Christmas is all about coming home and Nicola May’s Christmas in Cockleberry Bay has certainly made me feel like I am back in my romcom home.
This book brought a smile to my face while my family wrestled with a stubborn Christmas tree and a box full of tangled tree lights. Ignoring my family’s tree drama I let Nicola May whisk me back to one of my favourite fictional settings; Cockleberry Bay, for some festive fun and laughter.
Here’s the blurb:
Meet old and new characters in the Bay for Christmas fun and frolics.
With both the Corner Shop and Cockleberry Café in safe hands, Rosa turns her attention to Ned’s Gift, the charity set up in memory of the great-grandfather whose legacy turned her life around.
Over at the Ship Hotel, Lucas has his work cut out with his devious new girlfriend and the mystery poisoning of an anonymous hotel inspector. Will the hotel still get its 3-star Seaside Rosette?
Will Mary find true love at last? Can Titch cope with the demands of the shop and being heavily pregnant. And can Rosa, with a baby of her own, pull off the Cockleberry Bay Charity Christmas Concert in time?
Christmas in Cockleberry Bay is a festive delight for fans of Rosa and her cheeky mini dachshund Hot, delivering a feast of unpredictable events and surprises.
Here’s my review
The first standout in this book is the humour. Nicola May knows how to make you laugh. She does this through funny dialogue, quirky characters and fabulous pieces of description. One of my favourite moments was when Rosa explained to Titch why the Cockleberry Bay pantomime had been banned; ‘It went down in Cockleberry Bay history…what happened was that the guy playing Joseph outed his wife for having an affair with the Angel Gabriel; in his hurry to escape the humilation, Gabriel got his wings caught in a wise man’s walking stick and fell off the stage, breaking his ankle.‘
The second standout is the feeling of community in this book. I love the way Nicola brings this small seaside town to life through the poisoning of a hotel inspector, Mary’s search for true love, a Christmas Charity Christmas concert and Rosa’s attemts to juggle motherhood and feed her desire to get back into organising things for the town.
I loved seeing this new Rosa, a mummy to little Ned. Her friend Titch was a superstar in terms of helping Rosa through first-time motherhood and sorting out her own pregnancy. My love for Josh increased during this book. He’s so sexy and I would say yes to having a football team of babies with him – *sigh*
My favourite quote from the book is this which gave me a fluttery feeling; ‘if the home is a body then the table is a heart.’
Kindle – UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08JHJKLQF/
Kindle – .com – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JHJKLQF/
Paperback – http://eye-books.com/books/christmas-in-cocklberry-bay
Author Bio –
Nicola May is a rom-com superstar. She is the author of eleven romantic comedies, all of which have appeared in the Kindle bestseller charts. Two of them won awards at the Festival of Romance, and another was named ebook of the week in The Sun. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay became the best-selling Kindle book in the UK, across all genres, in January 2019, and was Amazon’s third-bestselling novel in that year.
She lives near Ascot racecourse with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan.