(*This photo is my own)
Author: Jenny Colgan
Genre: Chick Lit
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