New Ro­man­tics

There’s noth­ing like frothy fic­tion to get you in the mood to swoon – here are 10 mod­ern ro­mances to snug­gle up with this Valen­tine’s Day

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Wel­come to Rosie Hop­kins’ Sweet Shop of Dreams

by Jenny Col­gan

Rosie Hop­kins is not happy about leav­ing her Lon­don life to help run her great Aunt Lil­ian’s sweet shop in the coun­try­side. Con­vinced that the ru­ral re­lo­ca­tion will be far from ex­cit­ing, she dreads her new hum­drum ex­is­tence – but she couldn’t be more wrong. Scrummy de­scrip­tions of sweetie jars and the fam­ily se­crets they hide are rem­i­nis­cent of Joanne Har­ris’ Cho­co­lat, but Col­gan’s novel is much more light-hearted and full of comic high jinks. While Rosie – who had be­come cyn­i­cal in the city – finds re­newed pur­pose through the in­ter­ac­tions with her el­derly aunt, her ro­man­tic hori­zons widen too with the en­try of Stephen, Mo­ray and Jake. The feisty-yet-awk­ward pro­tag­o­nist, warm nar­ra­tive and can­dies make this the per­fect in­dul­gent Valen­tine’s Day read – no won­der it won The Ro­man­tic Nov­el­ists’ As­so­ci­a­tion best novel of 2013.

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