Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan – review

What’s Rosie Hopkins’ Sweet Shop of Dreams about? Rosie Hopkins is a busy nurse and a Londoner through and through. When her mum asks if she can decamp to the country to help her elderly aunt Lilian sell her old-fashioned sweet shop, Rosie is dreading the trip. But life in the country proves anything but dull and uneventful, and then there’s that sweet shop, packed full of jars containing old-fashioned treats like chocolate limes and sugar mice.

goodtoknow says: This is a warm and funny romp of a novel. Rosie and her aunt Lilian are both well-drawn characters, and we particularly liked the flashbacks to Lilian’s life in WW2 and her waspish secret recipe book, extracts from which start every chapter. Fans of Colgan’s last book, Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe, will love her new novel, especially the loving descriptions of classic sweeties.

Rating: 7/10

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Publisher: Sphere

Publish Date: Out now

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