JILL RUTHERFORD

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This is a funny, enthralling, unusual memoir which is an inspiration to anyone who wants to follow their dreams. It is the true story of how a middle aged Englishwoman, with little money, no visa, no job, no qualifications to get a job there and only one Japanese friend, could realise her dream of living and working in Japan. She opened her own English school and prospered in one of the world’s most ancient cultures: where real life is hidden under a veil of good manners and everything takes on a different meaning.

 

The story revolves around the Japanese people themselves as their lives intermingle with the author’s as she endeavours to survive and prosper in this land of mystery, where incredible kindness goes hand in hand with institutionalised cruelty.

 

It also enables the reader to look behind the scenes of a unique theatre company. The Takarazuka Review Company is over a hundred years old and is a phenomena in Japan with over 420 female performers who play both the male and female roles on stage. Millions of Japanese housewives fall in love with the ‘male’ players, many devoting their lives to supporting and helping their chosen star. It’s an intriguing world of entertainment in a fascinating, contradictory and unique country where nothing is as it seems and dreams really do come true.

BOOKS

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BOOK COVERS

CHERRY COVER USED ON AMAZON DECEMBER 2015

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CHERRY BLOSSOMS, SUSHI AND TAKARAZUKI

 

Two women samurai . . .

Two different centuries . . .

A story of secrets, lies, love, war and ambition

which has consequences for Japan itself

 

Modern Englishwoman, Bebe Bell, is working in Japan. Time-travel mixes her mind with samurai, Kai Matsuda. Soon, she is living a double life – her own in modern Japan – and the other living as Kai, fighting in the civil war of the 1860’s which changed Japan and consequently, the world.

Yoshi is a young woman forced to disguise herself as a samurai in order to survive. Living as a man gives her influence and respect – things she has never experienced as a woman of her time. She becomes intoxicated with the power of it – which takes her life down undreamed of paths.

Circumstances bring her into the world of Kai – and the attraction between them is immediate – but they are fighting on opposing sides and Yoshi can never disclose her true sex to anyone, especially Kai: but he has Bebe in his mind and events take unexpected turns.

In her own life, Bebe falls in love with Kenji Yoshida, a man who hides his true self under a cloak of conventionality and is afraid to find joy in his life. He has a secret that is destroying him and he cannot allow himself to love Bebe.

When these four people’s lives intermingle, it changes their perceptions, ambitions and reality.

 

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SECRET SAMURAI TRILOGY: BOOK ONE - TANGLED LIVES

 

The Snakes of Desire enter the blood

of Bebe, Kai, Yoshi and Kenji

as they seek out their cravings for

trust, courage, ambition and love

 

The second book in the continuing story of the Secret Samurai Trilogy.

Bebe Bell is a modern Englishwoman time-slipped into the mind of samurai, Kai Matsuda, who is fighting for the future of his country in the civil war of the 1860’s.

Bebe has to cope with the growing pressures of a double life in different centuries and the restrictions imposed on women in old Japan. Prejudice affects her and her life with Kai.

Kenji Yoshida suspects Bebe’s secret as he fights his own demons. His past threatens his future.

Yoshi Makino, a woman forced to live and fight as a samurai, is trapped in Kyōto, “. . . a city whose streets run with rivers of blood”. Alone and vulnerable, she has to deal with the Shinsengumi, the most vicious samurai force in Japanese history.

The civil war escalates and the country becomes more unstable.

Lives get more entangled and Bebe’s presence in Kai’s mind causes conflict and anger . . . secrets start to unfold.

 

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SECRET SAMURAI TRILOGY: BOOK TWO - SNAKES OF DESIRE

In this enjoyable and imaginative book of short stories is a collection of some of Jill Rutherford’s winning entries in various competitions over the past few years.

 

Jill draws on her deep knowledge of Japan and Japanese culture in three of the stories, with a story about two mysterious ladies in Kimono who don’t speak to each other; a heartfelt story of a woman who sees her family killed in the recent tsunami and two women’s parallel lives in London and Tokyo.

 

Other stories look at life in a quirky way with a story about a speaking house; a woman who cannot live without the colour red in her life; a childhood memory of a Faggots and Peas Cafe, a children’s story of a talking puppy and lastly, but by no means least, a warning of what can happen to you the day after you win the lottery! Oh, and yes, a woeful tale of the odds against winning the lottery – and it’s not as bad as you think!

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THE DAY AFTER I WON THE LOTTERY

SHORT STORIES COVER USED ON AMAZON 12.1.15 (MIKE'S

The Shifting sands

of war and politics, love and ambition

steer events into dangerous

and unexpected directions

 

The third book in the continuing story of the Secret Samurai Trilogy.

Bebe Bell is a modern Englishwoman time-slipped into the mind of samurai, Kai Matsuda, who is fighting for the future of his country in the civil war of the 1860’s.

Bebe has been absent from Kai’s mind for a month and wonders if the link has been severed.

Kenji has disappeared and is arrested for murder – he has no alibi.

Someone from the past reappears in Bebe’s life.

Kai is imprisoned, being tortured and is dying of thirst. He cannot defend himself and longs for Yoshi . . . and Bebe.

Yoshi goes to Edo but is afraid of the consequences of a new world that beckons . . . and wonders if the old man of Kyōto’s prophesy can come true.

Kenji must decide whether to be honest about his past as Bebe struggles with her duel life and a new understanding of it all.

The history of the new world shifts on sand.

SECRET SAMURAI TRILOGY: BOOK THREE - SHIFTING SANDS

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