Christmas in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May @nicolamay1

Book Description:

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.

My Thoughts:

Well, it had to happen. I have finally reached and read the last book in the Cockleberry Bay series. I have had a great time getting to know the residents and keeping up to date with the regulars as well as meeting new ones. It has been a blast and one I am sad to have come to the end of.

I wasn’t too sure how things would work in this book with Rosa no longer being the owner of the corner shop or the café. If anything you would think that she would be taking things easy and enjoying motherhood with her four month old son Ned. Rosa doesn’t seem to have the word relax in her vocabulary though and is as busy as ever with her charity work as well as struggling with being a first time mother. There is lots going on in the small community with it being the run up to Christmas. It’s all hands on deck though as everyone comes together to make it a Christmas to remember.

There are lots of highs and lows along the way in this book. As I have come to expect from the author there are some proper laugh out loud moments and the odd one that even made me blush! There are some characters whose behaviour even I was surprised at, at how low they could stoop. Either way it all made for a page-turning read.

Christmas in Cockleberry Bay was the icing on top of the cake and a great way to end the Cockleberry Bay series. I am so going to miss lots of the characters that I have grown to love along the way but the great thing with books, is that I can go back and re-read them as many times as I would like to. And I for one will certainly be revisiting and getting to know everyone all over again. Heart-warming and oodles of fun, a series that is not to be missed! Thankfully there are also lots more novels by the author I have yet to look forward to, so I can take comfort in knowing I have lots more great reads ahead of me.

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