#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Joanne (@portybelle) #PortobelloBookBlog #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello book friends and welcome to Tuesday on damppebbles. I hope you’re having a fantastic book filled week so far! Today I am delighted to welcome another favourite book blogger of mine to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2019 book love with us – the fabulous Joanne of Portobello Book Blog. Joanne’s blog is absolutely gorgeous so I insist you give her a follow if you don’t already. 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 Joanne’s three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks…

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Needlemouse by Jane O’Connor
I really took the main character Sylvia to my heart. From a prickly character who made really bad decisions, she turned out to be one of my favourite fictional characters. A book to soothe the soul.
Joanne’s Review of Needlemouse

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The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey
I loved this book which whisked me back in time to the glamorous 1920s. It was gorgeously romantic and heartbreakingly tragic by turns.
Joanne’s Review of The Glittering Hour

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The Secret to Happiness by Jessica Redland
It’s a wonderful story of friendship between three very different women which made me smile and cry. It’s beautifully told and so uplifting.
Joanne’s Review of The Secret of Happiness

Three absolutely gorgeous sounding books (and look at those covers!). Thank you so much, Joanne.

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

Needlemouse by Jane O’Connor
The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey
The Secret to Happiness by Jessica Redland

About Joanne:
I can’t remember not being a reader and always have at least one book on the go. I started my blog, Portobello Book Blog, in April 2015 to share my love of the books I was reading and it’s been great fun. I’m a busy wife and mum to two lovely girls, an avid book reader of course, a nature watcher, a keen cook and baker, always on the go and I love living by the sea.

Joanne’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Portobello Book Blog | Twitter @portybelle | Facebook | Instagram @portybelle |

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)

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Kriti Khare (@_armedwithabook) #ArmedWithABook #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. It’s Monday which means we have a fabulous full week ahead of us of brilliant book recommendations all thanks to #R3COMM3ND3D2019. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – one of the things I love the most about #R3COMM3ND3D, apart from the glorious outpouring of book love, is that I get to discover new authors and book bloggers. Today I am delighted to welcome a new-to-me book blogger to tell us about three of their favourite reads from this year – Kriti Khare of Armed with a Book. If you don’ t already, pop over and give Kriti’s blog a follow!

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 Kriti recommends…

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resilience road: exploring your authentic life path by Beth Koritz
This is an amazing book about learning from the obstacles that one faces and continuing to try to create an authentic life. Throughout her life, Beth faced medical issues as well as relationship problems while she struggled to figure out whether she truly wanted to do those things or she was just trying to follow the check list society had created. A thoughtful book, exploring real struggle and resiliency with a toolkit to give the reader the ways to make it happen, Resilience Road is an amazing memoir and self-help book, all in one! Beth is brutally honest about her perception of herself and the world, her mistakes and her takeaways. I loved this book and will go back to it again!

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When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew: A Memoir by Hendrika de Vries
I love reading stories about war times because I don’t think we do justice to what the common people went through when we learn about them in school. It is harder to understand what people went through without actually hearing someone’s actual experiences. This is why I loved this book! Henny is five when war takes her father from the family as a Prisoner of War, as the Netherlands are occupied by Nazi Germany. Coming to terms with the social situation as a child, watching her mother be strong for their family of two, with unwavering faith the he will be back, Henny faces situations where she not only rethinks the role that religion plays in their lives, but also the position of women and the bounds created in times of war. I gained new knowledge about living in and after war times, about the Silent Generation, the necessity to move countries when the war was over, and much more. In the midst of all this, was the heroism of the women who helped their families and whoever they could aid, survive. Henny’s mother is a woman to be admired. If you are interested in history, particularly World War II, you should read this book. I am sure you it will be a cherished story.
Kriti’s Review of When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew: A Memoir

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The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
I love reading about time travel and this seemed like a great pick! Since I read after I started bookblogging, I think I was able to reflect on the concept of time-travel more than I had ever before. Rather than focusing on how the time machines work and the technology behind them, this book explores the effects that a time travelling profession would have on the traveller as well as the world itself. This book led me to think deeply about the concept of time travel – the shiny and the ugly parts of it are revealed beautifully by Kate through her characters. I appreciated the theme of understanding death from the human and time-traveller perspective, providing a commentary of developing resilience as one jumps through times. Odette’s role as the person who witnessed the woman’s death and her drive to understand what happened form an important inside link into the workings of the Conclave – the group that manages time travelling. There is also the theme of how power can corrupt people and the ways in which we justify the actions that we take. Overall though, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to all time traveling enthusiasts.
Kriti’s Review of The Psychology of Time Travel

Three very intriguing sound books, Kriti. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

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

resilience road: exploring your authentic life path by Beth Koritz
When a Toy Dog Became a Wolf and the Moon Broke Curfew: A Memoir by Hendrika de Vries
The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

About Kriti:
Kriti is an avid reader and learner. She expresses her love for lifelong learning by writing regularly on her blog about a variety of topics, posting book reviews, author interviews, how-to articles on bullet journalling, teaching, learning better and organisation. When not reading or working away on her blog, she applies the skills she has learned in as a Data Analyst, to her personal life, such a goal setting, building roadmaps and more.

Kriti’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Armed with a BookTwitter @_armedwithabookFacebookGoodreads |

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)

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Nicola Smith (@ShortBookScribe) #ShortBookandScribes #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello my bookish friends and welcome to Sunday on damppebbles. I am delighted to be joined by another of my favourite bloggers today for the THIRTY-EIGHTH #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post – the fabulous Nicola of Short Book and Scribes. Nicola’s blog is a treasure trove of bookish delights so if you don’t already follow her posts then that must change. Right now. We’ll wait for you……

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 Nicola recommends…

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The Six Loves of Billy Binns by Richard Lumsden
It’s the story of an ordinary and long life, one that has been well and truly lived and enjoyed for more than 100 years. I loved reading about Billy and the six woman who were a part of his life.
Nicola’s Review of The Six Loves of Billy Binns

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The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
This is Victorian fiction at its best. It’s evocative and atmospheric and I loved the characters. I was completely immersed in it.
Nicola’s Review of The Doll Factory

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Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams
This is my kind of love story. It’s not soppy or fluffy, it’s just pitch perfect. The two main characters struggle to actually meet for much of the book and I thought it was a really clever premise.
Nicola’s Review of Our Stop

Great choices, thanks so much Nicola! This is the second time we’ve seen The Doll Factory too. It’s now on an exclusive list of six other books which have been picked more than once…

If Nicola 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 Six Loves of Billy Binns by Richard Lumsden
The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal
Our Stop by Laura Jane Williams

About Nicola:
I’m a blogger from Sheffield and a part time church administrator. I have a 5 year old son and I try and cram as much reading into my spare time as I can. I love a variety of books including contemporary and literary fiction, psychological thrillers, time slip and time travel.

Nicola’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Short Book and Scribes | Twitter @ShortBookScribeFacebookInstagram @shortbookandscribes |

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)

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Adele Blair (@kraftireader) #Kraftireader #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and a warm welcome to damppebbles today. It’s the weekend, which is the perfect excuse to curl up with a good book. And if you’re looking for some new book recommendations then you’ve come to the right place! It’s day thirty-seven of #R3COMM3ND3D2019 and today I am delighted to welcome the very lovely Adele Blair of Kraftireader to share three of her standout reads from 2019. Adele’s blog is just gorgeous so make sure you pop over and have a look around. 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 Adele recommends…

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Leo and the Lightning Dragons by Gill White and Gilli B
This is a visual delight of a book raising awareness of a rare condition of epilepsy. The bravery of the author and her little boy is inspiring and I think this book should be in every school library.
Adele’s Review of Leo and the Lightning Dragons

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Five Steps to Happy by Ella Dove
This is one of those WOW books; it’s a story that is so full of hope, encouragement and warmth that it leaves your whole body, heart and soul fuelled with emotion.
Adele’s Review of Five Steps to Happy

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Christmas Child (Victorian Saga Romance Series #1) by Carol Rivers
Carol Rivers has written a very authentic Victorian saga that grips you with it’s honest description of life in its raw bleakness. I could feel the struggle of everyday life but I could also sense a flicker of determination to keep the hope and faith for better things to come.
Adele’s Review of Christmas Child

Excellent choices, Adele, thank you! It’s great to see Five Steps to Happy making it’s second #R3COMM3ND3D2019 appearance too! At the moment there are SIX books all with two votes each. I can’t wait to find out which book/s come out on top!

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

Leo and the Lightning Dragons by Gill White and Gilli B
Five Steps to Happy by Ella Dove
Christmas Child by Carol Rivers

About Adele:
I love how reading can be an invisible friend; it can lift you when you are down, it can also entertain you, make you laugh and can also make you cry, it can also inform you and fill your mind with wondrous facts and fill you with inspiration. You can find me reading along with my reading buddy (aka cat) armed with a cup of tea or two! My preferred genre are contemporary fiction, historical romance, historical fiction, sagas, romcoms and good old happy ever afters.

Adele’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Kraftireader | Twitter @kraftireader |

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)

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Sarah Swan (@Sarah_Swan2) #SarahsVignettes #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

It’s Friiiiiiiiidaaaaaaay! Happy ‘nearly the weekend’ day. Today I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger to damppebbles to share the R3COMM3ND3D2019 book love – the lovely Sarah Swan of Sarah’s Vignettes. If you haven’t discovered Sarah’s blog yet then you must. It’s absolutely gorgeous!

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 Sarah recommends…

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The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman
The Girl at the Window is the first novel by Rowan Coleman that I’ve read and what an introduction it is to her writing! It is simply stunning, from it’s elegant cover to the very last page.

The Girl at the Window is a hauntingly beautiful story about love and hope, set in and around Ponden Hall in Yorkshire. There are two stories told: historical and present day. Each story is so intricately and delicately woven together, they flow seamlessly.

I loved everything about this book but what really impressed me the most was Rowan Coleman’s author voice. It has a gentle, softly spoken nature to it – one I’ve not experienced before. It’s tender almost, holding our hand as we travel on Trudy’s journey with her. It’s sensitive to all of the characters stories, both past and present.

Whilst immersed in this story, I laughed, I cried, my heart pounded several times, but most all, I loved. A brilliant book that I cannot recommend enough!!
Sarah’s Review of The Girl at the Window

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The Path to the Sea by Liz Fenwick
I am a huge fan of Liz Fenwick’s work, having read and reviewed the majority of her books and was absolutely bowled over last year by One Cornish Summer (one of my books for #R3COMM3ND3D2018). I was curious to see where she was going to take her writing next and The Path to the Sea was another accomplished book from Liz Fenwick.

The Path to the Sea is a beautifully told dual-time story told from three generations points of view, alternating between past and present over one weekend in August.

Although the story is told from the three women’s points of view, there are 5 voices in total because of the time-slip. Each voice is so distinct that I am sure that if I had opened the book at any page, I would have been able to identify which of the women was telling their story. That’s clever.

There is a depth to this story that is new to Liz’s writing. On the surface, this is a multi-generational love story. Underneath, it is a story of love, loss, guilt, acceptance, forgiveness, and the result of what happens when you choose one path over another. This coupled with the rich detail and research I mentioned earlier, really do show what a talented storyteller Liz Fenwick is.

A Liz Fenwick story would not be complete without a house and the Cornish coastline, both of which are characters in themselves. Liz Fenwick’s sense of place is perfect and it is evident that she has thoroughly researched the setting. No detail is left unturned – Liz has captured everything! Her rich description of Boskenna, a gorgeous house sitting on a cliff, looking out to St Austell Bay, its gardens and the coast transported me right into the story.

Cornwall, secrets, families, houses and a historical strand. I loved it!!
Sarah’s Review of The Path to the Sea

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The House on the Edge of the Cliff by Carol Drinkwater
Rich description of Provence, family drama, intrigue, mystery, passion, loss coupled with what happens when the past and present collide and some twists and turns thrown in, all make The House on the Edge of the Cliff a compelling and gripping read from start to finish.

I really enjoyed the historical elements to this story. The House on the Edge of the Cliff is set around the Paris student riots of May 1968. From the detail that goes into these scenes, it is clear that Carol Drinkwater has researched this period to an inch of its life. I learnt a great deal about France’s history when I studied in Paris for 3 years, so I really appreciate these parts of her books as well as the present day France. It feels like coming home.

I love Carol Drinkwater’s novels and one of the things I enjoy about her storytelling, is her ability to write as though she is looking down the lens of a camera, capturing every aspect of the scene in front of her. Each sound of a cicada, perfume of a flower, crack on the wall of the house is described so vividly, I was transported to that moment.

Pure escapism!
Sarah’s Review of The House on the Edge of the Cliff

Fantastic choices, Sarah. Thank you. Nice to see The Girl at the Window make it’s second #R3COMM3ND3D2019 appearance too!

If Sarah 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 Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman
The Path to the Sea by Liz Fenwick
The House on the Edge of the Cliff by Carol Drinkwater

About Sarah:
Sarah Swan has been reading books from a very early age and before she could read, she was always flicking through picture books. She’s sure she was born with a book in her hand! Books are a big part of her life and she started her blog, Sarah’s Vignettes in 2017, to share her love for them. By day, she can be found working in marketing and engagement and by night, she can be found shouting out about books on her blog and social media.

Sarah’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Sarah’s VignettesTwitter @Sarah_Swan2FacebookInstagram @sarah_swan22 |

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)

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #Author Ali Bacon (@AliBacon) @LinenPressBooks #InTheBlinkOfAnEye #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to damppebbles on this wintery Thursday. I hope your day is full of fabulous books! Today I am delighted to welcome author Ali Bacon to the blog to share her three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks. Ali is the author of In the Blink of an Eye which was published by Linen Press last year. It sounds absolutely fascinating and I’ll tell you everything you need to know about the book once we’ve discovered which three books, published in 2019, Ali recommends.

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 Ali’s three choices…

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The Posthumous Adventures of Harry Whittaker by Bobbie Darbyshire
A warm-hearted read which fizzes with life.
Ali’s Review of The Posthumous Adventures of Harry Whittaker

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Finding A Way by Diane Simmons
Powerful in its simplicity.
Ali’s Review of Finding A Way

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A Proper Person to be Detained by Catherine Czerkawska
Intriguing slice of family and social history (non fiction).

Thanks Ali. All three of your recommendations look very interesting reads.

If Ali 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 Posthumous Adventures of Harry Whittaker by Bobbie Darbyshire
Finding A Way by Diane Simmons
A Proper Person to be Detained by Catherine Czerkawska

About In the Blink of an Eye:
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In1843, Edinburgh artist, David Octavius Hill, is commissioned to paint the portraits of 400 ministers who have broken away from the Church of Scotland. Only when he meets Robert Adamson, an early master of the new and fickle art of photography, does this daunting task begin to look feasible.

Hill is soon bewitched by the art of light and shade. He and Adamson become the darlings of Edinburgh society, immortalising people and places with their subtle and artistic images. In the Blink of an Eye is a re-imagining of Hill’s life in the words of those who were beguiled by his artistry and charismatic charm. Tender, tragic and sometimes humorous, these voices come together in a story of art and science, love and loss, friendship and photography.

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About Ali Bacon:
Ali Bacon grew up in Scotland and lives in South Gloucestershire where she writes contemporary and historical fiction. Her debut novel A Kettle of Fish was published in 2012 and In the Blink of an Eye (Linen Press 2018) set in Victorian Edinburgh was listed in Best Scottish books of 2018. She has had short stories listed for numerous prizes and was awarded the inaugural Sansom Prize as part of the Bristol Short Story Competition 2019.

Ali’s Social Media Links:
WebsiteTwitter @AliBaconFacebook |

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)

 

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Jo Robertson (@jocatrobertson) #MyChestnutReadingTree #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to damppebbles for day thirty-four of #R3COMM3ND3D2019. Today it is my great pleasure to welcome my #blogbestie to share the book love with us, the fabulous Jo Robertson of My Chestnut Reading Tree. I expect you’re already following Jo’s blog and if you’re not then you and I will be having words! Jo’s blog is one of my favourites, chock full of brilliant, insightful reviews.

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 chose…

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Lock Me In by Kate Simants
This is a brilliant debut novel with a unique storyline and a highly addictive narrative about a girl who is such a danger to herself and others that she has to be locked away in her room every night by her mother. The characters in the book are intriguing and strangely likeable and left me wanting far more from them especially the detective in charge of the case of Ellie’s missing boyfriend. This was one of my most favourite twisty reads of the year!

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A Place to Lie by Rebecca Griffiths
A Place to Lie is a wonderfully intriguing and beautifully crafted book from start to finish. There was a darkness here that I felt was reminiscent of those childhood nightmares brought on by grisly folklore tales told by children trying to scare the living daylights out of their friends! The woodland setting and the small village mentality were perfectly brought to life with a creepy atmosphere, so much so that I began to dread having to flashback to that Summer of 1990! The tension built slowly but I was kept thoroughly engaged by this coming of age journey. This was a brilliant read that could have gone down a more traditional path but instead took the twistier journey keeping me in the dark till that spectacular denouement.

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A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher
This is one of the best books that I’ve ever read. I took a chance on it as it isn’t my usual genre but I bought it to take away on my holiday (for my daughter’s wedding!) and I just couldn’t put it down! It’s stunning with a wonderfully crafted storyline and characters that felt as real to me as my own family. It was a journey that took me far away from my comfort zone and made me cry along the way with some unexpected twists. And it gave me the biggest book hangover ever!!!

Thanks so much, Jo. I love the sound of all three books you’ve chosen so they are going straight on the wishlist!

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:

Lock Me In by Kate Simants
A Place to Lie by Rebecca Griffiths
A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher

About Jo:
I’ve been reading every day since I was able to and set up My Chestnut Reading Tree 3 years ago as a way to keep track of the hundreds of books I read every year. I love recommending books to other readers! My biggest love is psychological thrillers but if a book has a good book or a great twist I’m easy about genre. In my alter ego I am a mum, nana and teaching assistant with an unnatural eBay addiction and a passion for twiglets.

Jo’s Blog and Social Media Links:
My Chestnut Reading TreeTwitter @jocatrobertson |

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)

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Jacqueline Sharp (@jacquel17298155) #JackiesReadingCorner #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome to damppebbles. I hope your week is going well so far and that it’s full to the brim of books. It’s time for another fantastic #R3COMM3ND3D2019 post and today my guest is brilliant book blogger, Jackie Sharp of Jackie’s Reading Corner. If you’re looking for a new blog to follow then I heartily recommend Jackie’s blog. She is fairly new to blogging so make sure you give her a follow.

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 Jackie recommends…

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Black Summer by M.W. Craven
I had read The Puppet Show which I had seen mentioned over and over in a Facebook group I was in and thought I needed to read it to see what everyone was talking about. What I hadn’t realised was I had it on my bookshelf, couldn’t even remember buying it. I read that one and by chance saw there was a new book coming out with the same characters and I loved Washington Poe and Matilda (Tilly) Bradshaw so much I knew I had to read the second book. By chance, this is when I had first found out about Netgalley and thought about blogging. I set up a rough blog page and requested quite a lot of books! Not expecting to get any, but I got a lot and one of them was Black Summer. I was so excited I had to read the next adventure with these two amazing characters and I am anxiously awaiting book three next year.
Jackie’s Review of Black Summer

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Take It Back by Kia Abdullah
This book really hit me with its story. A brilliantly written debut novel about a 16 year old girl, Jodie, who has severe facial disfigurements and has been ridiculed and bullied for most of her life, even her own mother an alcoholic was awful to her. You really felt for this young girl. She goes to a rape counselling centre where she meets Zara Kaleel a high flying barrister who had given up that role to become a rape counsellor. When Jodie comes in, she accuses 4 Muslim boys of raping her. Zara herself is a Muslim. The story is so fast paced, Zara gets a lot of stick from her family and press for representing a white girl against 4 boys who are Muslims. Jodie comes under fire even more than she did before her best friend calls her a liar. Zara has already disappointed her family who practically shun her before she even takes this job. The first half of the book focuses on Jodie and her story to Zara. The second half is the trial and you really feel like you are in that courtroom. This is one of my top reads of this year.
Jackie’s Review of Take It Back

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Degrees of Guilt by HS Chandler
I have read other books by this author under the name Helen Fields, so it was interesting to read something different by her. This was another one of those books that just blew you away. Maria Bloxham has been married to her husband Edward for 18 years. One day she picks up the telephone, dials 999, and when asked what service she wants she tells them she isn’t sure as she has just killed her husband. The police arrive first and she is standing outside with the leg of a chair in her hand, blood and what looks like brain matter is on one end and she has blood on her hands. She is told to drop the leg which she does. Paramedics arrive shortly after. But Edward isn’t dead. He will never speak again or do anything much and he will need 24-hour care. But why did Maria Bloxham do this? The rest of the book is through two points of view; Maria on how she met her husband and their married life. The other viewpoint is one of the jurors on Maria’s trial, Charlotte ‘Lottie’ Hiraj. There is a reason the two storylines are picked but to say why would give some plot away. The trial is so tense and gripping, meeting the jurors, their views and an explosive ending. This is another book that at times I struggled a little with the content, having been in a similar situation. No, I haven’t killed anyone, lol…yet! It’s just one of those books that resonates with you. I hadn’t expected to pick two books with trials in them but again this is another top read for me this year.
Jackie’s Review of Degrees of Guilt

Excellent choices, thank you Jackie. I loved Black Summer and your other two choices are on the wishlist. This is the second time Take It Back has been chosen as a #R3COMM3ND3D2019 pick!

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

Black Summer by M.W. Craven
Take It Back by Kia Abdullah
Degrees of Guilt by HS Chandler

About Jackie:
I have been blogging since June of this year 2019, I am enjoying getting to know new people, and love reading books.

Jackie’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Jackie’s Reading CornerTwitter @jacquel17298155 |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Jen Lucas (@JenMedBkReviews) #JenMedsBookReviews #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello lovely book people and welcome to a brand new week of brilliant #R3COMM3ND3D2019 posts! I couldn’t think of a better way to start the week than inviting one of my favourite bloggers to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2019 book love with us. My guest today is the fabulous Jen Lucas of Jen Med’s Book Reviews. You are truly missing out if you’re not following Jen’s blog. Her reviews are awesome and her passion for the books she reads shines through. Go check out her blog and hit subscribe whilst you’re there!

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 Jen chose…

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Turbulent Wake by Paul E. Hardisty
Not crime fiction, but this is a stunning book full of such evocative writing and such wonderful description that you feel yourself at the heart of the action. You can feel the emotion emanating from the page and feel the passion that the author has for his subject matter. In essence this is the story of a son finally getting to know his father, but beyond that it is much, much more and definitely deserves a much wider audience.
Jen’s Review of Turbulent Wake

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Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald
This book had me howling with laughter from the off. Full of dark humour and brilliant characters, this is a clear example of how the perfect storm of work stress, menopause and non repenting sex offenders can really make a bad day even worse. So absolutely wrong it is more than perfectly right.
Jen’s Review of Worst Case Scenario

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The July Girls by Phoebe Locke
To be honest, and I said this in my review, I struggle to tell you exactly what it is about this book that grabbed me, but grab me it did. This was a complete surprise of a book, a one night read, which pulled me in from the off. Great characters, a very intriguing and sometimes dark storyline set against the seven-seven bombings which just held my attention until the end.
Jen’s Review of The July Girls

Thanks so much, Jen. All three of your recommendations are on the terrifying TBR already and I cannot wait to read them! It’s nice to see Turbulent Wake make its second appearance on this years #R3COMM3ND3D too.

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

Turbulent Wake by Paul E. Hardisty
Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald
The July Girls by Phoebe Locke

About Jen:
I am a 40 something book blogger from the West Midlands. A recovering Logistics Manager, I now wrangle contracts for a living and read books to clear my mind after a hard (?) day at work. I’ve been blogging for 3.5 years and have a particular love of all things crime fiction.

Jen’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Jen Med’s Book ReviewsTwitter @JenMedBkReviewsFacebook |

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#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Paul Cheney (@halfmanhalfb00k) #HalfManHalfBook #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Happy December! The warmest of welcomes to the blog today and to day thirty-one of #R3COMM3ND3D2019. I am loving the recommendations we’ve had so far and I can’t wait to see which other books get a mention before the feature finishes on 30th December. At the moment two books are tied in first place. They are The Binding by Bridget Collins and Blood and Sugar by Laura Shepherd-Robinson. I wonder if it will stay that way…

Today I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks with us – the brilliant Paul Cheney of Halfman, Halfbook. I love Paul’s blog because he tends to read a lot of non-fiction and his reviews are so well-written and always interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing which three books Paul has chosen for us today!

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 Paul recommends…

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Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie
She is one of the best writers out there period. She has a way of conjuring words that I haven’t experienced with any other author. Fantastic book.
Paul’s Review of Surfacing

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Ring the Hill by Tom Cox
Tom Cox is using crowdfunding to enable him to write about any subject he wants to. This book is a loose sequel to 21st Century Yokel and is about the pleasure of climbing hills. And hares too.
Paul’s Review of Ring the Hill

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Underland by Robert Macfarlane
Robert Macfarlane is a tour de force in natural history, landscape and travel writing and this is his best so far.
Paul’s Review of Underland

Thanks so much, Paul. Great choices. All three books look very interesting.

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

Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie
Ring the Hill by Tom Cox
Underland by Robert Macfarlane

About Paul:
I have always loved all things about reading and books, and cannot walk past a bookshop or library without popping in; just to look, you understand.

I read all types and genres of books, but my real passion is for non-fiction, in particular travel, natural history, history and science. I also love science fiction and fantasy and try to read some contemporary fiction along the way too.

I have been writing for NB Magazine as a non-fiction reviewer for over three years now.

Paul’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Halfman, HalfbookTwitter @halfmanhalfb00k |

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)