Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Cheesemaker’s House by Jane Cable! My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to join. Today, author Jane Cable visits the blog and has written a wonderful post based around my very own blog’s tagline : escaping reality one book at a time. But first, here is what her novel The Cheesemaker’s House is all about!
Author : Jane Cable
Title : The Cheesemaker’s House
Pages : 273
Publisher : Troubador Publishing
Publication date : October 1, 2013
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 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.
ESCAPING REALITY WITH JANE CABLE, AUTHOR OF THE CHEESEMAKER’S HOUSE
When Eva asked for a guest blog for Novel Deelights I couldn’t help but base it around her ethos of escaping reality one book at a time. To me, that’s just what novels are for and there are so many ways to escape…
Favourite place to escape to
North Cornwall. Which is a bit rich as I practically live there, but the Cornwall I’m talking about is the one of Poldark’s time, before the A30 cut a scar across the countryside and Tesco arrived in Truro.
Since starting to read the books I’ve become a little obsessed by Winston Graham’s settings. I know some were real, some made up, and some transported across the county. I spent ages trying to triangulate the various locations around the real hamlet of Mingoose before realising he’d moved it further inland and quite a distance east.
But as Enys visits his patients in the poverty of Sawle I know the current day village of St Agnes so well I can follow in his footsteps. And as I walk around Truro today (still stepping on granite slabs over rivulets of water) I screw up my eyes and try to imagine Demelza lifting her skirts to pick her way through the dirt.
Favourite time to escape to
Although I would have hated to have lived then, my favourite era in fiction is the First World War. The pain, anguish and waste of young lives has given birth to such amazing novels across each and every genre I go back there again and again. All Quiet on the Western Front, How Many Miles to Babylon, Birdsong are just a few of my favourites among the classics.
I love a good trilogy and a battle fought desperately for four years gives plenty of scope. The first I read was John Masters’ Now, God be Thanked and it had me gripped. Pat Barker’s Regeneration held a special resonance for me because my grandfather was a neurologist working with shell shocked patients.
Special mention must go to Anthony Quinn’s Half of the Human Race which is set mainly in Britain at a similar time and charts the story of a suffragette and a cricketer. It’s unusual and has a gritty beauty all of its own.
Favourite character to escape with
I haven’t chosen a romantic interest, but Penelope Keeling from Rosamunde Pilcher’s The Shell Seekers. If I had to pick a favourite book of all time, this would be it and Penelope is such a fabulous character; wise, unconventional and independent, she has moved beyond her unhappy marriage into a glorious old age.
I suspect one of my reasons for wanting to escape with her is that she reminds me so much of my mother who died three years ago. Escaping with Penelope would be the next best thing to seeing my mum again.
Where I’ll escape to next
My next escape will be outside my normal reading comfort zone into the world of crime thrillers, but I don’t think I need to worry because I’ll be in the capable hands of Jackie Baldwin. Jackie is one of four authors I’m following for Frost online magazine this year and I’ve promised her I’ll review her latest novel, Perfect Dead.
So I’m off to a commune of artists in rural Scotland, with ex-priest DI Frank Farrell for company. Wish me luck!
Best overall escape
Without doubt, into a rabbit warren. For me the most perfect alternative reality created in fiction is Watership Down. I’ve loved the book since I was nine years old and I was transported into the world of Hazel, Fiver and their furry enemies and friends. This was especially surprising as I was never a child for animal stories but Richard Adams’ tale was engaging, modern and felt very grown up.
I still have my battered paperback and I love it to this day.
What a wonderful guest post this is! Thank you so much for stopping by, Jane! And to the readers of this blog here, why don’t you tell me about your favourite escapes in the comments!
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.