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Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop

(Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  5,345 ratings  ·  448 reviews
Includes mouth-watering recipes! Curl up with Rosie, her friends and her family as they prepare for a very special Christmas ...Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow. Her sweetshop is festooned with striped candy canes, large tempting piles of Turkish Delight, crinkling selection boxes ...more
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published November 7th 2013)
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Amalia Gkavea
This one started really well but went completely downhill once the writer decided to introduce Rosie's paranoia of a family. And the worst thing is that she allowed her heroine to become totally inconsistent to herself and her principles. She became a vulnerable, meek creature, manipulated by that thing she called ''mother''. It was beyond cringe-worthy, it was painful...I kept reading to see whether Rosie would have the guts to utter a proper punch line to her mother and put her in her place, b ...more
Mike Sumner
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chick-lit? Romantic? Certainly. And as a male reader I am not embarrassed to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this Rosie Hopkins delight. I became totally immersed with the wonderful location of Lipton, the characters - Rosie, Stephen, Lilian, Hetty, Mrs Laird, Dr Moray - love them all in this fabulous, witty love story that was a joy to read. OK, I am a romantic but this book certainly sailed my boat. Perfect fodder for the run up to Christmas. Sit back with a glass of your favourite in front of t ...more
Love Fool
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow. Her sweetshop is festooned with striped candy canes, large tempting piles of Turkish Delight, crinkling selection boxes and happy, sticky children. She's going to be spending it with her boyfriend, Stephen, and her family, flying in from Australia. She can't wait.

But when a tragedy strikes at the heart of their little community, all of Rosie's plans for the future seem
A bit predictable but very cute and very Christmas-y!
Anne ✨
(2.5) I have really enjoyed other series by Jenny Colgan, but I found this one a bit lackluster. I didn't connect with any of the characters and the storyline didn't have much substance.
Rosemarie Short
This is the fifth in my #12daysofChristmas read-a-thon! Each day I will post a review of a Christmas / Winter related book. Hopefully this will give you some Xmas-Inspo and give your holiday reading a boost!

I read the Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dream about a year or so ago, in the mood for some syrupy small town romantic storytelling. In the original, Jenny Colgan delivered. However for me the sequel left much to be desired.

I felt like Rosie’s character got stuck here; her obsession with ma
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
5*s for pure enjoyment. I don't know what it is about Jenny Colgan's books but they are such a joy to read. Last year I read Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop and became so attached to the characters and charming village. I definitely recommend reading the books in order. I've already put an order for the 3rd book, The Christmas Surprise to read over the holidays.
Sonia Cristina
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Cute. It was good to see Rosie again and the other characters. This was better than the first book because it didn't have so much about Lilian's story in the past but there was a surprise about her.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas, romance
Christmas is mere weeks away, and Rosie is excited with the promise of good things to come. Her boyfriend Stephen is starting his new job as a teacher, something he is looking forward to. Her sweetshop is her delight, and she loves greeting the village’s children as well as the adults as they make their way inside her doors. She even falls in love with a puppy bestowed on her and Stephen by his mother, something she hadn’t anticipated. But a great tragedy occurs and suddenly Rosie and the rest o ...more
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite, 2014
OK, I'm going to be totally honest with you, I'm really confused when it comes to Jenny Colgan and her series. The titles seem so similar to each other to me and, yes, I adore the books, but I really lose my touch with who is who and what I've already read and what not. I have already started reading "The Christmas Surprise" about Rosie and after some sentences I realized that something is wrong, and yes, there was something wrong, I haven't read "Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop" yet, so I ...more
Debbie Maskus
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The holiday season has begun, and I need my holiday story. Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan displayed so many of the holiday traditions and miracles. The story is set in an English village with loads of amazing characters. The book is part of a series, but this book stands alone very well. I adore the writing style of Jenny Colgan and will need to read more by this funny and thought-provoking author. Rosie’s mother, brother, sister-in-law, and their 3 children come to visit ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rosie is running a sweatshop for her aunt who has moved to an assisted living center. Her boyfriend, Stephen, is living with her in her aunt’s house. He has PSTD and an accident brings it out in full force. He is also from a higher class family who are upset that he is becoming a teacher. When the school is knocked down in an accident, they have to move to Stephen’s mother’s huge cold house. Rosie’s family is coming to visit for Christmas from Australia. Will Rosie go back with them or will Step ...more
Shelley Lawrence
4.75 stars
Christmas at Rosie Hopkins Sweet Shop was a wonderful follow-up to Rosie Hopkins Sweet Shop of Dreams, and I loved the wintery, Christmas setting! It was cold, but cozy; it was tense and emotional, but also utterly delightful.

I adore this sweet town full of unique, flawed, lovable (mostly 😆) characters. The multiple storylines coincided perfectly and each told an moving tale. I cannot say I agree with Rosie’s (aka Jenny Colgan’s) religious views, but aside from that, Christmas at Rosie
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my usual read, but at Christmas time I love to get myself in the holiday mood. This certainly did the job!
Book Addict Shaun
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, kindle
Having recently finished Sweetshop of Dreams after it being on my to read list for far too long I knew I had to immediately start this one. I have to say I'm going to struggle to write a review that does this book justice because it was, quite simply, amazing. The cover gives away the idea that this is going to be a sickly sweet Christmassy read however the blurb suggests otherwise. Early on in the book tragedy strikes throwing the whole village into disarray, not only that but Rosie's family ar ...more
Claire Hill
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wants-to-read

My last Christmas read for 2014 even tho I finished it just after New Year!!!!!!
Well what a boom to finish my christmas reads on and you will not be disappointed in this book .
This is the second Insallment to this lovely story . It's a year on fro. When Rosie took over the Sweet shop building up the business up more and more Rosie when moved Stephen in to living with her in Lillian cottage life couldn't be better apart from Lilian is now in a home Rise hopes that she will come back home and keep
Dec 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok I'm going to be honest I didn't really want to read this. My mum bought me as an attempt to get me in the holiday spirit and I read it out of thanks. So after going into this book with extremely low expectations I can say I was pleasantly surprised. I mean obviously it wasn't a literary masterpiece, but unlike other modern books, it wasn't trying to be which I appreciated.

In short, it wasn't amazing but it was surprisingly adequate. It was (excuse the pun) very sweet but with surprisingly mor
Savannah Hendricks
Let me start by saying I've enjoyed other books by this author, so it's hard for me to give this one 3 stars. The omniscient third point-of-view was the main issue I had because it didn't allow me to really get into one character. The POV continuously switching on the same page added up to confusion and was without purpose. I kept reading for the story, not the writing. Also, there is a lot of British terminologies so unless you are versed in it, it might be too much work to read it.
Elisa Looby
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this story. Yet another one from Jenny. This is my 3rd book to read of hers and I am just so in love with her humour. At one point in the book I was crying on one page and then she had me laughing on the next. Easy reading for this festive season 😊 Excited to continue to read all the books Jenny has produced!
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
A cute Christmassy read, but just didn't fill me with as much warmth as other festive books. A few parts made me cringe, such as the scoffing about her trying to make her dog gay by putting a coat on it, or when her sister states that Spiderman isn't for girls. Have we not moved past that?
Bruin Mccon
DNF at 30%. Just couldn’t get into this one though I am a fan of some of the author’s other work.
Randi Annie Framnes
In #2 of the Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop Series, Rosie’s family of 6 comes from Australia for Christmas. She has no idea where to put them or to make any advance preparations.
Leading up to Christmas the weather is awful with the whole package of slippery roads, wind and darkness which leads to a major traffic accident. As the primary school is close to the road, a lorry crashes into it and several children are injured, one of them badly. To repair the damage to the school is not in the Council’s bu
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas
It takes much more searching than it should to find a heart-warming Christmas story that isn't also cheesy and cringe-worthy and pointless. Laughably, I found this one while keeping warm in a tiny one-room library--it was on display and I picked it up to entertain myself while waiting. This book turns out to be one of the best Christmas books I've ever read.

Yes, there's romance. But it's not the sole focus of the story. There's also stories about aging parents, loss, trauma, parenting, friendshi
Kitvaria Sarene
I didn't love this as much as the other books I read so far by the same author, but it was still a good story that I enjoyed all the way through. The characters felt a bit unreal to me, so while I did want to know what happens to them, I just didn't fully click with most of the side characters.
I liked the main couple, but their families felt a bit stereotype to me at times.
As I also couldn't understand some of Rosie's responses I didn't always feel like I was actually in the story, but like som
Someone commented that this wasn't as good as the first, and although I'm inclined to agree, I did enjoy it immensely. I had started to pick it up a month or two ago, and then decided to wait and read it at the right season, so it was indeed nice to read this over Christmas. I was trying to decide what made it not quite as good... maybe it was Rosie's own ambivalence and lack of confidence which made it less winning? This being said I was more than happy to sneak snatches of reads between holida ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I just love Jenny Colgan's books. This one, a little darker, a bit sadder, than most. It touched on a few things personal to me in my life. She paints such a charming picture of life in a small town, filled with whimsical characters, tragedies, family drama...and love. I especially enjoyed the slightly sarcastic humor between Stephen and Rosie. Also delightful were Mr. Dog, Lilian, and the customers at the sweetshop. This book is a lovely way to ease into the Christmas spirit...
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Christmas time is the perfect time for a Jenny Colgan story. I liked the continuation of the characters and the addition of new ones, however obnoxious they were. As always I appreciate the humor and the easy reading.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything you want in a Christmas story- cozy fires, twinkling lights, small town gossip, decorating a British country home, romance and miscommunication, even freaking recipes. Pretty sweet read for the holidays.
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great Jenny Colgan story and another wonderful visit to Lipton & all the great characters. Jenny Colgan does a wonderful job of creating charming villages that makes the reader want to live there & help out at Rosie’s Sweetshop ...more
Mary Gael
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Just...iconic as always!
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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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