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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 Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow.
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 to be blown apart. Can she build a life in Lipton? And is what's best for the sweetshop also what's best for Rosie? Treat yourself and your sweet-toothed friends to Jenny Colgan's heart-warming new novel. The irresistibly delicious recipes are guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit and will warm up your Christmas celebrations. Get A Copy.
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The Christmas Surprise
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. 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 This one started really well but went completely downhill once the writer decided to introduce Rosie's paranoia of a family. 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, but it didn't happen Plus, the Henry Carr sub-plot was highly implausible.
It seemed to exist just for the sake of added - and utterly failing- melodrama. It was as if it had been written by a different writer. 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.
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Jan 12, Love Fool rated it really liked it. But when a tragedy strikes at the heart of their little community, all of Rosie's plans for the future seem Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow. I didn't read part one but I will now!
I enjoy Jenny Colgan's characters and the stories she gives them. This book was fun and a little heartbreaking at the same time. It didn't get me in the Christmas spirit but that's okay! I'm from a big city so it's nice to read about a small town and the people that live in them. Rosie is sweet and I thought her family was hilarious. I also can relate to wanting to get engaged to your long time boyfriend hint hint.
Nov 01, Kelly rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. Dec 10, Rosemarie Short rated it it was ok Shelves: romance , 12daysofchristmas.
This is the fifth in my 12daysofChristmas read-a-thon! Hopefully this will give you some Xmas-Inspo and give your holiday reading a boost! In the original, Jenny Colgan delivered. However for me the sequel left much to be desired. I also was surprised by the characterization of Stephen — prickly in a dry and humorous way in the original, he seemed like a completely different man in this festive sequel. Some of this change could be put to the positive changes in his personal life aka his relationship with Rosie — however I occasionally missed his dark humour.
Drama was also well written — a particularly dark event occurs about a third of the way through, giving Colgan the chance to stretch her writing muscles and portray something more than just the same romantic comedy tropes which were exhausted within the first few chapters. This is definitely a mulled wine kind of read — if you drink a couple of glasses any flaws will be forgiven in favour of embracing the Christmas spirit! 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 OK, I'm going to be totally honest with you, I'm really confused when it comes to Jenny Colgan and her series.
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 quickly changed the books to read it in the right order. Thank you Jenny for summarizing your stories at the beginning and for reminding us what happened in the previous book - it really helps a lot, what with my memory like a sieve and with reading so many books. I guess this book could be read as a stand - alone although I would recommend to read the series in the right order, it makes it much more enjoyable and much more clear and understandable.
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Rosie is happy to spend Christmas in Lipton with Stephen and Lilian, even though it's so cold in their little cottage that the windows are frozen inside. And her family is coming from Australia, too! She wants to tell Stephen about this but before she can, something very tragic happens in Lipton, something that unite all the people and makes all the other problem look very insignificant.
In the meantime Rosie has a problem where to put her family and the only solution is a Peak House but it means that she and Stephen must ask Hetty if it's possible. Hetty, who's still not so convinced that Rosie is the best choice for Stephen, but well, she still gives them a dog for Christmas. Stephen starts work as a primary teacher and Rosie's sweet shop is happily opening its doors for the locals. And Lilian has her own moments in the home as well, thanks to a new resident I have immediately feel connected to all the characters in the book, from the very first sentence I felt as if I had never left Lipton and its locals.
Lipton must be the most perfect place to live in books, really. From the very first word I felt as if I've never left this place and felt re - acquainted with all the characters. Rosie is Rosie, you can't not love her, with her easy - going and laidback attitude, her boyfriend Stephen who can be sometimes grumpy and have problems with telling what bites him at the moment, but nevertheless, is a lovely man.
Rosie and Stephen are both so stubborn and they don't talk to each other and I really so wanted to bang their heads together, and I was really, really scared that it's the end of their relationship although I've already had "The Christmas surprise" on my bookshelf, ekhm , when Rosie was planning her trip to Australia, but they work together so brilliantly! Of course it's a relationship with bumps, with a lot of twists and turns, but this makes it much more realistic and believable. Rosie's quirky Aunt Lilian, to name the few main characters, and all of them are lively, they are popping out of the pages and feel so realistic!
Tina and her twins, Doctor Moray, Hetty, Edison and his family, they have all such sharp tongues and they say so funny things, it's unbelievable! It's this kind of dry humour that I totally adore. The characters were really vivid and they didn't felt sorry for themselves. I loved the children in the book, they were all individuals and so brilliantly described, according to their age, which doesn't happen often.
Rosie's family adds so much to this story, I loved how they interacted with each other and there was really so much love in the air when they all gathered together. I totally loved this book. I adored it. It was funny, touching, wise and very straightforward, all in one. The characters were larger than life and what made me love this book so much were the characters of course, the storyline and dialogues - the way the characters communicate was the best ever. They one - liners are brilliantly sharp, clever and from time to time they've made me suddenly, totally unexpectedly, snort with laughter.
Lilian may be old, but she's still sharp as a knife with an attitude and sharp tongue, sarcastic remarks and I totally adored her laidback approach to life and people. Jenny Colgan has an incredible way with words, she can describe each situation in a very expressive, colourful way, a way that made me felt as if I was there and saw this with my own eyes. The tragedy that is mentioned in the blurb was described in such a way that it felt like in a film, like a freeze - frame and the tension was incredible!
It shocked me exactly as it shocked the Liptoners, and the author really did this scene a justice, it felt incredibly real! A big brownie point for solving Lilian and Henry's plot - it was actually the deciding point in my eyes and so much could go wrong there, but Jenny Colgan has mastered it wonderfully. It was not too cheesy, not too pushy, it just sounded very realistic and it really COULD have happened. It was a closure that absolutely took me by surprise and actually smashed my heart and it - although not one of the very main subplots - wrapped the book perfectly up.
The descriptions in the book are wonderful, and Jenny Colgan's Christmas is a Christmas that you'd like to have yourself. It's funny, it's warm, it's cosy and comfortable, and full of heart and family. She can make me laugh out loud and in the next moment cry buckets, hitting me unexpectedly with the most poignant scene ever. It's incredible how Jenny can squeeze so many emotions in the book. This book is full of action, it's a fast - paced read that I didn't want to put down for a second. It was a complete joy to read and I am sure you are all going to enjoy this story! Copy received from publisher in exchange for a review.
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 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. Early on in the book tragedy strikes throwing the whole village into disarray, not only that but Rosie's family are coming over from Australia for Christmas so things are hectic from the get go. That said despite the tragedy the book did get me in a Christmas mood and we aren't even in December yet.
The whole idea of a cosy little sweetshop in a cosy little village is lovely and I only wish it was real and I could visit it! Luckily over the past few years my city centre has seen an influx in 'ye olde' sweet shops but it does seem that people are still more than happy to settle for mass produced rubbish bought on offer at the supermarket. So when the tragedy potentially means the closure of the sweetshop I found myself really rooting for Rosie and the villagers, well, most of the villagers as the person that was most concerned about the shop and the village was Rosie, who isn't even from the area.
I did work out early on what role this character was going to play in the book however! Rosie is also questioning her relationship with Stephen which leads her to wonder whether a move to Australia to be with her family could be just what she needs. Rosie's family certainly added the comedic element to this book as it was quite an emotional read at times. Overall though it is the perfect book to read this Christmas. It can be read as a standalone as there is a recap from Jenny at the start however I think anybody wanting to read this should read Sweetshop of Dreams first, once you get started with it it won't take too long to finish!
Jenny also writes about how parents shouldn't have favourite kids and how that means authors mustn't have favourite books however she admits to having a soft spot for Sweetshop of Dreams and I have to say that after reading the two Rosie Hopkin's books I have to agree and say that they are my favourite Colgan books so far.
The Cupcake Cafe one was enjoyable and I have the Christmas follow up queued up to read I just can't see it being as enjoyable as this one. The perfect Christmas read. Nov 18, Claire Hill rated it it was amazing Shelves: wants-to-read. My last Christmas read for 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 My last Christmas read for even tho I finished it just after New Year!!!!!!
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 keeps her room untouched but Lilian has settle in at the home and will be running it in no time While I was reading this book I felt that I hadn't really finished the first book as all the old characters put in and I was carrying the story on..
Also you settle back into the story there is a tragedy the Primary is hit by a lorry while the school is full of children the village pull together and Stephen becomes a hero by protecting a student from an i pact of a blast and lands himself back in hospital while they Re mending his back from the blast Stephen is having flash backs from past and present events and starts to push Roise away inturn Rosie takes it on herself to save the school and village As well as old characters we meet some new ones when a stranger turns up at the sweet shop acting like he had been they before I found it very hard to put this book dos with following Rosie ups and downs.
While she and Stephen get they happy ever after walking into marriage or walking away to Oz to be with her family also will Lilian get her happy ever after too You will just have to read the book find out it shouldn't be missed. Nov 27, Elisa Looby rated it it was amazing. 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. Dec 20, Debbie rated it liked it 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? Dec 29, Kitvaria Sarene rated it really liked it Shelves: chic-lit-and-womens , christmas.
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