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Welcome To Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop Of Dreams [Paperback]

Jenny Colgan
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Book Description

29 Mar 2012

Were you a sherbet lemon or chocolate lime fan? Penny chews or hard boiled sweeties (you do get more for your money that way)? The jangle of your pocket money . . . the rustle of the pink and green striped paper bag . . .

Rosie Hopkins thinks leaving her busy London life, and her boyfriend Gerard, to sort out her elderly Aunt Lilian's sweetshop in a small country village is going to be dull. Boy, is she wrong.

Lilian Hopkins has spent her life running Lipton's sweetshop, through wartime and family feuds. As she struggles with the idea that it might finally be time to settle up, she also wrestles with the secret history hidden behind the jars of beautifully coloured sweets.

Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams - a novel - with recipes.

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

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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 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,826 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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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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful! 3 April 2012
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical of it's genre. 19 July 2012
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet and tasty read! 29 Mar 2012
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly plesant 12 July 2012
By Sneeze
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I brought this book based on the large number of 5 star reviews and because I enjoy Jenny Colgan's tweets. Overall I was disappointed with my choice. This book is perfectly plesant, inoffensive and an 'easy read' but have others have said predictable. I would add twee, poorly researched with occasionally clunky plot twists to the description of this book. For example, Rosie, newly arrived in the village to care for her Aunt, on the first morning without even checking on her Aunt, goes for a walk, gets lost and then gets involved in some barely credible veterinary emergency involving the local lady of the manor and GP. Rosie tries out bike riding for the first time in years and then crashes into the vegetable patch belonging to a character who significance becomes clearer at the end of the book.

In future I will restrict my reading of Jenny Colgan to 140 characters at a time (she is very good on twitter) and look for a book which provides me with a more thought provoking read. For example, I really enjoyed 'Me before you' by Jojo Moyes again recommended by Amazon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable, Great for holiday 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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