Rosie Hopkins, newly engaged, is looking forward to an exciting year in the little sweetshop she owns and runs. But when fate strikes Rosie and her boyfriend, Stephen, a terrible blow, threatening everything they hold dear, it's going to take all their strength and the support of their families and their Lipton friends to hold them together. After all, don't they say it takes a village to raise a child?
The Christmas Surprise starts just after the events of Christmas at Rosie Hopkins's Sweetshop. Rosie's mother and brother and his family have returned to Australia and things are starting to settle down when Rosie gets a big surprise. In addition to this, Stephen's sister comes back to the village from New York, stirring things up. There are also some big changes on the horizon for Rosie and Stephen.
This is the third book in the series (after Christmas at Rosie Hopkins's Sweetshop and The Sweetshop of Dreams) and I've come to really enjoy the characters and setting. The Christmas Surprise isn't the typical lighthearted holiday read. There is some sadness and darker topics are addressed. Still there are also those funny moments of village life that makes this series so charming. While there is an element of predictability to the stories, that can be enjoyable too when you need some comfort reading.
Having read these books as well as The Bookshop on the Corner I now want to read her other books as well. If you like reading about village life and quirky and endearing characters, consider giving Jenny Colgan's books a try. Note: I received an ARC for review purposes courtesy of the publisher and Edelweiss