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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751551805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751551808
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 3.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels - Little Beach Street Bakery and the Top 5 bestseller Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel Award 2013. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café was also a Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller, and won the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance 2012.

Jenny is married with three children and lives in Scotland. For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter: @jennycolgan.

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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)

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* 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mynnie on 17 Mar. 2014
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy on 25 Nov. 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fabulous Book Fiend on 9 Dec. 2014
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Review: I loved Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop of Dreams, it was one of the best books that I read last year and so I had very high expectations for this one. Unfortunately my expectations were not really met. I loved revisiting the characters and the settings, especially Lillian but this books had a completely different feel for me to the last book and that just made it a bit of a tricky read. I understand that books need to feel different from one another, the wold has evolved, time has progressed but i was expecting the same feel-good factor as Rosie Hopkins had and I just didn't feel it with this one.

It was great to see all the old faces again and find out how they were doing, what they were going to get up to next but some of the characters seem to have changed beyond recognition, especially Stephen from the big house. He seemed to thaw out considerably in the last novel but seemed uptight and distant once again in this novel. Lillian was a lovely as ever and she has her own love interest in this book, however storyline is very predictable and so really didn't add an awful lot of depth to the overall story for me.

There is a dramatic incident fairly early on in this book and, for me, it just didn't fit with the rest of the novel, it was as if someone else had written that bit or that it had been added in at the last minute, The incident itself had me feel anxious and worried for quite a large proportion of the book and not warm and cosy and comforted like the original novel did. I know I'm comparing again, but i think if you've read the first Rosie Hopkins book then that is something you will definitely do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ATKT on 1 Feb. 2014
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Jenny Colgan spins an easy read that is perfect when you want to escape the daily grind but without having to think or go any further than the words on the page.
When she first started with this 'series' of books I was pleasantly surprised and found them enjoyable, now I find myself a little tired and wanting a bit more from the book and characters.
There is nothing wrong or that I really dislike about the book but it is what it is and that is a bit of 'candy floss'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By c pike on 6 Dec. 2013
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Very predictable but never the less quite a good story if you don`t want to think too much. Very relaxing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DJF on 12 Aug. 2014
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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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