t afraid to say what she thinks! We do however, see a little bit more of a vulnerable side to Rosa in this book and this makes me love her character even more!
I have to admit I did find this book not as light-hearted as the previous book. There are a lot of tough issues in this book, such as alcohol dependency and mental health problems, but the author has written them so sensitively that you can’t help but be caught up in the emotional rollercoaster that this story is! It’s not all serious stuff though, there are some wonderfully funny and tender moments and who can’t help but love Hot the Dog, who as before stole the show! Most of the characters from the first book have returned for this instalment, some more likeable than others, and the story revolves around all of them. Cockleberry Bay is again described as such an attractive place that it just makes you want to book up and visit, and looking at the beautiful front cover of this book you can understand why!
Filled with lots of love, laughter and emotion, this was a great addition to this series. Hopefully we shall have many more visits to Cockleberry Bay in the not so distant future!
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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.