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The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May - Book Tour + Giveaway

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The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay

by Nicola May

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.
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This is where Rosa makes her radio debut to discuss the opening of the shop…

‘So, I’m here with Rosa Larkin, who is the new owner of the Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay. Welcome, Rosa.’
Barry Savage was the image of Mr Toad of Toad Hall, Rosa thought, with his beige-and-white checked three-piece suit which was stretched to capacity over his large stomach.
            A unified ‘Hurrah!’ came from all those who knew her and were listening.
            ‘Oh hi.’ Rosa took a swig of water from the white plastic cup she had been given. She never said hi! Remembering Joe’s pre-radio pep talk, she took a deep breath and straightened her shoulders.
            ‘How amazing it must have been to find out you’d inherited the shop,’ Barry began, smiling at her over his rimless glasses, and suddenly reminding her of the equally smarmy solicitor who had handed over the battered case to her, just eight weeks ago.
            ‘Yes, amazing, surprising, slightly scary - all of those things.’  The last thing she wanted to do was to open a can of worms about who had left it to her. Surely Joe wouldn’t have briefed him to that effect?
            ‘Is it right that you don’t know who left it to you?’
            ‘That’s right, yes, but I’m sure your listeners don’t want to hear about that. It’s the grand opening tomorrow, and I have lots of fun things planned for all ages.’
            ‘Oh, I’m sure they do want to hear about it. A mystery benefactor leaving a shop to a young girl who hasn’t a clue how to run one. Especially as the shop has been closed for five years and all the locals have wanted a chance to buy it.’
            Joe stopped walking along the cliff and clapped a hand to his head I dismay. Of course he’d meant to seed that nugget of information in; it made great radio and would also be an interesting hook to follow up in the Gazette. He hadn’t, however, anticipated quite how full-on Barry Savage would be. Like Suggs with a bone, in fact.
            ‘Well, Barry,’ Rosa said firmly, taking control, ‘they are not going to hear about it right now. However, if they would like to come along to the shop - anytime from ten a.m. tomorrow - maybe I can tell them then.’
            ‘Boom!’ Jacob shouted from the sofa. ‘You go, girl. What a complete and utter bastard.’
            Joe smiled. Rosa might have no exams, but she was sharper than even he had realised.
Josh, listening in Carlton’s car, cared only that Rosa would come out with her confidence still intact. It was a massive day for the shop tomorrow and he was glad that he had managed to get away earlier than expected from work, to share it with her.
            ‘And as for not having a clue about knowing how to run a shop, Mr Savage,’ she went on, emphasising his last name, ‘that’s partially true.  However, considering I only arrived in Cockleberry Bay a few weeks ago - just before Christmas, in fact - I am patting myself on the back for what I have achieved to date. Tomorrow, I have some great pet products for sale, there will be trinkets and gifts for the children, plus a face painter. I’ve even got some heart- shaped doggie treats.’
            ‘Oh, a Valentine’s Day theme for pets. I see what you’ve done there.’
            ‘Exactly. I have a mini-dachshund called Hot and he can be my Valentine anytime.’
             ‘Hot Dog, ha ha ha, that’s great. But do you have a real love in your life to mention then, Rosa?’
            ‘Not to mention – no, Barry.’
            Josh laughed out loud.
            ‘OK, so everyone, looks like it’s going to be a cold but fine day tomorrow, so head on down to the Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay. Fore Street, isn’t it?’
            ‘Yes. You can park on The Level if you are driving or get the number 48 bus from Polhampton, which leaves at ten-thirty.  Oh, and I forgot to mention, there will be free glasses of fizz and snacks on arrival too. Plus a discount voucher for your first purchase at the shop.’
            ‘Sounds amazing - and I wish you all the luck down here in our close community, Rosa.’
The girl felt nauseous at the insincerity coming from his thin-lipped, podgy red face. Thank God the interview was over, since she knew she had made an enemy of Mr Toad.
            ‘Thank you so much, Barry.’
She went to remove her headphones, but he gestured to her to keep them on, intent on moving in for the kill.
            ‘Oh, and just before you go, Rosa. Any ideas about who the Christmas Cockleberry Bay hit-and-run driver might be?’
            She put her hands out in a questioning manner, screwed up her face and mouthed, ‘What the f...?’

About Nicola May
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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