An East End Christmas by Elizabeth Waite, publisher Sphere is available NOW in ebook, paperback, hardcover and audio download format.
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Carla Schofield has looked after her family since she was a teenager but it’s never been a bother because there isn’t anything she wouldn’t do for those closest to her. Warm, friendly, and with the ability to make everyone around her laugh, she carries her burden proudly.
As the years roll past, Carla sees life around her change dramatically. Wartime brings new challenges and a new job for Carla in a sewing factory, and she shines. It also brings with it love and Carla has a chance at real happiness – but not everyone is rooting for her. With Christmas ahead of her, and her sights set firmly on love and the future, will she be too distracted to sense the danger before it’s too late?
An East End Christmas is an emotional, compelling and page-turning story that will be perfect for fans of Katie Flynn, Annie Groves and Carol Rivers.
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This story is set in East End London just before the start of WWII. Carla Schofield is a lovely, family orientated, caring young woman who has had responsibilities from a young age caring for her family since the death of her mother. She idolises her Grandad and would do anything for her family. When London learns of the war her uncles are soon enlisted for war duties. Soon Carla gets a letter informing her she has to help with the war and is set to work in a factory making uniforms. She soon finds a friend in Peggy and a great longstanding partnership is made. The girls pick up some wonderful skills and expertise in the factory which proves useful for years to come.
London is hit hard with the war and Carla and Peggy notice a huge difference to their beloved city when they visit home. Sadly, tragedy strikes the family. However, a new friendship proves beneficial to Carla and her family and her dreams of designing her own clothes and working for herself soon start to become a reality.
A further tragedy strikes Carla and the family shows their strength in pulling together at the most emotional of times.
This was a lovely read from a new author for me. Elizabeth Waite transported me back to the 1940s I loved the mix of wartime drama with fashion, with emotional heartbreak with romance, with tragedy with heart warming moments. A lovely, nostalgic 4/5* read.
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