The Teashop Girls written by Elaine Everest, publisher Pan Macmillan, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audiobook version.
The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyes and amazon.
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It is early 1940 and World War Two has already taken a hold on the country. Rose Neville works as a Lyon’s Teashop Nippy on the Kent coast alongside her childhood friends, the ambitious Lily and Katie, whose fiancé is about to be posted overseas in the navy. As war creates havoc in Europe, Rose relies on the close friendship of her friends and her family.
When Capt. Benjamin Hargreaves enters the teashop one day, Rose is immediately drawn to him. But as Lyon’s forbids courting between staff and customers, she tries to put the handsome officer out of her mind.
In increasingly dark and dangerous times, Rose fears there may not be time to waste. But is the dashing captain what he seems?
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Elaine Everest’s latest novel: The Teashop Girls.
Elaine Everest is fast becoming one of my favourite saga writers. Her writing is very authentic and is full of atmospheric prose with regional dialect making you appreciate the era and it’s locality.
The Teashop Girls is a new stand-alone story from Elaine Everest and we travel back to 1940 to the coastal towns of Ramsgate and Margate to when the country is in fear of what lays ahead with the war. The story centres around three best friends; Rose, Lily and Katie who are all workers at the prestigious J Lyons & Co teashop. The girls are embracing life during wartime with tea dances and enjoying the attention of the servicemen stationed close to the town. However, as war inches closer to home danger and turmoil is not far behind and the girls soon have to find an inner strength to survive.
I loved learning about the prestigious teashop and the roles the individual staff members play. It’s lovely how we are seeing a revival of teashops and some of the styles from the original teashops, such as J Lyons & Co, are now created bringing back this glorious, elegant past-time of taking tea and cake.
Elaine Everest has created a lovely nostalgic romantic saga that is very charming but the author wasn’t afraid to reveal the true horrors of war and drama blending a story that feels very real. The three main characters were very likeable and you soon start championing their lives but I also loved the array of sub-characters that played a key-role in the storyline with the likes of Flora, Mildred and Anya bringing great scenes between all the characters.
Saga novels keep history alive and for readers that lived in the era depicted in the story it feels like a trip down memory lane. However, we will soon come to a time when new readers will be visiting these historical moments for the first time and this is the true beauty of historical fiction. Elaine Everest beautifully transports you to a different era with ease and entertains and fascinates readers of life, love and friendship during difficult times in history.
About the Author
Elaine Everest, author of Bestselling novel The Woolworths Girls and The Butlins Girls 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 loomed.
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, Crime Writers Association, The Society of Women Writers & Journalists and The Society of Authors as well as Slimming World where she can be seen sitting in the naughty corner.
Facebook: Elaine Everest Author page
My writing school: http://www.thewriteplace.org.uk