There will be more than one surprise in store for sweetshop owner Rosie Hopkins this Christmas, in the brand new novel by Sunday Times bestselling author Jenny ColganIncludes mouth-watering recipesRosie 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?Colgan, JennyJenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including The Little Shop of Happy Ever After and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins´ Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter: @jennycolgan.
A deliciously warm story of Christmas and cupcakes, by the bestselling author of The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris and Welcome to Rosie Hopkins´ Sweetshop of DreamsContains mouth-watering recipes!Issy Randall, proud owner of the Cupcake Cafe, is in love and couldn´t be happier. Her new business is thriving and she is surrounded by close friends, even if her cupcake colleagues Pearl and Caroline aren´t quite as upbeat about the upcoming season of snow and merriment. But when her boyfriend Austin is scouted for a possible move to New York, Issy is forced to face up to the prospect of a long-distance romance. And when the Christmas rush at the cafe - with its increased demand for her delectable creations - begins to take its toll, Issy has to decide what she holds most dear.This December, Issy will have to rely on all her reserves of courage, good nature and cinnamon, to make sure everyone has a merry Christmas, one way or another . . .Colgan, JennyJenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including The Little Shop of Happy Ever After and Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins´ Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. For more about Jenny, visit her website and her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter: @jennycolgan.
In this story for readers of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and A Man Called Ove, when all seems lost, he finds what matters most.Walter Lavender Jr. is a master of finding. A wearer of high-tops. A maker of croissants. A son keeping vigil, twelve years counting.But he wouldn´t be able to tell you. Silenced by his motor speech disorder, Walter´s life gets lonely. Fortunately, he has The Lavenders-his mother´s enchanted dessert shop, where marzipan dragons breathe actual fire. He also has a knack for tracking down any missing thing-except for his lost father.So when the Book at the root of the bakery´s magic vanishes, Walter, accompanied by his overweight golden retriever, journeys through New York City to find it-along the way encountering an unforgettable cast of lost souls.Steeped in nostalgic wonder, The Luster of Lost Things explores the depths of our capacity for kindness and our ability to heal. A lyrical meditation on why we become lost and how we are found, from the bright, broken heart of a boy who knows where to look for everyone but himself.´´[E]nchanting....A delightful trek through and under New York streets.´´-Minneapolis Star Tribune´´A book of rare elegance. . . . Keller understands the magic of New York City . . . and how sometimes listening to those most people hurry past make us find something we did not know we were missing. This book is one of those things: Take the time to find it.´´ - Newark Star-Ledger´´[R]ewards those willing to savor the linguistic riches and quirky characters, artfully provided by the author. With its strong story line and magic realism, this will appeal to readers of Joanne Harris´ Chocolat and the works of Alice Hoffman.´´ -Booklist´´Insightful....This is a feel-good, message-driven story about the restorative power of human connectedness and how acts of kindness can ultimately change lives.´´-ShelfAwareness´´A buoyant, surprising, deeply human novel that underscores how easy it is to become lost in this great big world, and how affecting it is to be found. It´s no small bit of irony that I completely lost myself in these pages. The Luster of Lost Things is every bit as delicious as the magical treats from the family bakery at the heart of this charming debut.´´-Steven Rowley, author of Lily and the Octopus´´Keller´s style is simple and often beautiful, and she infuses the novel with flashes of subtle humor and mouthwatering descriptions of sugary confections.´´ -Kirkus Reviews´´The true magic of New York City shines especially bright thanks to a sprinkle of literary magic in this tender and original debut. Readers will root for the endearing young Walter along every step of his remarkable odyssey.´´-Meg Donohue, USA Today bestselling author of Dog Crazy: A Novel of Love Lost and Found´´Sophie Chen Keller´s enchanting debut melts kindness and action together into a tale of wonder and magic. I savored each tasty morsel as Walter and his valiant dog, Milton, began their extraordinary quest-where the seeking became more important than the finding. Keller´s writing reminded me of Adriana Trigiani-the words are so perfectly chosen that missing even one would lessen the enjoyment.´´-Amy Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake´´The book takes its readers on a magical odyssey through New York.´´ -Falmouth Review´´The Luster of Lost Things is about opening your heart to others and allowing yourself to believe in the wonder and magic of life. Young hero, Walter Lavender, uses his extraordinary talents to track down what he holds dearest to himself, and his family, assisted by a myriad of compelling, curious characters, usually hidden away from the public eye. In doing so, he shows us how to be brave and open-hearted, and to never give up trying. Unique and unforgettable, this is storytelling at its finest.´´-Phaedra Patrick, author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper