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.
©2012 Jenny Colgan (P)2012 Hachette Digital
I purchased this book in desperation as there is nothing new from my favourite authors.
It was so light I just kept skipping many parts just to get through it. The storyline was just not for me.
I have already purchased Christmas at the Cupcake cafe at the same time and only listened to a couple of chapters and found it boring so jumped to this book.
So if that one is similar to this no I would not.
I like a book with a bit of substance but there was nothing much to this at all.
Jane Collingwood is fantastic and the ONLY reason I listened to the book at all.
Disappointment that once again I have wasted a credit.
This is the first time I've listened to an audiobok but I thoroughly enjoyed it! The narrator was engaging and her accents for the different characters were very good.
The story was uplifting and inspirational with a love story at its heart - definitely worth a listen!
Bit predictable in places. Such a nice story had me laughing at times, well worth a listen!!
It took me back to my childhood and reminded me of all my favourite sweets as a child and also got me to seek them out as an adult and try them again.
She drags you into the story as if you were also there within the sweet shop also. She was fantastic.
Meeting the old lady it made me cry
Great book and it has made me buy "Christmas at Rosie Hopkins Sweet Shop" can't wait to get listening.
"Audible v Kindle"
The first Jenny Colgan book I read was on Kindle; the second I listened to from Audible - she is an excellent author and I thoroughly enjoyed both books. I will in some some shape or from be reading / listening to another of her novels.
Whilst I love reading, I have such a busy lifestyle that by the time I have a moment to myself to read, I invariably don't get past one chapter before falling asleep! I then had the idea of listening to books - even then I didn't find time to download them onto my MP3 player; BUT then Audible released the ap for iPad; so I listened to this book mostly whilst cooking!
Jane Collingwood narrated the book very well - the only things that took a bit of getting used to was the reading style - we all have our own individual manner when expressing text and hearing a woman speak as a man was a bit off putting initially - but I got used to this and got through the book very quickly.
So all in all a great book and a great way of taking in a novel that I may never have got around to actually reading!
Gentle, fun and with some good messages, this audiobook reminds you of all those wonderful confections you challenged your teeth with as a child. With a host of wonderfully-drawn characters, you'll be listening at every chance you get as the story unfolds to its sweet conclusion!
"Light hearted story"
Fabulous, easy listening story which I absolutely loved. Humorous throughout with a genuine feel for the two main characters Rosie and her Great Aunt. I especially liked the transistion between the Great Aunts life in the 40's to present day - added depth to the storyline.
"Good holiday read"
I enjoyed listening to this book whilst sunning myself on holiday, light hearted romance depicting the stories of both Rosie and her elderly aunt, spanning across the decades, with some twists I did not expect. I found it easy listening and the ideal holiday book.
"Not too sugary!"
A two tiered story in two different time zones. The first tier, from many years ago, is of Lilian's life when she was young and of her lost love. The second tier, from the present day, is of how Rosie helps Lilian and in so doing finds her own way, in her life.
The tension between Rosie and her new love is entertaining in parts and keeps you guessing. At first it's even questionnable who the new love is.
Although it is full of people's dreams, this book's story line is not quite as sickly sweet as the title would suggest, so it's not too sugary!
An auxiliary nurse moves to the country to care for her ailing aunt, and renovate her sweet shop in order to sell it. Each chapter switches between past and present so we learn the aunt's story too.
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