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Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop [Hardcover]

Jenny Colgan
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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 (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,222 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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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing follow up:-) 7 Nov 2013
By Best Crime Books TOP 100 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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3 of 3 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars relaxing 6 Dec 2013
By c pike
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good festive read 17 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This was the first book I have read by Jenny Colgan, but had heard great things about her and really was keen to read her festive book.

I love the cover of the book, it is so Christmasy and really puts you in the festive mood. I also love the recipes at the back of the book, this is a nice edition to a holiday read.

To be honest I found it difficult to get into the book, I felt really down about this as I was looking forward to it so much. I have come up with one reason why I found it so hard and this is because I have not read Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop. It does state that this is a stand alone book as well as a sequel, however I think it helps if you have read the story before as you will get background info on the characters, this is something that I felt was lacking in this book. But if you have read the first one, you wouldn't want background info again.

Once into the story I began to get some connection with the characters and really enjoyed the story. This is a story about Lucy, she owns a sweet shop in the village of Lipton, Derbyshire. She is living happily with her boyfriend Stephen who is a primary school teacher at the village school. One day a tragedy hits the village, which could potentially cause the sweet shop to close. The story sees Rosie trying to save the village, one she is not originally from, however she now feels part of. You find yourself crossing everything you have that Rosie and the villagers will be able to save their village.

Meanwhile Rosie's family spring on her that they will be over from Australia to see her this Christmas. Rosie is thrilled, however not so thrilled at the prospect of telling Stephen, he has a lot on at the moment and their relationship is not the best that it has been.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Loved the first book...not this one 15 Feb 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I really wanted to love this book. Rosie Hopkins's Sweetshop of Dreams was one of my favourite reads, but this book is basically the same story, same conflict and same pressures. Nothing really new happens. Shame.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 25 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved the original Rosie Hopkins sweetshop of dreams, so it was really lovely to "meet" up with all our old friends in this beautiful Christmas book.

I always look forward to reading jenny's books and this one certainly doesn't disappoint, it is festive, fun, poignant and a little sad in parts, but full of Christmas spirit and love.

I can recommend this highly and many other of Jenny's books such as the cupcake cafe books and the loveliest chocolate shop in Paris.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back to Lipton 9 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover
Warning- this review will contain spoilers.

I only discovered Jenny Colgan in the last year or two and upon reading my first book of hers 'Christmas at the cupcake cafe' I fell quite utterly in love. Her style is both witty and accessible and her characters feel like real people, many of whom you wish you could meet. I took it upon myself to read her entire back catalogue (I'm still working through it) and whilst I thoroughly enjoyed all of the books I read, I found myself particularly attached to Rosie Hopkins and her sweetshop. Rosie was someone I could see myself wanting to be friends with, and her great aunt's tale of lost love broke my heart. So I was absolutely thrilled when I contacted Jenny on Twitter and she told me she had just finished a Christmas sequel! It is not often I buy a book the day of publication but I made a beeline for this one.
The story is set, of course around Christmas in Lipton. The sweetshop is ticking along nicely, Rosie and Stephen are now a happy couple and Rosie is still butting heads with Lady Lipton. But then a tragedy tears through the town that threatens not just Rosie's life in the village, but the very village itself.
It was everything I hoped it would be and more. Colgan writes Christmas in the way that Richard Curtis films it- it's warm, and inviting and funny and cosy. However there is also heartbreak, as ever. I often find myself in tears at her books and the closure of the Lilian and Henry storyline absolutely smashed my heart. I ended up in that situation where you have to take several deep breaths to try and catch your huge gulping tears and not get too overwhelmed. I failed miserably.
The ending, which I won't spoil- left me feeling as though I had been wrapped up in a huge soft jumper with a mug of hot chocolate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and didn't want to put it down. Jenny Colgan's books and can highly recommend them.
Published 56 minutes ago by Mozza
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read much like Jennys book since the cupcake cafe
Lovely read much like Jennys book since the cupcake cafe, totally absorbed into the characters, disappointed when they end, love Colgans books, its nice to read two eras from the... Read more
Published 14 days ago by online shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars a modern take on Jane Austin
With Rosie and Stephen playing Mr Darcy and Elizabeth in a modern setting. Witty and full of wonderful rounded characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas at Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop
Such an amazing book. I recommend it to everybody who is interested in Christmas, nice food and spending some real family time.
Published 1 month ago by ilona
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I really loved this book - great story and its difficult to put down, loved every minute of it -
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me want a sweet shop!
I love Jenny Colgan books.
I was so pleased there was a sequel to Rosie's story. I really enjoyed the first one & it was great to revisit all the characters in the Christmas... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars yes!!
was so glad a sequel was done to the shop, another great all round read, i so hope that another follow on will be done!!!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs T Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Lots of drama for a small village! A must read, as are all of Jenny Colgan's books. My favourite author :)
Published 2 months ago by Jenna Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
I loved this follow up book I wasn't sure how much more of the first story there was to tell but it seems loads! Definitely worth reading!
Published 2 months ago by Shoegal
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
I was so glad to be able to catch up with Rosie, Stephen, Lillian and the other characters in this book. The book was funny, touching and just incredibly heartwarming. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr Alan R Rigg
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