A Gift from Woolworths is the next installment in Elaine Everest's much-loved Woolworths series.
'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?'
This is the first book by Elaine Everest that I have read. A Gift from Woolworths is a very tender tale of friendship and love. I highly enjoy reading books about friendships in particular, the dynamic Elaine has created between the Woolworths women is in itself highly interesting and leads you to wanting to know more about them. From the prologue of the novel we meet Betty. Betty is a very loving character and myself as the reader found her to be a joy to read. We are left with the fitting final chapter of the stories of Betty, Freda, Maisie, Sarah and the myriad of well-crafted, fully-fleshed characters. Reading about the characters they feel like old friends. Elaine Everest has a knack for creating meaningful conversation and for making us care about the characters which can often be tough as a writer to achieve. Overall, if I had to use one word to describe this series and ‘A Gift from Woolworths’ in particular it would be ‘charming’.
I hope the author decides to revisit these characters as they are well-loved by many. Reminiscent of a BBC history drama, it has all the action and tense situations. If you have finished one recently then pick up ‘A Gift from Woolworths’ it will fill the Downton Abbey shaped hole in your life, check out the other books in the series as well. whilst this one is accessible as a standalone, the story line of the others will add to your enjoyment as you explore the characters and their lives deeper.
Elaine details and brings each personality to life, and creates a cast of characters that are endearing, and paints this time in their lives very vividly. Overall, I highly recommend ‘A Gift from Woolworths’. If you like books that have a nostalgic feeling and characters that you will enjoy reading and want to connect with! I can’t wait for the next book!
'Whatever it brings, we'll be together and that's what counts'.
Elaine Everest was born and brought up in north-west Kent, where the Woolworths books are set, and was once a Woolworths girl herself. In addition to the Woolworths novels, she is also the author of a festive ebook short, Carols at Woolworths, featuring your favourite characters from the series.