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Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop Hardcover – 7 Nov 2013
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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)
* 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 . . .
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! I read the first story quite a while ago and had wanted to read this for a while and it certainly didn't disappoint. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Gibbs
Christmas at the sweet shop is a lovely way to spend your afternoon reading. Delightful tale of love and lives. I love this author. Feel good stories.Published 8 months ago by ANNE BUTLER
I was madly in love with the first sweetshop book and this one didn't disappoint. I often wonder where you can go with chick lit once the lady has met her man, but now I know. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lisa Ives