#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Steph Warren (@bookshineblog) #BookshineAndReadbows #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Happy Friday! Hello and welcome to damppebbles and to another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post. Joining me today is the lovely Steph of Bookshine and Readbows. If you haven’t discovered Steph’s blog yet, then why not? Steph’s reviews are a thing of beauty so get yourself over there now and hit the subscribe button!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Here are the three books Steph recommends…

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The Love Delusion by Nicola Mostyn
This is the second book in a duology and both books are up there in my top reads of all-time. Nicola Mostyn has created a world where the modern corporate is at war with the gods of legend and mythology for power over the hearts of humanity. Her main characters, Frida and Dan, are heroic yet utterly human with all the failings and foibles that entails, and the snarky banter (a personal favourite of mine) keeps the mood light, even when the action gets heavy.
Steph’s Review of The Love Delusion

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The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan
I have a keen interest in children’s books (for myself, and I suppose a little bit for my youngsters too!) and in Roar Jenny McLachlan has created an amazing new fantasy world, perfect for children and adult readers alike. The characters and world-building perfectly capture the feeling of childhood imaginary adventures, and there are plenty of gasps and giggles – and a few tears – as the story unrolls. Fans of Narnia, Peter Pan, Coraline and similar will love this book as much as I do.
Steph’s Review of The Land of Roar

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Pricked by Scott Mooney
Pricked is a series starter and effortlessly blends classic fairytales with urban detective noir to great effect. My two favourite genres are urban fantasy and mystery, so the current trend for mashups of these two (thank you Jim Butcher!) makes my bookish heart sing. The main character here, Briar, has a fascinating magical power that has loads of potential for development in almost any direction and, while the main plot here stands alone, there is a wider story arc that already has me hooked on what happens next.
Steph’s Review of Pricked

Brilliant choices, thanks Steph. I am in love with the cover of The Love Delusion. How gorgeous is that?!

If Steph has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

The Love Delusion by Nicola Mostyn
The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan
Pricked by Scott Mooney

About Steph:
I’m Steph and I’m a bookaholic. I have been reading since a very early age – my mum taught me in self defence as I developed a habit of following her around the house banging her shins with a book, droning ‘Read it. Read it.’ Now I live with my husband, two small children, two large cats and a terrier, so I grab my moments when I can!

A Message from Steph:
I desperately feel the need to add that I was only able to narrow the field down this year by excluding the authors I chose for last year’s R3COMM3ND3D! Because all three of my picks last year have new books out this year too, that are all awesome, but I simply can’t choose everything!

Steph’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Bookshine and Readbows | Twitter @bookshineblog | Facebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger HC Newton (@HCNewton) #TheIrresponsibleReader #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello my bookish friends. Welcome to Thursday and to day fourteen of #R3COMM3ND3D2019. I think we’re doing alright. We’re still here, still sharing the book love, still adding to our terrifying TBRs… I am delighted to welcome the fabulous HC Newton who blogs over at The Irresponsible Reader to share his three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks with us today. If you don’t follow HC’s blog then that has to change! Click the link above and then click the subscribe button.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Let’s find out which three books HC thinks we all need to read…

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
This charming book about a charming book nerd has got to warm the cockles of every reader out there. You’ll identify with Nina (and wish you had her life and reading nook), you’ll be won over by the sweet story, and the atypical narrative voice will be one of your favorite characters of the year.
HC’s Review of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

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Who Killed The Fonz? by James Boice
This is one for readers of a certain age. Richard Cunningham’s film career is in jeopardy when he receives the news that Arthur Fonzarelli has died. In shock, Richard returns home for the funeral and to reunite with some old friends. He soon finds himself trying to solve Fonzie’s murder. I didn’t expect to be as impressed with this as I was. Yeah, it’s fan fiction, but when it’s this good, who cares? It’s a big nostalgia trip (but so was Happy Days). I love that someone had this idea!
HC’s Review of Who Killed The Fonz?

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Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
A secret agent for a time Agency gets stranded in the 21st century long enough that he puts down roots — gets married, gets a career, has a daughter. When she’s a teen her dad is “rescued” by his agency and taken back to the future where he promptly begins breaking every regulation to stay involved with his daughter, and eventually to save her life. What makes this one special is the father-daughter dynamic and relationship. It’s not what you usually see in Time Travel/SF stories, but Chen knocks this one out of the park.
HC’s Review of Here and Now and Then

Thanks so much, HC. Great choices and a couple of additions to the wishlist for me (particularly Who Killed The Fonz? [yes, I am – sort of – one of the readers of a certain age you mentioned. Sort of]).

If HC has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books he recommends, please see the following links:

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
Who Killed The Fonz? by James Boice
Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen

About HC:
Just some guy who’s book hobby has really gotten out of hand.

HC’s Blog and Social Media Links:
The Irresponsible ReaderTwitter @HCNewtonFacebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Els Ebraert (@BookreviewB) #BforBookreview #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and happy Wednesday. Today is my favourite day of the week that starts with a ‘W’. Apart from ‘Weekend 1’ and ‘Weekend 2’ of course 😂. (You can blame my husband for that one!). Today on damppebbles it’s all about the book love. I am delighted to welcome another fabulous blogger to share their #R3COMM3ND3D picks – the lovely Els of B for Bookreview.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Here are the three books Els recommends…

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Hidden (The Badge and the Pen #3) by Roger A. Price
It was a very captivating story that kept me glued to my chair and left me gobsmacked.
Els’ Review of Hidden

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My Daughter’s Choice by Brooke Harris
It was so beautiful and heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. I won’t forget this easily. Tears were running down my cheeks. Books can bring tears to my eyes but this one had me really crying.
Els’ Review of My Daughter’s Choice

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Lucy’s Last Straw by Debbie Viggiano
This book was so funny I just had to add it to this list. It had me laughing out loud and who does not like to laugh?
Els’ Review of Lucy’s Last Straw

Great choices, thanks Els. Three quite different books but they all look really interesting.

If Els has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

Hidden by Roger A. Price
My Daughter’s Choice by Brooke Harris
Lucy’s Last Straw by Debbie Viggiano

About Els:
I live in Belgium in the Flemish part of the country in a small but cosy village with my son and dog.

Els’ Blog and Social Media Links:
B for BookreviewTwitter @BookreviewB |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Jo Bellamy (@tiny_ickle_jo) #JosBookBlog #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. It’s day twelve of 2019’s #R3COMM3ND3D and I have another trio of brilliant books to share with you. I can’t take any of the credit though as that all goes to today’s guest. I am delighted to welcome a favourite blogger of mine to share the book love with us – the lovely Jo of Jo’s Book Blog. Jo’s blog is superb so if you haven’t discovered it yet, what are you waiting for?

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Let’s find out which three books Jo recommends…

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Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
Blood & Sugar is a fantastic work of historical fiction and a cleverly plotted mystery, set at a time when slavery was rife in Britain. Brilliantly researched, this is a fantastic novel to get lost in, despite some of the darker themes.
Jo’s Review of Blood & Sugar

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Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff
Last Ones Left Alive is a fantastically bleak post-apocalyptic novel with a strong female cast. I thought that the world-building was up there with the very best, and I loved every page as the reader follows Orpen in her quest while trying to avoid the zombie-esque skrakes that now roam Ireland.
Jo’s Review of Last Ones Left Alive

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The Binding by Bridget Collins
The Binding is a book about books (need I say more?!), but in this world, books hold the memories that people would rather forget. It’s a brilliant and original concept, and so well-delivered – by the end of the novel, I felt sad to leave this world behind!
Jo’s Review of The Binding

Thanks so much, Jo. Twelve days in and we have a leader! This is the second time The Binding has made an appearance on #R3COMM3ND3D2019. Could this be the top pick of the year? We’ll have to wait and see. I already have The Binding and Blood & Sugar on my wish list but I’ll definitely be adding Last Ones Left Alive which sounds incredible!

If Jo has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

Blood & Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson
Last Ones Left Alive by Sarah Davis-Goff
The Binding by Bridget Collins

About Jo:
I’m Jo, and I’ve been blogging for a little over four years. I like to read a variety of novels, but I do have a penchant for dystopian and post-apocalyptic, something that started when I studied Brave New World and 1984 at A-level. When not reading or blogging, you may find rambling around the Peak District or attending a Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey match.

Jo’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Jo’s Book Blog | Twitter @tiny_ickle_jo |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Nicki Murphy (@nickisbookblog) #NickisBookBlog #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello bookish friends and welcome to Monday’s #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post. Here’s hoping you have a great week, full to the brim of brilliant books. Today I am delighted to welcome the lovely Nicki of Nicki’s Book Blog to share three books she really enjoyed from 2019 with us. If you’ve not discovered Nicki’s blog yet then you must pop over and say ‘hi’.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Here are the three books Nicki recommends…

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Rosie and Ruby by Patricia Dixon
A book of hope for those how have had a difficult relationship with their mothers. This really touched me and made me both smile and cry. A book with a message.
Nicki’s Review of Rosie and Ruby

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Five Steps to Happy by Ella Dove
A brave, wonderful, uplifting read. Of making lemonade when handed lemons in life. A woman of true grit and determination-an inspiration.
Nicki’s Review of Five Steps to Happy

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The Woman at Number 19 by J.A. Baker
My emotions rolled from highs to lows with this. A very clever well thought out plot that had me reeling (in a good way).
Nicki’s Review of The Woman at Number 19

Thanks so much for your recommendations, Nicki!

If Nicki has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

Rosie and Ruby by Patricia Dixon
Five Steps to Happy by Ella Dove
The Woman at Number 19 by J.A. Baker

About Nicki:
Avid reader & blogger- most genres but love psychological thrillers.

Nicki’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Nicki’s Book BlogTwitter @nickisbookblogFacebook |

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#BlogTour | #BookReview: 17 Church Row by James Carol @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #17ChurchRow #damppebbles

17 Church Row: We all have darker instincts . . . (Paperback)

“Three years ago, Nikki and Ethan Rhodes suffered a devastating loss when their four-year-old daughter Grace was tragically killed in a road accident. Ethan, a radio personality, escapes into work, leaving Nikki to care for their remaining child, Bella, who hasn’t spoken since that day.

Seeking a fresh start, the family moves into a revolutionary new house designed by renowned architect, Catriona Fisher. The house features a state-of-the-art security system, along with every amenity you could dream of.

For the Rhodes’ this is a chance to finally pick up the pieces and get on with their lives in a place where they feel totally safe.

But what if 17 Church Row isn’t the safe haven that they think it is?”

I am delighted to welcome you to damppebbles today and to my stop (one of the first two stops!) on the 17 Church Row blog tour. 17 Church Row is the latest release from the brilliant James Carol and it will be published in paperback later this week. I received a free eARC of 17 Church Row but that has in no way influenced my review.

I am a huge fan of James Carol’s writing. If Mr Carol writes it, you can guarantee I’ll be reading it as soon as humanly possible. His Jefferson Winter series is absolutely sublime and his standalone novels (of which 17 Church Row is one) are all thrilling, captivating reads. If you’ve never picked up a James Carol novel then you’re really, REALLY missing out.

Nikki Rhodes took her eyes off her twin daughters for only a split second, and that was all it took for tragedy to strike. Nikki knows their lives have changed forever when she hears the screeching of tyres and sees the front door swinging wide open. Learning to rebuild their lives after the loss of Grace is the toughest thing they’ve had to face, but particularly for Bella – Grace’s twin sister – who hasn’t spoken since the accident. When Ethan suggests they move house, leaving behind the painful memories, Nikki doesn’t know what to do for the best. But radio DJ, Ethan has found the perfect house for them – 17 Church Row in Kensington. It’s the house of the future and architect, Catriona is looking to build many, many more. Having a media star like Ethan Rhodes move into her project is a gold mine. You just can’t buy that kind of publicity! 17 Church Row is a futuristic abode decked out with the latest in AI technology. The house is run by ‘Alice’ who can answer to your every whim and is always one step ahead of you. The pain of losing Grace will be with the family forever. Bella is their number one priority now and they have to do everything they can to make her life as happy and as fulfilled as possible. And there’s always the chance that this change of scene could be the catalyst to get Bella to talk again. But what if their new safe haven isn’t as safe and secure as they believe…?

If memory serves I’ve said this before: Woah! If this is the future then I’m locking myself in a library and NEVER, EVER leaving! The last time I said that it was about self-driving cars. I think it’s fair to say I feel the same about self-driving houses! Oh.My.Goodness. This futuristic thriller is one scary read and I’m quite happy in my very normal, very non-AI house – thank you very much! If you had presented 17 Church Row to be me before I read this book I would have bitten your hand off. Modern, sleek, visually stunning. Carol paints a beautiful aesthetic with his words. But I’ve read the book. You can keep your all-singing, all-dancing house!

This is an entertaining thriller and with some interesting characters. I really felt for Nikki who was punishing herself on a daily basis over her daughter’s death. To want to escape the memories but at the same time not feel able to leave them behind, what a tough decision to make. And poor little Bella broke my heart on a number of occasions. I did feel one of the characters was only part of the story to move the plot along – a bit like being a red jerseyed ensign about to embark on your first mission with Captain James T. Kirk to an alien planet. You’ve had a few lines, played a small part and now we all know you’re going to get in in the neck! It wasn’t a huge surprise for me when something questionable happened to them. The architect, Catriona, is also super creepy…yuck!

Would I recommend this book? I would, yes. I would recommend all of James Carol’s books as they are all brilliant. If you’re in the mood for something a little bit different then this is the book for you. It’s quite terrifying to think this is how we could be living in the future. Quite an eye-opener. And yes, my Alexa is now in the bin….

I chose to read and review an eARC of 17 Church Row. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.

17 Church Row by James Carol was published in the UK by Zaffre Books on 14th November and is available in paperback, audio and ebook formats (please note, some of the following links are affiliate links which mean I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | Waterstones | Foyles | Book Depository | Goodreads |

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James Carol was born in Scotland, where he spent his early years. He moved to England in the eighties and has lived there ever since. At various times he has worked as a guitarist, sound engineer, guitar tutor, journalist, and a horse riding instructor.

Broken Dolls, the first Jefferson Winter thriller, was published in 2014 and has sold a third of a million copies and been translated into twelve languages. This was followed by three other Jefferson Winter thrillers and a trilogy of novellas set during Winter’s FBI days.

James has also written three standalone thrillers. The first of these, The Killing Game was shortlisted for a CWA Ian Fleming Dagger award.

When he’s not writing, James can usually be found in his recording studio where he is currently writing and recording the first Dream Nation album.

James lives in Hertfordshire with his wife, two children, a dog and a horse.

Author Links: | Website | Twitter | Facebook |

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger and #Author Chris McDonald (@cmacwritescrime) #MacReviewsBooks #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to the blog today. I’m very glad to see you because I have another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post to share. I am delighted to welcome Chris McDonald who is not only a fantastic blogger over at Mac Reviews Books, he’s also a debut author who is on the brink of publishing his first novel, A Wash of Black, with Red Dog Press. I, for one, can’t wait to read it early next year.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Here are the three books Chris recommends…

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Someone We Know by Shari Lapena
I thought this book was fantastically plotted with some very interesting characters. The chapters were quite short and they really catapulted you into the next. It was exciting and tense! I’ve been a fan of Shari’s since her debut and I think this is her best one yet.
Chris’ Review of Someone We Know

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The Killer in Me (Dublin Crime Bureau #2) by Olivia Kiernan
I saw Olivia last year promoting her brilliant debut, Too Close To Breathe. When I decided to start a book blog, her agent sent me an advance copy of this. It was my first ever book post! The book itself is fantastic and once again follows DCS Frankie Sheehan as she investigates two murders. It’s an original plot and really shows how good of a writer Olivia is. I’m pleased to know she has a third book on the way!
Chris’ Review of The Killer in Me

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Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen
I was always going to include an Orenda Books title in this list, and it could’ve been one of many that I’ve read this year; Breakers, Call Me Star Girl or Worst Case Scenario to name but a few. But I’ve recently finished Little Siberia and was blown away by how unique the writing style was and how brilliant the story was. It’s funny and dark at the same time. Antti, in my opinion, is an absolute genius and this book deserves all the plaudits!
Chris’ Review of Little Siberia

Excellent choices, thanks Chris. I want to read all three of your choices so have added them to the wishlist.

If Chris has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books he recommends, please see the following links:

Someone We Know by Shari Lapena
The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan
Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen

About Chris:
My name is Chris and I am a 31-year-old primary school teacher. I live in South Manchester with my wife and two children.

Chris’ Blog and Social Media Links:
Mac Reviews BooksTwitter @cmacwritescrime |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Jessica Johnson (@JessReadingRoom) #JessicasReadingRoom #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and happy weekend! I hope you have some bookish plans in store. I am delighted to welcome you to damppebbles today and to another brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post. Today I am joined by the lovely Jessica Johnson who blogs over at Jessica’s Reading Room. If you haven’t discovered Jessica’s blog yet then I suggest you head straight on over and say ‘hi’!

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Here are the three books Jessica recommends…

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Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
This novel is about a female firefighter and has a bit of everything you could want in it: romance, mystery, action, and yes, we do get a fire! Having spent a little bit of time in a firehouse myself, this novel portrays life in the firehouse via Center’s volunteer firefighter husband.
Jessica’s Review of Things You Save in a Fire

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The Farm by Joanne Ramos
This is a novel that leaves you thinking how far away is our society from actually having ‘farms’. This novel tackles the differences in race, immigration status, lack of freedom, morality and greed among the many topics addressed.
Jessica’s Review of The Farm

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Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum
A fictional story based on a true event, Hope and Other Punch Lines is a book that everyone should read. Whether you have memories of 9/11 (near or far away) or you are learning of it in the more recent history books, Hope gives both perspectives on this world changing event and its aftermath.
Jessica’s Review of Hope and Other Punch Lines

Thanks so much, Jessica. I really like the sound of all three of your recommendations.

If Jessica has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please see the following links:

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
The Farm by Joanne Ramos
Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum

About Jessica:
My name is Jessica and I live in Georgia. I am married and we have two precious cat furbabies named Sage and Curry. They were adopted from a local animal shelter.

I’ve been actively reading and keeping track of the books I have read since 2009. The reviews posted are 100% my honest opinions, whether I enjoyed the book or not.

I don’t read one particular genre. If I am interested in it I will read it! My favorite genres are Suspense/Thriller, Chick-Lit, and YA.

Jessica’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Jessica’s Reading RoomTwitter @JessReadingRoomFacebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Clair Sharpe (@clairsharpe) #AlwaysNeedMoreBooks #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello my bookish lovelies and happy Friday! The weekend is nearly here and I hope you have lots of brilliant bookish plans in place. Today I am thrilled to welcome another of my favourite book bloggers to damppebbles to share the #R3COMM3ND3D book love – Clair of Always Need More Books (ain’t that the truth?!). I love Clair’s blog so if you haven’t discovered it yet then click the link above and find out what you’ve been missing. You can thank me later. 😉

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Here are the three books Clair recommends…

The Flatshare

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
This was just the perfect book – funny and heartwarming. I’ve recommended it to everyone and they’ve all read it and loved it too.
Clair’s Review of The Flatshare

Sweet Sorrow

Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls
Such a sweet and nostalgic romantic story set in the 1990s.
Clair’s Review of Sweet Sorrow

After the End

After The End by Claire Mackintosh
A heartbreaking story of parental love with a clever twist. So emotional this had me in tears.
Clair’s Review of After The End

Thanks so much for your recommendations, Clair. Despite being a die-hard crime reader a couple of your picks have really piqued my interest. I keep coming back to The Flatshare, it’s so tempting.

If Clair has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about her choices, please see the following links:

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
Sweet Sorrow by David Nicholls
After The End by Claire Mackintosh

About Clair:
My name is Clair and I’m a book lovin’ 40 something technical librarian. I’ve loved reading all my life.  I’ve always read but four years ago when I discovered Bookstagram, my reading and book buying habits reached a new level!

I’m pretty old school, I rarely read ebooks, preferring an actual book any day of the week. I would say I like a wide mixture of books, and probably the only genre I don’t read much is sci-fi.  I prefer contemporary literature as opposed to the classics, and also enjoy reading young adult as some of the books out there are outstanding (I wish they’d been around when I was younger!)

I run a book club in my home town and we meet monthly at the local pub (usually between 5-10 of us). We take it in turns to choose a book to discuss and I’ve read and discovered some amazing authors and books.

Clair’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Always Need More BooksTwitter @clairsharpeFacebookInstagram @always_need_more_books |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Maria Pujol (@Sweeet83) #Varietats #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to day seven of 2019’s #R3COMM3ND3D! I hope we’re not adding too many titles to your TBR. Actually, that’s a lie. I really hope WE ARE increasing the size of your to be read pile on a daily basis! #R3COMM3ND3D is all about the book love. Today I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger to share three of their favourite books from this year, the lovely Maria from Varietats. If you haven’t discovered Maria’s blog yet then what are you waiting for? Head over there now and say ‘hi’.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2019? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors and book bloggers to shout about three (yes, *only* three) books they love. They can be written by any author, in any genre and published in any way (traditionally, indie press or self-published). But there is a catch. All three books must have been published in 2019. To make things interesting I have added a couple of teeny, tiny rules this year which are; 1) the book must have first been published in 2019 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes 😉.

Here are Maria’s three recommendations…

Horizontal Collaboration

Horizontal Collaboration by Navie and Carole Maurel
It was a surprise, I am not used to reading comic books and I loved this one.
Maria’s Review of Horizontal Collaboration

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Changeling by Matt Wesolowski
I love the Six Stories Podcast series by Matt Wesolowski and this is a must read book!
Maria’s Review of Changeling

The Passengers

The Passengers by John Marrs
Full of twists and surprises, this is a must read for any thriller lover!
Maria’s Review of The Passengers

Great choices, thanks Maria. I also loved The Passengers by John Marrs and I can’t wait to read Changeling.

If Maria has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about her choices, please see the following links:

Horizontal Collaboration by Navie and Carole Maurel
Changeling by Matt Wesolowski
The Passengers by John Marrs

About Maria:
I am a blogger that loves to read!

Maria’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Varietats | Twitter @Sweeet83 |

If you’re a book blogger or an author and you have three books published this year which you want to shout about then please complete the following form (or click this link: https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)