The back of the book says:
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?
Treat yourself and your sweet-toothed friends to Jenny Colgan’s heart-warming new novel. The irresistibly delicious recipes are guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit and will warm up your Christmas celebrations.
Jenny Colgan has done it again. An easy to read, delightful festive book that tickles the taste buds with tantalising christmas recipes at the end and a story to warm even the stoniest of hearts. We are plunged into Rosie Hopkins’ life in Lipton once again and get to see her struggle through the trials and tribulations of keeping everyone she loves happy and forgetting herself entirely.
A bit of a weepy when things go wrong but that is exactly what was needed as a connection to the character was really ensued. My only problem is that I started to get irritated with Rosie as many situations could have been made a lot simpler but she bulldozed her way into complications.
It was nice to be re-acquainted with Lilian and Hetty and see how each character develops into something different from first impressions. There are a couple of surprises along the way that had me holding my hand over my mouth and gasping as well as wiping away the tears with my sleeve.
As I think it is a seasonal must read I wont be saying much about the plot. I will however say the ending left me a bit up in the air and I want to know more. I wonder if there will be another book . . .
From: Sphere (Imprint of Little Brown)