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Welcome To Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop Of Dreams Paperback – 29 Mar 2012

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  • 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 (273 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Welcome to Rose Hopkin's Sweetshop of Dreams written by Jenny Colgan for me was one excellent read which I thoroughly enjoyed from the first page as I got to know Rosie and the many friends she meets when her Mother lovingly known to Rosie as Angie, rings from Australia asking her would she go and look after Great Aunt Lilian! Soon Rosie realises that Aunt Lilian is no sweet old lady, she is a woman who has survived heartbreak and loss with the will of iron.
I loved how Jenny Colgan allowed Rosie to grow as she spent time away from her old life, and as the village of Linton copes with the whirlwind named Rosie, life will never be the same again for both Rosie and Linton in the most unexpected ways which had me entertained throughout.
Why I loved this book so much was mainly because as Rosie narrates her own present day story, and her life was not dull as she is soon getting used to life away from London where everything was quick and easy, in Linton it even takes a lot of stretching and patience even to get simple things like a mobile signal!
We also hear from Lilian as she looks back at her own youth in the 1940's when she worked in her parent's sweet shop while dealing with her own broken hearts and stolen dreams. Lilian was also dealing with the Second World War where rationing was in full motion which was not good for the sweet trade while learning to accept how one decision she makes in the speed of a moment will lead her to abandon a few dreams along the way.
Lilian and Rosie had a wonderful relationship and it was a pure pleasure reading about them and their minor disagreements.
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Jenny Colgan is back with yet another wonderful book, this time set in a sweet shop. I have read every single one of Jenny's books, multiple times, and whilst there's a lot of charm and humour to be found in the rawness of her first few books, which is why I return to them time and time again, her writing has gotten more lyrical and more slick with every book, and Sweetshop is no exception-as amazingly well written and emotional as Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe was, Sweetshop takes it one step further and will have you crying one page, laughing the next.
If she continues on in this way she will be a serious rival to Marian Keyes, who I consider to be one of the greatest writers and storytellers around today.
The endless references an descriptions of sweet will give you major cravings (luckily we still have a fairly old school sweet shop where I live!) so be prepared for that, but there's something very charming about it all.
Most of the characters will be fairly familiar to regular readers of Jenny's work, as they do seem to pop up in every book, but this is no bad thing in my opinion.
All in all this book is fantastically written, both funny and sad (at some points I was laughing out loud, other times I had to put the book aside for a little cry) and if you're anything like me, you won't be able to put it down until every single page is done.
There was also a special surprise in that the very last page yielded not another part of the story, but an advertisement for Jenny's next book-a sequel to Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe. She has never done a sequel before, so this is very exciting, I'm looking forward to seeing how she revisits the characters (and really hoping one character finds his way back in, the flashbacks employed in Sweetshop would suggest that this is not an impossible dream!)
Go and buy it now and give it a read- and don't save it for your holiday. This is a book that, like the best sweets, demands to be consumed immediately.
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