The Woolworths Girls are back in Wartime at Woolworths. World War II is in its fourth year, but it will all be over by Christmas, won’t it?
I received a copy of Wartime at Woolworths* for review purposes.
Two years ago, I reviewed Elaine Everest’s first book about a group of women working at Woolworths. The Woolworths Girls* was set in the months preceding World War II, and you can read my review of that novel here.
So I was very pleased to be asked to review the third book in the series, Wartime at Woolworths. And today I’m happy to be playing host to the novel’s blog tour.
This installment is set in 1943 and 1944 as war continues to rage over Europe. Some of the Woolworths Girls are now married with children, and they’re all keeping calm and carrying on.
But each of them is dealing with their own personal problems.
Betty is still managing the Erith branch of Woolworths, but she is struggling with her stepdaughter and longs for a child of her own. Maisie is happily married and loving motherhood, but feels she needs to return to the family she left behind in London.
Meanwhile Freda receives bad news about a close relative. She needs to decide whether to take the risk of returning to Birmingham.
And it’s not just the younger generation who are struggling with their own problems. One of the older women is living in poverty and hiding what she feels is a shameful secret. But the Woolworths girls all stick together, don’t they?
I really enjoyed reading Wartime at Woolworths, and it was lovely to catch up with the characters I remembered from the first novel in the series. They’ve all grown over the years, and the stress of war has had its own effect.
Elaine Everest has created a very appealing set of characters, and I was hooked on the various storylines peppered throughout the book.
The deprivations of life in 1940s Britain are definitely not sugarcoated in this novel. Everyone is having to make do, and several of the characters are living in conditions which are almost unimaginable.
From young children being left to look after themselves, to women being told that they shouldn’t do men’s work, it really was a different world. And that’s before you add in war-time issues like rationing and evacuation.
This book really reminds you how we take for granted these days.
I thought it was interesting to see a reference to the Bethnal Green Tube station disaster, and the way it was covered up immediately afterwards. Elaine Everest certainly did her research well, and it adds to the authenticity of the novel.
Wartime at Woolworths is a lovely book to read, with characters that you’ll grow very fond of. You might expect that all of the storylines are wrapped up with positive outcomes. But this is set in war-time Britain, and not all every war-time story had a happy ending.
Do the Woolworth Girls get their happy ending? You’ll just have to read the book to find out!
The Woolworths girls have come a long way together . . .
Fun loving Maisie, is devoted to her young family and her work at Woolworths. But her happy life with her RAF officer husband, their baby daughter leads her to think of the family she left behind . . . With the war now into its fourth year, what will she find when she sets about searching for them?
Sarah and her husband, Alan, are blissfully happy and long for a sibling for their daughter. But dark days lay ahead for this close family.
Freda heads home to Birmingham, to go in search of her family, back to the life she fled – far from the safety of Woolworths and her new friends.
With families’ separated by war, will the Woolworths girls be able to pull together?
A very enjoyable third installment to this popular series – 7/10
Wartime at Woolworths* is available now in paperback and Kindle format, published by Pan.
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