[Book Talk] Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan

Book Details:

Format: Ebook
Source: Borrowed
Read: July 2017

Synopsis:

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 going to be dull. Boy, is she wrong. Lilian Hopkins has spent her life running Lipton’s sweetshop, through wartime and family feuds. As she struggles with the idea that it might finally be time to settle up, she also wrestles with the secret history hidden behind the jars of beautifully coloured sweets. Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams – a novel – with recipes.

My Thoughts

With the exception of her book shop book, Jenny Colgan definitely hits the mark when it comes to books that give me cravings! From bread to cupcakes to candy, whenever I read one of her books not only do I get lost in the story, but I also have MAD cravings. I think I cook something whenever I read her books, which is a good thing! Honestly, I’m scared to read her chocolate shop book since I do love chocolate!

Anyway, this book was just so good, so sweet, and perfect for the summertime. I absolutely adore stories where the main character has to uproot to a new city or country and leave the life they thought was perfect for something completely different. This is such a great story of finding what you want in life, finding your own happiness, finding love (which is always my favourite), and also finding family. We kind of get a glimpse at Rosie’s mother and her family, as well as Rosie’s best friend back in London, but mostly it’s a story about Rosie and Lillian and I loved seeing how they got to know and love each other as the story went on.

And not only that, this story is written in a way I love, with the past being wrapped together with the present. Lillian originally ran this sweet shop and we get her story and learn why she’s the way she is and see how it mirror’s Rosie’s story. I loved how the old met the new and how old friendships were remedied, love was found (and not the way I thought it would be), and friendships were made. Honestly, what I love about Jenny Colgan’s books is that they show a reader how it’s possible to leave your life and go somewhere different and you’ll still survive. It might not be totally realistic but it’s still a whimsical story that will appeal to people who love tales of finding yourself, where you’re almost a fish out of water.

I love love love Jenny Colgan’s books and can’t wait to read more of them, especially her Christmas books. AND she has a new one coming out this year and it’s just going to be fantastic, I know it. Seriously, if you haven’t read any of Jenny’s books, get on it. They’re fantastic and I promise you’ll fall in love.

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[Audiobook Talk] The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza

Audiobook Details:

Format: Audiobook
Source: Bought
Narrator: Katherine Kellgren
Length: 12 hours 10 minutes
Read: March 2017

Synopsis:

An outrageously stylish, wickedly funny novel of fashion in the digital age, The Knockoff is the story of Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, who finds her twentysomething former assistant Eve Morton plotting to knock Imogen off her pedestal, take over her job, and reduce the magazine, famous for its lavish 768-page September issue, into an app.

When Imogen returns to work at Glossy after six months away, she can barely recognize her own magazine. Eve, fresh out of Harvard Business School, has fired “the gray hairs,” put the managing editor in a supply closet, stopped using the landlines, and hired a bevy of manicured and questionably attired underlings who text and tweet their way through meetings. Imogen, darling of the fashion world, may have Alexander Wang and Diane von Furstenberg on speed dial, but she can’t tell Facebook from Foursquare and once got her iPhone stuck in Japanese for two days. Under Eve’s reign, Glossy is rapidly becoming a digital sweatshop—hackathons rage all night, girls who sleep get fired, and “fun” means mandatory, company-wide coordinated dances to Beyoncé. Wildly out of her depth, Imogen faces a choice—pack up her Smythson notebooks and quit, or channel her inner geek and take on Eve to save both the magazine and her career. A glittering, uproarious, sharply drawn story filled with thinly veiled fashion personalities, The Knockoff is an insider’s look at the ever-changing world of fashion and a fabulous romp for our Internet-addicted age.

My Thoughts

This was so much fun! I had some Audible credits left towards the end of last year and got this one because of the high rating and the fact that one of my favourite narrators, Katherine Kellgren, was narrating.

It was great! Katherine is a phenomenal narrator and just added so much life to the story and it was kind of like The Devil Wears Prada and it kind of made me think of when I eventually (but hopefully not) go back to work and how crazy out of the loop I would feel with technology and social media. I mean, I love my social media but I am FAR from a pro at it.

I loved Imogen’s character and how she still clung to the “old fashioned” way of doing things, with face to face meetings, phone calls, and just caring about the people she does business with rather than doing everything as fast as she could, with as much proficiency as possible. I loved how she adapted to the “new” way of doing things and figured out how to fit into the new business world.

Seriously so much fun – I’m glad I got this one!

Audiobook Notes: 

Like I said above, Katherine was fantastic! I read a few reviews that said she took something away from the story, since she can be quite dramatic in her readings, but I love her so much. Seriously, I would listen to Katherine read me grocery lists because she just cracks me up with the way she brings out the humour and emotion in a story. She just knows how to make the characters come alive!

But don’t take my word for it … read some other reviews! 

Literary Treats
Evil Overlord Thoughts
My Name is Not Katie

[Book Talk] The Little Beach Street Bakery (Little Beach Street Bakery, #1) by Jenny Colgan

Book Details:

Format: Ebook
Source: Borrowed
Read: February 2017

Synopsis:

Amid the ruins of her latest relationship, Polly Waterford moves far away to the sleepy seaside resort of Polbearne, where she lives in a small, lonely flat above an abandoned shop.

To distract her from her troubles, Polly throws herself into her favorite hobby: making bread. But her relaxing weekend diversion quickly develops into a passion. As she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, each loaf becomes better than the last. Soon, Polly is working her magic with nuts and seeds, olives and chorizo, and the local honey-courtesy of a handsome local beekeeper. Drawing on reserves of determination and creativity Polly never knew she had, she bakes and bakes . . . and discovers a bright new life where she least expected it.

My Thoughts

Oh man, I love Jenny Colgan! I fell in love with her writing last year with The Bookshop on the Corner (which is more appropriately titled in the U.K. with The Little Shop of Happy Ever After) so I went on a mission to read more of her books. And oh my gosh, I love her!

I loved the setting of this book, in a town where the tide comes in every day and surrounds them like an island. It just felt so isolated (in a good way) and cozy, with the smell of the water and the smell of fresh bread. Seriously, this novel made me want to bake ALL the bread and I definitely plan to try more recipes since we usually do that on our own here. I loved all of the characters, fiercely miss one of them, and can’t wait to continue with this series. I’m so happy my library has the next book!

And as soon as I finished this book I realized that I need to buy all of Jenny Colgan’s books, not only for the stories, but for the gorgeous covers and all the recipes! If you love chick lit and stories full of finding yourself and romance and scenery you would love to escape to, then buy her books! They’re just perfect!

But don’t take my word for it … read some other reviews! 

Fully Booked Reviews
Paris Baker’s Book Nook
Novelicious