Thursday, 30 January 2014

Jenny Colgan: Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop

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?

This was the logical follow-up book after all the other Jenny Colgan stories. In the end, I really did enjoy it and was very moved at times. But I also found this book more difficult to get into and at some point even asked myself if I should persist at all or not.

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