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GIVEAWAY: 3 copies of The Toffee Factory Girls – CHESTER-LE-STREET

5th May 2024

We are delighted to be able to offer 3 copies of The Toffee Factory Girls by Glenda Young, set in Chester-le-Street, County Durham


3 copies of The Toffee Factory Girls

In 1915 three women start work at a toffee factory in the market town of Chester-le-Street, Durham.

Anne works for the enigmatic owner Mr Jack. She is highly efficient and whips Mr Jack’s disorganised office – and Mr Jack himself – into shape. However, behind her business-like façade, Anne hides a heart-breaking secret.

Elsie is feisty, fun and enjoys a good time. However, her gadabout ways get her into trouble when she falls for the wrong man in the sugar-boiling room.

And there’s dependable Hetty, who’s set to marry her boyfriend when he returns from the war. But when Hetty is sent on an errand by the toffee factory boss, her life changes in ways she could never imagine and a whole new world opens up.

The toffee factory girls begin as strangers before forging a close bond of friendship and trust. And, as the war rages on, they help each other cope through the difficult times ahead.


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  1. User: andyi

    Posted on: 19/05/2024 at 5:14 pm

    I have just got back from holiday and they were giving away cola bottles. I liked them!


  2. User: Laura

    Posted on: 19/05/2024 at 12:16 pm

    My favourite are cola cubes


  3. User: Laura Pritchard

    Posted on: 19/05/2024 at 9:33 am

    I love fruit pastilles!


  4. User: claire Little

    Posted on: 18/05/2024 at 8:26 pm

    fizzy dummies


  5. User: Shirley Ann Lumley

    Posted on: 17/05/2024 at 10:12 am

    Oh I love a traditional Mint Humbug mmm mmm


  6. User: Annette Oliver

    Posted on: 17/05/2024 at 10:01 am

    Sherbet lemons are my favourite


  7. User: Lisa Wilkinson

    Posted on: 16/05/2024 at 8:15 pm

    My favourite sweets are Drumstick squashies. I used to love the lollies when I ws a child but I don’t think my teeth would handle them now so these are a good alternative


  8. User: Amy

    Posted on: 14/05/2024 at 5:33 am

    i love parma violets!


  9. User: Sarah Parker

    Posted on: 13/05/2024 at 6:16 am

    sherbet lemons 🙂


  10. User: Sally childs

    Posted on: 12/05/2024 at 8:52 pm

    Like chocolate éclairs


  11. User: Blueman47

    Posted on: 12/05/2024 at 2:24 pm

    My favourites are Maltesers, just yummy


  12. User: Angela Kelly

    Posted on: 12/05/2024 at 11:53 am

    I love fudge! It’s the one thing I cannot say no to.


  13. User: jedicho

    Posted on: 10/05/2024 at 12:36 pm

    Lemon bon bons – absolutely delicious!


  14. User: Madamoiselle

    Posted on: 10/05/2024 at 7:56 am

    Chocolate limes . They are like two sweets in one . To begin with ,you have the yummy hard lime exterior , which if you suck , lasts forever . And then , the delightful chocolate centre . . .I am salivating , as I write this .

    PS : an added bonus is that if I’m on a long car journey , they help alleviate nausea .


  15. User: Pollyw159

    Posted on: 10/05/2024 at 7:52 am

    Chocolate limes


  16. User: jude53

    Posted on: 10/05/2024 at 6:18 am

    liqurice allsorts


  17. User: Sumpong

    Posted on: 09/05/2024 at 12:59 pm

    Jelly beans 🙂


  18. User: mareus

    Posted on: 09/05/2024 at 12:24 pm

    Chocolate! My weakness is chocolate – I especially love bars of fruit and nut, twixes; maltesers and tubs of celebrations.


  19. User: BiblioHound

    Posted on: 08/05/2024 at 12:28 pm

    Anything liquorice – liquorice allsorts, comfits and torpedoes, pontefract cakes – plus I do have a liking for pear drops.


  20. User: chris2468

    Posted on: 08/05/2024 at 10:28 am

    mine are . . . liqueur chocolates, if this counts


  21. User: Mirja Watts

    Posted on: 07/05/2024 at 5:13 pm

    Liquorice, but extra salty.


  22. User: Humpty

    Posted on: 07/05/2024 at 4:30 pm

    Toffee Eclairs every time!


  23. User: lindarumsey

    Posted on: 07/05/2024 at 4:11 pm

    I love chocolate, especially Montezuma’s Nutter Butter. So peanutty.


  24. User: Ann Willers

    Posted on: 07/05/2024 at 1:12 pm

    I used to love the creamy Highland toffee bars and slabs of Bluebird toffee


  25. User: Kim Murray

    Posted on: 07/05/2024 at 12:48 pm

    Love Liquorice toffees x


  26. User: kacky

    Posted on: 07/05/2024 at 12:36 pm

    My favourite are midget gems or ruffles. Oh and bounty when I’m feeling flush


  27. User: EllieL

    Posted on: 07/05/2024 at 11:53 am

    I have to confess to being a chocaholic. I love all chocolate but if I had to pick a favourite I would say coffee creams.


  28. User: Cornelia Ridler

    Posted on: 07/05/2024 at 11:03 am

    Ooh, Sherbet lemons were always my favourite – so sour they made your mouth pucker and so sharp they also ripped it to shreds – goodness know why I loved them so much! I don’t eat them now ( if they are still around) but have fond memories!


  29. User: AH18

    Posted on: 07/05/2024 at 9:32 am

    My favourite are coconut mushrooms, they take me back to my childhood


  30. User: Siobhan N

    Posted on: 07/05/2024 at 8:29 am

    My favourite are Cadbury toffee eclairs!


  31. User: Shirley Ann Lumley

    Posted on: 07/05/2024 at 7:27 am

    Oh I love an old fashioned Humbug, brings back so many memories !


  32. User: johnboy1010

    Posted on: 07/05/2024 at 7:13 am

    Where’s the toffee hammer


  33. User: Richard Parker

    Posted on: 07/05/2024 at 7:01 am

    Where’s the toffee hammer


  34. User: BabySham8

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 10:56 pm

    I really like anything that has cherries in.


  35. User: Sharon mead

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 9:26 pm

    maltesers or fudge it’s hard to choose


  36. User: galadrial

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 9:02 pm

    My favourite is liquorice toffee, followed by mint toffee.


  37. User: Denice

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 8:40 pm

    I love a nice piece of chewy toffee


  38. User: Bookmark

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 8:28 pm

    I have quite a few favourite sweets, but one of my most favourites are Jazzies, which are milk chocolate buttons with hundreds and thousands sprinkled on top.


  39. User: pf28

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 7:53 pm

    Fruit Pastilles – they’re fruit, so they’re healthy – right…!?


  40. User: Alison Ottaway

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 7:27 pm

    Mint imperials are the only sweets I have eaten since I’ve grown up.


  41. User: Posycosy

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 7:23 pm

    I love a Wine Gum. I used to think these actually contained wine when I was young hee hee.


  42. User: greengablecat

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 7:13 pm

    Mint imperials – remind me of Grandma, she always had some in her handbag


  43. User: Kerrylovesbooks

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 7:12 pm

    I love rhubarb and custards. They remind me of my late grandma. She used to buy them in a tin.


  44. User: BarbaraTaylor

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 6:42 pm

    I love those hearts that you get in the Haribo star mix! So moreish


  45. User: Marycarol

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 6:36 pm

    Love a nice chewy toffee or some fudge


  46. User: Sarah Hamilton

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 6:32 pm

    I do love a pineapple chunk!


  47. User: Jo Jones

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 6:23 pm

    My favourite sweets are toffee ones but I tend to suck them as I want to keep the fillings in my teeth.


  48. User: gd2023

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 6:22 pm

    Cola cubes.


  49. User: redfox5

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 6:11 pm

    I love strawberry pencils. So good!


  50. User: Sharon Buesnel

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 5:47 pm

    Anything chewy for me – eclairs, nougat, toffees are all good!


  51. User: Jan22

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 5:45 pm

    Liquorice, it doesn’t affect my blood sugar too badly and helps when I want to cut my calories by giving me something long lasting to eat.


  52. User: Plumbobmummy

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 4:59 pm

    I like butter candies


  53. User: Zigz

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 4:45 pm

    Foam Bananas and Foam Shrimps. So sweet and delicious


  54. User: Hazel Rea

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 3:27 pm

    As a child I choked on a brandy ball and it was only my mother’s quick action which saved me so I was never a much of a fan of sweets after that and really preferred chocolate. I did occasionally eat Fruit Pastilles which were very tasty though.


    1 Comment

    • User: Tina Hartas

      Posted on: 07/05/2024 at 8:18 am

      Oh no, what a shocking thing to happen!!


  55. User: FREDAbook

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 2:54 pm

    I love Maltesers – easy on the teeth. Enjoy them with a cup of drinking chocolate whilst enjoying reading a super book.


  56. User: Aesop58

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 2:42 pm

    My favourite sweets are Black Jacks


  57. User: Howard Foster

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 2:03 pm

    Sherbet Limes


  58. User: Margaret Ms. Gallagher

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 2:01 pm

    Love toffee covered in chocolate – or strawberry bon bons


  59. User: booknbrew

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 1:34 pm

    coconut mushrooms … mmm!


  60. User: clairew137

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 1:30 pm

    I don’t really eat sweets and never did!


    1 Comment

    • User: Tina Hartas

      Posted on: 07/05/2024 at 9:28 am

      That is SO healthy!


  61. User: smith106

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 1:17 pm

    Jelly babies


  62. User: Yvonne @Fiction_Books

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 10:19 am

    I have a very sweet tooth, so the sky is virtually the limit with regards to my ‘favourites’.

    I love toffees, however, now being of a certain age, the teeth are not to be relied on quite so much and dental work is a very expensive result for a few moments of enjoyment! 🙂

    If I could only have one choice, I guess it would be a creamy, vanilla fudge, as it lasts a good long time if you suck it slowly 🙂

    Adding this book to my wish list too!


  63. User: Susan Gilley

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 10:06 am

    My favourite sweets are chocolate truffles. You get chocolate, toffee-like fudge. So you get something of everything!


  64. User: lapsapchung

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 8:57 am

    My favourite used to be Fruit Gums, but they don’t seem to make them any more. The gummies you can get now are too chewy


  65. User: Jean Vaughan

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 7:57 am

    I love any sweeties with liquorice involved best of all, so liquorice allsorts, liquorice toffees, soft sticks of liquorice, pomfret cakes plus any others, I class all as my favourites.


  66. User: Lisa22

    Posted on: 06/05/2024 at 7:04 am

    Toffees are a no as dental treatment is rather expensive, although I quite like those chocolate jazzies (also called jazzles), which are a bit kinder on the teeth.


  67. User: philatel

    Posted on: 05/05/2024 at 8:31 pm

    I used to love coconut ice – haven’t seen or thought about it for years – wonder if it is still made?


  68. User: Godmancunian

    Posted on: 05/05/2024 at 8:13 pm

    Jelly Tots … They are so tiny that I don’t feel so guilty!


  69. User: Rosemary Janes

    Posted on: 05/05/2024 at 5:27 pm

    I love liquorice. I used to eat toffees now I worry about my fillings!