Rosie Hopkins is about to face major upheaval. Her elderly aunt Lilian - feisty, independent Aunt Lily who never talked about her past - needs her help, so Rosie is moving to the depths of the countryside for a few months to look after her. Plus Rosie will be away from Gerard, the man she hopes to settle down with soon, and they'll miss each other dreadfully ...won't they? Lilian Hopkins has spent her life running Lipton's village sweetshop, through wartime and family feuds. As she struggles with the idea that it might finally be time to sell up, she also wrestles with the secret history hidden behind the jars of beautifully coloured sweets. And the longer Rosie and Lilian spend together, the more they realise they can learn from each other ...
After reading "Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe" last year, I was very excited to see a new book by Jenny Colgan in the window of my local book store; "Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams".
Much like "Meet Me...", I found this book to be a little predictable throughout, but this didn't act as a deterrent. Again, Jenny Colgan has created a world of believable characters and situations they find themselves in.
Set in Derbyshire, the story follows Rosie as she temporarily moves to Lipton in order to care for her Great Aunt Lilian and to sell her sweet shop. Alongside this, there is also the story of Lilian during her late teens and the relationships she had within the village and effect that WWII had on her family. I enjoyed the 'flashbacks' as they gave emotion and a good background into the history of the family-run sweet shop, yet they didn't overpower the modern day story.
A pleasant book which is well worth a read. I'm happy to have found an author that I enjoy and look forward to reading more of her novels.