Read: July 2017
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.
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.