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Time to review the final part of the trilogy! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win a copy of book one, Drumbeats, if you haven’t already. Details at the bottom of the post.
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.
Yay – Jess finally makes it back to Africa for some of this book which I was really excited about. After seeming to lose herself in the last book, I was pleased to start seeing some of the Jess from back in book one.
At the beginning of the book we find Jess still struggling. Now a single mother, it wasn’t quite as simple as leaving her husband and being happy again. When she finds herself back in Ghana I feel like we see Jess back where she belongs, her spiritual home. Of course, she now has the added worry of her daughters back home in England so it isn’t quite as simple as that.
I felt a little sad at the end of the book. Following Jess throughout her journey in life over three books has been a wonderful experience and I will miss her. These books are a trilogy but can be read as standalones. The third book includes passages from the first two, which were the only bits I found a little tedious. They would be perfect for people who haven’t read the other books in the series, or if you don’t read them all in one go like I did, as they remind you of the story, but I wanted to get to what Jess was up to now. This is literally the only niggle I had with it though!
This final book doesn’t let the series down and was a joy to read. I would highly recommend the whole series to any fiction fans.
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.
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Pinterest (includes boards with pics and images that inspired each book)
Win a copy of Drumbeats (book 1 which I reviewed here), book marks, post cards, key ring and handbag fob (UK only)
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Good luck with the giveaway, let me know if you enter in the comments below. Have you checked out the reviews of the other two books in the trilogy? Find them by clicking these links
Book 1 – Drumbeats
Book 2 – Walking In The Rain
Thankyou to Rachel’s Random Resources for including me on this blog tour. I received these books in return for my honest opinion. Check out other reviews at the blogs listed