Where did that go? Now to try and remember what I did, I know there was a lot of reading as I’m trying to get up to date with all the reviews I have to do as then I can read some of my own choices. Like for example Charlie Gallagher’s new book, HE WILL FIND YOU, I am desperate to read this as he is one of my favourite authors.

These are the books I read and reviewed and you can read them here.

The most exciting thing I did was go to Rochester for the crime event and to catch up with my friends who happen to be great authors.

I also went to Brighton for a couple of days with my friend Lynda, another great escape with hilarious moments and just what we both needed.

I always find it amazing when I look back to see what I did as it always seems such a lot but never feels like it as the rest of the time I am indoors resting.

September was suicide prevention month, not that it should be the only month we think about it. Let us always try to listen if they want to talk, take five minutes from your day and you never know how much you could be helping someone.

I love that listen and silent!

Now let us get on with October.



This is so good for Folkestone as a town and well deserved as we have so many music events happening all the time here. You get a bit spoilt for choice and the range of gigs is really amazing.


Check out these FaceBook groups to see all the photos and read all about what is going on in our town.

Well done everybody involved in getting us this name!




‘With characters so real they feel like dear friends and a compelling storyline, this is a beautiful, special novel. I loved it and didn’t want it to end!’ Liane Moriarty, author and screenwriter of Big Little Lies

England, late 1930s, and Alice Wright – restless, stifled – makes an impulsive decision to marry wealthy American Bennett Van Cleve and leave her home and family behind.

But stuffy, disapproving Baileyville, Kentucky, where her husband favours work over his wife and is dominated by his overbearing father, is not the adventure – or the escape – that she hoped for.

That is, until she meets Margery O’Hare, a troublesome woman – and daughter of a notorious felon – the town wishes to forget.

Margery’s on a mission to spread the wonder of books and reading to the poor and lost – and she needs Alice’s help.

Trekking alone under big open skies, through wild mountain forests, Alice, Margery and their fellow sisters of the trail discover freedom, friendship – and a life to call their own.

But when the town turns against them, will their belief in one another – and the power of the written word – be enough to save them?

Inspired by a remarkable true story, The Giver of Stars features five incredible women who will prove to be every bit as beloved as Lou Clark, the unforgettable heroine of Me Before You.

A wonderful novel. The Giver of Stars is the most sweeping, dramatic, richly evocative book, full of brilliantly feisty women’ Sophie Kinsella, author of Confessions of a Shopaholic

Timeless, Jojo Moyes’ greatest work yet, and one of the most exquisitely-written – and absolutely compulsory – novels about women ever told Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women

img_2422Jojo Moyes is a novelist and journalist. Her books include the bestsellers Me Before You, After You and Still Me, The Girl You Left Behind, The One Plus One and her short story collection Paris for One and Other Stories. Her novels have been translated into forty-six languages, have hit the number one spot in twelve countries and have sold over thirty-eight million copies worldwide.
Me Before You has now sold over fourteen million copies worldwide and was adapted into a major film starring Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke. Jojo lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.


This is a brilliant story and because of the depth, it will make an excellent film. This is very different from the Me Before You books. This is set in the 1930s about the women that rode on horseback in the outback of America. The delivery of library books became so important to them and it follows their lives through the up and downs. They get to really discover themselves and each other.

I must admit that I did not read the synopsis and just picked this book because of the author so it was not a story that I would normally read but, very glad I did as it is a brilliant book by a very talented author.









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Who watched me before you? Now that is a great book and film!




What if the missing people were the dangerous ones?

Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read:


The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic. As psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.

And that something makes them very dangerous indeed.

As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the missing people.

But what if, this time, they are the ones she should fear?

‘Immediately immersive and scary as can be’ Lee Child

img_2422Leona Deakin started her career as a psychologist with the West Yorkshire Police. She is now an occupational psychologist and lives with her family in Leeds. This is her debut thriller.



This is the first book and I tell you the bar is high as the first books I have read this year have been bloody amazing! This has suspense all the way through its like you are actually reading the game they are playing, is it a game? Where is this going? I kept asking myself questions constantly. A very clever suspense thriller that you cannot wait to get to the end so you know!

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I did my first session of running this group last week and I really enjoyed it. It is very therapeutic to sit and listen to people reading what they have written. So please come along on Thursdays at one to share or just to listen.

Our topic this week is HAPPINESS now this can be anything from notes, bullet points, poems, limericks, prose or stories. It’s just whatever comes into your head about happiness or how it makes you feel or not feel, it can be anything so please do not get stressed about it and if you cannot think of anything to write then just pop along and listen to all the others.

See you Thursday




How’s this for something a bit different!


I’m looking forward to meeting Marianne later today and talking to her about her memoir, I have read some of it and it is amazing. All welcome so please try to pop along.

A blog to follow later in the week.




Whether you buy them presents or a card or even make one for them, your grandparents will love it.

Why are grandparents special? Because they don’t have to parent, they can be themselves and look after you with fun in their eyes. There is no day to day problems as at the end of the visit they go home to their parents and that is their job.

There are no rules apart from what you decide and you enjoy each other’s company, you don’t have to spoil them as just the one to one with you is enough. You can share stories and times in your lives as there is no time for these things at their house.

I learnt a lot from my four grandparents and still miss them dreadfully, so I will buy some flowers and put them by their photos and remember all the good times we had.

Treasure them while they are here and spoil them a bit on the 6th of October. xx



What a great reason to pop in and have a cake!

There are some delicious looking cakes to be found at The Chambers today, I had one of their cupcakes yesterday and it was lovely.

There is no better charity than Macmillan cancer support. Cancer affects so many lives and will have an impact in some way on your own life during your lifetime, if not you or your family then a friend. It hits with no warning and can be brutal, destroying lives and families. Please pop in today and enjoy our coffee morning, have a cake or take one home, they need all the support they can get. Macmillan does a great job in supporting people and families in one of the biggest fights of their lives.


Thank you


There are many large dating sites now that are spread all over the country in fact over many countries some of them. Do they offer a good service? I looked into this and discovered a few things that led me to my answer. The people that answered your questions from the big sites had no idea about the place you live, actually, some did not know where in the country or world it was! They could give you no local knowledge to help you decide on a place to meet a new date. There was no list of restaurants to use or even a place to have a coffee.  They really were sending you out in the cold and then leaving you. Did I feel safe? No. Did I want to carry on and meet someone? No. These sites may say that they have hundreds of people waiting to date you but do you really want to be talking to someone from another country? I fail to see why anyone would want to do this unless of course, they were emigrating to that country in the near future.

So my conclusion is that you pick a site that is local to you, that could mean in your county if the place you live is very small. This was how I picked Derbyshire Dating they offer you a service that is good and covers many areas there so you can meet someone who not only lives close to you or if you don’t want too close then search in the nearest big town to you. There will also be more choice of places to go for your first meeting in a larger place.  I don’t like to call it a date as you are just getting to know one another and I feel it takes the pressure off a bit about what you would like to find and what you want from this meeting. I also liked that they have events and do speed dating where you can go with a friend so it’s not so isolating as a meet on your own. These group events are getting very popular as they also make a good evening if your going with your friend and just think it might lead to your first Date in Derbyshire how good would that be?

Not only do they do local dating but also there are different groups that you can search in so you are not wasting your time looking for someone that is just not right for you. So whatever you are looking for whether it’s a mature single or professional single this company has it all.

Then for your first ‘date’ what a list of places from, Alton Towers to castles, in fact, there are so many great places in this location, so what are you waiting for? Get yourself on this site Derbyshire Dating and start living your life the way you want to, plus have a huge amount of fun on the way, I was thinking the speed dating! I love it.




SUNDAY 20th OCTOBER 2019            11:00 am  &  2.30 pm


Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

Book your tickets now for this event.

This family concert is a perennial favourite by Sergei Prokofiev and is suitable for all ages. It engages with the audience throughout and helps children to enjoy the experience of going to a concert by making it fun and entertaining. It is a wonderful way to introduce classical music to younger children whilst also entertaining adults. With live wind quintet consisting flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn, our talented instrumentalists have worked with the CBSO, London Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and have performed for West End shows and the BBC Proms.

Book here.

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