Christmas at Rosie Hophins' Sweet Shop
Source: Review Copy courtesy of Sphere
Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow. Her sweetshop is festooned with striped candy canes, large tempting piles of Turkish Delight, crinkling selection boxes and happy, sticky children. She's going to be spending it with her boyfriend, Stephen, and her family, flying in from Australia. She can't wait.
But when a tragedy strikes at the heart of their little community, all of Rosie's plans for the future seem to be blown apart. Can she build a life in Lipton? And is what's best for the sweetshop also what's best for Rosie?
A year after Rosie Hopkins re-opened her aunts Sweetshop in the idyllic village of Lipton in the Derbyshire countryside, we are back to see how she is getting on and what she and the rest of the village have been up to.
Firstly can I say how brilliant I found Jenny's personal opening to the book was. She gave a clear and thorough insight into Rosie's life and a quick rundown of past goings on so you are completely up-to-date if you're new to the Sweetshop books or even as a little refresher. The accompanying Spotify playlist to the book was also an excellent touch. www.tinyurl.com/sweetshopcarols
So, yet again with a Colgan book I was gripped from the very beginning. I sat and devoured it in one sitting. I can't really write a proper review because you know how much I get carried away when I like a book that I'd end up giving spoilers away and that would ruin what would have been a fabulous read for you. What I will say though is this is a book you don't want to miss out on. It covers many sensitive areas including mental health and trauma. They are written with care and dignity to the characters involved. It's not all doom and gloom though, it is a festive, fun, family oriented book of love and of course sweets.
It is honestly a fabulous Christmas novel and if you don't already have a copy I advise you to click on the below link and get one. Once you have it, put on your Pajamas/Pyjamas, make yourself a hot chocolate, snuggle yourself down and get lost in Lipton.