I have not been on this trip round the bay but it is on my list for the summer, they have a Facebook page here.

I think our small houses are so cute the way they are spread round town but the best one is in the harbour. The water was really high last weekend so people were swimming and jumping in from just about anywhere as it was very warm and muggy.

You can walk from along the beach past the poppies onto the Harbour Arm. Which I must say is even better this year as lots more places have opened on there. The music list for this summer is great and the Harbour screen is proving really popular with such a great variety of films for everyone and all the sport. My favourite is still the Champagne bar at the end of the Arm especially when they have live music. The views are so good from all around and of course France on a clear day.

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You can never get away from the seagulls here on the coast and now all the babies have left the nest there seems to be hundreds of them about. I don’t really mind them but I do get cross when I see people feeding them as it encourages them to be a nuisance and take food from people. It is really scary for children when they do this, actually adults too as I have been terrified on occasions when they just won’t leave you alone.

It was lovely to wake up and look out to the sea.

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We spent one day along the coast in Sandgate, Alfie thought it was great as he could ride his bike all the way along the front and up to the ice-cream van. He had to bike back really quick when he got me one though.

We had a nice picnic and I almost finished the book I was reading but will tell you about that in a later blog as it is so good.

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We had so much fun doing this and cannot believe we have never done it before as it is on our doorstep. It was £15 for the three of us for an hour, we did take it back a bit early so maybe half an hour would be better. Jodie got sore hands from the rowing as Alfie is only little. I was the navigator who told them where to go, I did not tell them to go round in circles though which is what we did a lot! Also getting under the narrow bridge proved a bit tricky and we held up the big boat tour. They have a website here.

We did so much laughing though and had such fun. Alfie had some bread to feed the ducks, only a bit as they can’t have too much bread but I think the seagulls must smell it as they came from nowhere swooping down over our heads. Then Alfie fell backwards off his seat and got stuck, thank goodness the oars could not come out of their seating or we may have lost one of those as well. I should have taken a video but it took so long to just take that photo as we were laughing so much and trying to steer.

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We had a super couple of days up the road in Capel at the campsite, Little Satmar. I love going up there as it is close to home but you are still away and can relax. You can read my previous blog here. The people are so friendly and work extremely hard keeping everything in tip top condition.

I absolutely love the way they are doing their best for the environment especially the super bug houses, this large one is the best I have ever seen. They also have small areas where the grass is left to grow but it all blends in and looks so good. Here is their website for bookings.

Jodie and I enjoyed a Prosseco and Alfie was on the orange juice. He also decided to make himself a fruit salad. While we had a cream tea later in the day. We all had a great time, Alfie finished reading his book and I was really surprised when he said he had read it before but liked it so read it again, I don’t think I have ever read a book twice, have you?

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INDEPENDENTLY PUBLISHED ON 25th JUNE 2019

ABOUT THE BOOK

What do you do when the person you love doesn’t love you back? 

You fight for them. Love isn’t meant to be easy and passion will not be ignored. But the real question is, how much do you fight? How far do you take it before love leans into obsession? 

For Sarah, there’s no other option but to fight. Without him, her life’s not worth living. She’ll stop at nothing to finally have him by her side. Sarah wants nothing more than to start a family with him, to grow old with him, to fill the frames in her apartment with nothing but his face. She’s studied every inch of him. Every one of his quirks. Every habit.

HANNAH PALMER lives on the south coast in Kent, South East England. When she’s not writing, she can normally be found with a book in her hands. 

Hannah has always been interested in dark thrillers and the macabre and is thrilled to have found a way to express that passion. Her main influences have come from authors such as Neil Gaiman, Kate Hamer, Margaret Atwood and Gillian Flynn. 

‘Number 47’ is Hannah’s first novel and was inspired by the darkness that everyone tries so desperately to repress. It explores themes of love, belonging and when passion leans into obsession. 

Despite the best of intentions, Hannah is terrible at blogging but loves to speak to readers and other writers. 

WHAT DID I THINK?

Where do I start, this was absolutely amazing and I cannot believe this is a first novel by this very talented young lady, Hannah. I am sure know she is going to write a best seller one day as her talent shines through in this book.

The descriptive writing during the first part is exceptional as you can see the picture in your mind and almost even smell the disgusting trash that is everywhere.

This was not what I was expecting as the idea is unusual and not a normal love story, once you start you cannot put this book down. It grips you from the first page but you cannot predict where it is taking you and then when you get to the end, well it’s a shock and I never expected that! This is so good I am going to recommend it to a publisher as I really think this warrants a publishing deal! Well done Hannah and I can’t wait to read your next book.

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I had a lovely afternoon on Saturday in Bella Vita, which is one of my favourite places to go in Folkestone either for food, cocktail or a coffee. It was made even better by the owner Hasan coming to join us for a drink while we listened to the singer, who I must say is proving very popular on a Saturday afternoon. If you have not been there yet to hear him then it’s the place to go next weekend.

The Pornstar cocktail is one of my favourites and two for £10 is a bargain that I love. The chalk drawings make a nice change on the walls with some very intricate details in some of them. You can book your table on-line now at Bella Vita. This restaurant really is a great asset to Folkestone and is going from strength to strength all the time. Alex the manager is a real people person and really goes the extra mile to make sure your visit is the best it can be. My daughter-in-law had her birthday celebration here and absolutely everything was perfect, especially the Prosseco!

Well done, Bella Vita!

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PUBLISHED BY HARPER COLLINS ON 11th JULY 2019

ABOUT THE BOOK

Grace Quinn loves her job at Cohen’s Convenient Storage Company, finding occasional treasure in the forgotten units that customers have abandoned. Her inquisitive nature is piqued when a valuable art collection and a bundle of letters and diaries are found that date back to the 1930’s.

Delving deeper, Grace uncovers the story of a young English woman, Connie Levine, who follows her heart to Italy at the end of the Second World war. The contents also offer up the hope of a new beginning for Grace, battling a broken heart and caring for her controlling mother.

Embarking on her own voyage of discovery, Grace’s search takes her to a powder pink villa on the cliff tops overlooking the Italian Riviera, but will she unravel the family secrets and betrayals that Connie tried so hard to overcome, and find love for herself?

Alex Brown is the No.1 bestselling author of eight novels and three novellas including the Carrington’s series, The Great Christmas Knit Off, The Great Village Show, The Secret of Orchard Cottage and A Postcard From Italy. Her uplifting books are published worldwide and have been translated into seven languages. 

Cupcakes At Carrington’s and The Secret of Orchard Cottage both went to No.1 in the UK Kindle chart. Cupcakes At Carrington’s, The Great Christmas Knit Off, The Great Village Show and The Secret of Orchard Cottage were all UK Top 50 Paperback Bestsellers and voted Kobo Best Books of 2014 and 2016.

Alex lives by the sea in Kent with her husband, daughter and two very glossy black Labradors. 

WHAT I THOUGHT

I loved this story as it was something a bit different and of course I love Italy. This is a great summer read as you can pick it up and just get stuck back into it. The characters are nice, lovely people that you want good things to happen to them. I am sure we can all imagine what a crotechy old woman is like but the patience that Grace has for her mother is amazing. I loved the surprise that pops up when you are not expecting it. Another brilliant story by Alex.

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This is a very different layout as you read the main bit at the beginning and then you rewind to what happened earlier or pause. Took me a bit to understand it and it is probably easier to read from a book than a Kindle as I was as it’s a bit of mucking about if you want to skip back to read a bit again. So invest in the book, I am really into it now and am loving it. Will review when finished.

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PUBLISHED BY ONE MORE CHAPTER ON 5 JULY 2019

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They’re planning a party the seaside town of Broadstairs will never forget, but these four 49 year olds have far more on their minds than canapés and balloons for their half-century…
Empty-nester Charlotte’s in a lather over what her husband might be up to
Single mother Roz lives in fear that her teenage daughter will discover how she pays the bills
Tough Business woman Fay crows about her no-strings toy boy but hides the real story behind her divorce 
Singleton Sherie’s cat is the only male in her life who ever stays around. Or is he?

They’re all keeping secrets but as the big birthday looms, the beans are about to spill. As the shocks come out, one of them is going to need her friends more than ever…

Jane Wenham-Jones is a well-known author and journalist who regularly appears on radio and TV. She has written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, is a regular columnist for Woman’s Weekly and the agony aunt for Writing Magazine.  

She has published six novels: Raising The Roof, Perfect Alibis, One Glass Is Never Enough, Prime Time, Mum in the Middle and The Big Five O, as well as three non-fiction books – Wannabe a Writer? and Wannabe a Writer We’ve Heard Of? plus a humorous yet useful diet book, written in the style of the Wannabe guides – 100 Ways to Fight the Flab and Still Have Wine and Chocolate. See https://100waystofighttheflab.com Jane lives with her family in Broadstairs, Kent, where three of her novels are set.

WHAT I THOUGHT

I loved this story just like I have loved and got all of Jane’s books. This is about true friendships supporting each other, well most of the time. It makes you laugh at times as it is a feel good story to read during the summer on holiday as it is not too heavy. Jane has a good way of writing that I love also the local places I like to read about as for me it makes the book come alive. Super down to earth characters that I am sure you will love. A great book to be able to put down and then get straight back into.

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