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The Drumbeats Trilogy by Julia Ibbotson #Review #BlogTour

The love of a woman and the story of a country.

It’s 1965 and 18 year old Jess escapes her stifling English background for a gap year in Ghana, West Africa. Over the next three evocative novels, follow her journey as she encounters new cultures and loves in this stirring series.

The Drumbeats Trilogy is a passionate saga of love, betrayal and second chances – and of one woman’s bid to reclaim her self-belief and trust. A feel-good up-lit story of a woman’s strength and spirit rising above adversity. 

Omnibus Purchase Linkhttp://mybook.to/DrumbeatsOmnibus

Synopsis for each book in the trilogy:


It’s 1965 and 18 year old Jess escapes her stifling English background for a gap year in Ghana, West Africa. But it’s a time of political turbulence across the region. Fighting to keep her young love who she believes is waiting back in England, she’s thrown into the physical dangers of civil war, tragedy, and the emotional conflict of a disturbing new relationship. So why do the drumbeats haunt her dreams?

This is a rite of passage story which takes the reader hand in hand with Jess on her journey towards growing into the adult world.

Drumbeats Purchase Link http://myBook.to/Drumbeatstrilogy

My Review:

This is the only one of the three books in this trilogy that I have currently read. It starts in 1964 when seventeen year old Jess endeavours to convince her Mum that it will be a great idea for her to have a gap year after taking her ‘A’ Levels. She’s volunteered to work in Ghana, West Africa. Her Quaker Mum is reticent about agreeing but eventually does and so eighteen year old Jess starts her adventure in 1965. 

This story is an insight into the turbulent era in Ghanaian history, bringing it to life through the eyes of the initially very naive and kind hearted Jess. Her experiences of the culture, people, food and co-workers as well as the pupils are all explored and just how Jess changes, develops and matures is shared. Her long distance relationship with her Quaker boyfriend, Simon, is maintained through letters which are shared in the story. However, most of the focus is on her life in Ghana, the new people she meets and relationships which develop as well as the trauma of being in the wrong place at the wrong time results in her being in serious danger. There’s plenty of drama in this coming of age story to keep you turning the pages. How will the experiences change her? You’ll just have to read it yourself to discover what happens! I’m now tempted to continue reading the other books in the series to discover what happens to Jess after her return to England. 

I requested and received a copy of this book and this review is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.

Walking in the Rain

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

Finding Jess

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.

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

Author Bio –

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?

Social Media Links –

Facebook Author page:   https://www.facebook.com/JuliaIbbotsonauthor

Twitter: @JuliaIbbotson   https://twitter.com/JuliaIbbotson

 Author website:                https://juliaibbotsonauthor.com/

Pinterest page: includes boards with pics and images that inspired each book


Goodreads author page:   https://www.goodreads.com/juliaibbotson

RNA (Romantic Novelists Association) website author page



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