Walking in the Rain (Drumbeats book 2) by Julia Ibbotson – Blog Tour


A huge thanks to Rachel and Random Resources for organising this blog tour and to Julia Ibbotson and New Generation publishing for an ARC copy of this book in return for an honest and unbiased review.

This is my Review of the Month for the review collection on LovelyAudiobooks.info


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

My Thoughts

After devouring book one – Drumbeats (see my review here) I couldn’t wait to begin the second installment and I was not disappointed.

Walking in the Rain picks up where Drumbeats leaves us , with Jess back in England. It takes us through the next 20 years of our beloved Jess’s life and the beautiful storytelling envelopes you into taking each step alongside her. Anyone who has read the first book will understand when I say that our heroine Jess becomes a whole part of your life and heart when reading.

Initially I wondered if the lack of Ghana would take away from the story but it didn’t. I found the plot of this installment even more focussed on the plight of Jess and became even more emotionally involved.

Without giving too much away, our girl does not get an easy journey through this one and a lot of the events will leave you frustrated with the state of the world and shocked at even in the 80s, things were this way.

As much as I adored this book, I’m hoping that we will see sunshine and rainbows in the final story – Finding Jess.

A fantastic read!


Check out the whole tour and the reviews from these amazing bloggers

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Author Bio

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


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RNA (Romantic Novelists Association) website author page



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