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 have a huge and rather embarrassing confession to make. Although I have several of Nicola’s books, including ‘The Corner Shop At Cockleberry Bay’, on my mahoosive ‘to be read’ pile, I haven’t actually read any of them………….until now that is. I was invited to take part in the blog tour for ‘Meet Me In Cockleberry Bay’ and I thought it would be the ideal opportunity to acquaint myself with Nicola’s books. Having read ‘Meet Me In Cockleberry Bay’, I am now cross with myself that I have left it this long to read one of Nicola’s books. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Meet Me In Cockleberry Bay’ but more about that in a bit.
I couldn’t help but feel drawn to Rosa Smith and I took to her moreorless from the first time I met her. She has a great surname (my grandparents had the same surname) and is married to Josh. The marriage sees to be a happyish one but it is marred by the fact that they spend way too much time apart. He works in London and she has the shop in Cockleberry Bay. Unsurprisingly cracks start to appear in the marriage and problems start to emerge. Rosa has a few issues- a lack of self confidence being one of them and a suspicion that her husband is having an affair being another. Rosa turns to alcohol and uses it as her coping mechanism, but as we all know alcohol does not help solve any problems but instead it worsens them. Josh leaves her and tells her that he won’t come back until she has sorted herself out. Rosa hits rock bottom but then she starts to build herself back up again. I guess that it isn’t until you hit rock bottom that you realise just what is important in life. This happened to me in real life so I speak from experience. It takes a lot of courage to pull your big girl pants up, dust yourself off and try to build yourself back up with the help of your loved ones.
‘Meet Me In Cockleberry Bay’ is a delightful read containing delightful characters. I couldn’t help but become addicted to this story from the moment I saw the vibrant and colourful front cover. That might sound odd but for me, what sets this book apart from the others in the same sort of genre, is that the cover is so bright and uses such strong colours. I couldn’t get enough of this book. From the moment I opened the cover until the moment I finished the story, I was completely under this book’s spell. I couldn’t help but keep reading because I didn’t just want to know, I needed to know what happened to Rosa and the rest of the residents of Cockleberry Bay. The pages seemed to turn at a furious pace and then all too soon, I had reached the end of my stay in Cockleberry Bay, which I was so disappointed about. I was enjoying the author’s writing style, the characters, the storylines and the gorgeous descriptions of Cockleberry Bay so much that I just didn’t want the book to end.
‘Meet Me In Cockleberry Bay’ is excellently written. The author has one of those writing styles that is easy to take to and easy to get along with. In fact, she writes in such a way that makes the reader feel as if they are chatting with friends rather than reading a book. That’s how I felt at any rate and I hope that makes sense. Nicola certainly knows how to draw you into the story and she never lets that attention slip from her grasp as it were. Through her characters, Nicola has tackled some pretty serious topics but she deals with them in a frank, compassionate and sensitive manner. The fact that such topics are discussed within the book may well help some of her readers.
In conclusion, it’s fair to say that I adored reading ‘Meet Me In Cockleberry Bay’ and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the residents of the village. I was a bit disappointed to have bid goodbye to Cockleberry Bay but I soon cheered up when I realised that I still had the first book in the series, called ‘The Corner Shop In Cockleberry Bay’, to read. I can’t wait to read what Nicola comes up with next. Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait but whilst I wait I will definitely be catching up with Nicola’s other books just as soon as I can. Nicola is right up there on my list of ‘must read’ authors. I would definitely recommend this book to other readers. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.