I’m delighted to be on the blog tour for The Drumbeats Trilogy today by Julia Ibbotson, a beautiful story of love, betrayal, loyalty, friendship, family, growth, experience and second chances.

the blurb….


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

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?

FindingJessis 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

The Trilogy Boxset

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

my review….

This is a wonderful trilogy about growth, love, loyalty (often mis-placed!), betrayal, family and second chances.  I’m glad that I had boxset to read so I could keep up with Jess’ growth from a teenage to adulthood….it would have driven me mad if I’d had to wait for the next book!

In the first book, Drumbeats, we meet Jess as she battles with her parents to go to Africa for a year  before starting uni, with a view to helping the locals and making a difference.  She experiences things that others her age back home wouldn’t understand and develops some beautiful relationships whilst she’s there.  She’s goes through a lot; all the time trying to maintain her relationship at home with her boyfriend, Simon……

In book 2, we’re back with Jess after she returns home from Africa.  We journey with her through her final years at uni, growing up, getting married and becoming a wife and mother.  But we also experience the horrific things she goes through.  I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that made me so angry!  Jess is a lovely, thoughtful, caring person and definitely doesn’t deserve the way she is treated by various people.  I was fuming for her throughout the book and just wanted to protect her!

In the final book, Jess is recovering emotionally from the betrayal and trying to make sense of everything, as well as trying to build the best life for her daughters, but the poor woman never has it easy!  Throughout the beginning of the book, again I was so angry for her! I don’t understand how the people she cared about could be so mean!  But then we come to second part of the book which made me smile and happy :). Does Jess end up with a happily ever after that is thoroughly deserved? You’ll have to read these books to find out!

The characters in this book really did bring out strong feelings for me.  As I say, I absolutely love Jess and wanted to protect her so much.  I love Jim, he’s amazing and someone I’m sure we’d all love to meet.  Simon…..I have no polite words to say, and I’m not giving anything away by mentioning any others! Other than the fact that there are so many that I ended up disliking immensely, and some of them are people you wouldn’t expect!

All the books can be read as a standalone, although I would definitely recommend reading them all.  The only thing I will say, is that each book relives some of the Jess’ memories so there are some repeat sections from the earlier books.  It didn’t put me off as I skimmed over them but worth noting if you are planning on reading them in quick succession.

This really is a beautiful story, told across the three books which most definitely come recommended from me!



about the author….

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 insocio-linguistics. She wrote her first novel at 10 years of age, but became a school teacher,then a university lecturer and researcher. FindingJess(2018)is her sixthbook and the last of the Drumbeatstrilogy (which begins and ends in Ghana). Apart from insatiable reading, she loves travelling the world, singing in choirs, swimming, yoga and walking in the countrysidein England and Madeira where she and her husband divide their time.

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: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Pinterest ~ Goodreads ~ RNA


Giveaway – Win a PB copy of Drumbeats (book 1), book marks, post cards, key ring and handbag fob (UK Only)

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Don’t forget to check out the reviews from the other amazing bloggers too!

Thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources and the author for providing me with copies of the books in return for an honest review.  All views are my own and I am not affiliated with any of the links in this post.

Chelle x

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