And the end of a busy October brings us to the book I got reading this month! Anyone else miss Woolworths? It was my favourite place ever! So when I was offered the chance to review a book set in Woolworths and at Christmas then I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on my copy!
Written by Elaine Everest, Christmas at Woolworths follows three best friends, Sarah, Maisie and Freda, as they cope with their jobs and the war going on around them.
When I first started reading Christmas at Woolworths, I loved how easily I fell into the pace of the story, and immediately loved the plot line, the style of writing, and the three women the story centres around. In fact, I loved it that much I sat in a Costa reading it for 3 hours and didn’t even notice the time pass by! I know I didn’t go into much detail of the plot, so here’s the blurb below:
Even though there was a war on, the Woolworths girls brought Christmas cheer to their customers.
Best friends Sarah, Maisie and Freda are brought together by their jobs at Woolworths. With their loved ones away busy fighting the enemy, their bonds of friendship strengthen each day. Betty Billington is the manager at Woolworths, and a rock for the girls, having given up on love… Until a mysterious stranger turns up one day – could he reignite a spark in Betty?
As the year draws to a close, and Christmas approaches, the girls must rely on each other to navigate the dark days that lie ahead.
What I loved most about Christmas at Woolworths was the fact I could just imagine the setting. I love dramas set in this timeframe, and so could picture the women using the imagery included in Elaine’s writing. Each character has their backstory, a little bit about their family, and you feel yourself getting more and more attached to each character as you go along.
I will admit to being slightly caught off guard by the sudden change in time frames at the start, but then again it was just the prologue into the main story so what did I expect? But no, in all seriousness I thoroughly enjoyed reading Christmas at Woolworths! Personally, I loved Maisie’s storyline and character the most, simply because a part of me felt I could relate to her most as a character. I cried for her during her struggles, and I found myself cheering her on during the good times!
Overall, I would have to say that this is one book I will be recommending to anyone who asks about it! I actually think my Granny would enjoy reading it, just because of the time it’s set in, and the fact she can relate to what was going on during the time. However, I do think anyone could read it! Imagine your favourite Soap on TV, or the likes of The Royal or Heartbeat, and I can tell you that reading Christmas at Woolworths is like settling down to watch your favourite soaps!
Want to get your hands on a copy? Christmas at Woolworths is to be published on Thursday 2nd November and can be purchased at a price of £6.99 in either paperback or ebook form.