Books make brilliant Christmas gifts so over the next twelve days I’m going to introduce you to twelve fabulous Christmas books by some very talented authors. They’ll make ideal stocking fillers or last minute presents – why not treat yourself to a couple too? Kicking off the blog is the bestselling author Elaine Everest with Christmas at Woolworths, the heartfelt sequel to Elaine’s bestselling debut The Woolworths Girls. There’s nothing like a good dose of nostalgia at Christmas.
About Christmas at Woolworths:
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 on the front line, 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 . . .
With so much change, can their friendship survive the war?
PRAISE FOR ELAINE EVEREST
‘A warm, tender tale of friendship and love’
Heartwarming . . . a must-read’
Christmas at Woolworths is available from:
Elaine Everest, author of Bestselling novel The Woolworths Girls and The Butlins Girls was born and brought up in North West Kent, where many of her books are set. She has been a freelance writer for twenty years and has written widely for women’s magazines and national newspapers, with both short stories and features. Her non-fiction books for dog owners have been very popular and led to broadcasting on radio about our four legged friends. Elaine has been heard discussing many topics on radio from canine subjects to living with a husband under her feet when redundancy looms.
When she isn’t writing, Elaine runs The Write Place creative writing school at The Howard Venue in Hextable, Kent and has a long list of published students.
Elaine lives with her husband, Michael, and their Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Henry, in Swanley, Kent and is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Crime Writers Association, The Society of Women Writers & Journalists and The Society of Authors as well as Slimming World where she can often be found sitting in the naughty corner.
I asked Elaine to tell us about her Christmas traditions
Do you have any favourite family Christmas traditions? If so, what are they?
It is my birthday on Christmas Eve. I was born at twenty minutes to midnight so just missed out on being a Christmas Day baby so for me it is an extra special time of year. I must watch White Christmas and the 1951 version of Scrooge that stars Alistair Sim – preferably with a mug of hot chocolate to hand and a reasonable portion of Stollen cake. On Christmas Day we are boringly normal. My husband used to own his own TV/video repair business and his services were much in demand in the lead up to the holidays. I can recall him delivering repaired TVs into the early hours of Christmas Day and customers knocking on our door as we enjoyed our Christmas lunch asking for his help. I don’t miss any of that! So, these days the drawbridge is pulled up to all invaders and we veg out.
Boxing Day we like to take our dog, Henry, for a walk at a nearby National Trust property. There is something special about a cold frosty day in Winter. I won’t mention the time we found the gates locked at Knole Park and were unable to get out- and we’d both left our phones at home…
Oh gosh, Elaine, what an experience! I’d love to know how you got out…
When do you open your Christmas presents?
Now this is a tradition. We have breakfast (early) and feed Henry then have a little wander round the garden. Once the dog sees presents he won’t leave the room! We have three piles of pressies on the table for my husband, me, and Henry and open them alternately. I do have to be the person to open the last parcel. We also have to make sure Henry does get over excited and tries to help open all the presents.
I can imagine the scene! 🙂
If you could invite any author living or dead to share your Christmas lunch, who would it be?
I would love to invite Dick Francis to dinner. I’m a big fan of his crime novels set in and around the world of horse racing and would enjoy hearing his stories from his time as a jockey as well as his writing tips. If I could be cheeky and invite my late father as well…? It would make his day to meet the ex jockey and get some tips.
What book would you like to find in your Christmas stocking?
This is the hardest question of all. Can I say as many as possible? Hmm it does sound greedy so perhaps instead I’d like to receive the latest Martina Coles novel. My husband is very generous with is book buying and now he has retired has become a keen reader himself. There will be many new books in our household this coming Christmas.
Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your new book, Elaine. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy, successful New Year!
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