Smakebiten i dag kommer fra en bok jeg nettopp ble ferdig å lese. "Rosie Hopkins´ Sweet Shop of Dreams" har jeg hatt som eBok på mobilen i sommer, og det er en ordentlig bokperle. Rosie er en karakter man bare må bli glad i, og Lillian likeså. Jeg storkoste meg da jeg leste om hvordan de sammen prøvde å finne en løsning på å redde Lillians godtebutikk, og tilbakeblikkene på det Lillian opplevde da hun var ung under krigen fungerer utrolig godt i denne boken.
Were you a sherbet lemon or chocolate lime fan? Penny chews or hard boiled sweeties (you do get more for your money that way)? The jangle of your pocket money ...the rustle of the pink and green striped paper bag ...Rosie Hopkins thinks leaving her busy London life, and her boyfriend Gerard, to sort out her elderly Aunt Lilian's sweetshop in a small country village is going to be dull. Boy, is she wrong. Lilian Hopkins has spent her life running Lipton's sweetshop, through wartime and family feuds. As she struggles with the idea that it might finally be time to settle up, she also wrestles with the secret history hidden behind the jars of beautifully coloured sweets.
"People think love should be popping candy; always surprising and exciting and fresh to the mouth. Or like dark chocolate; mysterious and adult and bitter. Or the tough candy shell of a Minstrel, waiting to be cracked; the friable crumbling burst of a honeycomb; spiky as peanut brittle; as painful as a sharp shard of toffee.
I think love is caramel. Sweet and fragrant; always welcome. It is the gentle golden colour of a setting harvest sun; the warmth of a squeezed embrace; the easy melting of two souls into one and a taste that lingers even when everything else has melted away. Once tasted, it is never forgotten.
Finn flere smakebiter hos Mari og Flukten fra Virkeligheten