A big welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Welcome to Ferry Lane Market by Nicola May.
Welcome to Ferry Lane Market was published on 22nd July 2021 by Hodder and Stoughton.
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.
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A big thank you to Rachel Gilbey and the publisher for my review copy of the book and for inviting me to participate on the blog tour.
Nicola May has written a new series and after finishing the first in the series, I can already tell it is going to be as good (or maybe even better) than her last one.
We follow Kara Moon, a florist and works in her hometown village Hartmouth in lovely Cornwall and lives with her errant (and quite lazy) boyfriend Jago and her motley crew of pets, namely James Bond (a cat) and Sid Vicious (a terrapin), amongst others!
She lives close to her dad who is still dealing with unresolved feelings about his wife who decided to leave the family several years ago and her grandad Harry (who is such a lovely character who adores his grandaughter). When Kara discovers Jaga has cheated on her, she decides she needs to revaluate her life and decides to rent her spare room as an Airbnb. Following this, she mysteriously receives a series of postcards and tickets for a trip to New York….
Kara is such a lovely selfless character and I loved how close she is to her family, even to the point of putting her own needs and dreams to one side for them. Watching her blossom through the chapters is wonderful especially as you realise just how much she has given up. I really loved her close friendship wqith Star, her best friend who really tries to encourage Star to live her own life and to put herslef first for a change.
In some stories, you meet characters but don’t fully learn too much about them so I was pleasantly surprised that although Kara is the main character, we learn a lot about the other people in her life and their backstories – I particularly loved her dad’s fledging romance with the outgoing Pearl and loved reading about her backstory and how well suited they really are for each other!
I found this to be a wonderful start to a promising new series and can’t wait to read the next installment already!
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About the Author
Nicola May is a rom-com superstar. She is the author of a dozen 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. Christmas in Cockleberry Bay, the fourth in the Cockleberry Bay series is OUT NOW!
Welcome to Ferry Lane Market, book 1 of her forthcoming trilogy is out July 2021.