Author: Jenny Colgan
Published by: Sourcebooks Landmark on Apr. 1, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction
Source: Sourcebooks Landmark
Book Rating: 8.5/10
A delicious rom-com about finding yourself and breaking out of routines, The Sweetshop of Dreams is full of tempting desserts, family secrets, and second chances.
Rosie Hopkins has gotten used to busy London life. It’s…comfortable. And though she might like a more rewarding career, and her boyfriend’s not exactly the king of romance, Rosie’s not complaining. And when she visits her Aunt Lilian’s small country village to help sort out her sweetshop, she expects it to be dull at best.
Lilian Hopkins has spent her life running Lipton’s sweetshop, through wartime and family feuds. When her great-niece Rosie arrives to help her with the shop, the last thing Lillian wants to slow down and wrestle with the secret history hidden behind the jars of beautifully colored sweets.
But as Rosie gets Lilian back on her feet, breathes a new life into the candy shop, and gets to know the mysterious and solitary Stephen–whose family seems to own the entire town–she starts to think that settling for what’s comfortable might not be so great after all.
Quaint, Cosy, and deliciously sweet!
Sweetshop of Dreams is a delightfully uplifting tale that sweeps you away to the idyllic village of Lipton and immerses you into the lives of Rosie Hopkins, a young nurse who enjoys her life in London and is not entirely overjoyed to be heading to the English countryside to help her great-aunt recuperate and prepare her sweetshop to be sold, and Lillian Hopkins, an elderly woman who after running her family’s candy store for decades is determined to keep her memories at bay and a few long-buried secrets permanently hidden.
The prose is witty and light. The characters are quirky, sympathetic, and attentive. And the plot, set in both the 1940s as well as present-day, is a tender, heartfelt mix of life, love, family, friendship, self-reflection, history, happiness, romance, community, new beginnings, second chances, and of course, some truly scrumptious treats.
Overall, Sweetshop of Dreams is a hopeful, absorbing, charming tale by Colgan, and with its abundance of endearing characters and heartwarming storyline, it’s definitely one happy-every-after ending I’m glad I didn’t miss.
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Thank you to Sourcebooks Landmark for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.