Will the war be over by Christmas?
As the war moves into 1945 the lives of the women of Woolworths continue. When store manager, Betty Billington, announces she is expecting Douglas’s baby her future life is about to change more than she expects.
Freda has fallen in love with the handsome Scottish engineer but will it end happily?
Maisie loves being a mother and also caring for her two nieces although she still has her own dreams. When her brother appears on the scene he brings unexpected danger to the family.
Meanwhile Sarah dreams of her husband’s return and a cottage with roses around the door but Woolworths beckons.
Will our girls sail into times of peace, or will they experience more heartache and sorrow? With a wedding on the horizon, surely only happiness lies ahead – or does it?
A Gift from Woolworths is the next instalment in Elaine Everest’s much-loved Woolworths series.
What others think:
‘Heart-warming . . . a must-read’ – Woman’s Own on The Woolworths Girls
‘A warm, tender tale of friendship and love . . . sweet as a Woolies pick’n’mix’ – Milly Johnson on The Woolworths Girls
‘A lovely read’ – Bella on The Woolworths Girls
Chells and Books Review:
Firstly, before I start gushing over this wonderful book I would like to thank Elaine Everest for wanting me to review her book, Pan publishing for sending me the book and Faye Rogers for organising the blog tour. Each time I hear that Elaine has a new book coming out I get so excited and cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. A story written by Elaine Everest for me is like receiving a warm hug.
A Gift from Woolworths is the fifth book in the series and the second Christmas themed, the cover is very festive and really does stand out on the shelves of the shops where I have seen it. I would recommend reading the books in order but it can be read as a stand alone, I feel if you read all the books in order you have a greater understanding of the characters and their individual journeys but even read as a stand alone it would still be an amazing read.
We return to the girls as the war is finally ending and they are all having to adapt to live after war. Betty is expecting a baby but is worried about what will happen to Woolworths when she leaves, Sarah is trying to overcome the loss of her mum and the birth of her second child. Maisie with her brood of five and her wonderful husband receive some news that may course trouble for the family as Maisie’s brother makes a return. Freda is trying to find love and we are planning a wedding, Ruby finally sets a date! Ruby who is central to all the characters is one of my favourite characters (I don’t have a favourite as I love different parts of all the characters) and I have been looking forward to her wedding and this is a wedding you definitely don’t want to miss.
Right from the first page Elaine takes you on a journey through 1945 with her warm writing tone and exciting plot. I know as soon as I open a book by Elaine and start reading that I will be completely immersed into life in Erith. A Gift from Woolworths is perfect and a mist read for fans of historical saga.
About the Author:
ElaineEverest, author of Bestselling novels TheWoolworths Girls, The Butlins Girls, Christmas at Woolworths, and Wartime at Woolworths was born and brought up in North West Kent, where many of her books are set. She has been a freelance writer for twenty years and has written widely for women’s magazines and national newspapers, with both short stories and features. Her non-fiction books for dog owners have been very popular and led to broadcasting on radio about our four legged friends. Elaine has been heard discussing many topics on radio from canine subjects to living with a husband under her feet when redundancy looms.
When she isn’t writing, Elaine runs The Write Place creative writing school at The Howard Venue in Hextable, Kent and has a long list of published students.
Elaine lives with her husband, Michael, and their Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Henry, in Swanley, Kent and is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, The Crime Writers Association, The Society of Women Writers & Journalists and The Society of Authors.