Author – Julia Ibbotson. Award-winning author Julia Ibbotson is fascinated by the medieval world and concepts of time travel. She read English at Keele University, England (after a turbulent but exciting gap year in Ghana, West Africa) specialising in medieval language, literature and history, and has a PhD in socio-linguistics. She wrote her first novel at 10 years of age, but became a school teacher, then a university lecturer and researcher. Finding Jess (2018) is her sixth book and the last of the Drumbeats trilogy (which begins and ends in Ghana). Apart from insatiable reading, she loves travelling the world, singing in choirs, swimming, yoga and walking in the countryside in England and Madeira where she and her husband divide their time.
Acclaimed author of:
Drumbeats (2015), the first of the trilogy set in 1960s Ghana: sometimes you have to escape to find yourself.
Walking in the Rain (2016), the second in the trilogy set in 1970s and 1980s England: never give up on your dreams.
Finding Jess (2018), the last of the trilogy set in 1990s England and Ghana: can the past ever be left behind?
Also by Julia Ibbotson:
A Shape on the Air (2017): historical (Dark Ages/early medieval) time-slip romance. Two women 1,500 years apart, with one aim: to reclaim their dreams and fight the dangers that threaten them both across the ages …
The Old Rectory: Escape to a Country Kitchen, (first published 2011, rereleased 2017) a feel-good story of the renovation of a Victorian rectory interwoven with period recipes to feed the soul, all from the rectory kitchen.
S.C.A.R.S (first published 2012, rereleased 2016) (children’s novel): a troubled boy slips through a tear in the fabric of the universe into a parallel medieval fantasy world of knights, dragons, and a quest for the triumph of Good over Evil. But can he save himself?
You can read my review of Drumbeats, by clicking on the link.
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Pinterest page: includes boards with pics and images that inspired each book
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RNA (Romantic Novelists Association) website author page
Publisher – Endeavour Media
Pages – 366
The Blurb –
Jess happily marries the love of her life She wants to feel safe, secure and loved. But gradually it becomes clear that her beloved husband is not the man she thought him to be. She survived civil war and injury in Africa, but can she now survive the biggest challenge of her life?
Walking in the Rain purchase Link http://myBook.to/WalkingintheRainDrumbeatstrilogy
Today is my stop on the Walking In The Rain blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and review.
My thoughts – This is the second book in the Drumbeats trilogy and follows Jess for the next twenty years of her life after she returned from Ghana. She settles back in the UK and makes a life with her childhood sweetheart. The adventures of Ghana are forgotten as she struggles to maintain a house and look after her children and unhelpful husband. However the one thing never forgotten is Jim, the love she found in Ghana.
This is a very different book to the first, poor Jess. The wonderful sights and sounds of Ghana are replaced by a selfish and uncaring husband, who puts his needs above and beyond those of Jess and their children. She does however maintain her relationship with Polly, her friend from university.
The author writes about an emotionally controlling relationship very well and my heart went out to Jess throughout the book, Not just for the relationship with Simon but for how she initially thinks everything is her fault. It’s her job to make everything better, and his parents are no better.
I am looking forward to reading the third and final installment to see how things turn out for Jess.
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