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Book Title: Walking in the Rain (Drumbeats 2)|
The author of the book: Julia Ibbotson
Date of issue: March 23rd 2015
ISBN 13: 9781508419617
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Walking in the Rain is the second book in the Drumbeats trilogy and follows Jess on the second phase of her life now that she has returned from Ghana. Simon, who broke her heart so badly is now back on the scene and suddenly showing an interest again. Jess is determined to continue with her studies and make a career for herself. However, Simon has other ideas and Jess suddenly finds herself swept away by his enthusiasm and killer smile! She would do anything for him. However, Jess soon finds that she is given less and less opportunity to make important decisions about their lives together. Simon, it seems has it all worked out.
Jess goes into her marriage with Simon with enthusiasm although I felt this was on a purely superficial level. I think that Jess knew deep in her heart that everything that Simon wanted for them was a polar opposite to what she wanted. In the first book in the trilogy we see Jess as an adventurer, as someone who is taking charge more and more and this was perhaps possible for her because she was away from her domineering family's influence. However, now she has returned to England, Jess soon learns to put her own needs last and desperately tries to make sure Simon is happy. She becomes a product of all that is expected of women in the 1960's.
Throughout the book, Jess remembers her times in Ghana with a yearning for what once was. Simon is blind to her needs and ambitions and Jess finds herself putting her own dreams to one side as Simon has more difficulties that she could ever imagine and it soon becomes apparent that he is almost a full time job himself, needing constant reassurance and to be cared for. He is extremely needy and so selfish. Jess herself has her own problems to contend with but will she get what she needs from Simon? Julia Ibbotson has written his character so well and he made me want to scream throughout the entire book. I tried to have some sympathy for him at times but simply couldn't. He was infuriating and sometimes I got a little mad at Jess for not standing up to him more. However, I could also see why she didn't. She was in an impossible position.
I really enjoyed this book. I felt for Jess as she is so torn in doing what is expected of her and following her own dreams. It is a book about the loss of one's self and searching for a way to your own dreams. So many different issues are explored in this book - love, trust, abuse, mental illness, betrayal and feeling lost and alone and of course hope. A really great read and I look forward to the next installment in the story.
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Read information about the authorAward-winning author Julia Ibbotson's latest novel is called A Shape on the Air and is published by Endeavour. It's a historical (Dark Ages/early medieval) timeslip with a touch of mystery, fantasy, romance and spookiness.
When she's not writing, she loves nothing better than curling up with a good book. Find her at http://www.juliaibbotsonauthor.com
An author and academic, Julia also loves country walks, choral singing, swimming, yoga, cooking for family and friends, gardening, and travel.
She has published a trilogy to much acclaim, receiving international awards. The first is called Drumbeats and is the story of love and tragedy set in 1960s West Africa against the backdrop of civil war. The second is Walking in the Rain which follows the protagonist Jess back to the UK and is set in the 1970s and 80s. The third, Finding Jess, will be available in ebook and paperback soon, completing Jess's story.
Her first children's book is called S.C.A.R.S, a fantasy medieval time-slip written for children 9-14 but appealing to everyone from 9 years to 90. Another in the series is due next year.
Julia is also author of the acclaimed award-winning memoir The Old Rectory: escape to a country kitchen, about the renovation of an English Victorian rectory, its history, finding what's important in life, and with recipes to feed the soul at the end of each chapter. Many of the recipes are from her research into historical kitchens and dining rooms.
As an academic, she has published many academic papers and books, mainly about gendered leadership and management issues. Her focus is now on writing novels which was her first love.
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