A Gift from Woolworths Elaine Everest
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Published in paperback 1st November 2018
In hard times, true friendship can be the greatest gift.
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?
A Gift from Woolworths is the next installment in Elaine Everest’s much-loved Woolworths series.
This beautiful story brought back my own memories of good old Woolworths. Elaine has published a series of books about Woolworths, The Woolworths Girls, Christmas at Woolworths, Wartime at Woolworths and now A Gift from Woolworths. I was very surprised at how long Woolworths had actually been going for until it closed and I was equally surprised that in this story the Woolworths branch in Erith in December 1945 had marks where of crisscross sticky tape that had covered the glass to save the windows from the blast of exploding bombs. Not only does The People’s Friend recommended A Gift from Woolworths, but I do too as its definitely a feel good festive novel, with well loved characters, Betty Billington, Mais. What’s to look forward to is baby news, and a wedding. I wonder what’s next in store for author Elaine Everest.
About the author
Elaine Everest is for from North West Kent, where she briefly worked as a Woolworths girl herself. She grew up listening to stories of the war years in her home town of Erith.