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Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop [Hardcover]

Jenny Colgan
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
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Book Description

7 Nov 2013

Includes mouth-watering recipes!

Curl up with Rosie, her friends and her family as they prepare for a very special Christmas . . .

Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow. Her sweetshop is festooned with striped candy canes, large tempting piles of Turkish Delight, crinkling selection boxes and happy, sticky children. She's going to be spending it with her boyfriend, Stephen, and her family, flying in from Australia. She can't wait.

But when a tragedy strikes at the heart of their little community, all of Rosie's plans for the future seem to be blown apart. Can she build a life in Lipton? And is what's best for the sweetshop also what's best for Rosie?

Treat yourself and your sweet-toothed friends to Jenny Colgan's heart-warming new novel. The irresistibly delicious recipes are guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit and will warm up your Christmas celebrations.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751551805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751551808
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including Christmas at the Cupcake Café and The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and France. For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter: @jennycolgan.

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Review

Christmas, sweets and heaps of romance (Heat)

Filled with charming detail about village life (Sunday Mirror)

Where else can you get a love story and a recipe for millionaire's shortbread in the same place? (Heat)

Another great read from Jenny that will really get you in the festive spirit (Bella)

A fab read . . . includes delicious recipes (The Sun (Fabulous))

Jenny Colgan's heart-warming tale of friends and family coming together for the Christmas season is not only a great read - it contains some mouth-watering recipes to inspire your Christmas celebrations (Irish Post)

This charming sequel is comical and heart-warming and guaranteed to get you in the mood for the big day (Closer Magazine)

This is a wonderful, bittersweet Christmas read that I would definitely recommend (Novelicious)

A must read winter warmer that has a little bit of everything nestled within its pages (Fiction Fascination blog)

A poignant and a beautifully written festive book packed with sweet-toothed recipes that is perfect to get you into the Christmas mood (Handwrittengirl.com)

There was never a dull moment - the storyline had everything you could wish for . . . a warm, cosy, entertaining read that was very eventful and had a lovely splash of romance (Rea Book Review Blog)

Book Description

* Standalone sequel to the much-loved and bestselling Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, winner of the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013

* Curl up with Rosie and her family as they prepare for a very special Christmas . . .


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing follow up:-) 7 Nov 2013
By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I was so excited when I got an early copy of this book, because I only recently got around to reading the first book Rosie Hopkins Sweetshop of Dreams. I really enjoyed that and was excited to get stuck in to the follow up, which is set at Christmas (so perfect timing). First off I must just say that I LOVE Jenny Colgan covers, and this one is especially `christmassy' (I know that's not a word but you know what I mean). For those that haven't read the first book, although it's not a necessity I think it makes this book so much more enjoyable.

Although I really enjoyed the first Rosie book, I LOVED this one and it started from the first few pages. Mrs Colgan re-acquainted me with the main characters, Rosie and her live in boyfriend, grumpy but adorable Stephen; as well as Rosie's cranky aunt Lillian who now lives in a home. There are also numerous characters that have progressed from the first book and we see them back in the second such as Tina, Moray and the strange and quirky young boy Eddison.

I felt like I had practically moved into the village within a matter of pages and found myself holding the book everywhere I went on the off chance I could squeeze a few more pages in. This time around Rosie's family are making their way across the water from Oz and Rosie cannot wait to see them all. With the excitement of her family visiting, the running of the sweetshop and the general activity in the village; I almost felt as shocked as the characters were when a tragedy occurs in the village. This is a catalyst for quite a few things (which I cant details because that would be spoilers!).

However, with the tragedy to one side, we see loads of things happen as a result of it and this includes some sad moments, as well as some legendary moments!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wish fulfillment 17 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I think if I could have given this book 4.5 stars, I would have done so, because it really was a fantastically enjoyable book. However, as Jenny's note points out, this book started out because everyone wanted to find out what happened next and the storyline bears a lot of signs of building castles in the air. Some of the plot-lines really are ridiculous and could only work in a Christmas special. Moreover, (admittedly because I enjoyed it so much), I started re-reading the original book and immediately spotted some continuity errors that undermined the plot of the sequel. Unless Australia changed their immigration system in the year or so since the start of the first book.

That said, it does work, largely because the writing is so warm and confident. It makes for a lovely read.

It's a very different story to the first book as well. Sweetshop of Dreams was more of a rambling book, set over a longer period of time and describing how a lot of the characters' lives slowly change over the course of several months. This book presupposes that we know the characters, the village and the issues in the background. Roy Blaine, the dentist, for example, shows up all of once in person and the book relies on the colourful impression he made in the previous story to get the point across. It makes for a tight read - the hard work of establishing the characters has already been done and we can just enjoy the snapshot of their lives at Christmas.

This is not to say that there isn't anything new. Rosie's family are wonderful, and I've grown to love Stephen almost as much as I love Rosie over the course of this novel.

Spoiler - (It's down to the dog, it really is)

It's a lovely book, though. It is very much a Christmas special, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's the long, detailed epilogue to a wonderful story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant as always 25 Nov 2013
By Amy
Format:Hardcover
I didn't realise this had been released. Walked into the supermarket and there it was...brilliant day which was then followed by a good few days with my head stuck in this book. I couldn't have asked for more (apart from maybe a third book)?! Just wonderful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will Keep You Reading 12 Aug 2014
By DJF
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second book featuring Rosie Hopkins and her sweetshop but it can be read independently as the author does include a good synopsis of the first book in the prologue.
Rosie is happily living in Lipton running the sweetshop and in a relationship with Stephen. A series of events threaten the livlihood of the village as well as her relationship with Stephen - will they all live happily ever after?
Of course they all live happily ever after. This is the sort of book that you know before you have opened the book that it will have a happy ending even if tears (fictionally or in reality) have been shed on the way. To me this is "comfort" reading. The author is not going to make you step out from your comfort zone but sometimes it is good to settle back and relax into a book like this knowing that all be come right in the end.
I very much enjoyed this book. It has plenty of things going on and contains some oddly interesting characters - there is Edison the too serious 7 year old, Hetty the Lady of the Manor, Angie Rosie's Mum, Moray the gay GP, Anton the rather overweight gentleman who loves sweets........yes, I know they are all a bit cliched but they are great fun. It was lovely to reacquaint myself with some characters from the first book.
The story trots along as you would expect but there are a few unexpected twists just to keep your attention. It flows well and is easy to read and keep on reading even when I should have been going to bed!
This is a light, fun book with a gossipy feel and some romance. It is well written and certainly kept my attention. I shall certainly be looking out for some other books by this author. Another story about Rosie Hopkins would be nice. I am not sure where the author would go with the story but I am quite happy to find out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars CHRISTMAS AT ROSIE HOPKINS SWEETSHOP BY JENNY COLGAN
Great read as usual I'm so glad you wrote the sequel it finishes of the story perfectly Great book. Congratulations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GOOD READ FROM JENNY - ESPECIALLY A ROSIE HOPKIN'S SWEETSHOP...
ANOTHER GOOD READ FROM JENNY - ESPECIALLY A ROSIE HOPKIN'S SWEETSHOP STORY. A REALLY ENJOYABLE CHRISTMAS READ TO START THE SEASON, TOO. Read more
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