Title: The Cheesemaker’s House by Jane Cable
Date Published: 1st August 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Just think, Alice, right now Owen could be putting a hex on you!
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 cafe´ 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 People’s Novelist competition, reaching the last four out of over a thousand entries. The Cheesemaker’s House can be enjoyed by anyone who has become bored of today’s predictable boy-meets-girl romance novels.
“I desperately want to find out about Owen; a fascinating character… the gift here is to make you want to read on.”
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Alice’s husband ran off with his secretary leaving her single at thirty five. She decides to move to Yorkshire to an old Cheesemaker’s cottage, that she received in her divorce settlement, in dire need of renovating. She meets gorgeous cafe owner Owen Maltby who points her in the direction of handsome builder named Richard to do up the former barn in order to make it a holiday let.
Strange things start happening as the renovation progresses, strange crying in the night, visions of the past and someone who looks suspiciously like Owen appearing and disappearing. Alice’s feeling for Owen grow but she can’t help feeling that he’s keeping secrets from her.
A grisly discovery in the barn makes Owen’s behaviour in stranger, can Alice help him or is it too late?
So this is another of one of my breaking out of my comfort zone reads, romantic suspense is not a genre I’d usually pick up but I was pleasantly surprised.
What initially drew me into this book was the air of mystery and the hint of paranormal with ghostly sightings and strange noise in the night. Personally if I was Alice I would have been too creeped out to stay in that house on my own after dark!
Alice was a very likeable character. You feel sorry for her because she kind of blames herself for her husband cheating on her because she thinks she’s not good at loving people. I really wanted to give her a hug right then.
Owen is a very sweet character too. He set up a cafe with his friend Adam, whom he’d saved from a life of drugs and jail, but he’s struggling to keep the place afloat. He’s also the village ‘charmer’ or healer caring for the sick and elderly. Yet when it comes to his own happiness, he’s intent on throwing it all away.
I was slightly disappointed that none of the characters sounded like they came from Yorkshire even though most of the characters had been born up that way. Also they kept using the word supper which I honestly don’t think I’ve heard a northerner say in my entire life! But this is just a minor quibble.
It was a little heavier on the romance that I would have preferred but it was written in a very captivating way that kept me reading until the end.
The Cheesemaker’s House is perfect for those readers who love romance with a dash of mystery.
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Author Bio –
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.
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