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Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075154454X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751544541
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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This delightful, nostalgia-inducing story is utterly charming - and left us craving a paper bag stuffed with treats! (Closer)

A fabulously sweet concoction of warmth, wit and lip-smacking childhood treats. Willy Wonka would be proud (Candis)

A cute and cosy read . . . indulge your sweet tooth with this touching tale (Heat)

Sweeter than a bag of jelly beans . . . had us eating up every page (Cosmopolitan)

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*Winner of the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013*

Jenny's new novel is full of warmth, humour and fun - an homage to Star Bars and spangles and refreshers and licorice allsorts and gobstoppers and Hubba Bubba and friendship, and all the best childhood memories of buying sweets in paper bags with your pocket money.


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
After reading (and loving) my first Jenny Colgan novel last year, Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe, I was really, really keen to read to read her brand new novel, especially as it sounded like it was going to be about sweets... how could you go wrong?! The cover is fantastic, red with the teal foil highlights for the lettering, and I think it is certainly going to be a book that people will want to pick up and find out more about, especially thanks to that tantalising title! I have to say I found this book better than Colgan's last release, and that's certainly saying something considering how great that book was, and I ploughed through this book in just a few days because I was in love with the characters, and the interesting way in which it was written, it really did keep me hooked. I have to say as well, whether you're a fan of sweets or not, do read this book because it's a joy!

The book tells the tale, funnily enough, of Rosie Hopkins, and her sudden move from London to the countryside where her ailing, elderly Aunt Lilian is living alone, and needs Rosie's help. Rosie is reluctant to leave her job as auxiliary nurse in a busy city hospital, and boyfriend Gerard behind, but does so for her family, especially mother Angie. When she gets there, she finds Lilian's sweet shop closed and it looks like it hasn't been open for a while, and Lilian is in a fairly bad way too. Rosie struggles to get used to country life, every knowing everyone elses business, but befriends the local doctor, and ends up with stroppy local patient Stephen to tend to. Rosie is determined to get Lilian's shop ready for selling, and sets about making it look brand new, but ends up falling in love with it herself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Robinson on 19 July 2012
Format: Paperback
If I could have given this 3.5 stars that is what it would have had. I found this book sweetly nostalgic and was just what I needed to immerse myself in. I agree that it's very typical of it's genre but felt that it was well written and humourous. I really liked Edison the little boy who befriended Rosie. I found the modern story with Rosie and the back story with Lilian gelled well. Sit back and grab yourself a coffee and a few chunks of chocolate or a bag of chocolate limes and get swept away with the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Frost on 31 May 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Having located this book through one of Amazon's many recommendations I decided it looked perfect for my upcoming holiday. The cover itself is beautiful and intriguing and once I had it I just couldn't wait to get started! Let me just say firstly that this is the first Jenny Colgan book I have read and I was not disappointed. The story was magical in it's own way and I agree with some of the other reviews. The storyline was predictable in parts but made the book no less enjoyable even if it is from a chick lit perspective that has been covered in similar ways. If you enjoy that style of writing and story telling and love sweets then this will be heaven for you. I liked the optimism of the story and how the past impacted the future and you can see that clearly throughout. Things aren't always perfect in life and I think the experiences of her aunt in this book highlights this well. The flashbacks to the 1940's were lovely and really built a context throughout the story as they stop and start so I found myself not only wanting to find out what was happening in the present to the main character ,Rosie, but also her aunts story. The writing style was quirky and simple, funy and sad(in parts) however that is the books charm. I really enjoyed it and was sad to finish it. The sweet descriptions and recipes that appear throughout the book were fabulous and I cannot wait to try and make Coconut Ice as well as Peanut Brittle and the other recipes included. I liked the Idea of this and it flowed into the book perfectly only adding to it's charm. Overall, I would say it is a light, fun, enjoyable read which most will enjoy and I will definitely be looking up more of her books.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By sharon hegarty on 3 April 2012
Format: Paperback
I cannot praise this book enough! What must have taken Jenny months to write, has taken me 24 hours to devour- I simply cannot put it down. It is gentle, yet gripping. You care about the characters almost from page one, and I cannot decide which I enjoyed more- the modern tale of Rosie, or that set in the 1940's of her Great Aunt Lillian. They entwine together so beautifully that you eventually end up loving both characters dearly, and truly feel as though you are life long friends of both. I can only hope to write as wonderfully as this- this is a writer who writes with such warmth and depth, and with such skill that you cannot help but to become a fan! I congratulate you on creating a story that almost has a heartbeat all of its own, and any person who reads this will not be disappointed. Many, many thanks for taking the time to write this superb story! xx
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jess Hearts Books VINE VOICE on 2 May 2012
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Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams was my first book by Jenny Colgan and I absolutely loved it! Her last two books have really appealed to me what with being a real foodie, and her pretty charming covers have really caught my eye. I think the concept of having a chick-lit novel intermingled with a delicious treat, in this case old fashioned sweets, is a bit of a genius idea as it really gives the sense that your indulging in something naughty but nice and it's refreshing to see a chick-lit novel that celebrates the joys of sweets instead of the heroine counting the calories and going on a diet in a bid to lose weight.

The book begins with our loveable heroine Rosie living out a pretty mundane existence. She's in a steady relationship and has a good job in a city that she loves. Rosie's always been a true Londoner and has never known anything else but the hustle and bustle of city life. So when she gets a call from her mum pulling in a family favour asking her to go and care for her Great Aunt Lilian in the countryside Rosie's not at all thrilled. But as she gets settled in and swept up in the gorgeous quaint country village of Lipton Rosie not only finds herself falling in love with this way of life and her aunt's old fashioned sweetshop but the people too particularly three strapping countrymen a doctor, his patient, and the local handy man who are a far cry from her high maintenance boyfriend back in London. Soon enough Rosie has some big decisions to make, return to the life she's always known? Or take a leap of faith into something new? And if she does take the plunge which local lads arms will she be falling into?

The story's told in an alternating narrative between Rosie and her Aunt Lilian.
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