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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (9 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751551813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751551815
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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* 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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I think if I could have given this book 4.5 stars, I would have done so, because it really was a fantastically enjoyable book. However, as Jenny's note points out, this book started out because everyone wanted to find out what happened next and the storyline bears a lot of signs of building castles in the air. Some of the plot-lines really are ridiculous and could only work in a Christmas special. Moreover, (admittedly because I enjoyed it so much), I started re-reading the original book and immediately spotted some continuity errors that undermined the plot of the sequel. Unless Australia changed their immigration system in the year or so since the start of the first book.

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.
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Review: I loved Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop of Dreams, it was one of the best books that I read last year and so I had very high expectations for this one. Unfortunately my expectations were not really met. I loved revisiting the characters and the settings, especially Lillian but this books had a completely different feel for me to the last book and that just made it a bit of a tricky read. I understand that books need to feel different from one another, the wold has evolved, time has progressed but i was expecting the same feel-good factor as Rosie Hopkins had and I just didn't feel it with this one.

It was great to see all the old faces again and find out how they were doing, what they were going to get up to next but some of the characters seem to have changed beyond recognition, especially Stephen from the big house. He seemed to thaw out considerably in the last novel but seemed uptight and distant once again in this novel. Lillian was a lovely as ever and she has her own love interest in this book, however storyline is very predictable and so really didn't add an awful lot of depth to the overall story for me.

There is a dramatic incident fairly early on in this book and, for me, it just didn't fit with the rest of the novel, it was as if someone else had written that bit or that it had been added in at the last minute, The incident itself had me feel anxious and worried for quite a large proportion of the book and not warm and cosy and comforted like the original novel did. I know I'm comparing again, but i think if you've read the first Rosie Hopkins book then that is something you will definitely do.
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By BCB & More TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Nov. 2013
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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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