The Teashop Girls Blog Tour

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The Teashop Girls is a warm and moving tale of friendship and love in wartime, by the bestselling author of the Woolworths series, Elaine Everest.

It is early 1940 and World War Two has already taken a hold on the country. Rose Neville works as a Lyon’s Teashop Nippy on the Kent coast alongside her childhood friends, the ambitious Lily and Katie, whose fiancé is about to be posted overseas in the navy. As war creates havoc in Europe, Rose relies on the close friendship of her friends and her family.

When Capt. Benjamin Hargreaves enters the teashop one day, Rose is immediately drawn to him. But as Lyon’s forbids courting between staff and customers, she tries to put the handsome officer out of her mind.

In increasingly dark and dangerous times, Rose fears there may not be time to waste. But is the dashing captain what he seems?

The Teashop Girls is the new book by Elaine Everest, much-loved author of the Woolworths Girls series. Available on Amazon

The Teashop Girls by Elaine Everest: Blog Tour Extract

Prologue
September 1926

Flora Neville pulled a pearl-tipped hatpin from her best black felt hat and placed both onto the bed. It had been a tense day, and she was glad to be home and back to work; there were sheets to bring in from the line, where they’d been hanging a good part of the day, and there was dinner to prepare for the guests. A quick glance at a dainty ormolu clock standing in the middle of the walnut tallboy reminded her Rose would be in from school shortly. Flora needed to be back in her work clothes with today’s events firmly locked away, so no one would know where she’d set off to when she boarded the first train up to London. Furthermore, the nature of the business that had her kitted out in her Sunday best on a Thursday, and her usual sunny disposition replaced with a sad, thoughtful expression, should be known only to her and never told to a living soul. Some things should be forgotten, she thought to herself. She wouldn’t deny, though, that it had been pleasant to stop for a cup of tea and a toasted teacake in a Lyons Corner House along

the Strand after her appointment with the solicitor, Mr Bartholomew, and then catch a train from Charing Cross back to Ramsgate and home.

For once she’d enjoyed being waited on by delightful waitresses who showed her to a vacant table and took her order. It made a change from being the one looking after her boarders at the Sea View guesthouse. She sat watching as the young women dashed here and there, taking orders and carrying heavy trays laden with food and drinks. They all had ready smiles and were so polite. However, she was surprised so many people would call out the word ‘Nippy’ to get their attention.

‘Why do they call you Nippy?’ she’d asked as her tea was brought to the table.

‘It’s our new name,’ the dark-haired young waitress explained. ‘It’s supposed to be because we nip about all over the place,’ she giggled.

‘How strange. Surely they could call you something more in keeping with your smart appearance?’ Flora said as she reached for the milk jug.

The girl smiled. ‘I don’t mind it one little bit. They used to call us Gladys, and as that’s my old gorgon of an aunt’s name, I much prefer to be a Nippy.’

‘Oh, I see,’ Flora said as she poured her tea. ‘Who decided to make the name official?’

‘Lyons had a competition to find a new name, and that’s how we came to be Nippies.’

Flora smiled back at the girl. ‘How interesting. Nippy is a much better name, and so memorable.’

The Teashop Girls by Elaine Everest is published on 2nd May by Pan Mac (available in paperback and ebook, price £6.99) 

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Twitter: @ElaineEverest

 
ABOUT ELAINE EVEREST
Elaine Everest, author of bestselling novels The Woolworths Girls, The Butlins Girls, Christmas at Woolworths, and Wartime at Woolworths was born and brought up in North West Kent, where many of her books are set. She has been a freelance writer for twenty-two 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, The Crime Writers Association, The Society of Women Writers & Journalists and The Society of Authors.

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