MY SISTERS LIES BY S.D. ROBERTSON – BOOK REVIEW

Published by Avon

For a decade, Hannah’s life has been pretty close to perfect – she has a great job, she’s married to Mark, and her child-free existence means she’s free as a bird. The only sadness in her life is a fall-out with her sister Diane, who hasn’t spoken to her in over ten years. But now Diane is on her doorstep – and this time, she’s got her teenage daughter Mia in tow.

When Diane asks if Mia can stay with Hannah and Mark for a few days, Hannah is glad of the chance to get to know her niece. But as the days turn into weeks and Diane doesn’t return, Hannah begins to worry. Why hasn’t her sister been in touch?

Diane is carrying a devastating secret that will destroy Hannah’s carefully constructed life. But how much is she willing to reveal – and when will she pick her moment?

An emotional story that delves into the true meaning of family, sisterhood and secrets. Perfect for fans of Kerry Fisher’s The Silent Wife and Hannah Beckerman’s If Only I Could Tell You.

USA Today bestseller S.D. Robertson quit his role as a local newspaper editor to pursue a lifelong ambition of becoming a novelist.

An English graduate from the University of Manchester, he’s also worked as a holiday rep, door-to-door salesman, train cleaner, kitchen porter and mobile phone network engineer.

Stuart lives in a village in North West England with his wife and daughter. There’s also his cat, Bernard, who likes to distract him from writing – usually by breaking things.

What did I think?

I cannot remember where I got this book from as it has been in my to be read pile for a while but I am so glad I obviously had a thought that this would be good and it was. The trials of the family affect most people at some point in their life and this is what that is about. Twin sisters that fall out and then come together at a time when they are each set in their lives, can they recover from the turmoil and then even overcome what your twin has done. A great read that I devoured quickly.

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LUCY SHAW WANTS MORE BY JO BAVINGTON-JONES – BOOK REVIEW

Published by The Conrad Press

Will Lucy ever be able to put her own happiness first? Lucy Shaw, sure by name but not by nature, wants to make her marriage work. In her head, that is. Her heart has other ideas as she embarks on a bittersweet journey to try and find true happiness.
To the outside world, Lucy’s life looks close to perfect: a doting husband, a model son, a lovely home, but it’s all an act and the strain is starting to show as Lucy searches for something that will make her life bearable.
This is a warm, witty and searingly honest novel of life, love and friendship.

Jo Bavington-Jones was born in 1967 in Dover, where her father owned the local newspaper. Jo has an Honours Degree in English and American Literature from the University of Kent at Canterbury. She has always wanted to be a writer. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

What did I think?

I met Jo back in November last year at a book event I organised for local authors. It was a thrill to meet so many authors busy writing away at every opportunity they get and producing such brilliant work.

I loved the humour in this book plus the fact that many people could relate to parts of the story, life is not easy for anyone and this book portrays the ‘what ifs’ and ‘Should I do it?’ in such an easy reading manner. I could pick this up at any time and get right back into it. Lucy Shaw is a great character and I loved this even though I had not read the previous book. Would make a great Christmas present for the readers in your life.

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MARCO PIERRE WHITES FOLKESTONE RESTURANT

 

I was thrilled to at last visit this restaurant here in Folkestone. It was the last day of the government incentive ‘Eat out to help out’ on bank holiday Monday. I went with my granddaughter Jade who is 18 as the weather was pleasant we sat outside at the pop-up bar having a cheeky cocktail, which had a nice price of £5 plus a great sea view.

We had booked a table in the restaurant where people were having either a lunch or a cream tea. We had the three-course lunch which worked out to £10 each, an absolute bargain. The whitebait was picked by both of us and was delicious as was the tartare sauce.

The steak was cooked just as we asked for with homemade chips cooked to perfection with massive onion rings. The ambience in this restaurant flows round with a wave of conversations blending in with the background music. All staff were wearing masks, varying in age but they all had the same work ethic, to be nice and polite to your customers. The dark chocolate brownie with ice cream was delicious and just enough after eating the previous two courses. This was an absolute bargain at £10 a head or even if you paid £20 you are still eating in a Marco Pierre White restaurant where you know the food will be excellent. The pink strawberry gin was pretty good as well!

As you book online, they keep your email address and during the next ten days, I received emails inviting me to dine again plus a free glass of prosecco for myself and three guests when dining through September until end of November, also during September the early week offer of the above three courses for £19.95

Definitely worth a visit if you want something a bit special but prices good enough to be able to go anytime, I will be going back shortly to try more delicious dishes and of course the free prosecco!

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BEST OF AUGUST 2020

     

August was a good month for reading, with some really good books about pretty varied subjects.

Then I tried the super coffee that is delivered to your door so you can try so many different varieties from all over the world.

 

I love going away in the camper and even though we couldn’t go very far because of corona we still had a great time with lots of the grandchildren coming down for days at the seaside. we had a hot week so it made it even better.

 

 

 

I reviewed a few things during August, one being this digital photo book that was really nice. I have left it on the coffee table for everyone to have a look.

Then there was the daily goal planner, what a handsome book, it feels so soft and luxurious and then inside you have everything you could possibly want in a planner. I love it so much and can’t wait to use it.

   

The reviewing of t-shirts and sports trampolines involved some of the family, at least I get a good variety of opinions with this lot. Now, who gets the trampoline? The cat? lol

August was pretty busy with things getting back to some sort of normal. We had a few lunches out as the government scheme made them all half price, bargain.

The heatwave was great but could have lasted much longer as now it feels like it’s the end of summer already.

Lots to look forward to in September with all the children back to school, roll on October and half term.

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PRINCE’S PARADE BY MARK BROPHY – CHILDRENS BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY MARK BROPHY ON 6th FEBRUARY 2020

This is the tale of Hana, a young girl who moves from where she was born in London, to the Kent coast. She and her family move to the Kent coast in the hope of a better life. They discover a wonderful area called Prince’s Parade which is full of amazing animals, has a beautiful canal and is right next to the sea too! She quickly falls in love with the area and when her family experienced some difficult challenges they draw strength from their environment that surrounds them. When it becomes clear that the area is under threat from developers, Hana take’s up the fight in a rather unusual way. By reading this book it is my hope that you will experience the magic of Prince’s Parade. By buying this book you will be helping to protect it. All profits from it will be donated to the Save Prince’s Parade campaign which aims to halt plans to develop the area into a housing estate.

Mark Brophy lives in Hythe with his wife and attends the Write By The Sea writing group in Folkestone. This was his first novel and has proved to be very popular.

WHAT DID I THINK?

I thought this was a lovely children’s book and I will be reading it to the younger grandchildren when they come and stay with me. Very down to earth with what children can relate to and learn from.

Reminds me what Lily came out with yesterday, so random. “Did you know the water from the drains ends up in the sea? How do you know that I asked her? It was on Pepper pig.

I love the things children say and how they are like an open book absorbing everything they can.  Great book and highly recommended plus you’re helping to raise funds for the Princes Parade campaign.

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EXERCISE TRAMPOLINE

Fitness trampoline with handle, home exercise foldable trampoline, 40 inches, user max weight 250lb or as light as a cat!

           

Just about all of my grandchildren from 4 to 19 wanted to help me review this sports trampoline with it being used every day by some of them, they are all into keep-fit with some going to the gym so they were keen to try it out, then the cats wanted to get on it!

My first impression was how small the box was so if you imagine this folded in half with no legs that’s about the size it comes in. My son-in-law put it together as it was too hard for me to fold out as it is pretty strong and hinged so would flip back, my arms are not very strong as have osteoarthritis in my shoulders. It looks really well made with them having thought of everything.

  • BUNGEE-BASED HEALTHY BOUNCE – Happy Jump elastic bungee cord offers a more relaxing, comfortable, and healthy jumping experience than metal spring. Our Bungees to stretch evenly up to three times their original length. Provides a deeper, smoother, healthier bounce with no negative effect on your joints and ligaments.
  • SUPERIOR STABILITY – Arched Leg Structure – the Newest patented design in the mini-trampoline industry, conforms with safety standards of Germany GS certification, offers superior stability than conventional trampolines.
  • SAFETY IS OUR #1 PRIORITY – Equipped with a three-layer safety enclosure, fully cover the cords to add protection and additional space for increased creativity. Adjustable T-bar included. Be free to move more.
  • ULTRA-DURABLE MAT – With a maximum load capacity of 250 lbs. UV resistant, woven polypropylene mats specially designed for comfort and durability. It can be used indoors or outdoors and are resistant to weather conditions including the damaging effects of ultraviolet light.
  • 10-YEAR WARRANTY – We offer our customers an exceptional 10 Years Warranty time. This Happy Jump trampoline comes with a 10-YEAR WARRANTY against defects and 180 DAYS 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTY.

   

This has many uses from the very beginner just stepping on and off to the expert sequence fitness exercises. The instruction booklet that you get with it has some that you can try but I found most of them made up their own. The aim is to build up slowly so you improve your fitness over time, please do take your time and don’t be disheartened if you cannot bounce for long as even George who goes to the gym and is very fit, got out of breath and I am sure your legs would hurt at first but like all exercise, you have to keep going and it will all be worth it in the end.

          

                  

Izzy did some twists, Alfie decided he could get the highest and do the best star jumps. There really are so many different things you can do for each group of core muscles. This I found to have no age limit or fitness so it really would be good for everyone plus the beauty of this, you can do it in your own home or garden, which I found really good as when you are a bit overweight and unfit it really is hard for so many to go to a gym.

       

Available online at Amazon here.

  • Ordering was very easy online at Amazon.
  • Delivery was quick with no problems.
  • Simple to put together, you just have to have strong arms.
  • Very bouncy.
  • Hard wearing.
  • Handy handle to have to steady yourself.
  • Great padded protection all around.

This is brilliant and gets a brilliant ten out of ten from me!

Happy trampolining guys

 

 

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30th THE TWINS TURN FOUR!

I have had a lovely couple of days last week as saw the twins and Freddie Wednesday morning as it was Jack and Lilys fourth birthdays, these are my youngest grandchildren that are growing up far too quickly. It really does feel like only yesterday they were born. I am sure Sam and Megan are pleased they are growing up as you do not realise how hard twins can be. They will be off to school this month, going for their introduction day as well this week that they both loved and said their teacher was nice.

 

 

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T-SHIRT REVIEW

Deep V neck T-shirt for men with a low cut stretch tee & short sleeve.

I was asked to review this t-shirt, my first impression was how soft this material is, so it feels lovely against your skin. There is nothing worse than those stiff scratchy ones that just irritate you.

The sizing was exactly what they said so the fit was very good, it’s stretchy as well so falls just right around your body. I really liked the deep rich colour plus it didn’t fade at all when it was washed.

This would be good as a summer t-shirt or even in the winter under a shirt or jumper. It is labelled as a man’s t-shirt but as you can see from the photos it really looks just as good on a woman. A perfect present any time of the year. Good value at £12.99 from Amazon with delivery nice and quick.

You can buy it here at Amazon.

 

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KEEP HER CLOSE BY M. J. FORD – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY AVON 

His hand went around her middle, and the other came up over her face, holding some sort of material against her nose and mouth. He dragged her backwards, trailing her scrabbling feet …

When a young woman goes missing from Jesus College, Oxford, DS Josie Masters is plunged into a world of panic as fear grips the city. Along with Thames Valley Police’s newest recruit, the handsome DS Pryce, Josie must act fast – and when two more students disappear from Oriel and Somerville colleges, she realises the killer is sending her a deadly message in a cruel game of cat and mouse. This time, the case is personal – but who is the perpetrator?

In a desperate race against the clock, Josie hunts for the kidnapper, and soon discovers he could be a lot closer to home than she’d ever thought…

M. J. Ford is a writer and an editor at Working Partners, where he works on projects across the age groups. He loves thrillers, historical and fantasy titles. His first novel, Hold My Hand, received rave reviews in 2018, and Keep Her Close is his second thriller.

WHAT DID I THINK?

This was brilliant, kept you hooked in all the way through plus I did not work out who the bad guy was because the red herrings really threw you off the scent. Very well written with great characters that worked really well together. Enough of a back story so you understand the history and I really liked the way it was finished, no loose ends and a future for the detective Jo.

This is a soft crime so very popular at the moment and for a second book, I think it is brilliant, definitely an author to keep an eye on as the first two books have been a success.

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