Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Teashop Girls by Elaine Everest! I have started to read this book a couple of days ago and what a gem it is! It is so uplifting and the characters are so likeable. It is a book that makes you feel good! I can’t wait to finish it.
As part of the blog tour, I have got an exciting extract from the book for you. Hope you enjoy!
The Teashop Girls by Elaine Everest is published on 2nd May by Pan Mac (available in paperback and ebook, price£6.99)
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?
Everyone was trying to get closer to the stage, knowing it was time for the entertainment to start.
‘Ouch! Watch out,’ a male voice exclaimed as Rose stumbled against a soldier and tried not to tread on his toes without success. He caught her as she lost her footing, and for just a few seconds he held her securely until she’d righted herself.
‘I’m sorry,’ she apologized, trying to move on. She could hear the first few strains of the melody.
‘It’s no trouble, I’ll live,’ he said in a rich, well-spoken voice, causing her to look up into the deepest steel-grey eyes she’d ever seen in a man.
‘I . . . er,’ she started to say, stumbling over her words. For some reason she couldn’t quite catch her breath. The warmth of his hands on her arms was all she could concentrate on, apart from those eyes. ‘I’ve got to go. The bandleader’s waiting for me,’ she apologized.
On stage, Silvano was announcing that a Ruby Norris was about to sing. Rose pulled away and pushed her way to the stage, hurrying up the few steps to stand in front of the band. Silvano gave her a hard stare before nodding to the band and raising his trumpet to his lips. She’d cut it fine, getting to the stage only just before her part of the song began. As the notes from the trumpet faded away she started to sing, her sweet voice soaring over the crowd of dancers, who stopped to watch and listen.
‘You made me love you . . .’ Rose put her heart and soul into the song as she’d never done before. Each word resonated through her body. She could drift away on the lyrics: in her mind she was no longer in Ramsgate, but singing in a posh London hotel. Or even on stage in America with a big band accompanying her, like she’d seen so many times in the movies. When it was Silvano’s turn to play a refrain, she closed her eyes and dreamt of those few moments when the soldier had held her captive. As she started to sing once more her eyes scanned the room for him, but she couldn’t see him amongst the sea of uniforms. ‘You know you made me love you . . .’ she pleaded into the audience as she sung the last few words of the song. Could she fall in love that quickly, was it possible?
About The Author
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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