The Drumbeats Trilogy

The first in the trilogy is my novel, Drumbeats.

It’s available in ebook edition with Endeavour Press with a different cover from the paperback version …

Drumbeats cover Endeavour Press

But it’s still available in paperback with the original cover …

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Drumbeats is a work of contemporary women’s fiction and is the first in a trilogy. Set in the mid-1960s the story is told from the viewpoint of eighteen year old Jess, following a year in her life as she escapes her stifling English home background for a gap year in Ghana, West Africa. The two ways of life are contrasted and emotionally conflicted as Jess attempts to maintain contact with her love interest back home, through letters woven into each chapter, and yet determines to plunge into her new life of teaching and nursing in the African bush villages.

Based on true events, the story depicts the turbulence of the times and the way in which this impacts upon Jess as she is thrown into the physical dangers of civil war, tragedy, and the emotional conflict of a new relationship.

The uniqueness of the novel lies in the way in which it is crafted to surround the reader with the sights, sounds and smells of Ghana, as seen through Jess’s senses, and in Jess’s increasing understanding of the political situation she faces as her naivety crumbles.

It is a rite of passage, coming of age  story which takes the reader hand in hand with Jess on her journey towards growing into the adult world. Drumbeats is embedded in time and place, and concerns complex situations, emotional conflicts, and the need to face up to difficult decisions.

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The second book in the trilogy is called Walking in the Rain, published in March 2015. It’s available on Amazon in paperback and ebook, again with Endeavour Press. The story follows Jess on her return from Ghana to England and moves through the 1970s and 80s. Jess 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. Who is he really?

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The third novel in the trilogy, Finding Jess, will be out later in 2017 …