Dec 16, 2019

Christmas at Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan Review

Christmas at Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop
Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop #2
By Jenny Colgan
US Release Date: October 15th, 2019
William Morrow Paperback
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

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?

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

If you have read my blog before then you would know about my Jenny Colgan obsession, and what Christmas could be complete without a new Jenny Colgan book to read, and this time it's one of my favorites... it’s the Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop series. Now for my American readers, a Sweetshop is a candy shop, the sweets (candy) comes in big jars and it gets measures out and you get it in a paper bag and for a child (or a 39-year-old woman with a candy addiction) it's truly a magical place. 

But on with the story, Rosie and Stephan are enjoying life in Lipton, completely happy, and then Rosie's family decides to grace her with their presence for Christmas, upsetting anything and everything in their wake and with a hidden game plan to take over everything in Rosie's life. And like most doormat daughters (me being one of them) you slip into the same role you play whenever those who try to dominate you come back into your life. 

But Stephan struggled to cope with the change in Rosie, the demands of her family and struggles with PTSD, and when it all comes to a head, will Rosie and Stephans's happy life continue? Or will Rosie's family succeed? 

Christmas at Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop is yet another amazing book by the author, it really relates to me in so many ways, I really enjoyed the direction that the author took the characters in, breaking free of the role that you always play within your family, especially trying to become more assertive when you have always been the family doormat is really hard, and I really appreciate the way Ms. Colgan has written it because most of the time you don't realize you have changed your behavior. But with all that being said I'm really hoping for a third book in the series...or maybe more. 

I give Christmas at Rosie Hopkin's Sweetshop 5 stars

Jenny Colgan is the New York Times-bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Bookshop on the Corner, Little Beach Street Bakery, and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, all international bestsellers. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and Scotland.

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