When Alice Hart’s husband runs off with his secretary, she runs off with his dog to lick her wounds in a North Yorkshire village. Battling with loneliness but trying to make the best of her new start, she soon meets her neighbours, including the drop-dead gorgeous builder Richard Wainwright and the kindly yet reticent café owner, Owen Maltby.
As Alice employs Richard to start renovating the barn next to her house, all is not what it seems. Why does she start seeing Owen when he clearly isn’t there? Where – or when – does the strange crying come from? And if Owen is the village charmer, what exactly does that mean?
The Cheesemaker’s House is a gripping read, inspired by a framed will found in the dining room of the author’s dream Yorkshire house. The previous owners explained that the house had been built at the request of the village cheesemaker in 1726 – and that the cheesemaker was a woman. And so the historical aspect of the story was born.
Jane Cable’s novel won the Suspense & Crime category of The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition, reaching the last four out of over a thousand entries. The judges of this competition compared her work to that of Barbara Erskine, but it also resembles the more recent works of Alan Titchmarsh or Kate Mosse.
The Cheesemaker’s House can be enjoyed by anyone who has become bored of today’s predictable ‘boy-meets-girl’ romance novels.
The Cheese Maker’s House is available now in ebook and paperback now. You can buy your copy of bothhere.
The Cheese Maker’s House is a wonderful story of friendship, love and new beginnings, which I absolutely loved.
Firstly Alice is a great main character. I loved how real she seemed as she made mistakes that I would and seemed a very genuine person. I found her utterly hillarious and often found myself laughing out loud over things she did or observations she makes. Owen was another great character, I think everyone needs an Owen in their lives. He was such a kind, caring guy and I loved reading about his meetings with Alice. The fact he is involved in the church was very sweet and I instantly warmed to him. I found myself hoping early on that they would end up together.
For me this was quite a gripping read as I loved reading about life in the village and finding out more about the characters lives. I found I didn’t watch to put the book down as I was enjoying it so much and I didn’t want to leave the world the author has created.
The mystery of the crying Alice can hear and the mysterious figure that looks like Owen is very interested and definitely kept me intrigued throughout the book as I wondered what was going on.
This was the author’s debut novel and Im excited to read more from her in the future.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.
About The Author:
Although brought up in Cardiff, Jane Cable left Wales to study at the age of eighteen and has lived in England ever since. Her father was Anglo-Welsh poet Mercer Simpson so growing up in a house full of books Jane always read – and wrote. In 2011 she started to take her hobby seriously when The Cheesemaker’s House, which became her debut novel, reached the final of The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition. She writes romance with a twist of mystery which has been published independently and through the UK ebook giant, Endeavour Press. Jane is an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and a director of Chindi Authors.
In 2017 Jane moved to Cornwall and this year will become a full time author. She’s passionate about her new home, cricket, travelling and her husband of 22 years – although not necessarily in that order.