(Cockleberry Bay Series Book III)
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Genre: Romantic Comedy
Illustrator: John Meech
Editor: Joan Deitch
Publication date: April 2, 2020
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From the author of the #1 BESTSELLING The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay
All of our favourite characters from Cockleberry Bay are back in this final, heart warming story in the series. 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 and goes public, untrustworthy newcomers appear in the Bay . . . their motives uncertain. With the revelation of more secrets from Rosa’s family heritage, a new journey 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 the many thousands of Rosa’s fans.
Read this extract from the book where Rosa questions if you can love two people at the same time:
Rosa tried to sound matter-of-fact. ‘Can you be so in love with somebody and want to be with them and stay with them and create a family with them, but still have feelings for somebody else at the same time?’
‘OK.’ Alec was thoughtful for a second. ‘Well, my take on it is this. The human capacity to love is boundless, Rosa. You love your family, you love your friends, you love your pets, but there is a distinct difference between love and lust.’
‘Yeah, I know that.’
‘Hear me out though. True love tends to develop slowly, over time, as you get to know someone.’
They reached the beach. Rosa asked, ‘Can we just walk along the beach path before we go in the café?’ She was reluctant to let Alec go.
‘Of course. Come on – I can let Brown off the lead then too.’ Alec headed with her in the direction of South Cliffs. The winter waves looked grey and uninviting. Seagulls circled the empty bins and sang a tetchy lament at the lack of tourist treats at their disposal.
‘Going back to our discussion,’ he added, ‘lust, as we know, is usually quite instant and can have a similar effect on the brain as some drugs do – and that’s because sexual-attraction hormones are released into the body. And a bit like with drugs or drink, it may all seem like a good idea at the time. But long-term, it isn’t sustainable. You know that.’
‘Yes, yes I do.’
Alec continued, ‘I always say to clients of mine, “If you are uncertain of anything, before you act on your feelings ask yourself, ‘What am I feeling here?’ And avoid making far-reaching decisions based on what could just be a passing emotion”.’
‘I love Josh so much; I would never hurt him.’
‘That’s right. If you love somebody that much, you will never intentionally hurt them. And face it, connected sex in a relationship can easily feel as good or even better than a brief encounter with a lustful stranger. And I sure as hell know what I would prefer, every time.’ The big man stopped walking and looked at her. ‘Think of that urge like having a drink. You know how to say no to that. And a good, trusting friendship with a member of the opposite sex counts for a lot too, doesn’t it? Look at us, for instance,’ and he grinned.
Rosa smiled and nodded as Alec then announced, ‘OK, I need to get these glasses to my girl, so let’s head back to the café.’
As they started walking back, he asked, ‘Did that help?’
‘Yes, it did, and I shall just add the “What am I feeling here?” question to my sanity bank. Do you know what, Dr Burton, you really are quite amazing.’ Rosa knew how lucky she was to be surrounded by such good people now. Ned, Queenie and Mary had led her to so much more than just a shop and a future down here. She now had a great network of people who really did care about her too.
‘I have my moments.’ The big man was laughing as Rosa pushed open the door to the café.
‘What are you doing, stealing my man? I saw you walking up the beach path arm-in-arm,’ Sara teased Rosa, and without expecting a reply carried on cleaning down a table. Her own jealousy days were long gone, thanks to Alec’s all-encompassing love.
‘I’ve actually got an announcement to make,’ Rosa chirped.
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About the Author
Nicola May lives in the UK, five miles from the Queen’s castle in Windsor, with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon and devouring cream teas.
Her bestselling The Corner Shop in Cockleberry, the 1st book in the Cockleberry Bay series, went to #1 on Amazon and stayed there for an unprecedented 6 weeks.
She classes her novels as ‘chicklit with a kick,’ writing about love, life and friendships in a real, not fluffy kind of way. She likes burgers, mince pies, clocks, birds, bubble baths and facials – but is not so keen on aubergines.
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