Published: Lightning Books (April 2020)

ISBN: 9781785632068

The Gift of Cockleberry Bay

Nicola May


The final part in the bestselling series

‘Something for everyone: romance, humour and a mystery. A fantastic end to a wonderful trilogy’ – Lucy Mitchell

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 newcomers 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.





‘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

‘Something for everyone: romance, humour and a mystery. I was back in Cockleberry Bay, the sun came out (in my back garden) and life felt good again. A fantastic end to a wonderful trilogy’

Lucy Mitchell


‘I adore this series, which has friendship, second chances, drama, mystery, family, secrets and truth, and this final book was a wonderful read. I will miss the characters’

Me and My Books

‘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 ... a perfect ending to this wonderful series’

Kim the Bookworm

‘I absolutely love this series. I’ve laughed and cried with it, and I’m sad to see it end’

Orchard Book Club *****

‘Once again, Nicola May seamlessly weaves together romance, humour and mystery. It’s the sweet, satisfying seaside escape I needed’

Audio Killed the Bookmark

‘A heart-warming read and one I enjoyed immensely with characters I have become to know well and love. A novel that ultimately will leave you feeling uplifted and want to do something nice for someone else’

By the Letter Book Reviews

‘LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book...I devoured it in one sitting and I cannot praise it enough. The perfect feel-good read’

Baker’s Not So Secret Blog

‘The gang are back! And I couldn’t be happier to spend time in the company of these wonderful characters. If you’ve not read the series before – why not??!!!’

Books and Me *****

‘It was lovely to be reunited with Rosa and her beloved dog, Hot. I can’t sing Nicola May’s praises enough for writing this wonderful, heartwarming series’

Broadbean’s Books

‘I loved every single word of this book. I just couldn’t get enough of it. There are so many story lines, deeper issues, funny moments and heart-warming moments. If you haven’t read anything from this series yet, this could be read as a standalone but honestly go back and read from the first one. All three books are incredibly strong, and just really impressive’

Rachel’s Random Reads

‘I love this series and this was another fabulous addition. It’s five stars from me for this one – I loved it. Very highly recommended’

Donna’s Book Blog

‘How nice it was to be reunited with Rosa, Titch, Mary and of course Hot, the cutest little sausage dog. I slipped effortlessly back into Cockleberry Bay life. Nicola May is one of my favourite authors’

Chocolate Pages

‘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

‘Heart-warming, light-hearted, emotional, witty, romantic, a li’l dash of mystery and intrigue – and then there is the setting, ambience and spirit of Cockleberry Bay that shines through. Nicola May has written another gem’

Dash Fan *****

‘Far, far more than the average romcom. A wonderful, easy read to restore your faith in human nature and leave you with a smile’

Nicki’s Book Blog

‘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 adored this book and sped through the pages, only slowing down towards the end as I did not want this beautifully written, poignant and heartfelt story to come to an end’

Cal Turner

‘This is the third in the Cockleberry Bay trilogy and I’m all kinds of thrilled and sad at the same time, as 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

‘Since I haven’t read the first two books in the trilogy, I was concerned that jumping into book three would be confusing. I was wrong. Nicola May’s writing is so vivid, that the characters jumped off the page and into my brain, and my heart’


‘Another delightful read from Ms May! It was lovely to return to Cockleberry Bay. I would seriously recommend you read the other books in the series. Although this story can be read as a standalone, you’ll get so much more out of it if you read the earlier ones’

Lilac Mills

‘The author brings the characters and setting to life so you feel part of the story. Simply wonderful’

Babydolls and Razorblades *****

‘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

‘Another amazing read from Nicola May. Her characters feel like friends and I couldn’t bear to tear myself away from the story’

Ginger Book Geek *****

‘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

‘A brilliant, joyous read that will have you animated with glee. It feels sad that we’ve come to the end of the Cockleberry Bay trilogy but this finale has come at the right time during these days of uncertainty, as Rosa is such a joyous character’


‘A wonderful final instalment from the seaside village that we have come to know so well. The perfect book to mark the end of the series’

Stardust Book Reviews

‘I hope you get the chance to read, not just this book, but the whole trilogy. You will fall in love with the characters and Cockleberry Bay’

Carla Loves to Read

‘A chaotic story of love, friendship, insecurities and starts off with a blast and ends the same way too’

Cheryl M-M’s Book Blog



Nicola May

Nicola May is a rom-com superstar. She is the author of sixteen romantic comedies, all of which have appeared in the Kindle bestseller charts. 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. It spawned three sequels, followed by the hit Ferry Lane Market trilogy.

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

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