Friday, 9 March 2018

The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May - Cover Reveal & Prologue

I am thrilled to be bringing you this gorgeous cover reveal for The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay today

Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Publication Date:  9 April 2018
Standalone Novel
Estimated Page Count:  364

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.

‘Are you sure you’ve got the right person?’
Rosa took off her bright red woolly hat and scratched the
back of her head furiously, causing her dark brown curly
hair to become even more unruly.
The tall, pinched-faced solicitor nodded. ‘Yes, of course we
have. Evans, Donald and Simpson do not make mistakes.
You, Miss Larkin, are now the official owner of the corner
shop in Cockleberry Bay.’
He handed the bewildered twenty-five-year-old a battered
leather briefcase and pointed to a small combination padlock
on its brass clasp.
‘Here. The will stated that you - and only you - can open
this, using your date of birth.’
‘This is all very strange,’ Rosa said.  ‘And where exactly is
this Cockleberry Bay?’
‘Devon, dear, Devon.’  The solicitor looked under his rimless
glasses. ‘I take it you know where that is?’
‘I may have a cockney accent, Mr Donald, but I’m not
‘Well, open it then.’ The solicitor was shifting from foot to
foot in anticipation. He confided, ‘We’ve been wanting to
know what’s in there for days.’
Showing no emotion, Rosa gazed at him with her striking
green eyes and asked coolly: ‘Is there anything else I need?’
‘Er, no - but are you not going to . . .?’
‘I need to get to work.’ Rosa put her hat and scarf back on,
zipped up her fur-lined bomber jacket and headed for the
door. ‘Thank you so much for your help.’
     And she was gone.
The solicitor peered crossly out of the window of the
offices in Staple Inn and watched as the young woman,
the briefcase in her arms, strode across the frosty
cobbled courtyard and out into the bustle of London’s
ancient legal quarter.

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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