The Corner Shop In Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

MoMo Book Diary highly recommends this FABULOUS must read!

This book and author were brought to my attention by an author friend via twitter and as soon as I saw the cover, with a cute little dachshund, I knew I had to read it.  (Thanks Sheryl Browne!)

It may be the first Nicola May book I have read but I can say it definitely won’t be the last. This book is so much more than the cover suggests. It is chick-lit powered by rocket fuel!

In this book, the author has given us a surprisingly fun and twisty romance that keeps you engaged and guessing all the way through.

I am not sure if Nicola May is planning any follow up books on these characters but I really do hope so!


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.

AUTHOR Nicola May
BOOK TITLE The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay
PUBLISHER Nowell Publishing
OBTAINED: Amazon kindle





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Literature and Fiction Teen & Young Adult

Claude’s Christmas Adventure by Sophie Pembroke

MoMo’s Book Diary really enjoyed this heart-warming festive story filled with true magical Christmas adventure and romance. The author writes from four perspectives, Claude, Daisy, Jack and Holly.

Claude – the family dog, who gets left behind after escaping his crate as the family leave to spend Christmas with Daisy’s parents who have just purchased a French chateau.

Daisy – wife to Oliver, mother to Jay, Bella, and twins Lara and Luca.

Jack – postman who lives on Maple Drive but is disappointed that place he has decided to call home is not as friendly as it looked. He lives there and delivers everyone’s mail but as yet doesn’t have anyone to call a friend. It is not the community he expected it to be.

Holly – lives alone after being dumped by her fiancée when he got a great job offer. Holly loves when Jack brings her parcels of crafting supplies which she buys to keep her busy rather than thinking of all that she has lost.

The story covers two days just before Christmas where Claude’s escape and adventure touch each and every resident of Maple Drive in a way no-one would expect… but in such a way that everyone will always remember.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Avon for the opportunity to read and review this book prior to its release.


Christmas a little dog is in for a BIG adventure…

Meet Claude. He’s a loveable, big-eared, permanently hungry French Bulldog, who loves his humans – the McCawley family of number 11 Maple Drive to be precise.

When Daisy and Oliver McCawley start using new words like, ‘ferry’, ‘chateau’ and ‘France’, Claude realises they won’t be spending this Christmas at home. Only, when he finds himself on the street, as the family car pulls away, Claude realises he is ALONE. And more importantly, he is without all the yummy treats he knows the festive season brings…

Cue the start of Claude’s Christmas Adventure. It all begins with a belly-flop through next door’s catflap, where he finds newly single and craft-a-holic Holly, Jack the ex-army postman, his arch nemesis Perdita the cat … and serious amounts of gingerbread.

Maple Drive’s cutest resident is about to bring the street together for Christmas, in ways no-one could have imagined …


AUTHOR Sophie Pembroke
BOOK TITLE Claude’s Christmas Adventure
PUBLISHER Harper Collins Avon
PRINT LENGTH 243 pages
ISBN 9780008202064
OBTAINED: 14/09/16 – read now






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