#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Avonna Kershey (@avonnalovesgen1) #AvonnaLovesGenres #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello book fans and welcome to Sunday on damppebbles. It’s so good to see you! Today I am delighted to welcome another brilliant book blogger who is going to share three of their top 2019 releases with us. Joining me today is the lovely Avonna of Avonna Loves Genres. I’ve been following Avonna’s blog for some time now and I heartily recommend you do the same!

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 Avonna recommends…

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Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Favorite romance, hero and heroine of 2019. Emotional, heartfelt and romantic book that gave me everything I am looking for in a romance.
Avonna’s Review of Dirty Letters

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Covering Ollie (On Call #2) by Freya Barker
Strong romantic suspense with mature hero and heroine that I couldn’t put down.
Avonna’s Review of Covering Ollie

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Lethal Agent (The Mitch Rapp Series #18) by Vince Flynn/Kyle Mills
International thriller book #18 featuring Mitch Rapp and friends saving the US from all threats once again. High intensity and action.
Avonna’s Review of Lethal Agent

Thanks so much, Avonna, for sharing three of your top books of the year with us today.

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

Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Covering Ollie by Freya Barker
Lethal Agent by Vince Flynn/Kyle Mills

About Avonna:
Avid reader, book reviewer and blogger.

Avonna’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Avonna Loves Genres | Twitter @avonnalovesgen1 | Facebook |

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)

#R3COMM3DN3D2019 with #BookBlogger Sarah Jones (@lostinthelando1) #LostintheLandofBooks #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Happy weekend, book friends. I hope you have some bookish plans in store. Is there a better way to spend the weekend? Today I am delighted to welcome a fabulous book blogger to share the #R3COMM3DN3D2019 book love – the very lovely Sarah at Lost in the Land of Books. Sarah has recently celebrated her first blogiversary so if you don’t already, then head on over and give her a follow. You won’t regret it!

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 books Sarah recommends…

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Tainted Love (Soho Noir #1) by T.S. Hunter
This kicks off one hell of an amazing Soho Noir series and I am so in love with all the books. It’s a novella, short snappy and straight to the point. It sucks you in and leaves you wanting more.
Sarah’s Review of Tainted Love

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From Inside the House (DI Graves #2) by WD Jackson-Smart
This is one creepy read that gives you chills that run down your spine.
Sarah’s Review of From Inside the House

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Stay Mad, Sweetheart by Heleen Kist
This is one book I believe everyone should read regardless of their sex. It’s relevant and very much in tune with the #MeToo movement. It a delicious, addictive read
Sarah’s Review of Stay Mad, Sweetheart

Thanks so much, Sarah. Wonderful recommendations and all three are on the wishlist! I love that you’ve chosen books from two small indie presses as well.

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:

Tainted Love (Soho Noir #1) by T.S. Hunter
From Inside the House by WD Jackson-Smart
Stay Mad, Sweetheart by Heleen Kist

About Sarah:
Sarah Jones blogger at lost in the land of books. 33, mother of two, partner and fur baby mum. ASD and Epilepsy warrior mum.

Sarah’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Lost in the Land of BooksTwitter @lostinthelando1Instagram @lostinthelandof |

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 Adam Hamdy (@adamhamdy) @panmacmillan @Tr4cyF3nt0n #Black13 #ScottPearce #PendulumTrilogy #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello bookish friends and welcome to day forty-three of #R3COMM3ND3D2019. I am absolutely thrilled to welcome an incredibly popular author and the co-founder of Capital Crime, London’s premier crime writing festival, to share his three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 picks with us today – the brilliant Adam Hamdy. Adam is on the brink of publishing a fantastic new book which is the start of a new series featuring ex-MI6 officer, Scott Pearce. Black 13 will be published in ebook and hardback on 23rd January 2020 with the paperback to follow later in the year. I’ll tell you everything you need to know about Black 13 after we’ve discovered which three books Adam 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 Adam’s three recommendations…

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My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
This brilliantly addictive thriller was such a fresh and startling new voice, and deservedly the winner of Capital Crime’s Amazon Publishing Readers’ Award for best debut.

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The Night Fire (Harry Bosch #22) by Michael Connelly
If, like me, you’re a fan of Harry Bosch, you won’t be disappointed in this latest outing for the veteran LA detective. Left a missing case file by his former mentor, Bosch is back on the hunt for justice in the city that never sleeps.

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To The Lions by Holly Watt
An investigate journalist is tested to the limit on her latest shocking story, in this tense and gripping debut that gives an authentic insiders’ view of Fleet Street.

Wonderful recommendations, thank you Adam. I have My Sister, the Serial Killer on my terrifying TBR and I’ll be adding your other two recommendations as well.

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

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
The Night Fire by Michael Connelly
To The Lions by Holly Watt

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Black 13 is the brilliant first novel in the Scott Pearce series from Adam Hamdy. In this addictive and fast-paced thriller, ex-MI6 officer Pearce is about to show us that in a world where there is no loyalty to the nation state, it’s time to burn the espionage rule book.

An exiled agent. A growing threat. A clandestine war.

The world is changing beyond recognition.
Radical extremists are rising and seek to enforce their ideology globally.
Governments, the military and intelligence agencies are being outmanoeuvred at every step. Borders are breaking down. Those in power are puppets.
The old rules are obsolete. To fight this war a new doctrine is needed.
In a world where nothing is at it seems, where trust is gone, one man will make the difference.
Meet Ex-MI6 agent and man in exile, Scott Pearce.
It’s time to burn the espionage rule book.
Watch Pearce light the fire.

Pre-order your copy of Black 13: | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Pan Macmillan |

About Adam Hamdy:
British author and screenwriter Adam Hamdy works with studios and production companies on both sides of the Atlantic.

He is the author of the Pendulum trilogy, an epic series of conspiracy thriller novels. James Patterson described Pendulum as ‘one of the best thrillers of the year’, and the novel was nominated for the Glass Bell Award for contemporary fiction, and chosen as book of the month by Goldsboro Books. Pendulum was also selected for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club.

Prior to embarking on his writing career, Adam was a strategy consultant and advised global businesses in the medical systems, robotics, technology and financial services sectors, experience that has given him a useful insight into many industries.

Adam has a law degree from Oxford University and a philosophy degree from the University of London. He is a seasoned rock climber, skier and CPSA marksman.

Adam is a co-founder of Capital Crime. He is also the membership coordinator for the ITW Debut Authors Program.

Adam’s Social Media Links:
| Website | Twitter @adamhamdy | Facebook |

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 David Harris (@Bluebookballoon) #BlueBookBalloon #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello and welcome, bookish folk, to Thursday’s edition of #R3COMM3ND3D2019. After today there are only 15 #R3COMM3ND3D2019 posts left to share! Hasn’t time flown? Seems like only yesterday I was putting together the first post of the year! I am delighted to welcome a fantastic book blogger to share their three picks from 2019 with us today – the brilliant David of Blue Book Balloon. If you don’t already follow David’s reviews then you are seriously missing out. I love his blog and I’m certain you will too.

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 David recommends…

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The Dollmaker by Nina Allan
The Dollmaker is a masterful blend of the naturalistic and the fantastical. With shades of Remains of the Day, a man called Andrew Garvie travels to the West Country to meet a woman called Bramber. We read their letters, we read the book of fantastical stories that he has with him, and begin to see the borders of reality and fiction blending with echoes of an alternate England. There’s fantasy here, there’s a hint of romance, there are mysteries about both protagonists. A beautiful and gripping story.
David’s Review of The Dollmaker

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Joe Country (Jackson Lamb #6) by Mick Herron
Herron’s novels of the rejected second and third rate spies of Slough House, a fleapit of an office shunned by the rest of the Service, are excellent whether considered as thrillers or character studies. In Joe Country, the ‘slow horses’ of the Service get an outing to the wintery Welsh countryside The story here is very up to the moment (“…the Cold War didn’t really end. It just hid behind closed doors, like Trump in a tantrum”) taking in as it does the shady security backwash of Brexit and also the shifty (I said SHIFTY) behaviour of apparently respectable public figures who Herron comes within a whisker of identifying. As always, Herron’s writing is superb. That world-weary tone still conveys, I think, that these are colleagues who have strong feelings for each other. They may be strong feelings of resentment, yes, but who, in the end, have they got left – stripped of career, respect and, in many cases, of friends and family?
David’s Review of Joe Country

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A Modern Family by Helga Flatland
This story itself is deceptively simple. It concerns two generations of a family: parents Sverre and Torrill and children (eldest to youngest) Liv, Ellen and Håkon. There are two years between Liv and Ellen, eight years between her and Håkon. Liv’s kids Agnar and Hedda also feature, as does her husband Olaf, and Ellen’s partner Simen. As the book opens all are gathering in Italy for a family holiday at which Sverre’s seventieth birthday will be marked. However, he stuns the three children by announcing that he and Torrill have decided to divorce. We see the repercussions of this when they travel back home. Flatland’s dissection of these lives is merciless and thorough – while short, it’s not a book you can race through. I found I had to keep stopping both to think about what was going on, and also, at times, for a break from the merciless, and clever, exposure of a certain sort of family.

Merciless, because while one may at the end understand these characters, they are hard to like (except perhaps Agnar).

Clever, because Flatland gives us not just one unreliable narrator, but three…
David’s Review of A Modern Family

Thanks for your great choices, David. There are a couple of additions to the wishlist there, for sure!

If David 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 Dollmaker by Nina Allan
Joe Country by Mick Herron
A Modern Family by Helga Flatland

About David:
Reading obsessed vicar’s husband resident in Midsomer Murders country. Dad, dogwalker and doer of office things by day, under my secret identity as BBB I spend my nights shamelessly #BookTempting and raising my TBR.

David’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Blue Book BalloonTwitter @Bluebookballoon |

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 Kim Rogers (@about_thethrill) #ItsAllAboutTheThrill #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Happy Wednesday! Only two weeks to go until the big day…. How’s your shopping going? If in doubt, buy them books. Everyone loves books, right?! And if you’re looking for recommendations then I know just the place to go…..

Today I am delighted to welcome another fabulous book blogger to share their three #R3COMM3ND3D2019 reads with us – the brilliant Kim of It’s All About the Books. I love Kim’s blog so if you don’t already, head on over there and 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 Kim recommends…

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The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
Gothic, creepy, a house with a hideous history…OMG yes please!! This was hands down my favorite book by Ruth Ware! All the stars for this one!
Kim’s Review of The Turn of the Key

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My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
My most anticipated book of 2019! It not only lived up to my expectations, it exceeded them!
Kim’s Review of My Lovely Wife

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Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson
Ummm…it Peter Swanson! Always a mind blowing read!
Kim’s Review of Before She Knew Him

Brilliant recommendations, thanks so much Kim. And 100% YES – it’s a Peter Swanson book, what other reason do you need, right?! This is the second time we’ve seen My Lovely Wife too.

If Kim 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 Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

About Kim:
ER nurse, Book Blogger, Dog mom! I love thrillers! My perfect day is reading a good book with a cup of coffee and my 2 dogs!

Kim’s Blog and Social Media Links:
It’s All About the BooksTwitter @about_thethrillInstagram @itsallaboutthethrillGoodreads |

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 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 |

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#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…

the girl at the window

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)