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OVER MY SHOULDER BY PATRICIA DIXON – BOOK REVIEW

💕 MY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017! 💕 📚

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I can hear you all wondering why I am announcing my book of the year in October?

Sometimes you read a book and every word and line excites you and sits with you like a security blanket, you stay up half the night as you just cannot stop reading it.  You have no idea what will happen next as it is so very unpredictable so this keeps you turning those pages as quickly as you can, you cannot wait for the next terrifying thing to happen. This even made me a bit jumpy as the weather was awful at the time of reading this so there were noises outside that were alien to my ears, this may have even contributed to the power of this story.  I know in my heart that this is probably one of the best books I have ever read or likely to read in the future.  So this is why I am making this my best book of the year 2017.

I also feel that many will relate to some of the events that happen in this story, I know I can and with the ME TO status going round Facebook at the moment it makes you realise the magnitude of the domestic violence problem

The story starts with Freya the P.A for James, she has worked hard to get to this position and is well liked.  Living with her best friend, visiting her parents and spending time with her boy friend all make her life complete.  Until she meets Kane!

Dazzled by his charm and charisma she has soon ditched her boy friend preferring to spend time with Kane, his cars, money, flat and extravagant life style all appear to put blinkers on her eyes to everything else.

He controls her, if she disobeys you begin to see the nasty traits that this man has, blaming his up-bringing on everything he can always talk her round with his devious, underhand ways.

Eventually she leaves, thinking this will all be over but how wrong she was, this is only the beginning of a terrifying ordeal that will leave her with scars that last forever they may fade but they will always be there in the back of her mind. Her family gets pulled in, her friend end’s up leaving the flat and Freya is back at her parents but at least feels safe there.

Years later it all starts again and if you thought the first part was bad then this gets even worse, not knowing what he will do next Freya’s life is once again on hold just waiting for the next thing to happen but this time she has to protect her daughter.

This is an excellent five-star read that you can buy now here at Amazon.

Patricia Dixon writes this in the first person so it reads a bit like a diary and I think that is what makes it so compelling.

I am looking forward to reading the next book from a very talented author.  Thank you for a brilliant story.

 

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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.

 

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?

 

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.

 

 

LUCK & JUDGMENT BY SOLOMON CARTER – BOOK REVIEW

I was pleased this was book one in this private eye series as it was very good and I will be on the lookout for the next book.  I really liked the fast pace of this as it suited the story and kept your mind thinking about who was involved and what the outcome would be.  As usual I did not guess as there was a bit of a twist in the tale at the end that really surprised me but well done Solomon Carter for brilliant writing.

It will be good to see where these characters take us and what happens once the secret is out although I think he may keep us hanging on for that.  Very well written with basic characters but that’s all it needs as the story runs quickly.

Would recommend this and it is in my top ten of the year.

 

SECRETS OF THE ITALIAN GARDENER BY ANDREW CROFTS – BOOK REVIEW

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This has taken me a while to read, actually I did give up half way through.  But we cannot all like everything and this sadly was not for me.  I was disappointed as the cover and title really appealed to me.

DAMAGED BY PAMELA CALLOW – BOOK REVIEW

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This is brilliant, from the story, characters and setting, to the great author, it is going to be a succesful series.  Kate is the high-flying lawyer who has never really got over her sister’s death so it impacts on her thoughts a lot.  Not sure if this should be called a medical horror or bloody thriller but which ever you call it there are some gruesome bits in it. From lost body parts and deaths this has a bit of everything including lots of would be romances for Kate, lucky girl.

This keeps you guessing and often takes you up the wrong road with a few red herrings along the way.  Some surprises for me that I would never of thought about, this will be a best seller and the start of something great for Pamela Callow the author.  I am looking forward to the next book already and am sure it will be a page turner just like this one.