Today I’m on the blog tour for Meet Me In Cockleberry Bay and am delighted to bring you an extract…
The cast of the runaway bestseller, The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, are back – including Rosa, Josh, Mary, Jacob, Sheila, new mum Titch and, last but by no means least, Hot, the adorable dachshund.
Newly wed, and with her inherited corner shop successfully up and running, Rosa Smith seems to have all that anyone could wish for. But the course of true love never did run smooth and Rosa’s suspicions that her husband is having an affair have dire consequences.
Reaching rock bottom before she can climb back up to the top, fragile Rosa is forced to face her fears, addiction and jealousy head on.
With a selection of meddling locals still at large, a mystery fire and Titch’s frantic search for the real father of her sick baby, the second book in this enchanting series will take you on a further unpredictable journey of self-discovery.
Squatting down to fill the bottom shelf with tins of dog food, Rosa heard the shop door ring, but didn’t turn around. ‘Won’t be a minute!’ she cried.
‘I’d recognise that pert little arse anywhere,’ said a familiar voice.
Jumping up in shock, she knocked over the box of tins, causing the contents to roll around the floor. Hot came running over from his bed in the corner to see what the fracas was about.
Lucas Hannafore knelt to pick them up. ‘Ah, Mr Sausage, have you missed me?’ He stroked the dachshund, who disloyally licked the handsome one’s hand.
‘I can manage this, thanks.’ Rosa knelt beside him. ‘And do you always have to be so coarse?’
‘Hark at you! What’s all this then – has marriage turned you into a lady suddenly?’
Rosa took in his brooding dark looks, and remembering how they’d had abandoned and particularly good sex on her sofa last New Year’s Day, conceded to herself that he did have a point.
She got up and dusted down her knees. ‘What are you doing here anyway?’ She wanted to confirm Jacob’s findings.
Lucas stood up too, and remained a little bit too close for comfort. ‘Here as in right here? Or here as in down in the boring Bay?’
‘Only boring people get bored.’ Rosa was irked that despite her happily married status she still found him attractive. She wasn’t usually keen on men shorter than five-ten either.
‘You didn’t find me boring before posh boy staked his claim on you.’
‘Answer my question, Luke.’ Rosa squirmed slightly inside. Even his eyelashes were longer than hers.
‘Mother dear is back in the pub, that’s why I’m here. It’s looking great actually. I said I’d take a couple of months out of London and help her with marketing the place. Get some live music booked, et cetera. It’s what this dump needs.’
‘Not exactly the season for it, is it.’
‘Cockleberry Bay is not all tourists, you know. There are a lot of locals who like live music too and it will be Christmas again before we know it.’
‘And you’re a plumber, Luke. Or did I miss “music mogul” on your cv?’
‘Still sharp as a tack, I see. I’m a plumber, yes, and I intend to do some local jobs, but that doesn’t stop me from having the gift of the gab to market the place and it’s not exactly hard to deliver a flyer or two.’
‘You’re so flexible,’ Rosa replied nonchalantly.
‘Well, you would know.’ Rosa was annoyed to feel her cheeks reddening.
about the author
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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Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Nicola and the publisher for sharing an extract with us.
Enjoy your Sunday!