Published: Lightning Books (April 2020)

ISBN: 9781785632068

The Gift of Cockleberry Bay

Nicola May


The final part in the bestselling trilogy

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


‘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

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

Audio Killed the Bookmark

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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 eleven 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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