The Christmas surprise – Jenny Colgan


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?

My opinion

First off, yes, it’s February and yes, I just read a Christmas story. I love Jenny Colgan’s books and I don’t care if the book is about Christmas and it’s just been Christmas. Jenny Colgan writes lovely books which makes me totally forget about the real world. ‘The Christmas surprise’ is another one of hers.

Despite that, I was kinda dissappointed with this story. Rosie Hopkins has to endure a couple of punches life throws at her, but despite that, everything turns out even better after those punches. That felt a bit unrealistic.

Add the fact that Rosie handles those punches alone and without consulting or even telling her boyfriend and you get an annoyed Femke. It felt like Rosie didn’t care about her boyfriend’s opinion at all, which didn’t make any sense for me.

At times I felt as if Jenny Colgan added some life’s punches to make the story more interesting and that annoyed me. ‘The Christmas surprise’ isn’t a bad book, it’s a nice book to read in between, a quick read. But it isn’t one of my favorite Jenny Colgan books.


‘The Christmas surprise’ by Jenny Colgan is definitely not one of my favorite books she’s written, but it’s a good in between book. Sometimes it feels a little bit too farfetched, but you know everything will end up fine and that’s kinda nice too.


The Christmas surprise by Jenny Colgan
Published by Little Brown Books
Genres: Chicklit
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780751553970

You can buy the book at Book Depository, here.

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