Wartime at Woolworths by Elaine Everest book review

wartime at woolworths

Wartime at Woolworths written by Elaine Everest, publisher Pan Macmillan, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audiobook format.

The paperback is available from all good retailers and the ebook is available to download on kindle, kobo and iBooks.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2JXnSEl

Product Details (as per amazon page)

The Woolworths girls have come a long way together . . .
Fun loving Maisie, is devoted to her young family and her work at Woolworths. But her happy life with her RAF officer husband, their baby daughter leads her to think of the family she left behind . . . With the war now into its fourth year, what will she find when she sets about searching for them?
Sarah and her husband, Alan, are blissfully happy and long for a sibling for their daughter. But dark days lay ahead for this close family.
Freda heads home to Birmingham, to go in search of her family, back to the life she fled – far from the safety of Woolworths and her new friends.
With families’ separated by war, will the Woolworths girls be able to pull together?

Woolworths in 1940s

Woolworths store front, 1940s

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

This was such a lovely treat to return to Kent and to the girls that spend their days working in Woolworths but their hearts belong to the people they love and the community of Erith.

Elaine Everest has created a wonderful series centred around the girls working in the emporium store called Woolworths.  Every town back in the day had a Woolworths that was lovingly called Woolies.  Back then it sold a lot more than the pick ‘n mix that most of us would remember.  Woolies was a store you could get most things from and you could also include a chat with the counter assistant, a cuppa and piece of cake in the café and your day would be made.

We step back to 1943 to Wartime Britain, to a time when many of the menfolk were overseas at war and the women were taking on many of the tasks and roles that were previously held by men.

Sarah, Maisie and Freda the young women who have become great friends are coping with their own lives with Sarah and Maisie now having their own little family to look after.  Their friendship has helped them through many struggles in the past but these next couple of months the friends will need each other more then ever with conflict and casualties of war reaching their own ‘backyard’.

Once again Ruby, the stalwart to all that live around Erith provides much comfort, assurance and wise words.  I love Ruby, she has this tough exterior and is so calm in a crisis but has the biggest heart of gold.

I really appreciated how the author, Elaine Everest, used authentic dialect within the storyline and we were treated to some charming sayings that have long been forgotten.  I could picture the characters and scenes in my head with the great dialogue bringing the story to life.

Another nostalgic trip down memory lane.  A story of friendship, of community spirit, of making do, of coping under adverse conditions and always of a hope for a silver lining.  I don’t want this series to end.

To learn more about the author Elaine Everest please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://elaineeverestauthor.blogspot.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ElaineEverest

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ElaineEverestAuthor/

 

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