SUNDAY TEA PARTY

What a super tea party, with cream tea and birthday cake.

I have been very spoilt this weekend but it has been so good.

 

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MY 60th BIRTHDAY

FRIDAY 19th JUNE 2020 – MY 60th SURPRISE BIRTHDAY BASH

What a brilliant weekend I have just had, lots of surprises including a party!  Was so very nice to see family and friends again and have a good catch up. I received some wonderful gifts, champagne and prosecco.

It is not often I get all ten grandchildren in one place now so this was so special to me. The only one I missed was my son Sam as he was away working but I still got to see him on Facetime.

My daughter Jodie did very well keeping this a secret, thank you so much to everyone that played a part in this, my best ever birthday.

Love you all x

 

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HIS AND HERS BY ALICE FEENEY – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY HQ ON 28th MAY 2020

If there are two sides to every story, someone is always lying…

Jack: Three words to describe my wife: Beautiful. Ambitious. Unforgiving.
Anna: I only need one word to describe my husband: Liar.

When a woman is murdered in Blackdown village, newsreader Anna Andrews is reluctant to cover the case. Anna’s ex-husband, DCI Jack Harper, is suspicious of her involvement until he becomes a suspect in his own murder investigation.

Someone is lying, and some secrets are worth killing to keep.

Alice Feeney’s debut novel, Sometimes I Lie, was a New York Times and international bestseller. It has been translated into over twenty languages and is being made into a TV series by Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Bros. starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Her second novel, I Know Who You Are, is out now.

Alice has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside. She writes in her garden shed with her dog, a giant black Labrador who is scared of feathers. She is currently editing her third thriller, which will be published in 2020.

WHAT DID I THINK?

This was thrilling and kept you turning those pages all night! A brilliant book with surprises all the way through and things I was not expecting as well. Super characters that went really well together and made the story feel so true. It leads you up the garden path to know where and I really loved it.

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THE SPLIT BY SHARON BOLTON – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY TRAPEZE ON 30th APRIL 2020

SHE’S GOT NOWHERE LEFT TO HIDE.

A year ago, in desperation, Felicity Lloyd signed up for a lengthy research trip to the remote island of South Georgia.

It was her only way to escape.

AND NOW HE’S COMING FOR HER.

Freddie Lloyd has served time for murder. Out, at last, he’s on her trail.

And this time, he won’t stop until he finds her.

BECAUSE NO MATTER HOW FAR YOU RUN, SOME SECRETS WILL ALWAYS CATCH UP WITH YOU…

Tense, gripping and with a twist you won’t see coming, Sharon Bolton is back in an explosive new thriller about a woman on the run…

Sharon Bolton (previously S. J. Bolton) is the critically acclaimed author of some of the most bone-chilling crime books ever written. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. In 2014 she won the CWA Dagger in the Library for her whole body of work.

Sharon lives near Oxford with her husband and son.

WHAT DID I THINK?

This was a bit different as it was set in the Antarctic with lots of penguins, so a very remote place which would be just right for hiding from your past. A bit of a twist to this towards the end that I did not see coming but it really gave the book a nice feel instead of a thriller. I enjoyed this and read it quickly as it pulls you into the next part all the time.  Is she dreaming this or is it real? You are never too sure if what you are reading is correct. Very well written and I loved it.

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LOCKDOWN LOVE & SEX

Tips on how to make a locked-down relationship/love/sex life work.

Lock-down sex, you are together every day for weeks, you have sex on tap whenever you want it! 

If there are any idealistic people reading this you will love the above statement and believe it, but in all honesty that is a very small percentage of couples.

How do you make lockdown work in a relationship? 

Being home all day with your partner is like a holiday at first, especially if neither is working, you are unwinding and beginning to relax. Some are doing the jobs that have been waiting for ages or just getting on top of the household jobs, maybe spring cleaning. Instead of saying thank you, actions speak louder than words. We all like to be appreciated and if your getting that every time you do a job then it’s a win-win situation for you both, Berkshire sex is another great idea.

Having some alone time, we all need that at times so maybe take yourself off to another room, make time to do your own hobby, or go for a walk. Then when you return you are pleased to see the person you love, so show and tell.

Everyone argues, some shout, some cry, some talk but always remember there is a compromise, take a break, watch a bit of TV and then think about what happened, where you right then think about the reasons you could mention. If you were wrong, sorry says it all.

Sharing your life with someone and caring about them can also cause you to worry about if they get ill, then thinking the worse and how will you cope without them. Some worries you cannot control so accept them and tell yourself nothing has happened yet, let’s enjoy what we have at this moment.

Family is everything, the lockdown has made many appreciate things so much more also realising that what you have is special. Children can get in the way of your time together so stick to the routine of bedtime and then you can have your time together. Your parents are probably missing the children lots so have a special Facetime once a week or send the letters and drawings that they have done.

Make time to talk to your friends online or on the phone, maybe sit down with a coffee and have a chat to them just as you would normally. Get your single friends to try this website in Kent, kent sex site.

Don’t let sex become boring, chat about things or look at what you can buy online if your partner is watching porn then watch it together, still got the nurses outfit you wore to the fancy dress then wear that for treating them!

Talking about anything and everything is one of the best things in a relationship as if you can share the everyday things then the others don’t appear so bad once they are shared.

Laughing is another great relationship maker as if you can laugh about anything and everything you have that closeness that makes a good relationship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ARIA’S TRAVELLING BOOK SHOP BY REBECCA RAISIN – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY HQ DIGITAL ON 8th APRIL 2020

This summer will change everything!

Aria Summers knows what she wants.

A life on the road with best friend Rosie and her beloved camper-van-cum-book-shop, and definitely, definitely, no romance.

But when Aria finds herself falling – after one too many glasses of wine, from a karaoke stage – into the arms of Jonathan, a part of her comes back to life for the first time in years.

Since her beloved husband died Aria has sworn off love unless it’s the kind you can find in the pages of a book. One love of her life is quite enough.

And so Aria tries to forget Jonathan and sets off for a summer to remember in France. But could this trip change Aria’s life forever…?

Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships, and most importantly, believe in true, once-in-a-lifetime love.

WHAT DID I THINK?

I was so looking forward to reading this as it’s all about my favourite things, books, travelling and camper vans. Brilliantly written and such a relaxed easy read, perfect for summer days. Holiday romances that last forever, just what dreams are made off and this gives you everything all wrapped up with a bow. I cannot wait to go somewhere in my camper and I think I will take some books with me to give away. Absolutely brilliant, I wish there was a follow on, to be honest. If you like Pinterest Rebecca has got boards about her books.

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JUST MY LUCK BY ADELE PARKS – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY HQ ON 14th MAY 2020

It’s the stuff dreams are made of – a lottery win so big, it changes everything.

For fifteen years, Lexi and Jake have played the same six numbers with their friends, the Pearsons and the Heathcotes. Over dinner parties, fish & chip suppers and summer barbecues, they’ve discussed the important stuff – the kids, marriages, jobs and houses – and they’ve laughed off their disappointment when they failed to win anything more than a tenner.

But then, one Saturday night, the unthinkable happens. There’s a rift in the group. Someone doesn’t tell the truth. And soon after, six numbers come up which change everything forever.

Lexi and Jake have a ticket worth £18 million. And their friends are determined to claim a share of it.

Sunday Times Number One bestseller Adele Parks returns with a riveting look at the dark side of wealth in this gripping take on friendship, money and betrayal, and good luck gone bad…

ADELE PARKS

I’ve always dreamed of being a writer and when my first novel – Playing Away – was published the Evening Standard identified me as one of London’s ‘Twenty Faces to Watch’, which was very nice of them!

I like to keep busy and I’ve published 19 novels, and I’m thrilled to say that they’ve all hit the bestseller lists. I’ve sold over 3.5 million books in the UK alone and I’ve been translated into 26 different languages. I have written 17 contemporary novels and 2 historical ones, Spare Brides and If You Go Away, which are set during and after WW1. My latest novels, Lies Lies Lies, I Invited Her In, The Image of You and The Stranger in My Home are twisty, domestic noirs. I like to scrutinize our concepts of family, our theories on love, parenting and fidelity.

I passionately believe that reading is a basic right. I’m a proud Ambassador of The National Literacy Trust and a The Reading Agency, charities that are devoted to encouraging emerging adult readers and children who are becoming passionate about books.

During my career, I’ve lived in Italy, Botswana and London. Now I live happily in Surrey with my husband, teenage son and cat.

WHAT DID I THINK?

How a lottery win can change your life and sometimes not for the good, this typically gives you the scenario of a person spending just for the sake of it and a person who thinks about what they would like to do with the money. The fact that it happens to a husband and wife makes it all the more complicated, things come to light, there are surprises for everyone.   I enjoyed this as it was nice and easy to read in fact it would make a good book for the summer while sitting outside enjoying the sunshine. There are a couple of surprises and I just loved the ending as it was not what I was exspecting. Brilliant story and a big five stars from me.

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THE BODY UNDER THE BRIDGE BY NICK LOUTH – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY CANELO ON 30th APRIL 2020

DCI Craig Gillard will be pushed to his limits… But will he break?

It seems like a routine disappearance, a case of a musician’s stage fright. As a senior detective, Craig Gillard isn’t sure why he’s even involved. Until it turns out the woman’s father is the German Minister of Justice, and the British Home Secretary is on the case too.

But nothing about the case is simple. How does a woman on a train simply vanish? What do you do when a trail runs cold and the pressure is on?

Before long the perpetrator has another target: DCI Gillard himself. What if the detective isn’t just running the case, but is part of it? The victim merely a lure for a bigger fish.

The answer is under the bridge. The chilling setting for the biggest challenge of his life.

Nick Louth is a best-selling thriller writer, award-winning financial journalist and an investment commentator. A 1979 graduate of the London School of Economics, he went on to become a Reuters foreign correspondent in 1987. It was an experience at a medical conference in Amsterdam in 1992 while working for Reuters, that gave him the inspiration for Bite, which was published in 2007 and went on to become the UK No1 Kindle best-seller for several weeks in 2014. It has sold a third of a million copies and been translated into six languages.

Freelance since 1998, he has been a regular contributor to the Financial Times, Investors Chronicle and Money Observer, and has published seven other books. Nick Louth is married and lives in Lincolnshire.

Heartbreaker was published in June 2014 and received critical acclaim from Amazon readers, with a 4.6 out of 5 stars on over 100 reviews. A third thriller, Mirror Mirror, was published in June 2016, and The Body in the Marsh in September 2017.

‘To the frustration of my publishers, I’ve wandered between many sub-genres of the thriller world – medical, terrorism, psychological – and even a hint of zombie! I’ve also packed in issues that are normally covered in women’s fiction in commercial novels that have the pace deemed necessary to lure male readers. This is deliberate. I spent years as a journalist, and remain wedded to the idea that action and page-turning power should not deduct from the ‘intelligence’ of a book, or lead it away from the grey areas of contemporary issues to conclusions set in black and white.’

‘In Bite, this was the way that (at the time of writing in the late 1990s) diseases that killed the most people were those that got the least investment by drug companies – because the customers were poor.’

‘In Heartbreaker, part of which is set in a refugee camp in Lebanon, I wanted to show the dilemmas facing Western journalists who routinely cover terrible events and the price that are paid by the drivers, translators and fixers who work for them. Radicalisation, particularly how it works on women, is a key part of the book and has since publication in 2014 become an even more topical issue since the rises of ISIS in Syria.’

‘With Mirror Mirror, I have dived into the world of women’s identity and self-image in the age of celebrity and branding. Why a beautiful woman, beaten up by her famous boyfriend, is persuaded not to report it to the police, to protect the value of a forthcoming branding deal. I hope readers will look at the questions posed in this book, and my others, and when the last page is turned have something to take away with them.’

‘The Body in the Marsh is my first police procedural, set in Surrey and the Romney Marsh area of Kent. It’s a tale of a shocking murder, reflecting an unhappy marriage in the midst of apparent success, and contains what I think is my best-ever twist.’

What did I think?

I love Nick’s books with this series one of the best, lots to keep you turning those pages and keeping you engrossed until the end. The twists and surprises are really good, I can never predict what is going to happen in these brilliantly written stories. Will the answers come out in time? A huge five stars from me for this one.

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ONE SPLIT SECOND BY CAROLINE BOND – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED BY CORVUS; MAIN EDITION ON 4th JUNE 2020

When a car carrying five friends home from a party crashes into a wall, the consequences are devastating – not just for the young people directly involved, but also for their families and the wider community.

No one escapes unscathed, but some are more deeply scarred than others. Those affected are left to question who was to blame for the accident, and what price they will pay.

This moving story of an accident and its aftermath explores our understanding of love and loyalty, grief and forgiveness.

 

 

 

 

 

Caroline Bond was born at the seaside and still feels happiest when walking into a headwind with the prospect of fish and chips on the near horizon. She had a fulfilling career in research before becoming a writer.

Her debut, The Second Child, was inspired, in part, by her experiences working with, and raising, a disabled child. Her second, The Forgotten Sister, reflects her belief that our life chances are hugely impacted by our upbringings. Her third, One Split Second, explores guilt and forgiveness.

She is a slow, but tenacious runner and not a bad cook.

She prefers red to white wine.

WHAT DID I THINK?

How does a teenager cope with grief? Actually, how does anyone deal with the loss of someone close to them, especially in an accident? This story delves into the grief from a parent, a child, a friend, family and the person that finds them. They each have their storyline about what they went through, this might sound very sad but it is written in such a way that you can actually feel their pain. This was a very good book which was written so well by Caroline Bond.

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NATIONAL WRITING DAY 24th JUNE 2020

HAIKUS AND HAIBUNS

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