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Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams

(Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  9,017 ratings  ·  913 reviews
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 2012)
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Sweetshop of Dreams is all you would expect from that title and more. Rosie Hopkins’ aunt, Lilian, needs her to help run the shop in Lipton, a quaint village. Rosie takes over and updates the shop; the yummy, scrumptious shop!

Also part of the story is a sweet romance between Rosie and a mysterious loner named Stephen.

There’s so much to love here, especially if you are looking for your next feel-good book this summer!

I received a gifted copy.

Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog:
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Rea Cobb
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Amalia Gkavea
This was such an enjoyable quick read! I didn't believe I actually love this novel, but I did and I am glad, because - every once in a while - I need a light read to unwind from all the doom and gloom of my regular reading choices. To find a book that is cheerful and quirky, but not silly or centered around a sloppy romance, is a real discovery.

The blurb of the edition I bought mentions the word indulgence and it pretty much summarizes the essence of Jenny Colgan's novel. Throughout the book, we
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies
I enjoyed this book so much! It was one of those books that feels like a nice warm hug. I picked it up just when I needed it most. It doesn't really get any better than that.

I absolutely adored the main characters, Rosie and Lilian. The small village of Lipton. There's just something about small town stories that are so heartwarming. The storyline is wonderful. It truly was a Sweetshop Of Dreams. The recipes at the beginning of each chapter are a nice touch. Though I finished this book wanting e
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
Susan Buchanan
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I'm torn by this book.

There is this nice part about Rosie coming from busy London to Lipton in order to help her great-aunt Lilian. She nurses her, re-opens Lilian's sweet shop and meets some nice local people etc. And that's exactly what I signed up for.

But then there's the other part. The so-called romance. It's absolutely non-existing.

It starts with the classic process of 'I love my boyfriend' to 'how did I not see that he's bad for me?'. Aah that was just too clumsily written som
Jun 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Rosie has a rather stagnant life. She lives in London with her boyfriend of seven years, Gerard. She is an auxilary nurse with a few good friends. She is over thirty, bored yet rather complacent. She gets a phone call from her mother in Australia. Her Great Aunt Lillian, who lived in the small village of Lipton needs some help. She is in her 80s and her health is failing. She needs to sell her sweet shop and cottage and move into a care facility and Rosie is the closest relative, who is also sin ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is literally a very sweet story. A young nurse goes to a small town to assist an elderly great aunt at her mother's request and finds a new life. She and her great aunt teach each other many things and both of them benefit from each others company. There were many great characters and the revival of the town sweet shop brings them all together. This was a very pleasant book to spend an afternoon with. ...more
Aisyah ♡
Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Lovely novel, 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 more entincing to curl up on the couch reading this novel rather than going out.

TBH I like this book but I'm not crazy about it. It drags a little, especially during Rosie's great-aunt flashback scenes. I felt a huge urge to skip past a bunch of them. To me, these scenes are like the ones where there are tons of pages you'
Literary Redhead
A sweet rom-com in which Rosie, an auxiliary nurse who lives in London with her lazy boyfriend, finds a chance at new life in an unexpected place. She goes to the small country village to help her aging Aunt Lilian, who needs to sell her house and candy shop and go to a nursing home for care. A dual timeline flips between the present and the 1940s, when Lilian was young and attractive and had a crush on Henry. The story lags at times and Rosie and Lilian can both be annoying as they adjust to ea ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rosie lives in London with her long-term boyfriend. She is an auxiliary nurse, but currently unemployed. So her mother asks her (the only unemplyed in the family AND the only nurse) to go to the small village of Lipton for a short time and care for her great-aunt Lilian. Lilian herself owns a sweetshop, which has clearly seen better days and which Rosie is supposed to bring back to life, so that someone can finally buy it off her great-aunt.
At first, all Rosie wants is to go back to London, her
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
So, after having read three of these very similar novels, I've decided that despite their being sweet and thoughtful and a little melancholy, there also more than a touch formulaic. Thirtiesh woman in need of some guidance meets or comes into contact with an elderly person with some special insight and develops a relationship with them to achieve their dreams, then when said dream is realized, insightful elderly person kicks the bucket. That might be putting too fine a point on it, but that's th ...more
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
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Colgan’s sweet tale is filled with humor, family, friendship and love. The novel is a delight to read and Rosie is a character most will relate to on one level or another. Her relationship with Stephen is frustrating at times, yet overall this is a fun, heartwarming book.
Although Rosie Hopkins is at a crossroads with her career, she has a pleasantly comfortable life with her long-time boyfriend, Gerard. Things get turned upside down when Rosie’s mom implores her to travel to the middle of nowher
Yes, there is a formula to Jenny Colgan's books but they never fail to bring cheer, offer a light breezy read & make me hungry. Rosie is a fun character as is her feisty great-aunt Lilian. No surprises in the story but it's sweet & fun.🍬🍭🍬I do feel like my Halloween candy bowl isn't nearly as interesting as the British sweets sold in the country sweetshop. ...more
Rosanna Threakall
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I was disappointed with this. It was merely okay and I didn't care for Lilian's plotline at all.

The Beach Street Bakery blows it out the water.

Luanne Ollivier
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My go to author for a feel-good, heartwarming read is Jenny Colgan.

Sweetshop of Dreams is the first book featuring Rosie Hopkins. (Note that this was released in the UK as Welcome To Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop Of Dreams.)

"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 going to be dull. Boy, is she wrong."

Rosie arrives in Lipton and makes her presence immediately known, through a series of mi
Susan Francis
Hey ladies! In a relationship rut? Boyfriend doesn't appreciate you? Need a replacement? Get thee to the English countryside (where apparently everyone drives a Range Rover). That's where all the eligible bachelors (of the perfect kind) are at. You'll be fighting them off!

Lipton is full of stupid stereotypes: the posh lady of the manor, the old spinster aunt who needs looking after, the rugged handsome farmer, the kind young handsome GP, the dashing handsome patient who is an aristocrat and nee
Sruthi Sahasranaman (whatshruyireads)
I had absolutely no clue about this book or the writer until I spoke to my friends about them doing a buddy read and I am so so glad I decided to give it a shot!

Jenny Colgan's book is very much focussed on belonging to the romantic comedy/chick lit genre and doesn't try to shy away from it. What makes it so special and so endearing is it is all based around a quaint little sweet shop in a rural town in England. The feisty Lilian who is an aged woman in need of help of her crumbing life in the l
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: foodie-books
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
Huw Rhys
Jun 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
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
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Bettie by: Libbeth
dedication: To my dear sweeties, and my sweetheart

Once a year, usually in the summer, long term Flister Libbeth sends me a surprise and it is always something refreshing; this time it is a sweet shop with recipes:



This is a Scots term that translates as sour plums, but in its original language imitates exactly the contortions of your mouth as soon as you pop one in.

The note included in the envelope says 'I enjoyed this book but didn't attempt the recipes as the temperatures in
Carolyn  Storer
I really enjoy books narrated by Jane Collingwood and this was no different. However, I did have a few issues with the main character. I can't say I loved her, she was quite judgemental and jumped to conclusions before hearing the full story. The stand out characters for me were great aunt Lilian and little Eddison, who I thought was adorable. This is the first I've read by Jenny Colgan, and although I didn't love this story I liked it enough to definitely try another book. ...more
Heidi Burkhart
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Though the story premise was fine I found the book to ramble and meander. Perhaps a good vacation read.
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Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including 'The Little Shop of Happy Ever After' and 'Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery', which are also published by Sphere.' Meet Me at the Cupcake Café' won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was 'Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams', which won the RNA Romantic ...more

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