Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams
by Jenny Colgan
I'm not a big reader of contemporary. I don't dislike the genre - in fact whenever I do stray into contemporary it's very rarely that I don't like what I read - but it's not one of my favourites. I love genres like historical fiction, magical realism, fantasy and, recently, science fiction, so if I'm given a choice to read about a book with magic and a book without, nine times out of ten I'm going to read about magic.
Jenny Colgan's one of those authors whose work I always saw on the shelves and never paid much attention to. I thought her books looked cute, but they didn't seem like my thing. Then one day my sister told me about Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams and how much she'd enjoyed it and a couple of weeks later I stumbled across a brand new copy for just £1.99, so, naturally, I picked it up.
I finally read it in November and I was pleasantly surprised. I expected to like it, it sounded sweet (hurr hurr) if nothing else, but I didn't think it was going to touch me in the way that it did. Then over Christmas I read Colgan's two other Rosie Hopkins books, Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop and The Christmas Surprise, and thoroughly enjoyed them both!
I'm hoping to read some more of Colgan's work this year, and recommend the Rosie Hopkins books to anyone, whether you're a fan of contemporary or not!