My Thoughts on The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

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.

I have seen this book on a number of blogs and so I thought ok let’s try it. I finished reading this book and wow the number of vile characters in it. Some didn’t seem to have a moral compass either, but they work for the vehicle of our main protagonist Rosa.

Also there’s a fair amount of naughty language and sex too in the book. The sexual innuendos made me groan so much. Some of the dialogue was 😬 .

I identified so much with Rosa. Rosa not so much drinks alcohol, as abuses it and is a nightmare when drunk. The writer shows us why those are the symptoms of a difficult childhood and not the cause. You could also say Rosa eventually found her purpose in life from the corner shop, so didn’t need to drink. I’m sure there’s more to come from her.

I was up and down with the book, dial down your expectations from reviews, but the metaphorical punches kept coming and by the end I wanted to read more from these characters.

There were so many strands of story, but it all added up to a fun book and was never dull. The pace of the book zipped along. I was expecting something a little more cosy and not so much in your face, from the description and cover of this book, but four stars from me.

It was a good book to get me out of a reading slump.


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