I’m delighted to be participating in author Julia Helene Ibbotson’s Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tour today featuring her charming book, THE OLD RECTORY: ESCAPE TO A COUNTRY KITCHEN.
As part of the tour, I’ll telling you my thoughts on the book, a bit about the author, including a book trailer and have a First Chapter Reveal to share with you that also includes delicious recipes.
THE OLD RECTORY by Julia Helene Ibbotson
THE OLD RECTORY: Escape to a Country Kitchen chronicles author Julia Helene Ibbotson and her husband, Clive, as they search for their dream home, purchase it and begin restoring it back to its original grandeur. Their discovery was an old Victorian rectory in the midst of the English moorlands just outside a charming village.
Ibbotson has broken the story into seasons describing the events of the family’s life, as well as the progress of the renovation. In addition, she has included a menu suited to the season complete with recipes. While these are English inspired recipes, the author includes American conversions for the measurements.
Pencil sketches by the author’s daughter, Mel Adams, highlights the beginning of each chapter. The drawings enhance the charm of this delightful book.
THE OLD RECTORY is a quick read that flows smoothly. The trials and triumphs of the renovation, as well as the family, pull you in making you feel a part of the process.
Ibbotson’s detailed descriptions of the setting and landscape adds depth to the story. Her love of cooking, family and friends comes through her writing. She also includes bits of history about the rectory and the surrounding community to give a sense of her fondness for the place.
THE OLD RECTORY will make you long for a picnic lunch with Lord Woolten Pie in the garden to enjoy the summer breeze and a cup of Spiced Mulled Wine by the fireplace on a cold afternoon in the fall.
The Old Rectory: Escape to a Country Kitchen by Julia Helene Ibbotson, New Generation Publishing, @2013, ISBN: 978-1909593756, Paperback, 128 Pages
FTC Full Disclosure - A digital copy of this book was sent to me by the tour promoter as part of the author’s virtual blog tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR…..
Julia Ibbotson is the award-winning author of The Old Rectory: Escape to a Country Kitchen, first published to acclaim in the USA and now re-launched with a brand-new cover by her new English publisher in the UK. Julia has been writing creatively all her life (unpublished!) but her day jobs to pay the mortgage have been as a school teacher and latterly a university academic, gaining her PhD at the age of 57.
She delights in being a wife and mother to four, with four little grandchildren. She loves reading, gardening, growing food, cooking for family and friends and country life. Having published many academic texts and papers, she came late to actually publishing her creative writing, at the age of 60 plus, when she was persuaded to write the story of the renovation of her Victorian rectory in THE OLD RECTORY.
Julia has combined memoir, history, research, story and recipes in this first published book, which has won a number of international book festivals in the biography category, gained 5 star reviews on Amazon, and has been widely featured (along with her house) in the media.
She has begun to delve into the world of blogging, Facebook and now has her own website at www.juliaibbotson.com at which she also posts blogs regularly, about writing, life and her passions. Her new project is a trilogy of novels following the life story of a new character, Jess, through from fleeing to West Africa as a volunteer teacher/nurse in the 1960s to the millennium. The first of the series, DRUMBEATS, is due to be published later this year.
For more on Julia and her writing, visit her website and on her author page on Amazon, as well as connect with her on the following sites: Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Now for your viewing pleasure here is a book trailer for THE OLD RECTORY.
FIRST CHAPTER REVEAL…..
To entice your reading a bit more, here’s the First Chapter Reveal for THE OLD RECTORY. It begins the story of how this couple comes to live in an old Victorian rectory and includes yummy recipes. Thanks so much for stopping by today.