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A Gift from Woolworths

(Woolworths #4)

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  37 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Pan
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Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lovely story of life and work at Woolworths of the friendships made and how they coped during the war years.I have loved following the girls through their Woolworth days the highs and lows.Elaine Everest has given me a set of books that i can and will read again as we know all good things come to an end but i look forward to her next book.Thank you Elaine for the memories of my childhood shopping in Woolworths.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Well, this has probably been my most ‘untypically me’ book to have read since started reviewing my books a couple of years ago
The book caught my eye in a discussion on a Facebook group and also as I had worked at Woolies at one time ( in the top 75 singles dept! ) I decided to give it a go, it cant all be psychological dramasI thought!!
Its best to mention this is book 5 in a series but stands alone well and you are introduced to all of the characters and given back stories on them as and when
booklover BEV
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A TRUE GIFT FROM WOOLWORTHS. Erith february 1945. we are back with betty billington and the girls, eagerly awaiting the arrival of sarah and alans second baby. the arrival of the new store manager cecil porter does not go down well with the pregnant betty or the girls, they cannot see woolies without betty in charge. this book has plenty of moments that hit my tear ducts all the way through, such a lighthearted book to read, the characters i love all of them and all have a story put together. ...more
Kathy  E
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such a brilliant read once again from Elaine Everest, not only does she tell the story of all these wonderful characters once again in her book, but you feel yourself living the story with them. You just fall in love with the usual characters, Sarah, Betty, Maisie, Freda, Ruby and Maureen and of course the lovely men it David, George, Alan, Douglas and Bob. There was a little intrigue in the book with the character of Sandy! I will leave the story there as it is a must read for anyone, ...more
mois reads
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

In hoping there will be another book about the girls they feel like friends and I would love to see where there life's take them 5 STARS for another fabulous read .
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been a fan of Elaine’s books since I picked up the first book in the Woolworths series called ‘The Woolworths Girls’, which was released in May 2016. I very patiently, oh ok make that impatiently wait for each new book in the series to be released. The latest book in the series is called ‘A Gift From Woolworths’ and it is due for release on the 1st November 2018. Wowzers, it’s one heck of a fabulous read and I adored it but more about that in a bit.
Whenever I pick up a new book in the
Vivien Brown
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, what a dilemma. Half of me rushing through the book desperate to know what happens next, the other half wanting to savour it slowly, not wanting it to end. With each Woolworths book, Elaine Everest seems to grow into her characters, knowing them so well that we the readers come to know and love them a little bit more too. This is perhaps her best book yet, and so much more than an ordinary wartime saga. Here we find intrigue and crime, love, friendship and tragedy, worries about work and a ...more
Mick Arnold
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Gift from Woolworths is a gift from the wonderful Elaine Everest.

As the 5th and (so far? last of the Woolworth novels from this author, we are left with a fitting final chapter to the story of Betty, Freda, Maisie, Sarah and all the ensemble cast. Though possible to read as a stand alone, it's no less enjoyable for that, this is a series that asks to be read in order.

This Wonder of Woolies (yes, I had to get that in here somewhere) is a book that's full of wonderful characters, searingly tense
Nicola Clough
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to reading the next book in the series and didn't disappoint me at all was very heartwarming and about friendship and families and love so good didn't want it to end. A very warm read and easy read to.
It's 1945 and the women of woolworths continue. Betty the store manager says she's expecting a baby and life will change for her. Freda has fallen in love but will it last and be happy ever ever. Maisie is loving being a mother and also looking after her two neices but with
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's 1945 and with the end of the war in sight, there are profound changes ahead. The Woolworths' girls are back but there is doubt about their jobs once the men return from war. The risk to their jobs, however, pales into insignificance compared to the problems they each face in their daily lives. I really enjoyed catching up with the characters and wondering if their hopes and wishes would be realised. There is drama and high tension, emotion, happiness, sadness and romance. Not everything ...more
Janice Jackson
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read

Loved catching up with the girls from Woolworths as we come to the end of WW2. There friendship has stood the test of time and I feel as if they are my friends. I do hope we might get another book as would love to know what happens with Freda and if Maisie s business takes off.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great read from Elaine Everest loved the Woolworths series following all the characters who work and live in erith in ww2 I’m sad it’s at the end please write another one x
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Friendly memories of a much missed shop, mixed wartime experiences, and a group of tremendously engaging people are all ingredients of a most enjoyable novel. Elaine Everest has repeated her successful formula to produce a lovely book, with people that it is easy to feel interested in and even concerned about throughout the book. Confidently handled and with a clearly developed narrative, this is a saga which delivers on the promise of earlier books in the series. Trauma, grief, and dislike of ...more
Lauren Tess'x
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Elaine has delivered another cracker to The Woolworths Girls series.
We are back with Sarah, Maisie, Freda and Betty, who have had their fair share of tears, but with a friendship like theirs, you know you'll always have a shoulder to cry on and open arms to fall into.
Betty has everything she's ever dreamed of, but can she ever be happy with that?
Freda has fallen in love with Sandy. Is he the man for her?
Nana Ruby, what a lovely and heartwarming woman. No matter what the war brings, you can
Nov 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: christmas
I haven't read any of Elaine Everest's previous books in this series, but I loveCall the Midwife, and I thought this might be similar. I was, sadly, disappointed. The emotional moments thatwork inA Gift from Woolworths are similar in tone to what I love aboutCall the Midwife — the main characters helping one another out, healing rifts between them, or standing up for their right to do their work — but there are just as many moments that didn't land for me. In some cases, this may be because I ...more
The last in the Woolworths series, it's 1945 and the war is finally coming to an end. The young women who were hired together to work for Woolworths 6 years ago are all grown up, married, and have "kiddies", except for Freida who is still a "kid". There's been a lot of changes, many new characters, and a few less since this series started out.

Elaine Everest really makes it believable with the time period, the relationships between men and woman for starters, how women aren't equals. Men are to
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Elaine Everest (2018) A GIFT FROM WOOLWORTHS

London. Pan Books

3 out of 5 Santas

The sleeve reads, "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
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely story about families in the Kent town of Erith at the end of the second world war. It was a tale of communities struggling with work, family and similar issues. What was particularly refreshing about this book was its lack of bad language and sex but simply a good family story based around the Woolworths store and a group of women - Betty, Freda, Sarah, Maisie and Maureen who work together in the store. The Woolworth store background too tugs at the heart strings with nostalgia ...more
Donna Maguire

I thought that the book was fantastic – just a brilliant story and I loved catching back up with the Woolworths Girls – they are some of my favourite characters!

This is part of a series but it is fine to read as a stand alone and can see it being loved by young and old alike – it has some excellent characters and a great plot line.

The writing style is very good and I loved the flow the author achieved with the story. She is perfectly suited to this genre!
Louise Malyan
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Started and finished in 24 hours in between work! Not a lot of sleep! But wow! It was like welcoming home old friends. How sad I was to finish. So well written, funny and emotional with an excellent storyline that included many twists and turns. I really hope the saga continues as I’d love to carry on with these gorgeous characters and find out what the war-less future holds for them. It really didn’t disappoint. If you are a Harry Bowling or Josephine Cox fan, or if you like just truly lovely ...more
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have really enjoyed all the Woolworths Girls books and this one didn't disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn't put it down.

It was lovely to reconnect with all the old characters from the earlier books.

I was sad to finish this book. I would love for there to be another book in the future.
MS Julie Don
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Woolworths family

Very enjoyable , it would be lovely to see what happens to Freda and whether they get their wishes . Recommend these books to readers who also love reading Katie Flynn , Anna Jacobs , and such like authors
Lynne Huggett
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A gift from Woolworths

A good read. The next instalment in the Woolworths saga. Looking forward to the next book.
Good characterisation and enough happening to keep the readers interest.

Maria Thompson
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing

What absolutely wonderful books, the Woolworths Novels are. They are so difficult to put down. I like many other's, are eagerly awaiting the next book. Please hurry with one.
Anna Falcucci
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The end of an era

Thoroughly enjoyed reading the Woolworths saga and I hope a follow-up book will be written to see how the new life a and adventures turn out. Will George and Maureen get together or will he forever be the most love?
michelle reilly
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Farewell Woolwoth girls . Classic series.

I'm sad that the series has ended. I loved all of the books as they followed each character through the war through happiness and heartache. The series will be missed. Elaine, you will have to come up with a sequel!!!!!
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book

Following the last year of the war and what happens to the girls / women who work at Woolworths and how their lives have been changed due to the war. Brilliant book by a brilliant author. Elaine really captures the essence of what it was like to live during the war.
Elaine Thompson
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A gift from Woolworths

What a wonderful book, with so many twists and turns. I've enjoyed every minute and have been inside the book. A definite must for anyone who likes a saga. I cant wait for the next book. Praise for Elaine Everest she's done it again
Emma Young
I am really over the moon for choosing this book and It didn't disappoint me. I loved the camaraderie of the shop girls and the manager. It was refreshing to imagine tales of a time gone by shop like woolworths. Absolutely loved it!
Lesley Breeze-Axon
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous series

Have enjoyed all of the Woolworths books feel like all of the characters are old friends. Looking forward to seeing how their lives turn out now the war has ended.
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