Review: ‘The Cheesemaker’s House’, by Jane Cable

The Cheesemaker's House front cover

Published By: Matador

Publication Date: 1st August 2013

I.S.B.N.: 9781783061242

Format: Paperback

Price: £7.99


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.

My Review
Thanks to Jane Cable for sending me a copy of her book and to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this celebratory 5th Anniversary blog tour. As always my reviews are honest and written in return for a book.

Alice has left her cheating husband and moved away from Reading to a quiet Yorkshire village with William, her loyal hound. In exploring the town centre of Northallerton, she meets Owen and his business partner Adam, who run a cafe selling Adam’s amazing cakes and coffee. Alice and the men hit it off immediately, and Owen recommends an old school friend, Richard, as a builder when Alice decides to renovate the old barn behind her house. Settling into the village and making friends through Owen and the village church, Alice seems to be rebuilding her life, but something isn’t quite right. She can’t work out what it is though, and Owen seems to be at the centre of the mystery.

Writen in the first person, we see events through Alice’s eyes and emotions. It’s a bit of a slow burner as two stories overlay each other, much to the confusion of Alice. It took me a while to really get the feel of this novel but the characters, especially the mysterious Owen, were interesting and the plot pulled me in eventually. I really wanted to find out what the heck was going on, though I had an idea or two of my own.

Romance, mystery, superstition, gardening, a pretty North Yorkshire setting, this book is a good summer read, especially if you happen to be spending your summer holiday in thw North Yorkshire Moors. You will not look at those old stone cottages and quaint pubs in quite the same way ever again.

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Want to know more about the author?

Author Bio –

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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.

The Original Cheesmaker’s House that inspired the story.


Social Media Links –

Twitter: @JaneCable

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