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?
Since rediscovering my love of saga books, Elaine Everest rapidly became one of my go to authors. She gets in to the nitty gritty and really captures the essence of her characters. They fall off the page as though they are real people. This trait has definitely continued in to her latest series, The Teashop Girls.
From chapter one I knew I was in for an exciting and heartwarming journey which would introduce me to some incredible people. I immediately warmed to leading character Rose as she seemed to really connect with me. She's nothing like me in reality, but there's something about her which makes me want to be her friend and help through some difficult situations. If anything, her and her singing reminds me more of my husband, which may be why I like her.
There's so much going for The Teashop Girls that I can't pinpoint one element which makes the book as good as it is. The constant reminders of war and the essences of troubled waters really come together along with the charming characters to create a read which is not only incredibly hard to put down, but also an endearing reminder of the past.
If you love saga or have an interest in life during the second world war this is absolutely a book you need to have on your bookshelf.
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