Published June 4th 2019 by Berkley
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Publication Date: 5th July 2019
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Synopsis: 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.
This is the second book in the series, but can be read as a standalone story. Cockleberry Bay is a small beach community with all the quirkiness that goes with it. Everyone in town knows everybody else’s business, you run into people you might not want to see, and help is just around the corner whether you want it or not. I loved the dogs in the story, especially Hot Dog, the Dachshund. He was such a sweetie who was loving Rosa one minute and Queenie the next. He was a going concern and could make everyone laugh at his antics. The characters in this story are so real and genuine. They are flawed, but always try to do what is right. The story was well-plotted and paced. It had me reading quickly to find out what would happen next. This is not just a chick-lit romantic comedy there is a lot more to it than that. It deals with heartache, romance, alcoholism, forgiveness of self and others, jealousy, friendship, and self-esteem. Pair that up with drama, humour, lots of fur-babies, and special relationships and you have a wonderfully entertaining story with some twists and several connecting storylines that are all woven together seamlessly. I will say that there were a lot of emotions while I read this one, from laughing all the way to a few tears. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and have already purchased the first one, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, to find out what I missed. I received a copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author: 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 chick-lit with a kick.