Hello bookish friends and happy Wednesday to you! I hope your day is full to the brim of bookish treats and if you’re without something to read at the moment, well, allow me to help you with that! Today I am delighted to welcome another absolutely fabulous book blogger to share the #R3COMM3ND3D2020 book love and hopefully add a couple of books to your burgeoning TBRs. Joining me today is the marvellous Frankie who blogs over at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals. I love Frankie’s blog and her reviews are fantastic so if you don’t already subscribe, hop over to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals and change that!
So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? It’s about sharing the book love. It’s a chance for authors, book bloggers and bookstagrammers 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 2020. 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 2020 and 2) special editions and reissues do not count. I like to keep you lovely people on your toes. 😉
Here are Frankie’s three books…
The Colour of Mermaids by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead
How much do I love this book?! Let me count the ways….honestly, I’m already waxing lyrical….In one word, this book is perfect!! Absolutely and utterly heart-stopping, powerful and emotionally wrenching, intoxicatingly gripping, romantic and brilliantly thrilling; perfection!! I have always known that Catherine and Eleanor are masters of emotional and witty romance, but this one shows just how impressive their writing is. The way they tackled such deeply sensitive and somewhat taboo subjects such as; depression, mental health illness, drug abuse is impeccable.
Frankie’s Review of The Colour of Mermaids
The German Nurse by M. J. Hollows
I loved this book, it’s a powerful and emotional read from the start, I was completely taken with Jack and Johanna, they pulled at my heartstring with their beautiful love story, there were times I was in tears. This is all about survival, love and family and the contradicting feeling of duty, it’s the story of what a man would do to protect those he cares about most. Once Guernsey has occupied the people of the Island have to make choices to survive, Jack finds himself stuck between a rock and a hard place, he has a duty to do to protect his family and yet to do that he would put Johanna in danger. What is a man to do when everyone he cares about is the danger?
Frankie’s Review of The German Nurse
Where Butterflies Go by Debra Doxer
I am completely lost for words, I could use various platitudes such as ‘wow, stunning, breath-taking’ but to be perfectly honest there are no words that can fully do this gorgeous book justice. Nothing I can string together in form of a review will do justice to just how incredible and moving this book is, it feels wrong pinning a few overly used words to this beautiful book, this is incredibly special and a stunning tribute to those who were taken so brutally and a powerful testament to those who survived to share their stories with us all. Where Butterflies Go is a once in a lifetime book which everyone must read, it isn’t the easiest of reads at times, it’s emotional and haunting and will break the hardest of hearts, and there is hope and love and the pure unrelenting determination to survive. It will leave you feeling very emotional, I know that Meira and her family will stay with me for a long time.
Frankie’s Review of Where Butterflies Go
Three great sounding choices, thanks so much Frankie. Your wonderful enthusiasm for your three picks makes me want to read them all!
If Frankie has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:
Proud Yorkshire Lass, who is fond of a good cuppa and overly enthused with biscuits. Full-time carer and owner of a demonic Patterdale Pup. Avid reader and enthusiastic reviewer of many genres.
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