Published: 7th November 2013
Publisher: Little Brown
Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow. Her sweetshop is festooned with striped candy canes, large tempting piles of Turkish Delight, crinkling selection boxes and happy, sticky children. She’s going to be spending it with her boyfriend, Stephen, and her family, flying in from Australia. She can’t wait.
But when a tragedy strikes at the heart of their little community, all of Rosie’s plans for the future seem to be blown apart. Can she build a life in Lipton? And is what’s best for the sweetshop also what’s best for Rosie?
Please note that this is the second book in the Rosie Hopkins’ series. The first is Welcome To Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams.
The narrative begins with snow, two wonderful characters and a lot of Christmas excitement in the air. I instantly felt the festive season fly out of the pages and into my imagination. The description of the sweetshop was magnificent (and made me drool quite a bit). The list of sweets reminded me of the oldie-worldie shops which I loved visiting as a little girl with my grandparents.
With the snow falling heavily in November and the news of Rosie’s mum visiting, Christmas certainly comes early in Lipton – no complaints from me: the earlier, the better. Very early on, disaster strikes and the beautiful little town is turned upside down. The amount of detail from Jenny’s description was spectacular. I wasn’t sure what the turn out of the plot would be as it unfolded. As it progressed, there was a lot of action and drama which I absolutely loved.
The ending was utterly sweet and allowed me to look forward to the next book.