#R3COMM3ND3D2020 with #BookBlogger Jen Lucas (@JenMedBkReviews) #JenMedsBookReviews #damppebbles #BookRecommendations #publishedin2020

Hello bookish chums and welcome to a new day on the blog and more fabulous #R3COMM3ND3D2020 recommendations. Today I am delighted to be joined by the absolutely brilliant Jen Lucas of Jen Med’s Book Reviews. Jen’s blog is incredibly popular and it’s easy to see why. I’m a huge fan and I heartily recommend you give Jen Med’s Book Reviews a follow. You won’t regret it.

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 Jen recommends…

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The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith
It may seem a bit perverse to be choosing a book about a world that is paralysed by an antibiotic resistant infection right now, but this book is so much more than that. Part crime thriller, part dissection of our perilous over reliance on antibiotics, Thai book is 100% thrilling and had me completely hooked. It also examines the fragility of our lives, last regrets and the absolute importance of family and is highly recommended by me and many others. Even reading it in the height of the first lockdown, this book felt timely and important.
Jen’s Review of The Waiting Rooms

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We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
This guy … Chris Whitaker has the amazing ability to write a book that completely takes you out of the present and into his fictional world, not letting go until you are done. Following a small group of people in a small American town whose lives have been torn apart by tragedy, this story looks deep into the heart of love, family, friendship and loyalty. The characters are so memorable, especially The Outlaw Duchess โ€˜Dayโ€™ Radley, I was left bereft when it finished. The story is moving, emotional, occasionally dark and very, very powerful. Just donโ€™t tell Mr Whitaker I said so.
Jen’s Review of We Begin at the End

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Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald
This is a short but incredibly powerful book. The imagery is stark, following the residents of a small Australian town caught up in a devastating bush fire, the impact is immense. With some tender, poignant and even occasionally funny moments, this book plays with all of your emotions and will leave you breathless by the end. There are some darker times to be read, difficult subjects handled carefully, as well as taking a good look at the subject of family and friendships. My lasting memories of this book? How fragile life can be and poor Ronnie Corbett.
Jen’s Review of Ash Mountain

Thanks so much for your brilliant choices, Jen. I’m particularly pleased to see We Begin at the End on your list as it’s my book of the year, without a shadow of a doubt. It’s now also in the lead along with She Lies Close by Sharon Doering, The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman and The Miseducation of Evie Epworth by Matson Taylor. I’m a little bit giddy. One of these four books could be our #R3COMM3ND3D2020 winner!

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

The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith
We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker
Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald

About Jen Lucas:
Full time Contract Officer and part time moderately functioning book blogger I read to keep me sane. I live in a beautifully rural part of the country which means I have few distractions from my reading, other than going for lovely long walks.

If Iโ€™m not working, Iโ€™m generally reading. I a degree in American Studies and Literature but barely picked up a book in the fifteen or so years after graduating so have spent the past six or seven years making up for lost time (yes Iโ€™m that old). I love a good book and I love a good book recommendation.

Jen’s Blog and Social Media Links:
| Jen Med’s Book Reviews | Twitter @JenMedBkReviews | Facebook | Instagram @jenmedsbookreviews | Instagram @ramblingreviewer |

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)

#R3COMM3ND3D2018 with #BookBlogger Jen Lucas (@JenMedBkReviews) #JenMedsBookReviews

It’s the 15th of November which means we’re two weeks into #R3COMM3ND3D2018. How are we all coping? How many books have been added to your TBR? I’m trying to be strong……but failing miserably!

Today I am delighted to welcome another favourite book blogger to damppebbles, the fabulous Jen Lucas of Jen Med’s Book Reviews. This is another case of ‘if you’re not following Jen’s blog then we need to have words…’. Jen won’t blow her own trumpet so I’ll do it for her. If you want beautifully written, enthusiastic book reviews written by someone who puts their heart and soul into books, reading and promoting the authors she loves, then Jen’s your gal. A must-read blog for all book lovers.

So this #R3COMM3ND3D2018 lark, what’s that all about? #R3COMM3ND3D2018 is where I invite book bloggers, authors and publishers to recommend three must read titles. There are no rules (which is a blatant lie because there is a rule, one very important rule. All books must have been published in 2018).

Here are Jen’s choices…

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We Own The Sky by Luke Allnutt
This book made me cry. Ugly cry. In fact it nearly killed me as I had a bad cold when I read it and could barely breathe for tears. A thoroughly moving story of a family beset by tragedy when the young son develops a terminal case of cancer. There are so many moments in this book which moved me to tears but one especially poignant scene when he is with his friends that nearly did for me.

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Palm Beach Finland by Antti Tuomainen
This book just made me chuckle from start to end. Very Fargo-esque in its styling, it is full of murder and comedy and the most unlikely setting for a beach resort you could ever imagine. I love Antti Tuomainen’s writing and this is another example of his incredible wit at work.

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The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry
I don’t read a lot of historical fiction but the premise of this one intrigued me and given the pedigree of the authors, husband and wife writing team Chris Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman, I couldn’t resist. Set in Edinburgh in the mid 1800s this book engages the reader from the off. The story was compelling and the central characters of Raven and Sarah absolutely brilliant. The writing style and language was just so accessible and it just held my attention to the very last page. And the book is so pretty!

Thanks for your brilliant choices, Jen. Both Palm Beach Finland and The Way of All Flesh are on the wish list. (I’d be adding We Own the Sky too if I read outside of the crime genre!)

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

| We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt | Palm Beach Finland by Antti Tuomainen | The Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry |

About Jen:
Forty something year old grump I’ve been blogging for two and a half years. Used to spend all of my time travelling around the country keeping drivers in check but now spending it all in front of a laptop, laughingly trying to write (failing miserably). Often to be found attending book events when not walking around Shropshire or cuddled up with my kitty, Luna, and a good book.

Jen’s Social Media Links:
| Jen Med’s Book Reviews | Twitter @JenMedBkReviews | Facebook | Instagram |

Normally at this point I would be inviting you to sign up for #R3COMM3ND3D2018 but it’s full. Actually full. All 57 spaces have been allocated so I’m afraid you’ve missed the bus. #R3COMM3ND3D will be returning next year in the form of #R3COMM3ND3D2019, YAY!! Keep your eyes peeled for the new form, coming soon….(although you may want to wait a while before filling it in ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคฃ)