#BookReview of Finding Jess by Julia Ibbotson @JuliaIbbotson @rararesources @Endeavour_Media #backablogger

Posted February 6, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 6 Comments

Finding Jess by Julia Ibbotson
Also by this author: Drumbeats, Walking in the Rain
Series: Drumbeats #3
Published by Endeavour Media on August 10 2018
Pages: 325
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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, 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? But drumbeats still haunt her dreams, so what, exactly, will she find?

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

I cannot believe that today is the day I share my last review for this AMAZING trilogy of books, to say I am sad is an understatement, you will see why below. However, I share this day with Natalie at The Spoonie Mummy and Kerry at Herding Cats, who I have been a lot of buddy reading with this on this series and we both LOVED it!!

My Review

How do you find the words to write a review on the last book in the trilogy. Knowing that the last words you read were the end of the most beautiful and breathtaking story. I’m broken, Jess is going to stay with me for such a long time and I am elated with the ending.

I didn’t say much in my review about my feelings about the previous book, I briefly touched upon one character. The behaviour of this said character carried on this book, I was shaking with rage, seething over how one person could act this way. It was absolutely disgusting and I was broken for Jess. She deserves so much better. And Polly, god don’t get me started on that jumped up so-and-so. Anyway enough of the negative horrifying characters and onto the beauty of the book.

Like Jess, the pullback to Ghana for me had been strong so when the mysterious opportunity came up for Jess to go back I jumped up and took it with two hands for her. I just wanted to go back and I wanted to hunt for Jim, my beloved…I mean Jess’ beloved. The drumbeats still when she was back in Ghana and the reasonings were all apparent, she was in her happy place. But the nightmare with Simon wasn’t over yet.

Each time Ms Ibbotson has described the setting, the actions of a character, I was there. I watched it all unfurl like everyone else, my heart sang for joy and broke in two with pain. Every word was so real, and at times with Jess’ realisation of how alone she truly is, resonated so deep within me and she made me take a long hard look at myself. Jess and her story, Julia and her writing are not going to leave me. It is untouchable, I cannot describe to you the magic that takes place in these three books. I am hoping Jess hasn’t finished her story, it would make my month to know she hasn’t. There is still too much to say. Who sent the newspaper clipping? Where is Simon? What happens in Washington?

Between my sobs, rage, joy, peace, I marvelled at how truly amazing and inspirational this story is. About finding yourself, about living your life not a shell of it, finding the right people to entrust and learning from your mistakes. Jess fell in love with an ill man and walked away from her true love. Fate had Jess and Jim lead similar lives, never forgetting their moments, their love, showing the reader the true light hidden within the drumbeats.

All three of these books are going to make my top 10 for the year. In fact, I will be buying copies of these for birthdays and Christmas (cringe at that words already) because that is how much these books resonate with me, the sparkle in life, the magic. I can not fault a word that has been written. In a nutshell, I bloody loved all three of these books. I hated having to write this review because I would have to try and accept Jess is safe living her life without me or any other readers and as much as I have been left feeling her happiness. I have a Jess shaped hole in my heart.

Until next time when I hear the drumbeats xxx

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Thank you so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite and the author  for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About 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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6 responses to “#BookReview of Finding Jess by Julia Ibbotson @JuliaIbbotson @rararesources @Endeavour_Media #backablogger

  1. Wow, Zoe – you’ve made me cry – happy tears, but goodness, what a review! You’ve made my day, my month, my year! I’m now wondering if I really should write another book about Jess! I had thought to leave it there, with a few unknowns, as in real life … but now … who knows? x

    • Zoe

      Oh please please please write another book! Lol I absolutely loved Jess’ story I think it was absolutely amazing! Thank you for writing it! Sorry about the tears (you did the same to me! Lol) xx