Welcome to Josa Young’s Author Website

Welcome to Josa Young’s author website. From 9 July 2018 she has reverted to her maiden name Josa Keyes for all purposes, and forthcoming publications will be published under that name.

Josa Keyes has completed two novels: One Apple Tasted was published in 2009 by Elliot & Thompson.

Sail Upon the Land is available as a paperback through all online bookshops, and on your Kindle.

Sail Upon the Land has received more than 300 positive reviews across Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter, blogs and more, and has been long-listed for the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016. Read their review.

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‘A sweeping multi-generational tale that will catch your heart.’ SUNDAY TIMES NO 1 BESTSELLER KATIE FFORDE

‘Love love love this book!’ HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY

‘A well-written historical novel that will entertain readers with its sharp, insightful observations.’ KIRKUS REVIEWS

The writing was gritty and real, particularly the parts concerned with birth and motherhood and women’s vulnerabilities at these important times in their lives.’ JANE PEPLER, GOODREADS

‘It is Damson’s journey more than that of any other character that holds the novel together. Her story is full of drama, pain, suffering, steadfastness and ultimately redemption.’ HELEN WALTERS, AMAZON UK

‘As the book travels back and forth in time, Young shows extreme skill that cannot be ignored in how seamlessly past and present connect… I recommend this book to anyone who wants something with real heart and meaning.’ TAHLIA GILLINGS, GOODREADS

‘When I grow older, I hope I have the resilience of Sarah, who is my new literary heroine. Her quiet courage in the face of so much inspires me.’ JOY, GOODREADS

‘Unusually well-written….It succeeds in something unusual, which is making good people interesting.’ AMANDA CRAIG, HALL OF FAME REVIEWER, AMAZON UK

Sail Upon the Land is a novel that unveils the complexities of motherhood and feminine experience, something which is rarely written in such a raw and true way. The level at which the characters are relatable is remarkably deep. Absolute winner.’ IMMOLATER, AMAZON UK

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Sail Upon the Land

Josa Young’s second novel Sail Upon the Land is published in December 2014.

Bestselling author Rachel Hore had this to say about her preview read: ‘Josa Young writes with warmth and wisdom about the complexities of motherhood in this captivating tale of four generations of women that sweeps eighty years of English history. Her eye for period detail is masterly and her characters so vivid they dance from the page and into our hearts.’

The paperback edition is available on Amazon now. The Kindle edition launches on Monday 1 December 2014. In selected bookshops soon. On all other platforms in 2015.

Read the first review here

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Cover of Josa Young's One Apple Tasted

One Apple Tasted

For Dora Jerusalem, fresh out of Cambridge with a head full of Victorian novels and romantic dreams, landing a job at Modern Woman magazine seems like amazing luck. But her sheltered background hadn’t prepared her to resist the charms of rich, spoilt kids with nasty habits and nothing to lose. Inevitably she falls in love with art dealer Guy Boleyn, but it isn’t the right time, place or circumstances for either of them.

All the while a long-buried secret lies in wait to booby-trap any attempt at happiness. Kicking off in Eighties London, One Apple Tasted explores the pain of young love, the influence of family on our life choices and the joy of redemption.

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