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Saturday, 21 April 2018

The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May #BlogTour #BookReview #Giveaway

Super excited to be the latest stop on this fabulous blog tour, hosted by Rachels Random Resoures, to share the love for this book that is filled with romance, attitude and fun! As well as my review, there's always a giveaway... now that got your attention didn't it?!!!! 

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. 
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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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Giveaway – Win x 3 Paperback copies of The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay (Open Internationally) 
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This is a chick lit book with attitude! The main character Rosa is not your normal kind of 'heroine' - she's had an extremely tough upbringing`and finds herself unable to settle and very happy to pick fights with those who she sees as treating her badly.

Then out of nowhere she is contacted to say she has inherited a corner shop in a place she's never visited or even heard of in Devon! And it couldn't have come at a better time as she's just walked out on yet another job so she has nothing to lose in packing up all her things - and Hot her loyal sausage dog! - and heading to Devon to find out more about this shop, the area and why, and more importantly who, has left her this shop and flat.

She soon finds she's at the centre of attention in this quaint tourist village, something she isn't used to, but soon finds some trustworthy new friends, and some who are not so nice! Her friend Josh, who she lived with is busy with his life, but is always there for her on the phone or for a visit to help her settle in - he's her voice of reason when she wonders where her life is going and what she should do.

As she clears up the flat that has laid empty for so long, she uncovers quite a few secrets and as she settles down to village life she starts to relish life as a shop owner and the new challenges that this brings her way. With all the goings on, she finds herself in anything but a quiet and sleepy tourist destination!

I really loved the character of Rosa - she's rough round the edges but extremely likeable - as is Hot her faithful companion! I also loved the character of Mary who she befriends and how they are there for each other when needed.

I found this to be an enjoyable, fun, edgy and not your normal light and fluffy chick lit read - more please!!!


Friday, 20 April 2018

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up - Week 15 2018

Hello! It's hot!!!  The past couple of days here in south east england have been unseasonably warm so after weeks and months of being too cold, too wet, too grey - it's now too blooming hot!!  But the garden has loved it and it just puts a smile on my face everytime I go out there!!

And if it's too hot to do much, that means it is best to conserve energy and just READ!! So my reading  slump from last week is now over and I'm back up to having finished 5 books this week!  Way behind on reviews though now - oops - so need to focus on those over the weekend!!

And the postie has been busy again delivering lovely book shaped parcels my way and I may(!) have taken a sneaky peek at NetGalley - despite telling myself not to go there! - and added 2 more reads to my Kindle!

So here's a quick little look at my bookish week....


The Man on the Middle Floor by Elizabeth S.Moore     
This was a fascinating read that I raced through! Will post more thoughts here on the 29th April when I'm on the Blog Tour!

BLACK VIOLET by Alex Hyland
fun fast paced thriller and the start of an exciting new series!


A really interesting look at how American society bought their way into the English aristocracy. Full review on the 4th May for the Blog Tour!


Loved this story of a woman finding happiness and herself at a crumbling mansion.  If you love Kate Morton books then you will love this!


Don't let the sweet cover fool you! I loved this!  Just when the story was going one way, BOOM, big twists that I didn't see coming! Loved it!!


Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone

In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, in which a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery. On a clandestine trip to The Inch - the new volcanic island - to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body. Surtsey's life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact - someone who claims to know what she's done...

Kill The Angel by Sandrone Dazieri

When a high-speed train from Milan draws into the station in Rome with a carriage full of dead bodies, Deputy Police Commissioner Colomba Caselli, a fierce detective still reeling from having survived a bloody catastrophe of her own, is called to lead the investigation. After receiving a message claiming responsibility for the killings and announcing more murders to come, officers turn their attention to a small group of Islamic extremists.

But Dante Torre believes authorities are being misdirected. For him the Islamic link is a smokescreen concealing the actions of a killer who has been committing murders all over the world for years: a woman who calls herself Gilitinè, after the mythological Lithuanian goddess of death. After further carnage, Gilitinè’s murderous plans escalate to macabre heights, and only Dante and Colomba can stop her.

The Cliff House by Amanda Jennings   due out 17th May 2018

Cornwall, summer of 1986.

The Davenports, with their fast cars and glamorous clothes, living the dream in a breathtaking house overlooking the sea.
If only… thinks sixteen-year-old Tamsyn, her binoculars trained on the perfect family in their perfect home.
If only her life was as perfect as theirs.
If only Edie Davenport would be her friend.
If only she lived at The Cliff House…

Amanda Jennings weaves a haunting tale of obsession, loss and longing, set against the brooding North Cornish coastline, destined to stay with readers long after the final page is turned.

My Favourite People by Rob Keeley  due out June 28th 2018

Rob Keeley’s first picture book!
A book for young children all about the importance of relationships.
Comes complete with suggested activities for bringing the book to life.

Illustrated by Simon Goodway.

My favourite people are…

all in this book. And I’m going to tell you all about them. You can meet my Auntie Meg and Uncle Steve, my best friend Alice, my favourite footballer and the band that’s going to save the world. Then I’ll tell you about a brilliant idea I’ve had…

Following his success as a writer of novels and short stories for older children – including the ongoing Spirits series, listed for the Bath Children’s Novel and Independent Author Book Awards – Rob Keeley makes his picture book debut with My Favourite People, a fun illustrated journey through childhood and the friends and family who make it possible. It’s an amusing and insightful look at the world around its central character, an excellent read-aloud or read-alone. It encourages young people to look at relationships and recognise their importance. It will appeal to girls and boys of lower primary age – and to parents and teachers reading the book aloud.

The Illumination of Ursula Flight by Anna-Marie Crowhurst  due out 3rd May 2018

Born on the night of an ill-auguring comet just before Charles II's Restoration, Ursula Flight has a difficult future written in the stars.

Against the custom of the age she begins an education with her father, who fosters in her a love of reading, writing and astrology.

Following a surprise meeting with an actress, Ursula yearns for the theatre and thus begins her quest to become a playwright despite scoundrels, bounders, bad luck and heartbreak.

The Old You by Louise Moss  - due out 15th May 2018

Nail-bitingly modern domestic noir
A tense, Hitchcockian psychological thriller
Louise Voss returns with her darkest, most chilling, novel yet...

Lynn Naismith gave up the job she loved when she married Ed, the love of her life, but it was worth it for the happy years they enjoyed together. Now, ten years on, Ed has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, and things start to happen; things more sinister than missing keys and lost words. As some memories are forgotten, others, long buried, begin to surface... and Lynn's perfect world begins to crumble. 
But is it Ed s mind playing tricks, or hers...?


Girl with Dove by Sally Bayley   due out 17th May 2018
Growing up in a dilapidated house by the sea where men were forbidden, Sally’s childhood world was filled with mystery and intrigue. Hippies trailed through the kitchen looking for God – their leader was Aunt Di, who ruled the house with charismatic force. When Sally’s baby brother vanishes from his pram, she becomes suspicious of the activities going on around her. What happened to Baby David and the woman called Poor Sue? And where did all the people singing and wailing prayers in the front room suddenly go?
Disappearing into a world of books and reading, Sally adopts the tried and tested methods of Miss Marple. Taking books for hints and clues, she turns herself into a reading detective. Her discovery of Jane Eyre marks the beginning of a vivid journey through Victorian literature where she also finds the kind, eccentric figure of Charles Dickens’ Betsey Trotwood. These characters soon become her heroines, acting as a part of an alternative family, offering humour and guidance during many difficult moments in Sally’s life.
Combining the voices of literary characters with those of her real-life counterparts, Girl With Dove reads as a magical series of strange encounters, climaxing with a comic performance of Shakespeare in the children’s home where Sally is eventually sent.
Weaving literary classics with a young girl’s coming of age story, this is a book that testifies to the transformative power of reading and the literary imagination. Mixing fairy tale, literary classics, nursery rhymes and folklore, it is the story of a child’s adventure in wonderland and search for truth in an adult world often cast in deep shadow.
The Poison Bed by E.C.Fremantle  due out 14th June 2018
Elizabeth Fremantle's THE POISON BED is a chilling, noirish thriller ripped straight from the headlines.

A king, his lover and his lover's wife. One is a killer.

In the autumn of 1615 scandal rocks the Jacobean court when a celebrated couple are imprisoned on suspicion of murder. She is young, captivating and from a notorious family. He is one of the richest and most powerful men in the kingdom.

Some believe she is innocent; others think her wicked or insane. He claims no knowledge of the murder. The king suspects them both, though it is his secret at stake.

Who is telling the truth? Who has the most to lose? And who is willing to commit murder?

click on the book title for the GoodReads page for more info!

Not a bad little week then!  Got a pretty busy weekend ahead so not sure if next week will be as impressive!  

Enjoy the weather and enjoy your reading!!