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.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers and the ebook is available for kindle, kobo, Google and iBooks.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2QR690T

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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 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.

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.

Twitter:   http://www.twitter.com/elaineeverest
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A Ration Book Christmas by Jean Fullerton blogtour book review

 

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A Ration Book Christmas written by Jean Fullerton, publisher Corvus, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audiobook format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith and amazon.  The ebook is available for amazon kindle, kobo and iBooks.

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2S46HRW

Product Details

With Christmas approaching, the Brogan family of London’s East End are braving the horrors of the Blitz. With the men away fighting for King and Country and the ever-present dangers of the German Luftwaffe’s nightly reign of death and destruction, the family must do all they can to keep a stiff upper lip.
For Jo, the youngest of the Brogan sisters, the perils of war also offer a new-found freedom. Jo falls in love with Tommy, a man known for his dangerous reputation as much as his charm. But as the falling bombs devastate their neighbourhood and rationing begins to bite, will the Brogans manage to pull together a traditional family Christmas? And will Jo find the love and security she seeks in a time of such grave peril?

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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.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jean Fullerton’s latest novel: A Ration Book Christmas.  This is my first introduction to the works of Jean Fullerton and I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to pick one of her books up as I was enthralled, entertained and totally swept away by this story.  I will certainly be checking out Jean Fullerton’s back catalogue of novels.

I thoroughly enjoyed this family wartime saga set in World War Two.  The author set the scene and I could feel a sense of belonging within the storyline.  We were treated to charming, cheeky, charismatic, brave, heroic characters that were all down to earth and easily relatable.  I also loved how Jean Fullerton used dialect that suited the era and location and also fitted the characters perfectly.  There were some fabulous one liners from the cockneys from the east end of London and also great words of wisdom from the Irish family that had set up home in the capital city.

I felt the tension of the war.  Jean Fullerton didn’t brush away any of the sights that were very evident during the biggest bomb attacks during the blitz of the streets of London.  I could feel the tension during the nights of the blackouts with the dread of the sirens and then when the inevitable destruction happened the fight for survivals set my heart racing.  What was so special about this story was the community spirit with all generations and all classes mucking in and doing their bit with the war help, this warmed my heart that in dire times of need folk forgot their own problems and situations and pulled together.

This was the story of one family coming to terms with the onslaught of war with evacuations, the blitz, food rationing, separation, fear, making do.  It was also a story of life, a story of survival, a story of love overcoming many hurdles and finding a way through the many terrible days and nights of the conflict.  Jean Fullerton had taken me back to a pivotal moment in British history using fiction as a way of re-telling an horrific time for so many, we learn of how life literally carried on for everyone and routines of a different kind were made.

A Ration Book Christmas was one of the best historical wartime sagas that I’ve read. Jean Fullerton’s words totally swept me away with this story, it was engaging, tragically beautiful and filled me with warmth.

About the Author

Jean FullertonJean Fullerton is the author of eleven novels all set in East London where she was born. She is also a retired district nurse and university lecturer. She won the Harry Bowling prise in 2006 and after initially signing for two East London historical series with Orion she moved to Corvus, part of Atlantic Publishing and is half way through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.

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