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Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams Review

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(*This photo is my own)

Author: Jenny Colgan

Release: 2012

Genre: Chick Lit

Pages: 465

 Do you like the feeling of nostalgia that classic candy stores give you? The glistening jars, the old-style register and the memories evoked upon walking in? Well readers, look no further than Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams.

As a candy enthusiast, as well as a fan of Ms. Colgan’s work, I was enveloped in the sweet stories and idyllic scenery presented in this book. I myself have never travelled to the United Kingdom, but a village such as the book’s Lipton is exactly the type of place I’d want to go to.

The book presents its readers with two lovable protagonists; Rosie Hopkins and her great-aunt Lilian Hopkins. Rosie is a 30-year-old auxiliary nurse living in London with her childish boyfriend of 8 years. Lilian is the aging proprietor of her family’s sweetshop in the countryside village of Lipton. Lilian has her own backstory that is explained through heart wrenching flashbacks depicting the world during World War II, and how it affected everyone.

When Rosie is sent by her mother to help Lilian, she finds that her city life makes her a sort of exotic bird in the quiet countryside. The relationship between the two protagonists, and their love stories, is written elegantly with Ms. Colgan making the entire book relatable as well as hard to put down.

Rating: 5/5 sweets


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Breakfast at Darcy’s Review

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(*This is a photo from goodreads.com)

Author: Ali McNamara

Release: 2011

Genre: Chick-Lit/Romance

Pages: 427

I’ve officially found my next travel destination thanks to this book: Ireland. Set on a fictitious island off the coast of Dublin, Breakfast at Darcy’s tells the stories of a 28 year old woman who inherits an island from her recently deceased Aunty Molly. As a full-fledged city girl living in London and obsessed with designer clothing, Darcy’s inheritance comes as a true shock. Tasked with inhabiting the island for a full year with at least a 15-person community, the book takes you on a remarkable journey of self-discovery and Irish delights.

Folklore and myths have always fascinated me, and Ms. McNamara’s inclusion of Celtic lore absolutely blew me away. The symbolism and depth of the various facets mentioned in the book will resonate with each reader on a different level. This is truly a book that will keep you up till all hours of the night because you just need to know what happens next.

I cannot wait to read more of these beautiful novels by a writer that knows how to pull on the heartstrings and inspire her readers in an effortless way.

Rating: 5/5 Claddagh rings

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