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  • A Gift from Woolworths

  • Woolworths, Book 4
  • By: Elaine Everest
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

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’ 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, although she still has her own dreams. When her brother appears on the scene, he brings unexpected danger to the family. Meanwhile Sarah dreams of her husband’s return and a cottage with roses around the door, but Woolworths beckons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great story

  • By Amber on 10-02-19

Another great story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-19

As usual Annie Aldington brings the Woolworths characters alive, I love these stories maybe because I know the area so well, I hope there is going to be another soon.

  • The Narrowboat Girl

  • By: Annie Murray
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Maryann Nelson's widowed mother, Flo, sees the opportunity to better her family by marrying the local undertaker, Norman Griffin. Though on the surface a caring family man, Maryann and her sister, Sal, soon discover that he has another side to him. For Sal, it is too much to bear and she escapes, leaving Maryann to take revenge on Griffin. The chance of a new life opens up when she befriends Joel Batholomew, who works on the canal. Aboard his narrowboat, she finds herself falling in love with her new life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • very upsetting but excellent writing

  • By Elaine on 17-03-10

Not to be missed

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-08-18

This story can sometimes be hard to listen to bringing home the relaity of child abuse and how back then it was even harder to address but the story had its happy points as well. As usual Annie Adlington gave a fantastic performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An East End Christmas

  • By: Elizabeth Waite
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Carla Scofield has looked after her family since she was a teenager, but it's never been a bother because there isn't anything she wouldn't do for those closest to her. Warm, friendly, and with the ability to make everyone around her laugh, she carries her burden proudly. As the years roll past, Carla sees life around her change dramatically. Wartime brings new challenges and a new job for Carla in a sewing factory, and she shines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Memories

  • By Mrs A A Smith on 03-07-16

Thoroughly enjoyed this story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-17

I just loved this story easy to listen to and easy to follow I'm hooked on the narrator who brings life to the characters more please.

  • Christmas at Woolworths

  • By: Elaine Everest
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

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?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great story

  • By Amber on 16-12-17

Another great story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-12-17

Another great story about a believable group of people and their lives during WW11 please continue the sage it's great to feel part of their lives.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Woolworths Girls

  • By: Elaine Everest
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

It's 1938, and Sarah Caselton is preparing for her new job at Woolworths. Before long she forms a tight bond with two of her colleagues, the glamorous Maisie and shy Freda, as well as beginning a blossoming romance with young assistant manager Alan. But with the threat of war clouding the horizon, the young employees of Woolworths realize that there are bigger battles ahead. It's a dangerous time for the nation and an even more perilous time to fall in love....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written 'cosy' story.

  • By thea1710@aol.com on 20-07-17

A place I know well

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-17

Another story placed in an area of London I knew well back in the sixties every road and street mentioned I could recall fantastic read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jam and Roses

  • By: Mary Gibson
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Three sisters in 1920s struggle to make ends meet and protect their mother from their violent father. Milly works in Southwells jam factory. Elsie dreams of a career on the stage, while little Amy runs wild with her friends. All three of the girls fear the unforgiving temper of their father and their courageous attempts to protect their defenseless mother will have dramatic, disastrous consequences for them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yet another cracker !!!!

  • By Mouse2560 on 16-02-15

Familiar old friend

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-17

Anne Dovers voice gives warmth and realality to the characters and for me was like listening to a familiar old friend. The story its self was close to my heart as I know the area of London in which the story was set so could easily see the setting and the characters.