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THE BETRAYAL BY ANNE ALLEN – BOOK REVIEW

THE GUERNSEY NOVELS – BOOK 6

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When Anne asked me to read this and review I was very pleased as the previous books in this series have been very good.  Some characters appear again but it is a stand alone and they could be read in any order, which is a good idea as I always get books muddled up or read one and then discover there were two previous books.  Anyway I digress, if you have never been to Guernsey then you really can imagine what it is like as these books paint a picture in your mind of the wonderful beaches.  I was really interested in the connection between the twins, really close in life and then when one dies the connection is still there trying to help her find his murderer.  This story goes into the history of the place and the people so you get a good understanding of the story and how it all develops.  Moving the location twice still keeps the story knitted together so you hardly notice.  Great characters and of course a love connection with a happy ending, another great book by Anne Allen published today available from Amazon.

 

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APPLE iOS 11

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Today I downloaded the Apple up-grade to iOS 11 on my iPhone and iPad, not very much difference on the phone at the moment but I am liking the iPad changes.  It always takes a while to find and use the changes so I tend to read all the reviews. I usually find with the changes that eventually I probably only end up using a couple of them or after I have finished playing with them and thinking how good they are I then forget about them and just carry on using the basic ones like I always have done.  At least I think to myself that I am keeping up with the youngsters and I sometimes know what the grandchildren are talking about lol.

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The control centre that swipes up from the bottom, which I use for the torch mainly but now you can put in there what you use most.  I am looking forward to using the voice memo control as then every time I get an idea I can record it, very good for authors when doing research.  I think I should use Siri more as you can tell her to write things or find things, making life a bit easier especially the calendar so she tells you what you are doing today. You can change her voice, also she will learn what things you like such as music or what news you read and become more personalised to you. Another good one is the magnifier, so useful when reading the small writing on packages.

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I think this is one of the best apps and it should be compulsory to use it when driving.

The App store has changed and appears easier to find what you are looking for, although with so many apps available now the choice is huge.  Again I tend to stick with the ones I use, I do have a look sometimes and put them on my phone just to try them out.

Text messages, which we all use so much is also better as you can attach anything from the bottom of the screen, I like that. Also if you are holding your phone in one hand you can move the keys over towards you so you can reach them all, very handy if drinking your morning coffee.

What do you like most about the changes?

 

TV DRAMA – LIAR

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Here in Britain last night we watched the last episode of LIAR a six-week drama made for television. Laura was raped by Andrew who is a surgeon, he used a drug in her drink so she could not fight him off, also it makes it hard to remember what happened.  The police can find no evidence at all so he is let go but then he does it to the detective, they really search everything and everywhere then but still he gets away with it. Very good acting, I think he actually believes all the lies he tells himself.

This has been extremely popular with many taking to social media today to discuss the last episode so thought I would add my thoughts.

In the beginning you are not sure who is telling the truth but it all, well some of it becomes clear half way through the series.

A lot happened last night, I was surprised that his new girl friend was an undercover cop but disappointed that she got found out so quickly by very sloppy work on her part.

Then when Laura found where he was hiding everything it was really let down by the carer letting her into the shed when in a previous episode he had unlocked a padlock with a key he had.  I was expecting the carer to maybe lock her in the shed after she had spoken to him on the phone.  Even when she was looking at the tapes in her car I thought he would turn up.

The police have all the evidence and send out patrols to find him, he has disappeared though and no one knows where he is.

Then at the end you see him with his throat cut, not knowing who killed him but I am guessing that it was either the police constable or the detectives army girl friend.

I feel that they rushed the last episode and could have included more in it that would make it all add up at the end. There is going to be another series and I believe it will be about the past, when he was married and how he killed his wife and made it look like suicide.  He did rape 17 women so I guess you could have shows about all of them in some way.

What did you think about last nights show?

Would you have written it differently and if so how?

 

WEEKEND WAS SUPER

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We are being very spoiled down here in the south as we are having wonderful weather for the last three days, long may it continue.  Today it is 25 in my garden, I have done every bit of washing I could find as I don’t expect many more outdoor drying days.

I had my hair done last week as was getting a bit bored with the blonde.

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On Saturday I was round Jodies for a sleepover, Alfie’s choice and we watched some films.  We also had one of the twins for the night, so it was great to spend time with Jack, what a gorgeous baby and such a happy soul.

The Jack Daniels is a penny jar before someone comments on our choice of toys LOL.

I also did a little maintenance on the camper, there was a bit of brown under the bonnet so I brushed it with a metal brush then sprayed some Hammerite on it, felt very pleased with myself.  Put my bunting up and did a tidy-up of cupboards as got saucepans and cutlery to go in there now.

Once I have washed the new duvet cover that will be put in there.

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So a very productive and enjoyable weekend and it made a pleasant change as usually I spend the weekend indoors on my own, not that I am complaining as I do like my own company.

The new Emoji movie is good fun and better than what I was expecting so I can understand why the kids like it.

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I also finished this book so will do a review tomorrow for you all, it is very good, like all Anne’s stories so look out for this series.  It is set in Guernsey which is a beautiful place to live.

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Looking forward to a ‘getting ready for NANOWRIMO week’ so I will be ready for the 1st November.

Hope you all had a good weekend and may your week be full of sunshine.

NANOWRIMO – NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH

     

Who is entering this in November?  I do it but I do-not sign up for it as I’m no good under pressure and like to do things at my own speed also when I feel able to but it really does encourage you so that’s all good. If I blog about how I am doing then that also gives me a bit of a push.

I am going to finish my book about my life during November this year if I can but it is also our Folkestone Book Festival and I would like to go to a couple of workshops to-do with writing.  The festival looks bigger and better every year with many good authors taking part.  I am looking forward to meeting Julie Wassmer again and finding out when her next book is being published and hoping I get the chance to review it ready for publishing day.

Have a good weekend everyone and make the most of the sunshine we are going to get in Kent for the next three days!

 

 

READING THIS NOW AND LOVING IT

I have read the other Guernsey novels so was thrilled when Anne asked me to read this one and review for her.  I am about half way through and really liking it, I can’t wait to pick it up again tonight, hoping I can stay awake a bit longer as it is getting to a good bit.

LADIES THAT LUNCH AT BELLA PIZZA, FOLKESTONE

It was that time of the month again and it seemed a very long time for me since I met up with all my friends as we do not meet during September and August I was not well.  We celebrated Carols birthday and she got some lovely presents, the restaurant even put a candle in her dessert.  The lasagna was extremely nice, well everything was and it is all home cooked so you could really taste the difference.  They even make their own bread rolls which were warm and delicious.

We decided where we are going for our Christmas lunch for December, the weeks are going quickly now and it will be here before we know it.  Not that I have done anything towards the celebrations this year yet.

I did very well today and took photos of everything, the desserts were very nice and large portions, the Tiramisu was one of the best I have tasted and you could tell it was homemade by an excellent chef.

 

Another lovely lunch with super friends, was good to catch up with them all, well apart from Liz as she was absent today as not very well.