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The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay


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Product Summary

Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he - or she - has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

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Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he - or she - has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it. "This book is so addictive that you will literally lose 3 hours of your life, and you won't care!" Cara's Book Boudoir "It’s one of my favourite books of this year so far." That Thing She Reads


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Product Review Analysis*

Positives

Neutrals

Negatives

68.2% 8.1% 23.7%

Senti score  [76.3%]

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Pros & Cons

absolutely brilliant

"absolutely brilliant!"
100.0%

highly enjoyable

"a feel good plot with some grit makes this novel a highly enjoyable read"
100.0%

incurable romantics

"myself and my husband both read this book and thought it was smashing but then we are a pair of incurable romantics"
100.0%

thoroughly enjoyable

"this was a thoroughly enjoyable read taking you through the trials and tribulations of a bit of a wayward girl in her struggle to make a success of a small shop she is unexpectedly left"
100.0%

absolutely pleasure

"what an absolutely pleasure to read hard to put down till almost the end when the mystery is reavealed"
100.0%

excellent story

"excellent story"
100.0%

very captivating

"it really was so entertaining and the lead character was very captivating"
100.0%

brilliant story

"brilliant story can't wait to read the next book"
100.0%

jolly good

"this was a jolly good story of romance and mystery"
100.0%

wonderfully warm

"cockleberry bay is a wonderfully warm and unexpectedly fun story of love laughter disasters friendship and family"
100.0%

thoroughly enjoyed

"thoroughly enjoyed reading this book"
100.0%

very satisfying

"very satisfying"
100.0%

great storyline

"a great storyline"
100.0%

really enjoyable

"a different type of mystery but a really enjoyable read"
99.9%

great ending

"i loved this book it’s a great story with a great ending"
99.9%

charming story

"what a charming story"
99.9%

very entertaining

"ok its not war and peace but it is a very entertaining holiday read"
99.9%

beautifully written

"beautifully written book poignant and sad at times but with a few twists that made for a happy ending"
99.9%

thoroughly good

"a thoroughly good read and one for the holiday list"
99.8%

very cleverly

"very cleverly written"
99.8%

brilliant character

"rosa is a brilliant character well they all are best book i have read in a long time"
99.8%

really heartwarming

"a really heartwarming uplifting read"
99.8%

brilliant holiday read

"highly recommend this book brilliant holiday read "
99.8%

very enjoyable

"what a lovely story and very very enjoyable"
99.7%

delightful gastro

"there is a definite contrast between the two ends of the village with one end being occupied by a delightful gastro pub ran by two charming gentleman whilst the other end of the village would be more at home on the set of eastenders with the hard as nails family matriarch and her misbehaving brethren of family and friends"
99.6%

absolutely compelling

"absolutely compelling story"
99.5%

really good

"this is a really good page turner read it!"
99.3%

wonderful characters

"the wonderful characters really come to life"
99.0%

great main characters

"great main characters good setting and sweet story"
99.0%

exceptionally good

"i very really buy modern times stories but i think this is exceptionally good"
98.9%

lovely storyline

"a really well written book with a lovely storyline and not very predictable at all!"
98.7%

great story

"a great story to keep you guessing with strong real and believable characters that really absorb you into their story"
97.5%

excellent author

"wonderful and well worth reading an excellent author!"
97.3%

wonderful story

"from the first chapter to the last line it's wonderful story is a joy to read"
97.1%

charming gentleman

"there is a definite contrast between the two ends of the village with one end being occupied by a delightful gastro pub ran by two charming gentleman whilst the other end of the village would be more at home on the set of eastenders with the hard as nails family matriarch and her misbehaving brethren of family and friends"
95.9%

charming reporter

"as with books of this genre there is a lovely splash of romance as rosa finds herself stuck between a gorgeous rugby player a wickedly sexy plumber and a charming reporter"
95.9%

brilliant idea

"a brilliant idea for a book spoilt for me by the promiscuity of rosa the main character"
95.7%

riveting storyline

"riveting storyline"
95.4%

wonderfully heartwarming

"a wonderfully heartwarming quirky read in a quaint setting just bursting with effervescent characters"
95.0%

very realistic

"all the characters in this small seaside town are interesting and very realistic"
94.4%

brilliant summer

"a brilliant summer read i highly recommend this book"
94.2%

funny and entertaining

"i really loved this book quirky funny and entertaining i would recommend it to anyone wanting a light hearted read"
93.2%

that she is loveable

"she is all that but she is also one with low self esteem who finally gets that she is loveable"
93.1%

sheer delight

"this book was sheer delight!"
92.8%

absolutely loved

"absolutely loved this book one of those books that leaves you wanting another one and disappointed that it's ended"
92.2%

keeps you guessing

"also fed my curiosity as i usually have to read thriller to get my fix but this book keeps you guessing too"
92.1%

laughed and cried

"the characters very real i laughed and cried"
91.9%

good characterization

"a nice little story with good characterization and a bit of mystery but i found the sexual references though not overly frequent crude and unnecessarily vulgar"
91.5%

well written

"oh what a fantastic story this is i really enjoyed this book i usually go for crime and thriller books but what a refreshing story this was i loved every single page and will be reading more from nicola may great characters well written and was sorry when i finished reading it"
91.2%

truly lovely

"i laughed and cried with rosa a truly lovely story with surprises all the way"
90.6%

just loved

"the main character reminded me of someone i know i just loved her"
89.2%

laughs fun and love

"what a super story full of twists and turns drama romance tears laughs fun and love"
89.2%

refreshing and funny

"so refreshing and funny"
89.1%

lovely josh

"the characters in the little town are a pretty eclectic mix so they keep the story flowing and the lovely josh we could all do with one of them around"
88.9%

lovely devon

"i liked this book believable characters set in lovely devon"
88.9%

good smattering

"cleaver plot with a good smattering of love interests"
88.8%

enjoyable and engaging

"very enjoyable and engaging and the characters were engaging with how their lives were"
88.7%

exciting and funny

"loved this book so many funny parts in each chapter its serious exciting and funny all in one book"
88.7%

comely and engaging

"it's pleasant to listen to as audio voice used is comely and engaging"
88.6%

believeable and likeable

"the book was sad and funny the characters were believeable and likeable"
88.6%

just brilliant

"this book was just brilliant"
88.5%

sweet charming and

"sweet charming and o so many twists in the storyline"
88.5%

clever story

"great characterisation and clever story telling"
88.4%

great characterisation

"great characterisation and clever story telling"
88.0%

great charcters

"lovely read great charcters and a satisfying ending"
88.0%

good setting

"great main characters good setting and sweet story"
75.0%

good feeling

"good feeling with happy ending"
75.0%

comfortable feeling

"just such a lovely book have me a warm comfortable feeling to read good story with a great twist at the end just about to download another of nicolas books"
75.0%

good ending

"i do love a good ending"
75.0%

good writing style

"edgy language and a good writing style made for a most enjoyable read"
75.0%

lovely setting

"fun characters lovely setting and some nice twists oh and a dog called hot"
75.0%

light relief

"i bought this book because i'd just read a slew of thrillers and wanted some light relief plus i used to have a village shop which is what initially caught my attention"
75.0%

just enjoy

"heartwarming fiction to just enjoy"
75.0%

good points

"i couldn't take to the main character she had some good points but was annoying and not particularly likeable"
75.0%

deservedly merits

"deservedly merits a 5 star rating for its ease of reading enjoyment of the well defined characters and the turmoil of love mingled with fun friendship and lost love"
75.0%

nice change

"nice change from my usual murder mystery books"
75.0%

happy ending

"i think it deserves a five star rating because i loved the story and it kept on giving plus loved the happy ending"
75.0%

nice twist

"it was a lovely happy ending with a nice twist too the tale"
75.0%

cute story

"quite a cute story though"
75.0%

good summer

"it has the odd twist and turn i liked all the characters and has a happy ending a good summer read"
75.0%

nice people

"so good nice people in this book"
74.9%

feel romantic

"laugh cry and feel romantic"
74.9%

decent story

"rosa inherits a shop from a mystery benefactor and so begins her adventure and her transformation a decent story just had to get my head round joe josh & jacob had to think which characters they were at times"
74.9%

really well

"a really well written book with a lovely storyline and not very predictable at all!"
74.9%

good reviews

"oh goodness i hate vapid romantic fiction like this i really don’t know why i bought it other than so many good reviews!"
74.9%

seem believable

"it is neither a satisfying read or a good story incredibly predictable nor do the characters and situations seem believable"
74.9%

supreme effort

"i thought the writer did a supreme effort"
74.9%

joyful book

"this is a joyful book"
74.9%

nice twists

"fun characters lovely setting and some nice twists oh and a dog called hot"
74.9%

will happily

"very enjoyable and i will happily purchase more books by nicola may"
74.9%

lived happily

"'and they all lived happily ever after'"
74.9%

fiercely independent

"my in laws hail from devon so i fully recognise the small community mentality so brilliantly described in the book but what really stood out for me was the hugely believable fiercely independent but often vulnerable heroine of the book"
74.8%

look forward

"i will look forward to reading the sequel"
74.8%

good insights

"written by a realist with good insights into people and good characters of whom all were a bit flawed as people are in real life"
74.8%

very quickly

"i read it very quickly as it was difficult to put down"
74.8%

overall enjoyment

"very enjoyable read good story if a little predictable at the end did leave a couple of threads unanswered but did not detract from overall enjoyment of book"
74.8%

quaint setting

"a wonderfully heartwarming quirky read in a quaint setting just bursting with effervescent characters"
74.8%

great setting

"great setting and wonderful characters"
74.8%

lovely ending

"lovely ending"
74.7%

lovely story

"it was a lovely story with just enough twists to keep you wanting to carry on reading"
74.7%

five stars

"i gave this book five stars because i wanted a light but engaging read and it exceeded my expectations"
74.7%

perfect read

"perfect read for cold afternoon"
74.7%

lovely tale

"lovely tale"
74.6%

lovely romantic mystery

"this was a lovely romantic mystery and i enjoyed reading it and getting to know the characters"
74.6%

lovely characters

"great idea for a storyline lovely characters and a plot line which kept me guessing right until the end"
74.6%

readers style

"i really loved the readers style and accent"
74.6%

fantastic story

"oh what a fantastic story this is i really enjoyed this book i usually go for crime and thriller books but what a refreshing story this was i loved every single page and will be reading more from nicola may great characters well written and was sorry when i finished reading it"
74.6%

enjoyed this

"i really enjoyed this"
74.6%

good characters

"written by a realist with good insights into people and good characters of whom all were a bit flawed as people are in real life"
74.6%

likeable characters

"easy to read cozy story with likeable characters"
74.6%

good friends

"good friends and a little good fortune anything is possible"
74.5%

fairly fast

"good characters and a fairly fast moving plot"
74.5%

lovely part

"an easy to read novel set in a lovely part of the country could almost smell the ocean!"
74.5%

engaging story

"loved the twists and turns in this easy read but engaging story"
74.5%

maintains their interest

"those different plot lines provide a level of intrigue to the tale which grasps the readers' attention and maintains their interest until the end"
74.4%

engaging read

"thanks to author for such an engaging read and i’ve now passed it to a friend to read"
74.4%

just great

"this book had me from the first kindle page the story of rosa and her dog moving into a devonshire village corner shop was just marvellous couldn't put it down made me laugh hold my breath and bought a tear i loved every page felt like i had lost a family of friends as the characters were just great was sad when i read the last page …"
74.4%

great book

"what a great book i just couldn't put it down the story of rosa was so sad and how she inherited the corner shop not having a clue who had left it to her and josh her true friend and little hot the dog just loved the whole story you will have to read it to find out who left her the corner shop in the little devon seaside village"
74.4%

happy holidays

"i loved the title because it reminded me of many happy holidays i had in the west country when i was younger"
74.3%

beautiful cockleberry

"really loved the characters very well created and described and i want to live in beautiful cockleberry bay!"
74.3%

very interesting

"i bought this book for a gentle read and it was but there were many surprises and twists and turns that rosa takes that made the book very interesting and i ended up not being able to put it down"
74.3%

seems good

"the plot seems good but i doubt i will read to the end"
74.3%

lovely read

"what a lovely read"
74.3%

good value

"there such good value too"
74.3%

please read

"please read"
74.2%

nice and easy

"a nice and easy read for the summer"
74.2%

love suspense

"i loved this book exactly what i needed love suspense and laughs i love how strong all the female characters are how they r all survivors"
74.2%

fairly happy

"a fairly happy story very modern with a good few twists to keep me interested"
74.2%

very happy

"your books make me very happy"
74.2%

comfortable life

"uprooting herself from a more or less comfortable life with 'friend with benefits' josh in london she travels to devon to start a new life"
74.2%

sweet read

"this book as such a sweet read and i have now started book two so i can follow the journey"
74.2%

really nice

"yet it's a really nice read"
74.2%

lovely light

"i read the book in 24 hours whilst on the plane and train and it was a lovely light read for the journey"
74.2%

more realistic

"i know it is me i require something more realistic satisfying and informative from a book than ‘romance’ but honestly"
74.1%

fantastic read

"a fantastic read and now onto the next one!"
74.1%

nice easy read

"a nice easy read"
74.1%

excellent book

"loved this was an excellent book!"
74.1%

funny read

"light and funny read not as sickly sweet as a lot of this genre can be"
74.1%

well worth

"wonderful and well worth reading an excellent author!"
74.1%

perfect story

"a perfect story for a winter's afternoon"
74.1%

genuinely magic

"and throughout the telling of this tale the writer manages to introduce some genuinely magic touches"
74.1%

right ingredients

"a wonderful story with all the right ingredients of love sex family lust and tenderness!"
74.1%

story perfect

"a great story perfect if you wanted a book to take on your holidays"
74.1%

more convincingly

"i've read other books by nicola may which i think were much more convincingly written"
74.1%

quick and easy

"quick and easy to read"
74.0%

excellent read

"an excellent read!"
74.0%

extra warmth

"coming from the west country this small town sea side lifestyle is familiar so think this added some extra warmth when reading"
74.0%

warm and cosy

"a warm and cosy mystery love story"
74.0%

gentle read

"i bought this book for a gentle read and it was but there were many surprises and twists and turns that rosa takes that made the book very interesting and i ended up not being able to put it down"
74.0%

most reliable

"amidst the turmoil rosa's most reliable companion is her sausage dog "hot""
74.0%

very likable

"the main characters are believable and very likable whether human or animal!"
74.0%

pleasant feeling

"it's an easy read leaving a pleasant feeling"
73.9%

nicely written

"nicely written obvious mystery question not answered till end but no surprise however one of those books you will want to finish once you start reading"
73.9%

self develops

"the story it self develops at a good pace and keeps you engaged with rosa and her bit of luck and how she goes about taking it and making use of the opportunity"
73.9%

wayward girl

"this was a thoroughly enjoyable read taking you through the trials and tribulations of a bit of a wayward girl in her struggle to make a success of a small shop she is unexpectedly left"
73.9%

clever name

"i loved hot and his clever name and the way the story does not unfold until almost the last page"
73.9%

lovely heart

"what a lovely heart warming story thoroughly good characters with a nice twist at the end"
73.9%

cheery story

"it is a light and cheery story"
73.9%

cosy story

"a cosy story with shades of mystery and a flash of spiritual morality"
73.9%

enjoyed reading

"i really really enjoyed reading this book and i looked forward to reading it every night"
73.9%

easy to read

"easy to read"
73.9%

winter evenings

"great reading for cold winter evenings cuddled up in an armchair with a hot drink"
73.8%

hearted easy

"a great light hearted easy to read story good for taking on holiday or when you don’t want any thing to deep to read"
73.8%

wanting more

"it definitely left me wanting more"
73.8%

interesting read

"but an interesting read"
73.7%

beautiful book

"a beautiful book that i lost myself in"
73.7%

love interest

"the love interest was a bit of a plank too!"
73.7%

very lovely

"this is very lovely story of how life can turn around for someone who has had very little luck and love in her life and with village life put into the mix it makes surprising good reading"
73.6%

comes together

"a community comes together and crimes resolved"
73.6%

many thanks

"many thanks"
73.6%

lovely character

"this is a lovely book to read the story line went on different direction which kept you interested and lots of lovely character in it really enjoyed will look at this author again "
73.5%

best seller

"i really dont know why this is a best seller"
73.5%

good holiday

"brilliant book easy read the sort of book you can't put down good holiday read!"
73.5%

excellently written

"an excellently written story just couldn't put the book down i hope there's a sequel or should i say there better be"
73.5%

what a refreshing

"oh what a fantastic story this is i really enjoyed this book i usually go for crime and thriller books but what a refreshing story this was i loved every single page and will be reading more from nicola may great characters well written and was sorry when i finished reading it"
73.5%

hearted and funny

"i enjoyed this book it was light hearted and funny"
73.5%

good right

"i did enjoy this story which was good right to the end reveal"
73.5%

lovely splash

"as with books of this genre there is a lovely splash of romance as rosa finds herself stuck between a gorgeous rugby player a wickedly sexy plumber and a charming reporter"
73.4%

were interesting

"the characters were interesting some i loved and others i loathed"
73.4%

fitted nicely

"loved all the characters who fitted nicely into their roles"
73.4%

recommend easy read

"highly recommend easy read"
73.4%

funny and easy

"funny and easy to read and to relate with events from author"
73.3%

exciting to read

"brilliant story and with so many twists and turns really exciting to read!"
73.3%
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quite dull

"i found it really quite dull and not well written at all and i’m just curious how this book is up there in the recommended lists etc on amazon kindle?"
99.6%

awful characters

"awful characters really awful grammar don't waste your money on it"
99.6%

boring characters

"this was a very poor story boring characters and story line"
99.5%

just terrible

"just terrible"
99.5%

real disappointment

"this book was a real disappointment"
99.2%

really awful

"awful characters really awful grammar don't waste your money on it"
98.9%

poor specimen

"i would not class this poor specimen of literature as a "best seller""
98.6%

quite boring

"not one character was believable and the whole book was quite boring"
98.2%

really lazy

"there is some really lazy writing although the plot could have been the makings of a great book"
96.8%

quite crude

"it was for me an unlikely story and in parts quite crude"
96.7%

totally ruined

"the story itself is really nice but totally ruined by the telling don’t bother it’ll infuriate you!"
92.9%

crude language

"what jars is the crude language which doesn't sit well with the characters and is totally unnecessary"
91.4%

with dementia

"i bought this book as a carer for 2 parents with dementia and i could not put it down"
91.1%

totally superfluous

"it was utterly ruined by totally superfluous sex "
90.2%

struggled to finish

"i thought this was going to be an enjoyable however was disappointed struggled to finish it"
90.1%

language attitude

"in this book the bad language attitude and overall storyline tested my patience to say the least"
89.9%

thoroughly unlikeable

"for me the issue is the main character who is thoroughly unlikeable"
89.8%

writing is dull

"the story idea and setting are all okay if very standard stuff but the writing is dull and lacks any kind of originality"
89.8%

promiscuity and adultery

"it was therefore unexpectedly disappointing after listening to the sample which gives no clue that the content will be a constant story of promiscuity and adultery running through the story line"
89.2%

rather crude

"i thought the writing was very poor and it was rather crude in places which i just found cringy"
89.0%

promiscuity adultery

"the original mystery of the inheritance of a cottage by an unknown benefactor demishes and in my opinion sadly looses entrigue as it's overtaken by the promiscuity adultery and deceit that the characters base their whole lives on"
88.9%

dreadful quality

"that however does not excuse the dreadful quality of writing this book contains"
88.8%

made me cringe

"the references to her friend jack daniels made me cringe it may suit an aging rocker like keith richards but a slightly naïve girl in her early 20s?"
88.3%

mixed expectations

"i started this book with mixed expectations but was gripped by its characters in a very short time and continued to care about them to the very end"
88.0%

unbelievably frustrating

"format is unbelievably frustrating i thought my kindle was broken until i noticed others mention it"
87.3%

grief tears

"mystery romance grief tears and kept you waiting till the end can’t wait to start the second book by this author"
84.8%

became engrossed

"as an older reader i wasn't sure when i started reading this whether i could relate to the story but soon became engrossed"
74.9%

occasional error

"the only thing that let it down for me was a technicality it wasn't proof read properly as there was an occasional error"
74.9%

were implausible

"the characters were implausible even in my wildest imagination and the plot was shallow and ill thought out"
74.9%

relationship problem

"i can appreciate the relationship problem but not the jumping into bed with someone you have known for ten minutes!"
74.8%

orphan rosa

"orphan rosa has been left a shop in a seaside resort"
74.8%

predictable ending

"this is a light easy to read book with a predictable ending but that is the kind of book we need to read at times and for one of those times i would recommend this book!"
74.8%

were so superficial

"i didn’t even finish it because the characters were so superficial"
74.8%

pointless details

"but there was the frequent mistake of including too much irrelevant material for example involving the dog "hot" and also the pointless details of for example the making of a cup of coffee"
74.7%

avoid this

"make sure you turn off one click ordering to avoid this"
74.7%

ignored completely

"so trite and predictable and serious plot developments glossed over or ignored completely"
74.7%

horrible person

""get out of my house you horrible person" seemed an out of character thing for a man to say"
74.7%

felt rushed

"even that felt rushed"
74.7%

other disappointment

"the other disappointment is the complete lack of editing which results in a total and annoying hotchpotch of pages being justified on the left and then the right and page breaks half way down and whole pages dedicated to one word and alternative words that the author couldn't decide on at the time both being left in together and run ons of dialogue from one character to another appearing on the same line etc etc"
74.7%

very superficial

"the whole thing seemed very superficial"
74.6%

most ridiculous

"i found it crass vulgar with the most ridiculous of story lines the book seems to be aimed at giggling teenagers who don't mind reading about "shags" "badger's fanny" etc etc"
74.6%

senseless decisions

"characters are scatty at best often spiteful and selfish in the extreme making senseless decisions"
74.5%

only problem

"only problem was finishing it"
74.5%

became bored

"i just became bored despite the many good reviews from other people"
74.5%

complete lack

"the other disappointment is the complete lack of editing which results in a total and annoying hotchpotch of pages being justified on the left and then the right and page breaks half way down and whole pages dedicated to one word and alternative words that the author couldn't decide on at the time both being left in together and run ons of dialogue from one character to another appearing on the same line etc etc"
74.4%

poorly written

"really really poorly written and i don’t mean the woeful typing page breaks and inaccurate hyphenation"
74.4%

being harsh

"maybe i'm being harsh "
74.3%

badly written

"pages are left half filled words unnecessarily broken in two and linked with a hyphen and it is badly written"
74.1%

wasted nonetheless

"the only saving grace is that it is a short read but time wasted nonetheless"
74.1%

little hot dog head

"rosa and little hot dog head for the devon countryside and their next adventure"
74.1%

nosey buggers

"no secrets and some nosey buggers but it was a good way of life and i sometimes miss it"
73.7%

very average

"what really impresses me is the marketing and hype surrounding what is in fact a very average nothing special sort of book"
73.3%

wasted my money

"i may have wasted my money this time but i now know not to buy anything else by this author"
72.9%

weak mistery

"written in an easy to read style didn't get me interested in its shallow story and the weak mistery that tries to spice the boredom"
71.8%

harsh that

"well i thought that may be some of the reviews were a little harsh that was until i had read this book"
71.5%

rather predictable

"it was a nice enough story but rather predictable"
70.7%

some potential none

"plot had some potential none of which was realised"
70.0%

trouble makers

"failed to predict the trouble makers and was surprised by the whole thing"
69.3%

rushed and predictable

"however it had a rushed and predictable ending"
68.8%

pesky thing

"the sort of book you hate to put down but that pesky thing called work gets in the way!"
68.6%

poor start

"having had a poor start in life in care then a series of dead end jobs she makes her way to cockleberry bay to have a look at her inheritance"
68.4%

waste your money

"awful characters really awful grammar don't waste your money on it"
68.1%

predictable and weak

"simplistic predictable and weak"
68.0%

ridiculously easy

"it was a ridiculously easy read whilst on a sun lounger but i’ll stick to my psychological thrillers from now on!"
67.9%

unrealistic voices

"i could not use my imagination on voices or my own interpretation of how things were said by the characters as the unrealistic voices of the men in the story did not make me like or dislike them just made them lacking in any personality"
67.6%

harsh words

"a few harsh words i think but none the less true to life"
67.4%

leave a book unfinished

"i found this book so bad i didn’t finish it and it is rare for me to leave a book unfinished"
67.2%

much irrelevant material

"but there was the frequent mistake of including too much irrelevant material for example involving the dog "hot" and also the pointless details of for example the making of a cup of coffee"
66.1%

last forever

"really good read wanted it to last forever "
66.0%

gave up half

"so predictable i almost gave up half way through but persevered and there weren't any surprises"
65.5%

story weak

"story weak and characters little or no morals "
65.5%

nothing special

"it's nothing special really"
65.3%

lack of care

"lack of care in the writing"
64.6%

shame as the storyline

"shame as the storyline could be good if written better"
64.5%

borrowed it originally

"borrowed it originally through prime reading"
64.2%

bored with

"stopped reading this half way through as i became bored with it"
64.1%

giving bad reviews

"sorry i don’t like giving bad reviews and maybe if i was a lot younger i would be less cynical so maybe younger women would enjoy it"
63.8%

trouble putting it down

"a throughly good read i had trouble putting it down and was sad when i finished it"
62.0%

total and annoying

"the other disappointment is the complete lack of editing which results in a total and annoying hotchpotch of pages being justified on the left and then the right and page breaks half way down and whole pages dedicated to one word and alternative words that the author couldn't decide on at the time both being left in together and run ons of dialogue from one character to another appearing on the same line etc etc"
61.7%

childish quality

"the writing did seem to have a childish quality to it as mentioned by several other reviewers"
61.4%

disliked this book

"i really disliked this book"
60.5%

confirm suspicion

"read to end to confirm suspicion!"
60.3%

shallow and ill thought

"the characters were implausible even in my wildest imagination and the plot was shallow and ill thought out"
60.3%

negative review

"i hate to leave such a negative review but feel its more than justified in this case"
60.2%

time wasted

"i persevered and read it to the end which didn’t take long but even that felt like time wasted"
59.9%

totally unnecessary

"what jars is the crude language which doesn't sit well with the characters and is totally unnecessary"
59.4%

enhancing story

"didn't like language and sexual references not enhancing story"
59.1%

writing was very poor

"i thought the writing was very poor and it was rather crude in places which i just found cringy"
58.8%

constant story

"it was therefore unexpectedly disappointing after listening to the sample which gives no clue that the content will be a constant story of promiscuity and adultery running through the story line"
58.7%

trite and predictable

"so trite and predictable and serious plot developments glossed over or ignored completely"
58.6%

thinking the good are

"thinking the good are bad and the bad are good people"
58.1%

raping women

"little did i realise it would be full of young women having sex with anyone that looked at them sometimes in exchange for rent and lewd men having affairs and raping women"
57.9%

inaccurate hyphenation

"really really poorly written and i don’t mean the woeful typing page breaks and inaccurate hyphenation"
57.6%

could n't guess

"what more is needed a family story with unusual twists you couldn't guess at!"
57.4%

that ruined

"too full on about sex good enough story but that ruined it"
57.2%

sometimes miss

"no secrets and some nosey buggers but it was a good way of life and i sometimes miss it"
56.9%

no spoilers here

"no spoilers here"
56.6%

n't spoil anything

"a feel good book that ended as i expected but didn't spoil anything"
56.5%

failed to buy the spot

"i have recently read a few books which failed to buy the spot and was getting to the point of giving in finding something that would draw me in"
56.3%

author doesnt

"great author doesnt disappoint and wondering which one to pick next off to read a review and choose"
56.1%

no space ships

"this was not my usual type of book not science fiction no space ships"
56.1%

spiteful and selfish

"characters are scatty at best often spiteful and selfish in the extreme making senseless decisions"
56.1%

bother it 'll infuriate

"the story itself is really nice but totally ruined by the telling don’t bother it’ll infuriate you!"
55.9%

only trouble

"the only trouble is i can’t put it down"
55.9%

kinda predictable

"this was an easy wee read but kinda predictable"
55.9%

sloppy and unprofessional

"as picky as this might sound proper editing is essential for the reader's enjoyment of the work and quite frankly to publish a manuscript in this state is unforgivably sloppy and unprofessional"
55.8%

aging rocker

"the references to her friend jack daniels made me cringe it may suit an aging rocker like keith richards but a slightly naïve girl in her early 20s?"
55.7%

no discernable plot

"apart from the mystery of who bequeath her the shop there is no discernable plot"
55.4%

unnecessarily broken in

"pages are left half filled words unnecessarily broken in two and linked with a hyphen and it is badly written"
55.2%

predictable love story

"this is a predictable love story with very little excitement in the whole book"
55.2%

were no taxis

"the author can’t keep her facts straight for one: it’s a white van now it’s a green van a character got a lift because there were no taxis but then a chapter later the trip was taken in a taxi"
54.9%

n't take long

"i persevered and read it to the end which didn’t take long but even that felt like time wasted"
54.7%

does not allude to this

"the sample audio does not allude to this"
54.7%

n't really pinpoint

"can't really pinpoint it"
54.7%

could not put this down

"wow i could not put this down"
54.7%

hardly any swearing

"i liked that there was hardly any swearing"
54.7%

could not put it down

"could not put it down"
54.7%

sounded the same

"sorry did not like the narration found the female doing it obviously could not do male voices so they all sounded the same and used a drawling way of speaking which put me right off"
54.6%

found it boring

"found it boring and it the author has to rely on sex and bad language in order to sell a book then she really shouldn't bother writing at all"
54.6%

fictitious for words

"plot a little too fictitious for words"
54.0%

completely baffled

"completely baffled how this book has been awarded 5 stars!"
54.0%

could not stop reading

"could not stop reading it"
53.9%

language a bit coarse

"i found the language a bit coarse and it didn't appeal to me :"
53.9%

were n't any surprises

"so predictable i almost gave up half way through but persevered and there weren't any surprises"
53.8%

sadly a stark reminder

"it's true to life but sadly a stark reminder of the promiscuity out there running through the generations"
53.6%

read a bad book

"they say life is too short to read a bad book how true so i haven’t finished it and don t intend to"
53.6%

very little excitement

"this is a predictable love story with very little excitement in the whole book"
53.6%

frequent mistake

"but there was the frequent mistake of including too much irrelevant material for example involving the dog "hot" and also the pointless details of for example the making of a cup of coffee"
53.5%

detracted from the story

"however generally its development is slightly disappointing with a great deal of crude seemingly unnecessary and less than artistic sexual content which i found detracted from the story"
53.5%

times and irritating

"this was not as good as i thought it would be predictable at times and irritating at times"
53.5%

dead end jobs

"having had a poor start in life in care then a series of dead end jobs she makes her way to cockleberry bay to have a look at her inheritance"
53.4%

could n't t care less

"i also wish i had ordered a sample before paying rosa’s very detailed sex life just deters from the story which if better written would have been interesting and while i was interested at the beginning of the book to find out who her benefactor was now i couldn’t t care less"
53.3%

a grown up novel

"the dialogue is appalling and is worthy of a school play not a grown up novel"
53.2%

questionable morality

"poorly written with a mindless storyline unbelievable characters with questionable morality"
53.1%

read it rot yourself

"i could not put it down please read it rot yourself"
52.9%

spoil the journey

"the ending was predictable but didn't spoil the journey there"
52.7%

were muddled

"sentences were muddled and sometimes there would just be one word on a page"
52.6%

definate no from

"a definate no from me"
52.5%

come out of nowhere

"a pleasant read but sometimes the pacing of the plot was a bit odd problems come out of nowhere are drawn out for long periods with nothing happening and then suddenly solved conveniently in half a paragraph some plot 'twists' are also super obvious while others serve no real purpose"
52.3%

never read

"i bought this book ages ago but never read it"
52.2%

worst book

"quite right i think it's probably the worst book i have ever read and i did read it all thinking it may get better!"
52.2%

sucked in the characters

"it had lots of twists and turns it kept you on your toes and totally sucked in the characters were very believable it was easy to read in fact once i started it i couldn’t put it diwn"
52.1%

very short time

"i started this book with mixed expectations but was gripped by its characters in a very short time and continued to care about them to the very end"
52.0%

awful this

"i can only think that by the recommendation "the book that everyone's talking about" means they are actually talking about how awful this is"
51.7%

rosa josh titch

"i wanted to find out what happens to rosa josh titch and mary"
51.5%

crude and clumsy

"the writer will no doubt argue it all goes to the psyche of the heroine of the book but it is crude and clumsy and detracts from what should be an enjoyable tale"
51.4%

hard to put it down

"hard to put it down"
51.4%

much romance

"too much romance and not enough mystery"
51.3%

enough mystery

"too much romance and not enough mystery"
50.9%

hate to put down

"the sort of book you hate to put down but that pesky thing called work gets in the way!"
50.8%

bother writing at

"found it boring and it the author has to rely on sex and bad language in order to sell a book then she really shouldn't bother writing at all"
50.5%

mills and boony

"a bit too mills and boony for me"
50.2%
...

Top positive statements

Statement Strength**
"Absolutely brilliant." 100.0%
"A thoroughly great read loved all the character's can't wait to read the next book in this series." 94.1%
"Rosa is a brilliant character well they all are best book I have read in a long time" 93.1%
"Highly recommend this book brilliant holiday read ." 93.1%
"Great story well written really enjoyed this book from beginning to end!" 93.1%
"A fun filled fabulous read that keeps your attention till the last page a few twists along the way can highly recommend" 93.1%
"Great characterisation and clever story telling." 93.1%
"Easy read made me feel good and loved the characters" 93.1%

Top negative statements

Statement Strength
"Awful characters really awful grammar don't waste your money on it" 89.5%
"Orphan Rosa has been left a shop in a seaside resort." 88.5%
"The characters are nothing more thn names on a page and the story is weak." 86.4%

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Positive mentions

Mentioned Object Mentioned in Strength
summer
"a brilliant summer read i highly recommend this book"
"it has the odd twist and turn i liked all the characters and has a happy ending a good summer read"
94.2%
Devon
"i liked this book believable characters set in lovely Devon"
66.6%
Short
"highly recommended to raise a smile and refresh your soul Short chapters make it a gentle read"
65.2%
Nicola
"well written Nicola"
"well done Nicola"
64.1%
Sheryl Browne
"thanks Sheryl Browne!"
63.5%
Nicola May
"thank you Nicola May brilliant read"
"well done Nicola May"
58.3%
Turner
"this is a page Turner"
55.8%
Rosa
"who brought Rosa to the corner shop?"
54.8%

Negative mentions

Mentioned Object Mentioned in Strength
Orphan Rosa
"Orphan Rosa has been left a shop in a seaside resort"
74.8%
Rosa Josh Titch
"i wanted to find out what happens to Rosa Josh Titch and mary"
54.6%
Mary
"i wanted to find out what happens to rosa josh titch and Mary"
53.2%

Emotion analysis

Positive tone

Neutral tone

Negative tone

52.2% 18.6% 29.2%
  worry 22.3%
  happiness 22.3%
  neutral 17.6%
  fun 14.4%
  love 9.0%
  sadness 5.6%
  relief 3.0%
  surprise 1.6%
  enthusiasm 1.2%
  empty 0.9%
  hate 0.7%
  joy 0.7%
  anger 0.5%
  fear 0.2%

* analysis performed using Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods, data for the analysis has been gathered from multiple publicly accessible sources.
** strength is the level of sentiment expressed in a sentence, phrase or keyword. It ranges from 0 to 100%
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last analysis update 2021-06-15