‘Delightful and witty with a heroine you’ll be rooting for . . . joyful escapism’ Milly Johnson
‘Spirited, adventurous and full of heart!’ Heidi Swain
Although thirty-three-year-old Kara Moon loves her hometown of Hartmouth in Cornwall, she has always wondered if she should have followed her dream of going off to study floristry. But she couldn’t bring herself to abandon her emotionally delicate single father, and has worked on Ferry Lane Market’s flower stall ever since leaving school.
When her good-for-nothing boyfriend cheats on her and steals her life savings, she finally dumps him and rents out her spare room as an Airbnb. Gossip flies around the town as Kara welcomes a series of foreign guests to her flat overlooking the estuary.
Then an anonymous postcard arrives, along with a plane ticket to New York. And there begins the first of three trips of a lifetime, during which she will learn important lessons about herself, her life and what she wants from it – and perhaps find love along the way.
More praise for Nicola May!
‘This book will twang your funny bone & your heartstrings’ – Milly Johnson
‘A fun and flighty read’ – Sun
‘A funny and fast-paced romp – thoroughly enjoyable!’ WOMAN Magazine
‘One of those books that I can’t stop thinking about way after I’ve read it! – Kim The Bookworm
‘This book is so addictive that you will literally lose 3 hours of your life, and you won’t care!’ – Cara’s Book Boudoir
Readers love Nicola May, too!
‘A FABULOUS must-read’ – 5 STARS
‘An excellent book of friendship – with a little wickedness!’ – 5 STARS
‘Good for the soul‘ – 5 STARS
‘I loved it and devoured it in a matter of days’ – 5 STARS
‘A wonderful, feel-good novel with some grit thrown in’ – 5 STARS
‘Marvellous, beautiful and heart-warming‘ – 5 STARS
‘Sea, sand and sex – a soppy delight’ – 5 STARS
‘A truly lovely book’ – 5 STARS
‘Fun and whimsy, plus a dog!’ – 5 STARS
‘Nicola May is a brilliant, relevant writer for today, exposing today’s issues with tenderness, and always demonstrating a warm, human, heartfelt response‘ – 5 STARS
I received a digital ARC of this book, in exchange for an honest review.
Having loved the Cockleberry Bay series, I was really looking forward to this new release, and Im delighted to say that I wasn’t disappointed.
Once again, Nicola May has created a community filled with characters who I am eager to learn more about. The main focus in this book is on Kara and her family. Originally named Kerensa, a gorgeous Cornish name, she is known as Kara to all except her family. Close to her adorable Grandfather and her father, Kara has a strained relationship with her sister as they see their priorities quite differently. Abandoned before reaching her teenage years, Kara is completely estranged from her mother.
With so many fabulous characters, it’s almost impossible to pick a favourite, but if pressed, it would have to be Pearl. The change that she brings to the family dynamic is wonderful and her nature practically leaps from the page.
Kara is beautifully written and it’s impossible not to fall in love with her and wish her nothing but happiness. Of course, she’s a long way from perfect yet her slightly embarrassing antics manage to make her even more likeable. As the synopsis explains, Kara works on a market flower stall. She has a natural flair, and as the story progresses, it soon becomes clear that she is being taken advantage of.
The story shifts a gear when a mysterious postcard arrives, along with airline tickets for a trip to New York. As this adventurous element of the story begins to unfold, we meet a new and interesting Kara. No longer restricted by the confines of her life at home, she soon adapts to her new challenges, and I felt myself hoping that she would discover a braver version of herself. Of course, I was also trying to work out who her mysterious benefactor could be.
I could go on, but would find myself giving spoilers, and that must be avoided at all costs. I’ll close by saying that I am already looking forward to the next instalment, especially after reading the taster at the end of this book.
Nicola May writes ‘chick lit with a kick’ and is the internationally bestselling author of eleven romantic comedies. All 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 March 2020 respectively. It was also the second best-selling eBook of 2019 in the UK. Nicola’s books have also been sold in many languages.
Social Media links
Receiving a digital ARC does not influence my opinion of a book. Please note, this review contains affiliate links.