The Butlin Girls written by Elaine Everest, publisher Pan, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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‘Molly Missons gazed around in awe. So this was Butlin’s. Whitewashed buildings, bordered by rhododendrons, gave a cheerful feeling to a world still recovering from six years of war. The Skegness holiday camp covered a vast area, much larger than Molly expected to see.‘
Molly Missons hasn’t had the best of times recently. Having lost her parents, now some dubious long-lost family have darkened her door – attempting to steal her home and livelihood…
After a horrendous ordeal, Molly applies for a job as a Butlin’s Aunty. When she receives news that she has got the job, she immediately leaves her small home town – in search of a new life in Skegness.
Molly finds true friendship in Freda, Bunty and Plum. But the biggest shock is discovering that star of the silver screen, Johnny Johnson, is working at Butlin’s as head of the entertainment team. Johnny takes an instant liking to Molly and she begins to shed the shackles of her recent traumas. Will Johnny be just the distraction Molly needs – or is he too good be to be true?
I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Elaine Everest’s latest novel, The Butlin Girls.
This was a wonderful trip back in time to post war Erith, SE London and to Skegness in Lincolnshire. A cosy romance novel filled with nostalgic charm, childhood idealisms, family saga, a time of new beginnings and hope for all after a country wreaked with war. A time of renewed optimism and prosperity, a time when Billy Butlin opened his doors again at his flagship camp in Skegness bringing families and holiday makers together giving them a week of respite and good old fashioned fun and comfort. This all sounds so cosy and lovely but our leading ladies in this novel escaped to work at Butlins to hide a traumatic time in their past. However, the past anxieties weren’t too far away and Butlins wasn’t the protected haven for all.
Following the untimely death of her parents Molly was struggling with her grief and now she was facing a possibility of becoming homeless as a distant relative turns up laying claims to the inheritance. The relatives also bring fear and danger of a different kind to Molly’s life and Butlins was the much needed escape for Molly.
Upon arriving at her new workplace and home Molly makes friends with her new roommates and fellow red coaters Bunty and Plum. Unbeknown to each of the girls they are all hiding a secret heartache. As their friendships blossom the girls gain strength within each other and “a problem shared is a problem halved” springs to mind. Will the girls; Molly, Bunty and Plum cope with their new careers or will the past threaten their futures?
I particularly loved Elaine Everest’s style of writing for this novel it literally felt like I was stepping back in time, the style was very different to modern romcoms and chicklits of today but that particular style of writing wouldn’t work at all for this period saga. This was a wonderful heart warming in abundance family and friendship saga. It was my first introduction to Elaine Everest’s work and after enjoying this novel I decided to invest in her debut novel, The Woolworths Girls.
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