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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.

Rosie's life is...comfortable. And even though she might like to pursue a more rewarding career, and Gerard doesn't seem to have any plans to propose, Rosie's not complaining. Things could be worse. Right?

Lilian Hopkins has spent her life running Lipton's sweetshop, through wartime and family feuds. When her great-niece Rosie arrives to help her with the shop, Lilian struggles with the idea that it might finally be time to settle up, and wrestles with the secret history hidden behind the jars of beautifully colored sweets.

But as Rosie gets Lilian back on her feet, breathes a new life into the candy shop, and gets to know the mysterious and solitary Stephen - whose family seems to own the entire town - she starts to think that settling for what's comfortable might not be so great after all.

©2014 Jenny Colgan (P)2018 Tantor

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Lovely story weaver

I have read several of Ms. Colgan’s books. They are entertaining and have very interesting characters. Definitely a “feel good” read. They are my reward for walking the dog in the woods every morning, a true guilty pleasure.

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Easy going read

This is a relaxing read. Easy plot to follow, a bit predictable but worth a listen. Nostalgic memories of sweets and being a kid.

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A Cozy Afternoon Listen

This was a fun book to listen to. It took me a bit to realize it followed two related women back and forth through the years. When I did I fell in love with both of them and followed their stories down thru the years to the bringing them together in the present.

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good story.

This is the 1st book I have read by this author. I really enjoyed it. I will be looking for more books by her.

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She’s done it again!

I’d convinced myself to swear off Jenny Colgan’s books because I absolutely detest the use of profanity in a good story. In my opinion, unnecessary profanity just cheapens the story and it’s use seems to be a.)to try to mask a bad storyteller or b.)to attract a certain reader who requires such to keep their attention.
Jenny Colgan’s stories are much too good to resort to such tactics and Sweetshop of Dreams is no exception. Fortunately, it seemed to contain perhaps a bit fewer profane words than some of her others, which I must say was appreciated.
Sweetshop of Dreams is a delight. Tears, as always instigated by her works, are to be expected, but these were happy tears in the end!
Soooo...Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery is my next...& I hope I don’t have to bleep out (in my head) more than I did for The Little Beach Street Bakery!
So engaging and entertaining with characters whose personalities are each like someone I know. I love your writing, Jenny! Please keep them coming!
Thank you for sharing your talent AND for Beverly Crick’s amazing narration (I like to listen and follow along in print.)

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