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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 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?


10 thoughts on “Christmas at Rosie Hopkins Sweetshop

  1. says:

    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 painfulI 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 happenview spoilerI began to doubt whether she was worthy of Stephen and most of all whether she had the will to grasp her life into her hands Plus the Henry Carr sub plot was highly implausible It seemed to exist just for the sake of added and utterly failing melodrama hide spoiler


  2. says:

    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 the fire and simply enjoy


  3. says:

    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 waitBut 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?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


  4. says:

    A bit predictable but very cute and very Christmas y


  5. says:

    25 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


  6. says:

    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 seuel left much to be desiredI felt like Rosie’s character got stuck here; her obsession with marrying Stephen who she has been with for a mere year was dull in its repetitiveness 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 seuel 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 humourI would have preferred this seuel to focus on Lilian to be honest as I felt her story was far interesting and worthy of an entire book and Rosie’s own However I can’t fault Colgan for her Christmas vibe – there was snow carol singing and lots of sweets 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 than just the same romantic comedy tropes which were exhausted within the first few chaptersThis 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


  7. says:

    5s 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


  8. says:

    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 of the village are consumed by sadness in its aftermath As they try to cope with recovering from it some on a close personal level and others in a wider scope Rosie’s family comes to visit all the way from Australia much to her surprise Rosie’s life is in a tailspin coping with everyday problems as well as unusual complications and blindsided by unexpected declarations from Stephen all while trying to be the peacemaker with her family and Stephen’s mother This will be a Christmas to remember but probably not for the usual reasons The characters in this lovely story are uite likable even the prickly ones have a good side and if sadness calls at least it is softened by hope A couple of unlikely twists keep the tale fresh and entertaining and just as sweet as the confections in Rosie’s sweetshop A well written and delightful Christmas tale


  9. says:

    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 uickly 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 enjoyable and much clear and understandableRosie 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 insignificantIn 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 acuainted 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 realistic and believableRosie's uirky 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 realA 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 sueeze 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


  10. says:

    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 by this funny and thought provoking author Rosie’s mother brother sister in law and their 3 children come to visit from Australia and what a crazy bunch Then we have Earth Mother Hester and her crazy ideas concerning the life of her son Edison Of course Stephen Rosie’s boyfriend must decide if Rosie is “the one” Jenny Colgan gives a family tree diagram of the village and many delicious recipes I love all these extra touches