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Summary

Includes mouth-watering recipes.

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?

Treat yourself and your friends to Jenny Colgan's heartwarming new novel this Christmas.

©2014 Jenny Colgan (P)2014 Isis Publishing

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  • Emily
  • East cowes, United Kingdom
  • 14-12-14

Easy Listen, lovely to catch up with Rosie.

I love these stories. They are easy to listen to. Predictable but at the same time just lovely to get lost in. This book had me going through all the emotions. Definitely worth a listen.

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  • Angela
  • United Kingdom
  • 04-12-14

A classic Jenny Colgan novel.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A classic Jenny Colgan novel. Excellent, heart-warming Christmas novel. It follows the Rosie Hopkins story.. what will the Christmas surprise be?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rosie is so down to earth and honest. Got to love her!

Have you listened to any of Lucy Price-Lewis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

All of Rosie Hopkins stories

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Heart-warming

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  • Snuggles
  • Wallasey, United Kingdom
  • 30-11-14

Love stories about Rosie Hopkins

What made the experience of listening to The Christmas Surprise the most enjoyable?

Meeting everyone again from the little village of Lipton was magical. I look forward to see what happens with Rosie ' s children and the sweet shop.

What other book might you compare The Christmas Surprise to, and why?

Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe.

In this story we are served lots of yummy recipes and meet lots of wonderful people.

What does Lucy Price-Lewis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She brings the story to life

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes

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factual.

quite factual rather than story based. I have experience more encompassing stories than this one but that said it is quite a nice heart warming listen.

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  • Dewdrop
  • Manchester, Lancs United Kingdom
  • 15-01-18

Tribute to the others that came before

In the world of books, unlike certain films, you want 'them' to keep making more and more. This book, a part of the Rosie Hopkins series, is definitely one of those books you want more of.
The story was beautifully written and so well-read by Lucy Price-Lewis.
Characters sprang to life and scenes were perfectly laid out in front of me.
I found myself predicting what a character would say or do, purely because they had been so well described that I felt I knew them.
I am such a big fan of Jenny Colgan, well done yet again x

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Loved the series of stories about Rosie Hopkins.

Hope this wasn't the last book about Rosie and Stephen. Can imagine so many more tales to tell. Think this might be my sixth Jenny Colgan read and have loved everyone. A fabulous author.

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Sorry, but I HATED it!

Any additional comments?

I really hated the story, unfortunately. Very predictable, and you knew what was going to happen the second the trip to Africa was planned. I like Stephen, but Rosie is SO annoying! Why does she keep lying to the person she is supposed to trust the most?

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Great book

Loved it ,funny,sad,well narrated
keep you listening
great author and we'll read
will listen to more books

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Excellent!!!!!

Another fabulous Rosie Hopkins book with a superb Christmas feel. It was Narrated beautifully too. There must be another in the pipeline. Hopefully!!

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Another fantastic book for Jenny Colgan

Would you consider the audio edition of The Christmas Surprise to be better than the print version?

I love each version of this book for different reasons. i love the print to read at my own speed, and to have the feel of a book but this audiobook was fantastic. i even sat in my car an extra 25 mins just because i wanted to know what happened next. It is a great follow on from the first two books and i feel that i know these characters now and love them.

What did you like best about this story?

i don't want to spoil it for others but the who story is great.

What does Lucy Price-Lewis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

As she has voiced the previous books to i feel that she really brings the people to life. Her different voices for characters just fit to my imagination.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again no spoilers but the book made me laugh, and cry in parts and there was a lot of love felt.