Find out more about Jiddy Vardy by Ruth Estevez in this spotlight post for the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award.

Find out more about Jiddy Vardy by Ruth Estevez in this spotlight post for the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award.

This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the books that made it to the semi-finals with a mini spotlight tour for each title.

BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 15 finalists and one overall winner. Find out more on their website or on Twitter. BBNYA is brought to you by The Folio Society (the home of gorgeous books!) and the book blogger support group, The Write Reads.

I’m excited to be one of the panelists for BBNYA so I will be highlighting some of the books that either I read in Rounds One and Two, or that sound exciting and I’d like to read in the future.

BBNYA23 Semi-Finalist badgeAbout Jiddy Vardy

Length: 434 pages

Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Age Category: New Adult

Date Published: 21 June 2018

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The blurb


On tumultuous waters a girl is born as pirates board the ship…

Jiddy Vardy is a survivor.

Rescued at birth, she grows up in Robin Hood’s Bay, a community which harbours a dangerous secret that could get you killed.

Always the outsider, with her dark skirt and hair, at sixteen Jiddy is clever, brave and headstrong, soon risking her life and freedom to play her part in the Bay’s clandestine activities.

Then, just as romance blossoms and Jiddy finally feels like she belongs, figures from the past threaten to tear her world apart, and she has to decide where her loyalties truly lie.

A thrilling tale of one girl’s search for identity and love, set against a backdrop of wild seas, smuggling and violence.

About the author, Ruth Estevez

Ruth began her career in theatre and television around the UK, working in props, acting and stage management, before becoming a fiction writer. Theatres and TV companies include Opera North, Harrogate Theatre-in-Education Company, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, and ITV’s Emmerdale.

Ruth has taught scriptwriting at Manchester Metropolitan University and was previously a scriptwriter on the Children’s TV series, Bob the Builder.

Ruth now writes for adults and young people and her published novels include historical fiction: Jiddy Vardy, Jiddy Vardy – High Tide and Meeting Coty, contemporary: Erosion, and YA: The Monster Belt. Place and identity feature strongly in all Ruth’s work.

Currently, Ruth is also Project Coordinator of the Portico Sadie Massey Awards for young readers and writers, an annual short story and book review competition based at the historic Portico Library, Manchester.

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BBNYA Spotlight Tours

See all of the books featured on my blog in the Spotlight Tours here