Walking In The Rain by Julia Ibbotson @JuliaIbbotson @BrookCottageBks #bookreview

Walking in the Rain (Drumbeats 2)Walking in the Rain by Julia Ibbotson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Walking In the Rain is the second book in the Drumbeats Trilogy. It follows the life of Jess. In the first book she has taken a gap year in Ghana. This book is about what happens when she gets back. In the beginning Jess wants to return to Ghana after University and I was looking forward to some African adventures, but the story veers away from this.

This book deals with Simon, Jess’s boyfriend, who finished with her when she returned from Ghana. But then had a turn-around of thoughts once he saw others interested in her. He then diligently pursued her, rushing an engagement and marriage while Jess was still studying.

The book is written from the POV of Jess looking back at her life with Simon, and pursuing her ultimate dream to become an author by writing down her life story. Her marriage to Simon was a constant struggle because he suffered from mental illness which was treated as manic depression and later diagnosed as bi-polar. Jess dealt with all the abuse and hardships from both Simon, his parents and even the rejection from the Quaker community she’d grown up in.

This is a sad book dealing with the darker sides of human life.

This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.

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Genre: Contemporary women’s romance fiction

Release Date: 30th March 2015



How do you cope when your worst nightmare comes true?

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 trauma of her life?


This is the second novel in the Drumbeats trilogy but can be read as a standalone. However, Drumbeats is so amazing you should just read it too!


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Julia Ibbotson is an author and academic, and lives in the middle of the English countryside in a renovated Victorian rectory with her husband, an orchard, a kitchen garden and far too many moles. Their four children are now grown up and they have four gorgeous grandchildren. She was a school teacher for many years before becoming a senior university lecturer, researcher and writer. She loves reading, travelling, choral singing, theatre, walking, swimming and gardening, as well as cooking for family and friends. Her books include a memoir/recipe book, The Old Rectory: escape to a country kitchen, and a children’s book (9-14 year olds),S.C.A.R.S, a fantasy story of dragons, knights and a boy who slips through the fabric of the universe into a parallel medieval world threatened by the evil Myrthor, the heart of darkness.


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10 thoughts on “Walking In The Rain by Julia Ibbotson @JuliaIbbotson @BrookCottageBks #bookreview

  1. Thank you for the lovely review today, Rosie. Yes, sometimes life can be sad and dark and not so much a bed of roses (forgive the pun!) – but let’s see what happens to Jess next! There is more about Ghana and Jim in the final book of the trilogy – are you rooting for her? Hope so! x


  2. I feel bad for Jess married to Simon. It’s a battle enough when your spouse is sick, but if they get abusive because of mental illness, I just can’t imagine. Makes me curious about this book.
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    • Thank you for the comment. Hope you do manage to read both the books in the trilogy so far. I’m writing the last one just now; it’ll be out in spring. I do like to get feedback from readers about my books, so do read and comment!


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