#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Emma Poulloura (@starcrossed89) #StarCrossedReviews

I am delighted to welcome Emma Poulloura to damppebbles today.  Emma blogs over at the fabulous Star Crossed Reviews and is here to share her three recommended reads from the plethora of books published last year (that’s 2017).

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I invite authors and book bloggers to share three MUST READ titles.  The only requirement is that the books must have been published in 2017.  Easy, right?!

Here are Emma’s recommendations…

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A Song for Tomorrow by Alice Peterson
This book has a personal meaning because 2 of my brothers have CF but it is also a very inspirational book.

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What It Takes by Sonya Loveday
This is another book that will give you all the feels. It pushes boundaries and really talks about big issues.

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Playing Defense by Aven Ellis
I am a HUGE fan of Aven’s work and this book is her best yet. It’s funny, real and it has Oreos!


Thank you for joining me today, Emma and for your recommendations.  If Emma has managed to tempt you or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends, please click the following amazon.co.uk links:

A Song for Tomorrow by Alice Peterson | What It Takes by Sonya Loveday | Playing Defense by Aven Ellis |

About Emma:
I’m 27 but still pretending I’m 23. I live with my boyfriend and our Frenchie Basil. I have 5 brothers and growing up being the only girl taught me a lot about the other sex and exactly how to get them to see things your way. I’m a chocoholic and a bit of foodie. I love to eat but only enjoy cooking when I have a lot of time. I’ve always been a girly girl who loves makeup and nails but I’m not the best at either lol. I’ve been a book blogger for 3 years now and it’s hands down the best decision I ever made.

Emma’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Star Crossed Reviews | Twitter | Facebook | 

My thanks to Emma for joining me today.  Make sure you stop by tomorrow when I welcome Karen of Go Buy The Book with her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads.


#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Sarah Swan (@Sarah_Swan2) #SarahsVignettes

I am delighted to welcome another fabulous book blogger to damppebbles today who is, once again, fairly new to me – the wonderful Sarah Swan of Sarah’s Vignettes.  Sarah’s blog is well worth a visit if you haven’t had the pleasure yet.  Sarah has kindly agreed to share her three #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I invite book bloggers and authors to pop over to damppebbles HQ and shout about three favourite books.  Any author, any genre – the only thing to tie the books together is that they must have been published last year, in 2017.

Here are Sarah’s choices…

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The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick
Simply stunning! A story of love, war, loss, family and betrayal, set in beautiful Cornwall, The Returning Tide tells two interconnecting stories: one of sisters Amelia and Adele, living in Cornwall, during World War II, and, one of Lara, in the present day, living in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and of her trip to Cornwall to trace her Great-Grandfather’s steps during World War II. It is extremely well-researched and beautifully written. If I had not known otherwise, I would have thought the author was writing from her own life experiences. The depth of feeling in telling this story increases with each turn of the page, so much so, I was in tears by the end of it. It takes a lot for a book to make me cry and this is testament to Liz Fenwick’s sophisticated, elegant, and heartfelt writing style. This is a story that will stay with me for a long time.

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Persuading Austen by Brigid Coady
A super modern day retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion! I think it is brave to take such a Classic and make it contemporary. Brigid Coady does this so well, sticking to the main plot points and throwing in some twists and turns which kept me reading. As I got further into Persuading Austen, I forgot that it was based on a classic, and the story took on a new form, gained it’s own identity. Brigid Coady’s writing is super – it is real and from the heart. There is so much humour too! This all allowed for the story to flow really well and I finished the book in 2 days (that’s quick for me!). Persuading Austen made me laugh out loud, cry, empathise, and sympathise. It made me happy. It made me sad. Most of all, Persuading Austen is a book which left me smiling and happy at the end of it – and what a wonderful feeling that was. I absolutely loved this book!

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The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater
The Lost Girl is well-crafted, extensively researched, beautifully written, and full of raw emotion. On Friday 13 November 2015, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks occurred across Paris. Suicide bombers targeted the Stade de France football stadium, and there were other bombs and mass shootings at cafes and restaurants. Over 1000 concert goers were taken hostage at the Bataclan theatre and 89 of them were shot dead. I first heard what had happened when I was scrolling through Twitter and saw lots of tweets with the hashtag #PortesOuvertes, Open Doors, from people offering help of accommodation, transport, food, water, etc. I quickly turned on the news to find out what was going on and watched in horror at poor, innocent, people desperately trying to escape the Bataclan in any way they could and listened to their horrifying screams echoing across a city which was so scarily quiet. In The Lost Girl, Carol Drinkwater writes so vividly about this night and the events surrounding it that you finish the novel feeling as though you have lived through it yourself. She is a great storyteller and writes with such depth and rich description that I became completely immersed in the story from the opening paragraph and forgot about the real world away from the book.


Fantastic recommendations, thank you so much for joining me today Sarah.  I’ve added ‘The Lost Girl’ to my wishlist.  Not a book I would normally consider (and it feels quite a way outside of my comfort zone) but the way you describe the story has me intrigued.  I want to read this book following your mini-review.

If Sarah has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she recommends then please see the following amazon.co.uk links:

The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick | Persuading Austen by Brigid Coady | The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater |

About Sarah:
Hello, I’m Sarah. I adore books and I am a keen photographer.

I have been reading books from a very early age and before I could read, I was always flicking through picture books – I’m sure I was born with a book in my hand!

I read a wide range of genres and I am willing to try most genres once, but I do keep going back to both contemporary and historical fiction more than anything else.

Books are a big part of my life and I started my blog, Sarah’s Vignettes, so I could share my love for them.

From an early age, I have loved taking photographs and with the advent of social media, I love sharing them with family and friends. In early 2016, I was having a conversation with a dear friend about a recent day trip and the photographs I had taken, during which she said I should share my photographs wider and write about the stories behind them. So from time to time, I post on my blog about general experiences in my life, which will be based around my own personal photographs. You will also find that most of the pictures of books on my blog are taken by me.

Sarah’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Sarah Vignette’s | Facebook | Twitter |

My thanks to Sarah for joining me today.  Make sure you stop by tomorrow when I welcome Emma Poulloura of Star Crossed Reviews to damppebbles with her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads.


#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Gemma Wiles (@GemmaWiles) #GemsQuietCorner

It is my great pleasure to welcome another ‘new favourite’ blogger to damppebbles today, the very lovely Gemma Wiles of Gem’s Quiet Corner.  Gemma hasn’t been blogging very long but she’s already made her mark and I, for one, love her blog.  Gemma has joined me today to share her three #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is a chance for book bloggers and authors to share three standout reads from 2017.  That’s it!  It’s that simple.  Three favourite reads published in 2017.

Here are Gemma’s choices…

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Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton
Who would think a book involving peacocks, nuns and a hot air balloon could make such a corker of a read. This book just starts at a 100 miles an hour and never gives in. I love it when I’m reading a book where I just don’t have a single clue how everything is going to come together, or how it even can – and then when it does all fit together you are just sat open-mouthed, thinking WOW!

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This Love by Dani Atkins
Dani’s writing, storytelling and characters are always so beautiful. This book is essentially a book about the different types of love: family, friendships, that new love at the start of a relationship. She writes about tragedy and sadness, but when you close the book after those final pages, you’ll find you feel positive and uplifted. I’m not someone who shows their emotions much, so when a book leaves me in complete floods of tears, the author has certainly managed to work her magic.

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Perfect Remains (DI Callanch #1) by Helen Fields
In my crime reading I look for something that has strong detectives and a brutal killer (who I get a good insight into their heads and a strong POV from) which is exactly what I got in this first book of the series. The killer is probably the most clever, twisted and disturbing one I’ve come across in books this year – whilst reading it’s fair to say I’ve never felt so protective of my teeth! Gorgeous, French D.I Callanach, and strong, feisty D.I Ava Turner make a fabulous team, and I love seeing how their relationship grows throughout this book.


Awesome recommendations, Gemma, thank you so much for joining me today.  I am desperate to read ‘Perfect Remains’ and ‘Dead Woman Walking’.  Both of which I am pleased to say I have on my TBR, yay!

If Gemma has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the book she recommends then please click the following amazon.co.uk links:

Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton | This Love by Dani Atkins | Perfect Remains by Helen Fields |

About Gemma:
My name is Gemma and I’m in my early 30’s. I work nights in an adult health and social care setting, I have an 11 year old son, and I am owned by a cat called Milo!

I’ve only been blogging for a few months (started in August) but I’ve loved books ever since I was a little girl when my gran used to take me to work with her, at her cleaning job in Easingwold library. She’d do her jobs whilst I’d have the whole library to myself! I enjoy many genres: Crime, Police Procedurals, Thrillers, Mystery, and well written Romantic Comedy and Chick-Lit.

Besides books, I’m a tea addict, crazy cat lady and have slight obsessions with buying pyjamas and pretty bedding sets!

Gemma’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Gem’s Quiet Corner | Twitter |

Huge thanks to Gemma for joining me today.  Make sure you stop by tomorrow when I welcome the fabulous Sarah Swan of Sarah’s Vignettes to damppebbles with her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Nicki Maguire (@Nicki_Mags) #SecretLibraryBlog

I am delighted to welcome another fellow book blogger to damppebbles today.  The lovely Nicki Maguire who blogs over at Secret Library Blog.  Nicki has very kindly agreed to share her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 picks with us today.

I’m sure we’re all fully up to date with how #R3COMM3ND3D2017 works by now but if not, it’s an opportunity for authors and book bloggers to shout about three books they love.  The only stipulation being, the books must have been published in 2017.

Here are Nicki’s choices…

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Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
I loved everything about this quirky book. The main character fascinated me even though I didn’t particularly like her., The backwards telling of the story was so clever, really messing with my head, but not so badly that I couldn’t understand what was going on. Perfect for lovers of quirky thrillers.

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The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase
This was a wonderful dual time novel set in present day and the summer of 1959. It was full of atmosphere and in both settings, but it was the 1950s part that I really loved and felt transported back to time before I was born.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I was an amazing book that I couldn’t and didn’t want to put down. It opened up a whole new world to me making me uncomfortable as I read it. I don’t normally read YA books but I’m so glad I picked this one up. It’s one of those books that everyone should read.


Many thanks for joining me today Nicki, and for your brilliant recommendations!  I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Genuine Fraud’

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

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart | The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde by Eve Chase | The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas |

About Nicki:
I’m Nicki a 40 something wife and mother to a 16 year old son. I live on the beautiful island of Jersey where we only have a Waterstones bookshop and a WHSmith to buy books from. Fortunately, we have a fantastic library service over here and all the charity shops sell second hand books too. Twice a year the local guide Dogs for the Blind charity have their second-hand book sales which raise thousands of pounds each time.

I’ve dabbled with blogging for years and have been reviewing books for a long time on Goodreads, Amazon and Waterstones, but wanted a central place for all my reviews. I had a book blog on Booklikes for a few years but actually started this blog last October when Booklikes looked like it was dying. It recovered but I preferred the new format on WordPress and so made this my blog home. I’m very happy here and have been made very welcome by all the lovely book bloggers out there.

Nicki’s Blog and Social Media Links:
Secret Library Blog | Twitter | Facebook |

My thanks to Nicki for joining me today.  Make sure you pop back tomorrow when I will be sharing my top reads of the year and the last #CaseClosed of 2017!

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Rachel Broughton (@rae_reads1) #RaeReads

It is my pleasure to welcome the lovely Rachel of Rae Reads to damppebbles today.  Rae Reads is well worth a visit if you haven’t discovered Rachel’s wonderful blog yet.  I thoroughly enjoy her reviews and I’m thrilled to have Rachel join me today to share her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 picks.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is a chance for book bloggers and authors to champion three books published in 2017.  That’s it as far as rules go, the book must have been published in 2017.

Here are Rachel’s choices…

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The Many Colours of Us by Rachel Burton
There is such a hopeful feeling to the story that I couldn’t help but be drawn in and I loved the main characters Edwin and Julia. The writing is descriptive with a lovely emotional edge, it really is a brilliant debut.

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Letters to Eloise by Emily Williams
Emily Williams has a lovely descriptive writing style that had me continually turning the pages. Along with creating a wonderful character in Flora who is so engaging, her story definitely held an emotional hold over me.

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The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen (translated by David Hackston)
I loved how matter of fact the main character Jaakko is and it was so much fun going on this madcap journey with him. The story is cleverly written and at times darkly funny which I really appreciated. Highly recommended!


Thank you so much for these brilliant recommendations, Rachel.  And it’s good to see Antti Tuomainen’s ‘The Man Who Died’ popping up again.  I really must get myself a copy!

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

The Many Colours of Us by Rachel Burton | Letters to Eloise by Emily Williams | The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen |

About Rachel:
My name is Rachel or if you like you can call me Rae and I’m married with two children. They definitely keep me busy so being a book blogger helps to keep me sane(ish) I started blogging in December 2015 and I can’t believe how fast the time has gone.

My favourite genres are romance, mystery, historical fiction & thrillers. I’ve always been a book worm so my blog is a wonderful way to share my love of reading xx

Rachel’s Blog and Social Media Links:

Rae Reads | Twitter | Facebook |

Huge thanks to Rachel for joining me today.  Thrilled to welcome Nicki Maguire of Secret Library Blog to damppebbles tomorrow with her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads so make sure you pop back tomorrow!

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Karen Cole (@karlou) #HairPastAFreckle

It is my great pleasure to welcome another awesome book blogger to damppebbles HQ today – the lovely Karen Cole of Hair Past A Freckle.  I haven’t been following Karen’s blog as long as some others but I’ve become such a fan of her reviews.  I also like her blog because it has a slightly different sounding name.  (I can empathise Karen, I’m regularly asked why I chose to call my blog damppebbles!).

Karen has very kindly agreed to share her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads with us today.  #R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I invite book bloggers and authors to share three of their favourite books published in 2017.  It’s that simple – three books, all published in 2017.

Here are Karen’s choices…

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The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen
What can I say about this book to really do it justice? The Man Who Died is my top read this year and it will be a book I’ll be talking about for years. A deliciously dark black comedy thriller, it is beautifully written and juxtaposes the laughs with moments of tension and poignant truths. I defy anybody not to warm to Jaakko Kaunismaa, a mushroom entrepreneur who discovers he has been slowly poisoned and decides to investigate his own murder. With unique (and grisly!) deaths, dry wit and touching observations, this really is one of those books I want to thrust into the hands of anybody who ventures into a bookshop. See my full review here: https://hairpastafreckle72.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/blogtour-bookreview-man-who-died-by.html

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The Cardinal’s Man by M.G. Sinclair
I loved this fictional biography that follows the life of Sebastian Morra, a dwarf born into poverty who rises to become a trusted ally of Cardinal Richelieu. M.G. Sinclair vividly brings 17th century France to life, from the abject poverty of many citizens driven to the brink of starvation by the relentless Thirty Years War, to the opulence of Louis XIII’s court and the power battles and intrigue behind the throne. Starkly visceral yet beautifully written and there’s some real tension here too so this could be the ideal book for thriller lovers looking to try historical fiction! See my full review here: https://hairpastafreckle72.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/blogtour-bookreview-cardinals-man-by-mg.html

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Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfař
With a Nutella loving giant arachnid alien, the Velvet Revolution that saw the end of Communism in Eastern Europe, childhood memories of rural Czechoslovakia and a marriage on the rocks, this is definitely the most unique book I’ve read this year! Jaroslav Kalfař blends the fabulously absurd with a riveting social history. Ultimately about a young man who must confront his past; it might be strange but this beautifully written book combines sci-fi, historical and literary fiction and is weird, funny and touching. See my full review here: https://hairpastafreckle72.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/book-review-spaceman-of-bohemia-by.html


Thank you so much for joining me today, Karen and for your great recommendations.  I really must get myself a copy of ‘The Man Who Died’ as it’s popping up on #R3COMM3ND3D2017 fairly often.  And in all honesty, ‘grisly deaths’ are two of my trigger words!

If Karen has managed to pique your interest or if you would like to find out more about the titles she has recommended, please see the following amazon.co.uk links:

The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen | The Cardinal’s Man by M.G. Sinclair | Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfař |

About Karen:
My name is Karen and when I’m not reading or blogging about books I’m a teaching assistant and midday supervisor in a primary school. I live in Dorset with my husband, three daughters, and a dog, cat, rabbit and tortoise. Before I had my children I was a veterinary nurse in a mixed practice. I started Hair Past A Freckle in 2013, it was originally going to be a blog about anything and everything but I found I loved being a book blogger. The name is taken from something my dad used to say, it refers to either not knowing or not caring about the time – I’m sure most people reading this will have lost track of time when engrossed in a book so it seems apt!

Karen’s Blog and Social Media Links:

Hair Past A Freckle | Twitter | Facebook |

My thanks to Karen for joining me today.  Make sure you stop by again tomorrow when I welcome the awesome Rachel Broughton of Rae Reads to damppebbles with her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 picks!


#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Emma Littlefield (@LittlefieldEmma) #OneReadersThoughts

How was your Christmas bookish friends?  I hope you had a wonderfully festive time with the people you care about, and you are now the proud owner of lots of lovely new books to read.  I can’t quite believe it’s all over for another year!  Still, New Year is on the horizon which means my ‘Top 10 Books of the Year’ post is imminent, shortly followed by my second-year blogiversary!

And, thank goodness we’re back to #R3COMM3ND3D2017 which I have sorely missed over the last couple of days.  Goodness knows how I will cope when the middle of January arrives and I wave goodbye to #R3COMM3ND3D until November 2018!  Anyway, enough of my wittering.  Today I am delighted to welcome another fabulous book blogger to damppebbles with her  #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads.  Emma Littlefield blogs over at the wonderful One Readers Thoughts, which if you haven’t discovered yet then you must!

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is an opportunity for book bloggers and authors to shout about three books published in 2017 which they loved,  I’m all about sharing the book love and what better way to do that than ask my bookish peers to share their most loved reads.

Here are Emma’s choices…

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The Last Day of Emily Lindsey by Nic Joseph
I thought this was a clever plot, which wove the past and present together so well that I was kept guessing until the very end. The characters were well drawn and the setting, which included a cult, completely drew me in.

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The Binding Song by Elodie Harper
An excellent debut. It was a perfect read as the nights started to draw in. There are great characters, a prison setting which made for a dark story, and a supernatural twist which made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.


Forgotten by Nicole Trope
Whilst there a more than a few books out there with the missing children and frantic parents, I haven’t read any as well written as this. It looks at it from the points of view of the parents, police, and the abductor. It’s tense from the first page and I couldn’t put it down,


Excellent choices, thank you Emma.  I really enjoyed the atmospheric feel of ‘The Binding Song’ and would pick up another book written by Elodie Harper in a heartbeat.

If Emma has tempted you or if you would like to like to find out more about the books she has recommended, please see the following amazon.co.uk links:

The Last Day of Emily Lindsey by Nic Joseph | The Binding Song by Elodie Harper | Forgotten by Nicole Trope |

About Emma (and my favourite bio of the series so far!):
I’ve been a book blogger for about three years (with a few breaks for “blogger burnout”). I love to read, and sometimes I don’t feel like I do much else. I read a lot of books where people end up dead but anything that catches my eye will get read including non-fiction. I would live in the library if I could but the librarians might find that a bit strange.

Emma’s Blog and Social Media Links:
One Readers Thoughts | Twitter |

My thanks to Emma for joining me today.  Join me again tomorrow when Karen Cole of ‘Hair Past a Freckle’ book blog will be joining me to share her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads!  See you tomorrow my bookish lovelies.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Anne Williams (@Williams13Anne) #BeingAnne

It is my pleasure to welcome one of the loveliest people in the booky world to damppebbles today, the lovely Anne Williams of Being Anne….  Anne’s blog was one of the first I followed when I started damppebbles all those years ago (OK, only two years!) and I’ve been a huge fan ever since.  Anne has kindly agreed to share her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads with us today.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is an opportunity for authors and book bloggers to share three must-read titles with the rest of us.  The only stipulation being, the books must have been published this year – in 2017.

Here are Anne’s choices…

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Not Thomas by Sara Gethin
If you’d told me that I’d sit, totally rapt, reading a book written in the voice of a five year old child, seeing a dreadful world of drug culture, violence and neglect through his eyes and from his unique perspective – well, I really wouldn’t have believed you. This book was just stunning. Read my full review here: http://wp.me/p7NhnN-Ms

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Snow Sisters by Carol Lovekin
And another stunner? The most exquisite writing – imagery, descriptions, detail drawn from nature, all breath-taking in their beauty. There’s magic woven into this book too – it’s there in the narrative, but it’s also there in the writing. Read my full review here: http://wp.me/p7NhnN-SC


ZENKA by Alison Brodie
From the sublime to… the totally unexpected! A wildcard for my third choice – a Hungarian pole dancer, gangland crime and a totally preposterous story, told with warmth, humour, and tremendous panache. I never thought I’d like this book in a month of Sundays – but I absolutely loved it. Read my full review here: http://wp.me/p7NhnN-Ww


Thank you so much, Anne.  All brilliant choices and I’ve had my eye on ‘ZENKA’ for a while now.  Keep seeing some truly great reviews.

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

Not Thomas by Sara Gethin | Snow Sisters by Carol Lovekin | ZENKA by Alison Brodie |

About Anne:
My name is Anne (as you’ve probably guessed…) and I live in the beautiful market town of Wetherby in West Yorkshire. I haven’t always lived here though – I’m originally from a village near Bangor in North Wales. I worked as a civil servant (DWP) for more years than I care to remember, in my later years working in project and change management, and in marketing and communications. But I’m now 62 years of age, retired for the last three years, and – although I care for my 92 year old mum some of the time – can spend my time doing all the things I most enjoy. My first passion has always been reading – I now enjoy spending much of my time doing just that, writing about books on Being Anne, and discussing them with blogging and reading friends. The blog is now nearly five years old – transferred last year to the WordPress platform, from Blogger, where it had over 220,000 views. I was so thrilled to win the Best Pal Blog Award at the 2016 Annual Bloggers’ Bash – and I was thoroughly delighted to win it for a second time in 2017. I also really enjoy doing a monthly book review slot on local community radio, and run the local U3A Book Group. I travel regularly to book related events – and am lucky to be invited to some of the best launches and parties. My second passion is travel – I live for my holidays, usually long haul, and really love to visit places where other people might not have been.

Anne’s Blog and Social Media Links:

Being Anne… | Twitter | Facebook |

No #R3COMM3ND3D2017 for the next couple of days because it’s Christmas, yay!  But make sure you check in again on 27th December when I will be welcoming Emma Littlefield of One Reader’s Thoughts to damppebbles.  Have a wonderful Christmas; full of friends, family and books and I’ll see you on 27th December. ❤🎄

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #Author Tracie Delaney (@tracie_delaney) #PassionateAboutBooks #WinningAce

I am delighted to welcome Tracie Delaney, author of the Winning Ace series of novels and blogger over at Passionate About Books, to damppebbles today with her three recommended reads published in 2017.  The latest book in the Winning Ace series, Mismatch, is published TODAY so many congratulations Tracie!  Have a wonderful publication day.

#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where book bloggers and authors choose three MUST READ books published since January 1st 2017.  Not necessarily their top three, just three standout reads.  And they don’t have to be crime reads either.  I’m open to suggestions in any genre.

So without further ado, I’ll hand over to Tracie…

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Last Breath by Robert Bryndza (Detective Erika Foster #4)
I am a HUGE fan of Robert’s Erika Foster series. She’s everything I love about women protagonists; strong, fearless, passionate and, above all, flawed. Ever since I read Girl in the Ice, I wait—not so patiently—for the next in the series. In this novel, I think Robert broke the bar he’d set for himself with the previous novels. I loved how Erika had to fight for her place on the investigation team. And fight she did…tooth and nail. Robert’s writing continues to excel. I can’t wait to see where he takes this series.

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Over My Shoulder by Patricia Dixon
Oh my, but this was a difficult book to read. It reminded me of how I felt when I read Michael J Malone’s A Suitable Lie. The story follows Freya who falls under the spell of a very bad man. The menace builds slowly, and before she realises, Freya is in too deep to extricate herself. Patricia Dixon does a marvellous job of dealing with a very difficult subject. I actually found myself shouting at Freya to run, to get as far away from Kane as she could and that is the sign of a book that has me in its grip. Highly, highly recommend this novel.

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Forbidden Bonds by Lexi C. Foss (Immortal Curse series #2)
This novel is the second in a new PNR (Paranormal Romance) series. Now I’m a bit fussy about my PNR. In fact, very few authors excel in this genre. It’s one of those where you have to dig to find someone who does this well. J R Ward is the master, and I measure every PNR novel I read against hers. But with this second novel in her Immortal Curse series, Lexi C Foss has me desperate for more. The first novel was a little slow for me – but that often happens in PNR or fantasy where the author needs to build the world around the book, but in Forbidden Bonds, the world was established so the story could be told. Lexi is definitely a PNR author to watch – I can’t wait for the next in the series.


Thanks so much for taking part in #R3COMM3ND3D2017 Tracie, and for your great suggestions.  If any of the books Tracie has recommended take your fancy or if you would just like to find out more. then here are the amazon.co.uk purchase links:

Last Breath by Robert Bryndza | Over My Shoulder by Patricia Dixon | Forbidden Bonds by Lexi C. Foss |

About Tracie:
Tracie Delaney writes contemporary romance novels that centre around strong characters and real-life problems with, of course, a perfect Happy Ever After ending.

When she isn’t writing or sitting around with her head stuck in a book, she can often be found watching The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones or any tennis match involving Roger Federer. Her greatest fear is running out of coffee.

Or, for the latest news, exclusive excerpts and competitions, why not join her reader group (smarturl.it/lvtnjm) and those things will be automatically delivered right to your inbox, along with a special gift just for signing up.

Tracie lives in the North West of England with her amazingly supportive husband and her two crazy Westie puppies, Cooper and Murphy. Any tips on stopping them chewing the furniture would be gratefully received.

About Mismatch:
mismatch.jpgThe perfect life. A killer blow.

When playboy Rupe Fox-Whittingham wakes up in bed next to a dead woman, he’s charged with murder. His best friend, ex-tennis ace Cash Gallagher, arranges for frosty but brilliant lawyer, Jayne Seymour, to represent him.

Jayne swore off men after her husband’s terrible betrayal. She’s far too bright to make the same mistake twice.

Rupe wants her—and he always gets what he wants. Winning her heart won’t be easy. Still, he thrives on challenge.

When danger comes knocking, the mismatched pair are thrown together.

Can Jayne learn to trust again, before it’s too late? Or will fate step in to snatch her happiness away?

Mismatch is a fast-paced, suspenseful novel that can be read as a standalone. However, those who enjoyed the Winning Ace series will love catching up with old characters, and meeting fascinating new ones.

amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Goodreads |

Tracie’s Social Media Links:
Passionate About Books | Facebook | Twitter | Website |

My thanks to the lovely Tracie Delaney for joining me today.  Join me again tomorrow when I welcome Anne Williams of Being Anne… to damppebbles.  And it’s the last #R3COMM3ND3D2017 before the Christmas break so don’t miss it!


#R3COMM3ND3D2017 with #BookBlogger Jo Robertson (@jocatrobertson) #MyChestnutReadingTree

If you’re looking for a reason to start your own book blog, well…I could give you several.  But the top of that list would be the incredible friendships you make with likeminded bookish folk.  I count myself incredibly lucky in that respect as I have made many lifelong friends and one very special #blogbestie.  Jo Robertson is one of the nicest people you could meet and she’s stonkingly good at blogging.  Pop over to My Chestnut Reading Tree and see for yourself.

Jo has kindly agreed to share her three #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads with us today.  #R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I invite book bloggers and authors to share the book love and recommend three must-read titles published in 2017.

So without further ado, here are Jo’s choices…

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All The Wicked Girls by Chris Whitaker
This book made me cry at the end just with the sheer desolation of it actually being over. The writing is breathtakingly brilliant and the darkly despairing storyline plus a cast of characters that sprang to life off the page made this an unputdownable masterpiece. I’m still thinking about it now and can’t even bear to put it away on my bookshelf-it’s still sitting in front of me on my desk! Without giving too much away….oh okay I will then-its my book of the year!

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My Little Eye by Stephanie Marland
This book is something very special indeed. A crime solving duo on separate sides of the law with a fabulous chemistry even though they never meet till much nearer the end. It has a very current feel due to the use of social media and the media in general and the author has created some brilliant characters that you can’t help but cheer on – even though their methods of investigation are somewhat questionable! My Little Eye will leave you desperate for more from this author who is writing under her crime thriller pen name.


Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite
One of those books that, as you’re reading it, you are torn between wanting to put it in the freezer so you don’t have to know how it ends or racing to the end doing an “elastoplast read” hoping that if you rip through it quickly it won’t hurt as much! It’s darkly addictive with a plot that will plunge into your heart like a knife! You may want to read it through your fingers at times but you will want to know exactly what happens to this very normal family that causes the horrific event described in the first few pages of Her Last Secret.


Fabulous choices as expected, Jo!  Thank you for joining me today.  I’m a huge fan of both ‘All The Wicked Girls’ and ‘Her Last Secret’ and I CANNOT wait to read ‘My Little Eye’ as I have a treasured ARC copy which the author signed for me in Harrogate <3.

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 amazon.co.uk links:

All The Wicked Girls by Chris Whitaker | My Little Eye by Stephanie Marland | Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite |

About Jo:
I’m Jo and I blog at My Chestnut Reading Tree where I review mainly crime and women’s fiction. I’m a mum of 3 and Nana to 4 and married to Mr Grumpy Scotsman for 30 years next year. I live in Cheshire and work part-time in my local primary school inbetween looking after all my little munchkins. I also eat lots of chocolate and drink gallons of tea daily.

Jo’s Blog and Social Media Links:
My Chestnut Reading Tree | Twitter | Facebook |

Make sure you join me again tomorrow when I will be welcoming author Tracie Delaney to the blog with her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads.