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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402281838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402281839
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Colgan's delightful confection of a book is guaranteed to make your head dance with visions of sugarplums and all things sweet. You can almost taste the candy." - Booklist

"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 ...a fun, heartwarming book." - RT Book Reviews

""...a charming little tale of love and family."" - Shelf Awareness for Readers

"I enjoyed "The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris" earlier this year so much that I jumped at the chance to try another one" - Dear Author

"This is a romantic story, in the old-fashioned sense of it being nostalgic and dreamy and sigh-inducing. It blends a historical-coming-of-age story with a contemporary "finding oneself" plot." - Random Book Muses

"I'm pretty sure the Secret Code of the Sisterhood of Pithy Reviewers mandates that I come up with a candy metaphor for this novel. I'll go with a bag of jellybeans. At times bitter, bright, cheerful, bland, unpleasant, fun, and silly, it was hard to put down and I kept going back for more" - All About Romance

"An engaging and charming story with few sour notes, Sweetshop of Dreams is an enjoyable novel and a sweet treat to savour." - Book'd Out

"The story is full of charm and really made for a fun, relaxing read!" - A Bookish Affair

"This book is a wonderful treat for a hot summer afternoon and would definitely be the perfect beach read as well. There is a little something for everyone wrapped up in its pages and it will help us all see that everyone needs a little help once in a while!" - Charming Chelsey's

About the Author

A former columnist for The Guardian, Jenny Colgan contributes regularly to national BBC radio and is the author of more than eleven bestselling novels, including her recent international bestsellers The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris published in 2014 and Welcome To Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the 2013 Romantic Novel of the Year award from the Romantic Novelists Association. She is married with three children and lives in London and France.

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From Jenny Colgan comes another delicious tale of family, love and romance in her newest release, Sweetshop of Dreams.

If pressed, Rosie Hopkins will admit that she is in a bit of a rut, her career has stalled, and so it seems, has her relationship of seven years, but she can’t imagine how spending six weeks in rural Derbyshire will help matters any. However her elderly Great Aunt Lilian needs help and Rosie, an auxiliary nurse, is best placed to do so. Reluctantly Rosie travels to the small village of Lipton, determined to sort out her aunts affairs and return to London, and Gerard, as quickly as possible, but as she experiences the charms of country life, changeable weather and grumpy dentists notwithstanding, Rosie slowly discovers just how sweet life could be.

On her first day in Lipton, Rosie gets lost in the country side during a rainstorm, on her second she discovers her aunts sweetshop, which needs to be sold as a going concern to fund Lilian’s move into a nursing home, has been abandoned, and on her third she careens out of control on Lilian’s old bicycle, destroying a farmer’s vegetable patch and humiliating herself in front of a hunky farmhand and the handsome local doctor. Country life, Rosie is convinced, is not for her but as she begins to restore the sweetshop to its former glory and make friends with the locals, she begins to consider the choices she has made and reevaluate what would make her happy.

Entwined with Rosie’s adventures in Lipton are glimpses into Lillian’s past as a young woman and the regrets, disappointments and tragedies that shaped her life. This goes a long way to explaining Lilian’s sharp tongue, and gives the story a little more depth, emphasising the novel’s major theme of regret over the risks not taken.
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By Kristin Jones on September 18, 2014
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Two story lines in two different time periods and thankfully they came together just perfect at the end. Lillian is an elderly woman who never left the hometown that she was born and raised in and never married, she tells her story of her adolescence and young adulthood in this small town. Rosie is her niece and has moved to this small town to help her great-aunt settle her affairs and move her into an elderly home, she may fall deeply in love with this small town.

I loved the mix of historical as Lillian's story was in the middle of war time as the men are being called to fight and the modern storyline with all the fantastic feels of a small town just trying to make it by. Rosie was a fantastic character to tell her story, she wasn't too whiny and showed resilience and tenacity. It was easy to want to root for her and hope that she finds happiness.
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By Susan R on August 25, 2014
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Rosie Hopkins leaves her life in London and her live in boyfriend to take care of her aunt in a small village where the aunt owns a run down sweet shop. Rosie has never been outside the city and makes all sorts of big city mistakes in the small town but at the same time, she makes some very good friends. She cleans up and re-opens the sweet shop while taking care of her aunt. Rosie is a little old for me to call this a 'coming of age' story but it is a book about growing up -- something that you can do at any age! I thought that it was a fun book to read plus its filled with interesting recipes and facts about candy which is an extra plus!
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