The Butlins Girls Review

The Butlins Girls is not my normal type of reading, well I have slightly moved away from the crime/thriller genre at the moment as my last book was Come Sundown by Nora Roberts! I suppose I like the name The Butlins Girls because of Butlins, the family holiday park, so wanted to see if the book is anything like the park. A little strange of me I know!

The author Elaine Everest’s other book is The Woolworths Girls, now I was a Woolworths Girl back in the early 2000’s before they went into administration. I think that book will be one of my next reads.


The Butlins Girls by Elaine Everest review and giveaway

Book Description

A warm and comforting read, set against the nation’s favourite holiday camp, from bestselling author of The Woolworths Girls

‘Molly Missons gazed around in awe. So this was Butlin’s. Whitewashed buildings, bordered by rhododendrons, gave a cheerful feeling to a world still recovering from six years of war. The Skegness holiday camp covered a vast area, much larger than Molly expected to see.

Molly Missons hasn’t had the best of times recently. Having lost her parents, now some dubious long-lost family have darkened her door – attempting to steal her home and livelihood…

After a horrendous ordeal, Molly applies for a job as a Butlin’s Aunty. When she receives news that she has got the job, she immediately leaves her small home town – in search of a new life in Skegness.

Molly finds true friendship in Freda, Bunty and Plum. But the biggest shock is discovering that star of the silver screen, Johnny Johnson, is working at Butlin’s as head of the entertainment team. Johnny takes an instant liking to Molly and she begins to shed the shackles of her recent traumas. Will Johnny be just the distraction Molly needs – or is he too good be to be true?

My Review

The Butlins Girls is a wonderful saga, set in 1946 just after the war. I do adore books like this in the post war era, and this one is at top of the pile. The main character Molly Missons is a warm, kind-hearted soul who has been through a tough time lately with the loss of her parents. She has got a job at Butlins as one of the Aunty’s and makes really good friends there with Bunty, Freda and Plum.

Of course Molly has a love interest in the form of Johnny Johnson – a star! I don’t want to spoil how this all ends, but you are in for a treat. Put your feet up with a cup of tea and cake and enjoy, or take down to the beach a your Summer lazy read.

The setting of Butlins is an amazing idea, the author describes the place as if you are actually there. Along with the development of the characters and their lives, The Butlins Girls is a cracker of a book. I would love to read a sequel.

I’m giving The Butlins Girls 5 out of 5 stars.


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*I was given a copy of The Butlins Girls in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.


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49 thoughts on “The Butlins Girls Review

  1. I have been to quite a few with my family and loved it, very family orintated, great for the kids

  2. I have visited Skegness Butlins. I had to leave the first time because of a kidney infection during pregnancy leaving hubby with young daughter to enjoy holiday on their own. I did subsequently have twins during that week. Returned a couple of years later for a family holiday. Kids always loved all the entertainment available. Now they are teenagers so have holidays in the sun, but would recommend Butlins to anyone with a young family.

  3. We used to visit several times a year when our children were small but now we visit occasionally with our grandchildren who love Butlins!

  4. I went to butlins pwhelli in wales about 25 years ago! Its not there anymore, we had a fab time

  5. Have been to Butlins several times, expensive i think, but well worth it, plenty for the children to do, we have always had a good holiday with Butlins

  6. Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Rachel. Th book was fun to write and I enjoyed keeping it tore to life ay that time. I’m thinking of a sequel but at the moment I’m working on another Woolworths book for 2018. There are two more woolies books coming out later this year xx

  7. Yes, Bognor Regis starting in 1967 when I was four, even celebrated my 5th birthday there, loved it so much, and would cry when we left, always watched the fancy dress, glamorous granny, and knobbly knees competitions. And had hot doughnuts and knickerbocker glorys as a treat.

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