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Wedding Bells for Woolworths written by Elaine Everest, publisher Pan Macmillan, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, audiobook and paperback format.  The paperback is available to purchase from most UK supermarkets so please do check out the book aisle when you are doing your weekly shopping.

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Book Blurb

July 1947. Britain is still gripped by rationing, even as the excitement of Princess Elizabeth’s engagement sweeps the nation. In the Woolworths’ canteen, Freda is still dreaming of meeting her own Prince Charming. So far she’s been unlucky in love. When she has an accident on her motorbike, knocking a cyclist off his bicycle, it seems bad luck is still following her around. Anthony is not only a fellow Woolworths employee but was an Olympic hopeful. Will his injured leg heal in time for him to compete? Can he ever forgive Freda?
Sarah’s idyllic family life is under threat with worries about her husband, Alan. Does he still love her?
The friends must rally round to face some of the toughest challenges of their lives together. And although they experience loss, hardship and shocks along the way, love is on the horizon for the Woolworths girls . . .

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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: Wedding Bells for Woolworths.

I do love a good family saga and author, Elaine Everest, has written one of the best sagas I’ve read with The Woolworths series.  Wedding Bells for Woolworths is Book 5 in the series and I would highly recommend reading all the books in the series in order to learn about the characters and setting as their lives do continue and grow from each story.  The books in the series in order are:

  • The Woolworths Girls
  • Christmas at Woolworths
  • Carols at Woolworths (this is novella in size)
  • Wartime at Woolworths
  • A Gift from Woolworths
  • Weddings Bells for Woolworths

We have a wedding to look forward to in Wedding Bells for Woolworths with the forthcoming nuptials of George and Maureen.  However, the girls at Woolworths have become rather animated about another wedding as the engagement of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip has just been announced.  Living on the edge of the Thames river in the town of Erith it’s not too far from the capital so a Royal event and a wedding to boot has got the girls all of a quiver.

The lives of best friends Sarah, Maisie and Freda have become quite busy since the war, especially for Sarah and Maisie who have a young family as well as work commitments.  Freda is happy with her work at Woolworths, letting rooms out at her home and helping Alan repair bikes at his workshop.  However, this last pastime suddenly becomes a lot more interesting and Alan puts Freda in a predicament with her best friend Sarah and he potentially puts her in the line of danger.  But Freda is a loyal and a confident young woman and she isn’t afraid of what lies ahead.  To make matters even more interesting for Freda she is about to embark on a whole new route in her personal life.

With a wedding and a Royal event to look forward to and new visitors to the town there’s plenty to keep the friends, neighbours and gossipers occupied.

Another wonderful instalment in this nostalgic saga that’s filled with a welcoming hug of family, friendship and community spirit.  Life isn’t all rosy for our friends from Woolworths but they definitely know how to ‘keep calm and carry on.’  I always look forward to a trip down memory lane with The Woolworths series it has everything and more in a family saga and if we can’t have the return of the store of Woolworths I think we need this saga series turned into the perfect Sunday evening tv series!

About the Author

Elaine Everest updated author photoElaine Everest is from North West Kent and she grew up listening to stories of the war years in her home town of Erith, which features in her bestselling Woolworths Girls series. A former journalist, and author of nonfiction books for dog owners, Elaine has written over sixty short stories for the women’s magazine market. When she isn’t writing, Elaine runs The Write Place creative writing school in Hextable, Kent. She lives with her husband, Michael and sheepdog Henry. You can find out more about Elaine on Twitter @ElaineEverest or Facebook /elaine.everest


A Gift from Woolworths by Elaine Everest blogtour book review


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A Gift from Woolworths written by Elaine Everest, publisher Pan, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audiobook format.

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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?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the next instalment in Elaine Everest’s Woolworth’s series; A Gift From Woolworths.

A Gift from Woolworths was nostalgia in abundance!  I absolutely adored this fifth story in the Woolworths series, it was a complete pleasure to read from start to finish.  I have to congratulate the author on creating the Woolworths series as it has brought to life an iconic, much-loved and greatly missed High Street store.  Not only has it had you dreaming of the pick-n-mix and the CD single chart from our childhood but it has brought with it the community of people living around Erith, Kent.  We learn of the hardship of families pulling together during times of uncertainty with the war years, we also learn of the daily struggles of loss, grief, fear and most of all of friendships old and new.

I loved returning back to Erith with the girls who first found friendship whilst working at Woolworths.  The girls have grown in strength and love and it’s now 1945 and we have glimmers of hope as the end of the war is in sight.  Our favourite young trio Freda, Maisie and Sarah are all facing new challenges with their lives with new babies and the prospect of a new love.  Betty, the manager of Woolworths that instigated the friendship of the girls, is also facing a new direction in her life, one that she thought would never happen and she’s having mixed feelings about it.

With the future looking positive with the end of the war the residents of Erith have lots to look forward to with a wedding also on the horizon.  However, all isn’t rosy and new acquaintances and a figure from the past bring danger and turmoil.  With an increasing intrigue and fear for the welfare of loved ones the drama increases and life for so many of our friends from Erith will not be the same again.

A story predominantly about life and love, of hardship, of making do and mend, of struggles and strife but most of all celebrating each small victory with your friends and a good old knees-up.

I hope one day Elaine Everest will revisit the Woolworths girls and give us another glimpse into the lives of Freda, Maisie, Sarah, Betty and Ruby.

The whole boxset of the paperbacks with a brown betty teapot, tin of loose-leaf tea and a bag of pick-n-mix sweets would make a fabulous gift for any occasion.  It would be a great ‘wellness’ treat as the books have that wonderful air about them.

About the Author

Elaine EverestElaine Everest, author of Bestselling novels The Woolworths 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.