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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

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  • Jan
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 01-06-13

Boring

What would have made Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams better?

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.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jenny Colgan again?

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.

Have you listened to any of Jane Collingwood’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Jane Collingwood is fantastic and the ONLY reason I listened to the book at all.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment that once again I have wasted a credit.

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  • Vanessa
  • 04-14-13

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!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Rebecca
  • 04-13-13

Fabulous!

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!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Suzanne
  • 03-24-17

A bit of sugary escapism!<br />

As someone lucky enough to live in Derbyshire, I can appreciate how someone living in London would be captivated by its beautiful scenery but don't expect too much subtlety. as the plot and characterisation are somewhat contrived in order to achieve the desired outcome. I liked the two paralled narratives and the way they linked together, especially Lillian 's back story which I found more convincing than Rosie's. A suspension of belief is somewhat necessary to imagine a thriving independent sweetshop in such a small place nowadays but essential to the concept of the book. The developing relationship between the Rosie and one of the locals was very predictable after a while and its stop - start progress bordered on the Mills and Boon style at times. That aside, it was an enjoyable holiday read and the description of traditional sweets took me back to my childhood. I was very impressed with the different voices Jane Collingwood achieved through a rsnge of male and female characters to small boys and old ladies and from rural accents to posh ones.

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  • Patricia
  • 01-14-17

Lovely story

Warm , down to earth. Jane Collingwood, good narration. Love Jenny Colgan books. Couldn't put it down.

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  • MISS S J YOUNG
  • 07-01-16

jenny colgan never fails

I've been addicted to jenny colgan books since I read talking to Addison over 10 years ago... rosie Hopkins ticked all the boxes for a jenny colgan belter ..

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  • MRS C HARRISON
  • 02-19-16

Good read

Loved it , funny ,sad
great listen
good narrator
really enjoyed it
I was transformed into the story

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  • Karen
  • 04-03-15

Fantastic

l loved every minute of it and I am looking forward to the next one.

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  • sue
  • 04-13-13

Great listening

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!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Emily
  • 04-13-13

Lovely Listen

Bit predictable in places. Such a nice story had me laughing at times, well worth a listen!!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Katie
  • 10-29-12

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!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful