Finding Jess

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?

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Julia Ibbotson
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Publisher – Endeavour Media

Pages – 325

The Blurb –

Single mother, Jess, has struggled to get her life back on track after the betrayal of her beloved husband and her best friend. When she is on the brink of losing everything, including her family and her job, she feels that she can no longer trust anyone. Then she is sent a mysterious newspaper clipping of a temporary post back in Ghana. Could this be her lifeline? Can Jess turn back time and find herself again? And what, exactly, will she find?

Finding Jess is a passionate story of love, betrayal and second chances – and of one woman’s bid to reclaim her self-belief and trust. It is a feel-good story of a woman’s strength and spirit rising above adversity.

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Finding Jess.  Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the chance to read and review.

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My thoughts – This is the third in the Drumbeats trilogy and I enjoyed it as much as I did the other two, Drumbeats and Walking In The Rain.  This book finds Jess trying to rebuild her life after her disastrous marriage to Simon and being betrayed by her once best friend Polly.

Her two daughters Katy and Abi are growing up and her ex husband is not beyond playing on their emotions to still get his own way, years after they split.  Jess finds it hard to cope with the added pressure of maybe losing her children and being stuck in a job where she has accomplished everything.

That’s when someone send her a clipping showing job in Ghana.  Could going back to where she was happiest be the answer?  She has never stopped hearing the drumbeats since she left Ghana, maybe they won’t stop until she returns.

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Finding Jess purchase link http://mybook.to/FindingJess


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