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Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams (Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop #1)

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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 goin...more
Paperback, 465 pages
Published March 28th 2012 by Sphere (first published January 1st 2012)
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    Rea Sinfield
    After reading Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe last year I have been eagerly awaiting a new book by Jenny Colgan to come out so you can imagine the expression on my face when I was contacted by Sphere Publishing and asked to review her new book I was over the moon and then when I read the press release and see the title of the book I knew this was going to be the book for me I LOVE SWEETS!!

    Jenny Colgan brings us a unique storyline that must be everyone’s dream come true. I mean who has never once in...more
    Susan Buchanan
    I loved this book from the start, mainly due to all the references to sweets and particularly all those old favourites, some typically Scottish. I could completely imagine myself in the little sweetshop I frequented before I went to school in the morning and this book definitely took me back. The characters were well drawn. I can't even choose a favourite character, as I would have difficulty choosing between them. I wasn't particularly impressed with Rosie's boyfriend, but I wasn't meant to be,...more
    Rosie Read
    The only real way I can think of describing Colgan's book is delightful, but I am afraid that that makes it come across as absurdly twee and saccharine when it isn't at all. Sweet Shop definitely has hidden depths.

    Rosie is cajoled into leaving her somewhat anticlimactic London life to visit and care for her Great Aunt Lilian. Rosie is your somewhat typical 'Bridget Jones' character; thirty-something, bored and disenchanted with her job and life in general. Juxtaposed with Rosie's somewhat monoch...more
    Sophie Billekens
    How on earth did I spend 36 years on this planet and not read any Colgan books? This was just absolutely wonderful! I laughed out loud, I teared up - a perfectly wonderful book.
    The story features Rosie (well, of course) who is an auxiliary nurse stuck in a severe rut. Her great-aunt Lilian is poorly, and Rosie is cajoled into staying in the country with her to take care of her as she recovers, and to sell Lillian's sweet shop next door, in order for Lillian to go into a home. Rosie's adventures...more
    Dee
    When I saw the high ratings for this book I was really excited. I'm not a fan of chick lit but thought the idea of an old fashioned sweetshop being restored and someone falling in love with the country side after living in the city sounded charming.
    Oh dear. I was really disappointed. I did not like any of the characters in this book. The protagonist, Rosie was really annoying.Her boyfriend made me cringe! Such a useless person attached to Mummy and is obsessed with food and himself. Who stays wi...more
    Maria
    Well it's not deep or meaningful but who want's that all the time, not me certainly. A lovely indulgent read made even more so by the delicious descriptions of numerous different kinds of sweets, some of which even include recipes. I can see myself having try some out with my kids.
    Rosie Hopkins lives in London with her boyfriend of 8 years and works as a nursing auxiliary. It's not until she has to move, temporarily, to deepest darkest Derbyshire to help her great aunt to sell her sweet shop an...more
    Gail
    Oct 19, 2013 Gail rated it 5 of 5 stars
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    I absolutely loved this book.

    I have read the Cupcake books and loved them and this was was as good. However having said that I am probably half a stone heavier as Jenny did recommend reading this eating sweets so, always one to do as I'm told, I sat down with my sherbet lemons, liquorice (or licorish, as Lilian would say) and chocolate limes and munched my way through this wonderfully sweet (no pun intended!) book.

    I just loved Rosie and Lilian and liked the stories of their loves and lives; Lili...more
    Aisyah  (*≧▽≦)・゚✧
    Excellent read, would recommend it for candy lovers seeking a light read while having a cup of tea(or coffee) on a cloudy day any day in fact but the cloudy part makes it much easier for us to curl up on the couch reading this novel rather than going out. Moreover, there are also some recipes for sweets that the author swore she used and was highly successful, so there you go.



    Of course, after finishing this book, I'm looking forward to try out some of the 3579 types of candies mentioned in it......more
    Nicki
    Well I have mixed feelings about this book as I didn't finish it, not because it was rubbish but because it annoyed me. I liked the main character Rosie and Lilian was fine for a embittered old woman. I couldn't get on with the two time frames at all and this made it too hard to enjoy from the beginning. I liked the whole idea of an old fashioned sweet shop, but there were too many things going on in the story for me to concentrate and enjoy it. I was going to carry on but in the end I couldn't...more
    Ellie
    I'm not really a fan of chick-lit but I ran out of books while on holiday and thought meh might as well. The female protagonist really makes me cringe. At the start she acts very childishly about her relationship with Gerad, once she moves to the countryside she's just embarrassing and pathetic and it doesn't get better from then on. Nothing makes me hate a book more than a weak female character! Only good thing about this book was the sweets, all of the characters were poorly written and had ve...more
    Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
    Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams was my first book by Jenny Colgan and I absolutely loved it! Her last two books have really appealed to me what with being a real foodie, and her pretty charming covers have really caught my eye. I think the concept of having a chick-lit novel intermingled with a delicious treat, in this case old fashioned sweets, is a bit of a genius idea as it really gives the sense that your indulging in something naughty but nice and it’s refreshing to see a chic...more
    Huw Rhys
    Sacrilege, I'm sure but... weren't the Emperor's new clothes nice?

    I just don't get the attraction of this book - it was 460-odd pages of facile, frivolous, meaningless tat. I was longing for the end after about 60 pages - it went on about 399 pages too long after that.

    Basic plot is - girl has enough of the rat race, runs away to the country, falls out of love with her previous life, in love with the idyllic new life which is mainly imaginary - you just know that the novelty is going to wear off...more
    ReginLaRadiosa
    Recensione presente sul sito www.reginlaradiosa.it:

    La gente pensa che l'amore dovrebbe essere come una caramella effervescente: sorprendente, eccitante e rinfrescante. O come il cioccolato fondente: misterioso, adulto e amaro. O come il guscio di uno Smarties che aspetta di essere rotto. Oppure friabile come il caramello; duro come il croccante alle arachidi; doloroso come un frammento appuntito di toffee.
    Secondo me, invece, l'amore è come una mou. Dolce e profumato, sempre gradito. È il colore...more
    Agi
    After reading "Meet Me..." I guess I was expecting something like this again but it turned out to be really different, what with the war reminiscences and actually different topic. It was again a very heart - warming reading, full of nice and lovely emotions. At the beginning I didn't actually know what I should do with Rosie, if I like her or not, and the same was with Lilian!, but as the action was developing I really fall in love woth both of them. Their conversations like table tennis were h...more
    Yolanda
    May 18, 2012 Yolanda rated it 4 of 5 stars
    Recommends it for: someone who just wants to get lost in a book for a few hours
    Expect no more or no less from Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams than what you would from any other book in the chic lit book genre. It is a story about Rosie, her Aunt Lillian and a sweet shop that will take you back to your childhood and it is worth reading for that experience alone. For me Rosie seemed to change character somewhere during the course of reading – starting out as a sensible level -headed auxiliary nurse who was prepared to put every on hold in London and travel to...more
    Kirsty
    A lovely uplifting tale, that was made all the more delicious by being set in a traditional sweet shop.

    A beautiful story about seizing the day, and enjoying each and every moment as if it was a sweet melting fleetingly on your tongue.

    I really enjoyed the twin narratives of both the leading ladies which showed how choices made in your youth can have lasting ripples throughout the whole of your life.

    It was touching to see how the project of restoring the neglected sweet shop also breathed new l...more
    Annie
    I love well-written chick lit, and that's what this book most certainly was. It treads a similar path to Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe - townie Rosie ends up in the country returning her aunt Lilian's sweetshop to being a thriving concern and meets a diverse and entertaining cast of characters, dumps boyfriend and finds new love. But she does it so very, very well. Richness is added by Lilian's sad wartime story, and each chapter is introduced by extracts from her book musing on confectionary of t...more
    Maria M. Elmvang
    A 4.5 star review.

    "Friday Night Knitting Club" only with a sweetshop. It's utterly charming and made me want to rush out to see if I could find one of the old-fashioned sweetshops around here. I was glad to have a box of filled chocolates to eat while reading it though.

    I fell in love with the village and the people in it. Lillian and Moray especially. It's a delightful and cozy tale that doesn't require much of the reader, but still provides a very satisfying read.

    I'll definitely be checking out...more
    La Fenice Book
    Questo libro è rimasto a lungo nella mia libreria e forse il mio sesto senso aveva ragione. Lo scritto, non mi ha entusiasmato più di tanto o forse mi aspettavo qualcosa di meglio.

    La Bottega dei cuori golosi è un classico romanzo, scritto bene, scorrevole e facile da leggere ma manca di qualcosa che possa attirare l'attenzione. Manca, l'ingrediente che possa tenere viva la concentrazione.

    Per quanto riguarda la forma...preferivo di gran lunga la copertina originale, semplice e diversa dal solito....more
    Tina
    I haven't read one of Jenny Colgan's books before but loved what I read about it. It didn't disappoint at all! From the first page I was hooked. It was very funny & moving. I loved Rosie and found myself laughing out loud at various points in the story. The parts of the story going back to Lillian's past were moving too. I have now become a huge fan of Jenny Colgan and now plan to catch up with the rest of her books.
    Karin
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which was recommended as a delightful summer read in the Guardian book podcast. Definitely a "women's novel", but not your typical romance. It is light, witty, and rather satisfying, two stories in one, skillfully blended, and with a handful of "make your own decadent sweets" type recipes thrown in for good measure. Just the thing to read on a vacation or when you're trying to relax.
    Smitha
    I had loved Jenny Colgan's Meet me at Cupcake Cafe, and had wishlisted this one.

    Rosie Hopkins gets roped into looking after her ailing great aunt, and settle her business(a sweet shop), by her mother. Of course, nothing is as it seems and Rosie seems set for an adventure of a different kind.

    Another sweet offering by the author, a nice, sweet story. A really nice, cute, feel good read.
    Anna
    Well, I bought this at the charitry shop on Saturday morning, started it on Saturday afternoon & fiished it on Saturday evening! So, I must have liked it!!!

    I'd love to live in a small village, in a cottage with a lovely garden :)
    Carmel
    I read this on holiday thinking it would be nice poolside, easy reading - and I wasn't disappointed. Very easy and enjoyable story of Rosie Hopkins relocating from London to the little town of Lipton and slowly falling for village life.
    Rosee
    Rosie Hopkins is a thoroughly modern woman. She likes her fast paced life in London, with bars and clubs where she can hang out with her friends and boyfriend Gerard. She’s only doing her aunt Lillian a favor when she takes a job at Lillian’s small town candy store. Lillian, meanwhile is trying to come to terms with the idea it might be time to retire. How can she leave her beloved shop it she isn’t sure it will be in the right hands? Rosie’s hands to be precise. Told in turn by both Rosie, in t...more
    Donna Irwin
    A book that made me nearly miss my train stop twice deserves 5*. I loved the characters - Rosie, the city girl, Lilian, the grumpy old aunt, Stephen, the will he wont he romantic interest.....loved it from start to finish.
    Monty
    Nice story about at 30ish London-born woman (Rosie) caught in the malaise of a stagnating relationship and non fulfilling career as an auxiliary nurse; who moves to the Derbyshire countryside to assist an elderly spinster aunt (Lillian) reluctantly transition from home to resthome. In the meantime she has to aid the selling of said aunt's business (a derelect sweet shop) and attached cottage.

    Life for Londoner Rosie, in the fishbowl existence of a small rural Derbyshire village presents it's inte...more
    Laura
    First book I've read by Jenny Colgan and looking to read more from her.
    Really enjoyed the way the book tells the story of both Rosie and her elderly aunt and what the sweetshop means to them.
    Leann
    Apr 16, 2012 Leann is currently reading it
    I felt the need for something fluffy and girly to read. Figured a book that includes fudge recipes would more than work :)
    Ayu Ikhwani
    I must have had my expectations a bit too high!

    I'd seen this book almost everywhere, which is why I finally bought it. However, I did put off reading it for almost a year.

    It is quite a relaxing read though not the can't-put-down type. I took a week to finish this book, and not for the lack of time to read. I love the narration, though. Very well thought out and you don't need to imagine much to find yourself right in the middle of the story. The alternation between Lilian's memories and the pres...more
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    Jenny T. Colgan was born in 1972 in Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK. After studying at Edinburgh University, she worked for six years in the health service, moonlighting as a cartoonist and a stand-up comic, before the publication of her first novel Amanda's Wedding in 2000. In 2013, her novel "Welcome to Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop of Dreams" won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romanti...more
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