Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan
Rating: 3 Stars
In present day Rosie Hopkins leaves her life in London to go help her great-aunt Lillian run her sweet shop after Lillain's hip replacement. When Rosie discovers that the sweetshop is in fact long closed and in need of a great deal of work before it can be sold she realizes she will be staying in the tiny village of Lipton for much longer than anticipated.
Why I Picked This Book: It's a sweetshop in a little village in England.
Pros: The small village in England setting was very clearly done. I got a very nice picture of a small town full of helpful but also sometimes gossip-y people. Rosie is very nice and hardworking and a little lost. She's very easy to relate too with trying to help but occasionally losing her temper or having a lot of self doubt at times. Lillian is definitely the crabby spinster with the hidden soft spot. It was fun watching her and Rosie's relationship develop. The parts where she's helping with the shop by offering commentary through a baby monitor is pretty funny. I also was pleased that while Gerald, Rosie's long time boyfriend, is lazy and incredibly dependent on other people to take care of him he isn't all bad. We can see why Rosie fell in love with him and why they're still together.
Cons: This was fairly slow paced and took me awhile to get caught up in. There were a number of times that I wanted Rosie to have a bit more spine. The majority of the flashbacks to the 1940s didn't do much for me. It was hard to see the shy dowdy Lillian becoming the glamorous young woman in the photos that Rosie references. We don't really see that development.
Overall: This is a sweet story of some not always sweet characters. I wish it had been a faster read and that Rosie had had a bit more spine but overall I enjoyed this one.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes
Would I Recommend this Book?: Maybe, I wasn't blown away by this one but it was a nice read.