Monday, May 14, 2012

Sweetshop of Dreams

Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan
3 Stars
This was the perfect book to shake me out of my lack of reading stupor (I blame The God of Small Things for that). Rosie Hopkins is an auxiliary nurse who lives in with her boyfriend of 7 years, Gerard, in London. She gets a call from her mother, Angie, who's moved to Australia to be with Rosie's brother's family. Angie tells her that she must pack up and go to her grand aunt, Lillian, who lives in the village of Lipton and runs an old fashioned sweets shop. Lillian has had hip surgery and needs help - and will probably have to move to a home, so Rosie is expected to handle the selling of the shop, and the move to the home.
Mainly set in present day England, the book flits to the 1940s to connect us with Lillian's story as well as Rosie's. Rosie's move to Lipton seems to be exactly what she needs to get perspective on how her life is moving on with Gerard. And Lillian's story - this is where it gets the 'war' tag - is moving. I loved both parts (the past/present) feel of the book.
I was browsing this bookstore that I rarely go to nowadays - it was where I used to get all my books from when I was a kid, when I found this book. I couldn't wait to finish the book that had been taking so much of my time..and this was just perfect for those lazy hazy days, when you're in-between books.
Having sweets at hand will not be such a bad idea whilst reading...