#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Lynne LeGrow (@fictionophile) #Fictionophile #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello and welcome to a new week of #R3COMM3ND3D2020. We’re just past the halfway point (providing I can fill all 57 places – a handful are still available if you would like to take part!) so I wanted to share some interesting #R3COMM3ND3D2020 facts with you. So far (before I reveal today’s blogger and their three picks) 84 (EIGHTY-FOUR!!) brilliant books have been recommended. I’m afraid that’s it for interesting facts today ๐Ÿ˜‚. If I were my husband I would have spreadsheets and pie charts to share too, but I’m not so I’m afraid you’ll have to make do with my one interesting fact for now ๐Ÿคฃ.

I am delighted to welcome one of my favourite bloggers to share the book love with us today, it’s the fabulous Lynne of Fictionophile. Lynne’s blog is hugely popular and it’s clear to see why. If you don’t already follow Lynne then I recommend that you change that! She’s a bookish gem and an asset to the community.

So, what is #R3COMM3ND3D2020? Itโ€™s about sharing the book love. Itโ€™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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are the three books Lynne chose…

R3C20 all in her head

All In Her Head by Nikki Smith
This debut thriller is a mesmerizing page-turner which deftly portrayed mental illness and a tortured soul with clarity that was only too real. The ending was chilling and assured that I will read more by this talented author.
Lynne’s Review of All In Her Head

R3C20 the creak on the stairs

The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Bjรถrg ร†gisdรณttir
The murder investigation was a slow burn. Multi-layered, it exposed secrets, shame, and egocentricity. A small town mystery with myriad ties to past sins. With themes of grief, loss, child abuse, and more, this story was well written and compelling with some secrets exposed near the end. The ending was both satisfying and poignant in equal measure.
Icelandic noir at its very finest!
Lynne’s Review of The Creak on the Stairs

R3C20 the sea gate

The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson
A dual timeline saga featuring two women who were both strong and resilient. They had many things in common despite their sixty+ year age difference.
The story set during the war years was vividly rendered and well researched. The present day story was also quite compelling, including themes of family secrets, blackmail, and elder abuse.
The ending wrapped up the book perfectly. Poignant and hopeful in equal measure.
Loved it! Every minute of it!
Lynne’s Review of The Sea Gate

Three great choices, thanks Lynne. I think there are a couple of additions to the wish list there too!

If Lynne has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books recommended above, please see the following links:

All In Her Head by Nikki Smith
The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Bjรถrg ร†gisdรณttir
The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson

About Lynne:
I started my book blog to share my love of reading with others, and to document my own reading. I am a retired public library cataloguer, so blogging about books is a way of staying in touch with my bookish passions.
When not reading or blogging I enjoy the company of family and friends, gardening, red wine, and playing with my baby grandson.

Lynne’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Fictionophile | Twitter @fictionophile | Instagram @fictionophile56 |

If youโ€™re a book blogger, bookstagrammer 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/kHTQeQdiUNZTsW4d6)

#R3COMM3ND3D2019 with #BookBlogger Lynne (@fictionophile) #Fictionophile #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #Publishedin2019

Hello my bookish lovelies! Today is a very special day for damppebbles. Today marks the start of #R3COMM3ND3D2019 which I am so very excited about. I have loved sharing your 2018 posts over the last year (apologies for the delay to MANY of you!) but it’s time to wave goodbye to #R3COMM3ND3D2018 and give a big, welcoming bookish hug to this years #R3COMM3ND3D which I already know is going to be incredible! And to prove my point, I am delighted to welcome one of the loveliest book bloggers out there to damppebbles today to kick this show off – the lovely Lynne at Fictionophile. Lynne is a blogger I have huge respect for so if you’ve not come across her blog before then please subscribe – you won’t be sorry.

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰.

So exciting! Here are Lynne’s choices…

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Scared To Breathe by Kerena Swan
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was a perfect blend of psychological thriller and gothic suspense โ€“ written in a way that held me spellbound throughout.

The setting, the beautiful old Cotswold manor, was well described. I could picture every nook and cranny of the house and grounds.

The characters were written sympathetically, causing the reader to become invested in the story-line and the protagonistโ€™s experiences. I particularly enjoyed reading about Tashaโ€™s friendship with the octogenarian Bob and his dog, Bonnie.

Kerena Swan is a โ€˜new to meโ€˜ author, but I plan to follow her work in further novels. A suspense-filled thriller, โ€œScared to Breatheโ€ is a book I can, and will, highly recommend.
Lynne’s Review of Scared To Breathe

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The Widows (Kinship) by Jess Montgomery
I never cease to marvel at all the research that must have been done to make a book like this possible. It is obvious that Jess Montgomery didnโ€™t stint on her meticulous research. She crafted two fictional woman who became flesh and blood to the reader. Vividly described places and situations expound on the extreme poverty and resilience of the coal mining families in the 1920s.

The women overcome the odds in a time when women had little, if any, socioeconomic power. These women will remain in my memory for a very long time.

This fiction debut by author Jess Montgomery proves that she has a writing talent to be reckoned with โ€“ and should be a firm favorite of all lovers of historical fiction. Highly recommended.
Lynne’s Review of The Widows

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The Binding by Bridget Collins
I think Iโ€™ll remember this novel for quite some time โ€“ but probably not for the reasons I would normally. It was a lengthy book that held my interest. It was exceedingly well written, and it was a genre that I donโ€™t normally enjoy. With themes of innocence and altruism, perversion and depravity, it will hold appeal for countless readers. The historical aspect of the novel highlighted the chasm between the social classes and the eternal problem of powerful people preying upon those who are vulnerable.

All in all, I really enjoyed this reading experience and would recommend this book. Readers who enjoy historical fiction, and historical fantasy fiction will be most enthralled by Bridget Collins debut adult novel.
Lynne’s Review of The Binding

Thanks so much, Lynne. Excellent choices and I’ve made a couple of additions to the terrifying TBR.

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

Scared To Breathe by Kerena Swan
The Widows by Jess Montgomery
The Binding by Bridget Collins

About Lynne:
Book blogger, retired library cataloguer, new grandmother, from Nova Scotia, Canada.

A Message From Lynne:
I have read 58 books as of June of this year. The majority of those were published before 2019 so please feel free to visit my blog for reviews of many backlist titles that I have thoroughly enjoyed.

Thanks so much to Emma for hosting this blog series. She is a prime example of how supportive the book blogging community is [DP: Aw, thanks for your kind words, Lynne โค๏ธ]

Lynne’s Blog and Social Media Links:
|ย Fictionophile |ย Twitter @fictionophile |ย Instagram @fictionophile56 |

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:ย https://forms.gle/PE483qCyrKEgV5Uq6)