Monday, 26 March 2012

Review of Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan

I am a big fan of Jenny Colgan and loved her last novel Meet me at the Cupcake Café, so you can imagine how excited I was to receive a copy of her latest book in the post.

Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams contains everything you expect from Colgan - from the warm, friendly characters to the twist and turns in the plot that leave you trying to guess what the outcome will be. Rosie is a lovely character who I liked straight away; she is at loose end with a job and a relationship that seem to be going no where. When she leaves behind her busy London life to help her frail aunt in the small rural village of Lipton she does not expect to want to stay around long. However, life with her Aunt Lilian is definitely not what she expected.

This is a wonderful book that will leave you craving sweets. It really made me think of all of my childhood favourites – I even had to go out and buy some chocolate limes and rhubard and custard sweets. There are some great laugh out loud moments and quite a few surprises as Rosie works hard to fit in with village life. I particularly liked the descriptions of the shop and how Rosie tries to bring life back into it. I also enjoyed the way that Lilian looks back on her life in Lipton.

This is Jenny Colgan at her best. Highly recommended – especially if you have a sweet tooth!

Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams is released on the 28th March. To celebrate I am giving away a copy of the book and a Nostalgic Favourites Gift Bag of sweets from Mrs Kibble’s Olde Sweet Shoppe. To enter retweet this post or leave a comment. Closes 15th April 2012. Open to UK residents only.

Thank you to Sphere for sending me a copy to review.


  1. Sarah, this is on my wishlist and I want it even more after your review! Thanks for sharing x

  2. This is on my wishlist too! Definitely want to read it now :) Thanks for a great giveaway :)

  3. Was just about to go and buy a copy, want to write some resources for children around the idea of sweets, going to wait now....

  4. I was bought this on Sunday. I started reading the first few pages this afternoon and I agree, it made me think of the sweet shop I used to go to as a child. Pineapple chunks were my favourite! Right, off to crack on with the rest of it. Sooz