Four paperbacks

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The Cockleberry Bay Collection

Nicola May


All three parts of the #1 bestselling romcom trilogy – plus the bonus Christmas extra

Down-on-her-luck Londoner Rosa Larkin has a sudden change in fortune when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village. The identity of her benefactor is a mystery and the inheritance comes with one condition: the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

In The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay – whose supporting cast includes a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter, a selection of meddling locals and a dachshund named Hot Dog – Rosa gets the shop up and running again.

As Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay opens, she seems to have it all. But the course of true love never did run smooth and Rosa is forced to face her fears, addiction and jealousy head on.

Eventually, the time is right to let the inherited corner shop go. Who should Rosa pass it on to? As word gets out, untrustworthy newcomers appear in the Bay. With the revelation of more secrets from Rosa’s family background, a new series of unpredictable and life-changing events unfolds in The Gift of Cockleberry Bay.

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 who turned her life around. 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.

This phenomenally successful series has made Nicola May a number one bestselling author and brought delight to tens of thousands of fans. If you read the first book, you’ll need to read the others, so you may as well buy them all at once!



‘Are you sure you’ve got the right person?’

Rosa took off her bright blue woolly hat and scratched the back of her head, causing her dark brown curls to become even more unruly.

The tall, pinched-faced solicitor nodded. ‘Yes, of course we have. Evans, Donald and Simpson do not make mistakes. You, Miss Larkin, are now the official owner of the Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay.’



‘Are you sure you’ve got the right person?’

Rosa took off her bright blue woolly hat and scratched the back of her head, causing her dark brown curls to become even more unruly.

The tall, pinched-faced solicitor nodded. ‘Yes, of course we have. Evans, Donald and Simpson do not make mistakes. You, Miss Larkin, are now the official owner of the Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay.’

He handed the bewildered twenty-five-year-old a battered leather briefcase and pointed to a small combination padlock on its brass clasp.

‘Here. The will stated that you – and only you – can open this, using your date of birth.’

‘This is all very strange,’ Rosa said. ‘And where exactly is this Cockleberry Bay?’

‘Devon, dear, Devon.’ The solicitor looked under his rimless glasses. ‘I take it you know where that is?’

‘I may have a cockney accent, Mr Donald, but I’m not stupid.’

‘Well, open it then.’ The solicitor was shifting from foot to foot in anticipation. He confided, ‘We’ve been wanting to know what’s in there for days.’

Showing no emotion, Rosa gazed at him with her striking green eyes and asked coolly: ‘Is there anything else I need?’

‘Er, no – but are you not going to . . .?’

‘I need to get to work.’ Rosa put her hat and scarf back on, zipped up her fur-lined bomber jacket and headed for the door. ‘Thank you so much for your help.’

And she was gone.


The solicitor peered crossly out of the window of the offices in Staple Inn and watched as the young woman, the briefcase in her arms, strode across the frosty cobbled courtyard and out into the bustle of London’s ancient legal quarter.


‘A sunny, funny, lovely story guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart’

Milly Johnson on The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay

‘A brilliantly written, feel-good, fantabulous read’

Kim Nash on Meet Me in Cockleberry Bay

‘Don't dare forget the name of Nicola May’

Anne Diamond

‘I’d be delighted to have Cockleberry Bay on my bookshelf’

Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, on Radio 4’s You & Yours

‘Nicola May is one of my favourite authors’

Chocolate Pages


‘I highly recommend you read all three books so that you can fall in love with Cockleberry Bay just as much as I have’

Dash Fan *****

‘Nicola May writes so warmly and I always feel as though I am visiting old friends when I read her books. I can highly recommend this series of books: great story and great characters, they are a real treat’

Dot Scribbles

‘I love the excellent storytelling and stunning location but my absolute favourite part of the books is the main character Rosa who always has her loyal companion Hot the dachshund by her side’

Waggy Tales

‘I’ve loved every word of this glorious series that is escapism at its very best, something we all so desperately need right now. I did not want this beautifully written, poignant and heartfelt story to come to an end’

Cal Turner

‘This series has brought me laughter, joy, heartbreak and anger. It has truly been a privilege to read it. I've loved every minute’

Cara’s Book Boudoir

‘If you like soaps when they’re carefree, with real messages handled carefully and with love, I think you’ll very much enjoy Cockleberry Bay. It felt empowering in its message while remaining an easy read. Fans will be very happy, and if you’re new and need something cheerful right now, I cannot tell you enough: pick this up’

Radzy Reviews

‘The characters of the sleepy beach village and the never-ending drama around them are a perfect series to binge on any time of the year’

27 Book Street

‘I hope you get the chance to read the whole trilogy. You will fall in love with the characters and Cockleberry Bay’

Carla Loves to Read

‘All three books are incredibly strong, and just really impressive’

Rachel’s Random Reads

‘This is a fabulous series and I adored this festive instalment. A wonderful heartwarming read that has some drama, lots of friendships, dogs, babies and all mixed in with a wonderful storyline’

Me and My Books

‘The plot is crisp, sharp and well paced. I loved being back in Cockleberry Bay. I would definitely recommend this as a Christmas read’

27 Book Street


Nicola May is interviewed by Anne Diamond on BBC Radio Berkshire shortly after the publication of her first novel.

Here's how The Bookseller reported our acquisition.

Nicola tells her amazing story, of getting her self-published novel The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay to the #1 spot in the UK Kindle charts, to Female First.

Here she tells the same story to the Daily Mail.

And here it is, reported by The Times.

Here’s Nicola on BBC Radio 4's consumer programme You and Yours talking about the challenges of being an ‘invisible’ bestselling author – ignored by most of the book trade because she made her breakthrough on ebook.

And here's an Amazon blog in which Nicola tells her self-publishing story.

This is one to treasure: the Indian website Indulge Express recommends The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay alongside Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light in its top four reads of the week.


Nicola May

Nicola May is a rom-com superstar. She is the author of fifteen 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. Described by Winifred Robinson of BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours as ‘the invisible bestselling author’, Nicola campaigned successfully for the introduction of ebook charts in the publishing trade press.

She lives near Ascot racecourse with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan.

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