Christmas with the Teashop Girls is a heartwarming and moving story of wartime love, bravery and hope, by the bestselling author of the Woolworths series, Elaine Everest.
It is late 1940 and the war feels closer to home than ever for Rose Neville and her staff at the Lyon’s Teashop in Margate.
The worry of rationing hangs overhead as the Nippies do their best to provide a happy smile and a hot cup of tea for their customers. When a heavy bombing raid targets the Kent coastline, Lyon’s is badly hit, throwing the future of the cafe into jeopardy.
The light in Rose’s life is her dashing fiancé Capt. Ben Hargreaves and planning their Christmas Eve wedding. But she must also plan to take two new step-daughters into her life and get on the right side of her wealthy mother-in-law, Lady Diana. Is Rose ready to become a mother so soon?
When Rose’s half-sister Eileen makes contact, it seems that Rose’s dreams of having a sibling are coming true at long last. But her friends begin to suspect that something is not right between Eileen and her husband: just what are they hiding?
As the Christmas Eve wedding draws near, the bombings intensify in Kent and London, putting everything and everyone Rose loves in danger.
Only one thing is for sure: it will be a Christmas she never forgets . . .
A fabulous novel – as always – from Elaine Everest.
Life is never dull for the Nippies at Lyon’s during the second world war! Rose and her friends do their best to be cheery for their customers while they cope with their own worries. With the coast being on the receiving end of some heavy bombing and their shop being considerably damaged, there is the question of whether they still have jobs to go to. With husbands and fiances called to war, the concern mounts up and, for Rose, there is the realisation that not only will she become a wife when her marriage to Ben finally takes place but she also becomes a step-mother to two young girls, bringing a whole new family into her life. And when her half-sister Eileen makes contact Rose is overjoyed and can’t wait to have her longed-for sibling in her life, but Rose’s friends aren’t quite as trusting about Eileen and her husband.
This author always creates terrific tales, and this is one of the best. Absolutely packed from beginning to end with so much detail and the most wonderful characters, each one beautifully developed. With a bit of a mystery and a lot of uncertainty, there is so much to focus on. Lady Diana McDouglas is a sparkling addition to the already entertaining cast of characters – she made me laugh so much with her antics and the message of kindness and friendship shone out of each page. A delightful read, definitely earning all five sparkling stars and a hearty recommendation to all lovers of wartime domestic sagas.
My thanks to ed public relations for both my copy and my spot on this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: women’s historical fiction, WWII
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook
- Size: 274 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 15 October 2020
- Links: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53818411-christmas-with-the-teashop-girl
Elaine Everest is from North West Kent and she grew up listening to stories of the
war years in her home town of Erith, which features in her bestselling Woolworths
Girls series. A former journalist, and author of nonfiction books for dog owners,
Elaine has written over sixty short stories for the women’s magazine market.
When she isn’t writing, Elaine runs The Write Place creative writing school in
Hextable, Kent. She lives with her husband, Michael and sheepdog Henry.
Twitter: @Elaine Everest
The Teashop Girls is published by Pan Macmillan on 15th October price £7.99 as paperback original. For
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