#BookReview of Walking the Rain by Julia Ibbotson @JuliaIbbotson @rararesources #backablogger

Posted February 3, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 5 Comments

Walking in the Rain by Julia Ibbotson
Also by this author: Drumbeats, Finding Jess
Series: Drumbeats #2
Published by Amazon on March 23, 2015
Pages: 349
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After returning to the UK from Ghana, 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?

Hey! I am back again on this tour! Today with me is Stacy at Stacyisreading and the lovely Kaisha over at The Writing Garnet where she is reviewing the final book in the series Finding Jess. Today, I am reviewing the second book in this gorgeous series!

My Review

Finally, we are back with Jess, recovering from the events at the end of the first book. Again, this will be a struggle to write this review, I do not want to give anything away here plus the writing is just going from strength to strength. There are no magical drumbeats this time, but we learn about Jess and how she is coping after leaving Ghana.

I spent a lot of the time being angry in this book, I mean I really wanted her to drop everything and go back to Ghana, not follow this path she was walking down. The strong woman I described in my last review, was still there but she was being worn down and I missed her sparkle. She was being dutiful and loyal but I wanted to scream at her to open her eyes quicker and see what I could see. Some of the things that came out of one person’s mouth were shocking, I am sorry but no way! I will make one comment, if anyone thought a boat was much more important than a baby or a family, well they would find they would be hurt in a VERY sensitive area for sure! Ahem, anyway!

The story was very current with the time, you forget sometimes this is set in the 1960’s so things were very different. Women were viewed very differently, but the same theme of loyalty, respect and love ran threw, shame one of the characters missed the memo for that!

I loved seeing Jess grow and her family grow. How nothing could tame that adventurous heart of hers. The call of the drums is strong, and my heart wanted to go back to Ghana and find Jim. I do not know why Jess did not do this! Well, I do, but I wish she went back!

There is so much I want to say about the heartbreak we went through. I say we because I went through it with Jess. She put everything aside for someone she loved, and in that, she lost herself and as I said before I missed her sparkle.

The first two books in this series have evoked so much emotion from me, I have been gripped, I have cried, I have shaken the Kindle with anger, sat there catching flies as my jaw dropped a few times and I had to remind myself it is only a story. Sometimes I forget we do not live the stories. I am completely enthralled by this beautiful book series and I really do not want to read the last one because it means that I have to leave Jess and the series, something I am nowhere near ready to do!
As the tagline says “Never give up on your dreams”

Until next time 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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