Blog Tour review – The Gift of Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

Around ten years ago, I read my first Nicola May book which was called Working It Out. My review can be found by clicking here. A few months later I then read Star Fish and my review of that can be found by clicking here.  Nicola’s writing had got under my skin and I said that she should be up there with the great romantic comedy writers of the time such as Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews. I devoured every single book, the minute it came out.

I cannot tell you how much pleasure it gives me today, to be on the blog tour for The Gift of Cockleberry Bay – Book 3 in the brilliant Cockleberry Bay series (review here) – when the first book in the series sits at Number One in the whole of the Kindle Charts and the second – Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay (review here) – in the Top 20. I can’t wait to see this one fly up the charts too.

Nicola is an incredibly hard-working author who has really mastered her craft, and absolutely deserves her place as one of the best romantic comedy writers around.

About the book

All our favourite characters from Cockleberry Bay are back, including Hot, Rosa Smith’s adorable dachshund, and his new-born puppies.

Now successfully running the Cockleberry Café and wishing to start a family herself, Rosa feels the time is right to let her inherited corner shop go. However, her benefactor left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

Rosa is torn. How can she make such a huge decision? And will it be the right one? Once the news gets out, untrustworthy strangers appear in the Bay, their motives uncertain. With the revelation of more secrets from Rosa’s family heritage, a new series of unpredictable and life-changing events begins to unfold.

The Gift of Cockleberry Bay concludes this phenomenally successful series in typically brisk and bolshy style, and will delight Rosa’s many thousands of fans.

So what did I think?

Woohoo! I’m back in Cockleberry Bay with a cast of wonderful characters who have become my friends over the last couple of years.

The Gift of Cockleberry Bay is another completely adorable, brilliantly written book, full of energy and fabulous characters, both new and old with a gorgeous plot and a perfect ending to this wonderful series.

Rosa is one of my favourite characters in a book – full stop. She’s relatable, flawed and fantastic. She doesn’t always get everything right, but she has a heart as big as the universe. Her insecurities and her troubled past, make her the fabulous person she is today. She is someone you want to be, or if you can’t be her, you want to be her best friend.

From the very first page of this book, I was quickly immersed back into the daily life of Cockleberry Bay with it’s quirky residents and businesses and couldn’t stop turning the pages. You can almost smell the salty sea air, and the delicious aromas that emanate from Rosa’s cafe down on the beach front. At one point I felt myself wanting to volunteer to look after Titch’s little boy and help her out. You feel like you are browsing the shelves in The Corner Shop, before popping up the steep staircase to the inviting flat above.

I absolutely LOVED being back in Cockleberry Bay. The series comes to a wonderful conclusion with what I consider to be the perfect ending. While I’m sad to see these characters depart from my life, maybe we’ll see another in the future at some point, but I am so interested to find out and eager to read what Nicola writes next.

This book is a brilliant read, heartwarming, feel-good, full of depth and totally and utterly full of heart.

Don’t just take my word for it. There’s an amazing blog tour taking place with lots of brilliant bloggers all reading and reviewing it. Check out their blogs too.

About the author

Award winning author Nicola May writes what she calls chick lit with a kick!

The School Gates & Christmas Yves won awards for Best Author Published reads at the Festival of Romance in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Let Love Win was also nominated in 2013.

It Started with a Click (formally Love Me Tinder) was ebook of the week in The Sun newspaper.

Nicola likes watching films that involve a lot of swooning and eating cream teas.

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Kim Nash