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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect Christmas read, 16 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop (Hardcover)
Having recently finished Sweetshop of Dreams after it being on my to read list for far too long I knew I had to immediately start this one. I have to say I'm going to struggle to write a review that does this book justice because it was, quite simply, amazing. The cover gives away the idea that this is going to be a sickly sweet Christmassy read however the blurb suggests otherwise. Early on in the book tragedy strikes throwing the whole village into disarray, not only that but Rosie's family are coming over from Australia for Christmas so things are hectic from the get go.

That said despite the tragedy the book did get me in a Christmas mood and we aren't even in December yet. The whole idea of a cosy little sweetshop in a cosy little village is lovely and I only wish it was real and I could visit it! Luckily over the past few years my city centre has seen an influx in 'ye olde' sweet shops but it does seem that people are still more than happy to settle for mass produced rubbish bought on offer at the supermarket. So when the tragedy potentially means the closure of the sweetshop I found myself really rooting for Rosie and the villagers, well, most of the villagers as the person that was most concerned about the shop and the village was Rosie, who isn't even from the area.

All the characters from the previous book are back, Hetty, Tina, Jake, Edison etc and we are introduced to a new character who plays a MAJOR part in the book. I did work out early on what role this character was going to play in the book however! Rosie is also questioning her relationship with Stephen which leads her to wonder whether a move to Australia to be with her family could be just what she needs. Rosie's family certainly added the comedic element to this book as it was quite an emotional read at times. Overall though it is the perfect book to read this Christmas. It can be read as a standalone as there is a recap from Jenny at the start however I think anybody wanting to read this should read Sweetshop of Dreams first, once you get started with it it won't take too long to finish!

Jenny also writes about how parents shouldn't have favourite kids and how that means authors mustn't have favourite books however she admits to having a soft spot for Sweetshop of Dreams and I have to say that after reading the two Rosie Hopkin's books I have to agree and say that they are my favourite Colgan books so far. The Cupcake Cafe one was enjoyable and I have the Christmas follow up queued up to read I just can't see it being as enjoyable as this one. The perfect Christmas read.
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