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#Review “The Cheesemaker’s House” by Jane Cable

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5/5 Stars!

I enjoyed this read which balances itself on a narrow ledge between reality and the supernatural.

It is slow in the beginning as we meet Alice Hart, a thirty-five-year-old divorcee restarting her life in a small English village after being abandoned by her ex for his younger secretary.

While I didn’t always agree with her choices, I liked Alice from the beginning.

Neil was an ass—that much isn’t up for debate—but Alice admits her formative years left emotional damage and perhaps she didn’t try hard enough in her marriage. But to be fair, she believed she was being the wife Neil wanted. He didn’t speak up; she didn’t ask. Lack of communication (and Neil being a total and complete ass) equals divorce.

The divorce brings Alice a small cottage and the funds to renovate it, so she moves to Yorkshire for a fresh start, which will include a small ensemble of colorful characters, not the least of which is Richard Wainwright and Owen Maltby.

Richard is a gorgeous specimen of manhood, but it’s the soft-spoken, elusive pharmacist-turned-shop-owner, Owen, Alice is drawn to.

But pinning Owen down long enough to get to know him proves to be an ongoing problem for Alice. He disappears abruptly and shows up suddenly, keeping Alice confused and off-balance.

Combine seeing Owen when he doesn’t even acknowledge her; the mournful crying coming from her barn, and visions in her own home she’s not sure she saw, and moving to Yorkshire for a fresh start is an idea Alice Hart can toss out the window.

Or is it?

At first glance, I was put off by everyone in the story except Christopher, the vicar. They all seemed too far from center. But when a cleaned out barn becomes cluttered again, and Alice seeks out Owen with concerns about their unprotected sex, (which appeared to be a catalyst to more weirdness) The Cheesemaker’s House became unputdownable!

Already cautioned by villagers that Owen is a weirdo, Alice notes his odd behavior but it doesn’t deter her feelings for him. An aggressive move by Richard blindsides her and as she tries to put it in its proper perspective, the nightly crying… and Owen’s odd behavior intensifies.

A surprise discovery in Alice’s barn sends Owen off on a tangent and he goes missing, leaving Alice and friends to wonder if he’s reached the brink of madness… or is even alive.

It takes new friend, Margaret, and Richard’s Uncle Cyril to delve deep into this centuries-old mystery.

The weaving of the parallels between the back story and present-day is spot on and one of my favorite parts of the story. No one here is crazy. But, as humans, we feel something is wrong with us when we see or experience something we can’t explain away.

Such is the case with Owen. Right before losing his beloved Gran, his full charmer heritage showed up and not quietly. Oddly enough, he has the skill of a charmer, but not of the full acceptance of his calling. None of it makes sense to the man of science… but it is happening. However, knowing he wouldn’t be believed, Owen keeps everything to himself… and looks nuttier than a fruitcake.

Alice Hart might have gone down the same path, but she wasn’t as close to it as Owen. Her growing feelings for Owen and her need to find the truth; plus having others she trusted to confide in saved her focus. I believe it also helped her to shed the emotional damage of her childhood and her failed marriage. Alice found her inner strength and was now proactive instead of reactive.

Owen Maltby was stronger than he appeared also. He had to be. A weaker soul would have been driven to madness. Seeing people who lived almost three-hundred-years ago can do that to a person. HA!

The most curious part of The Cheesemaker’s House for me was the Owen/Richard relationship. It was supposedly antagonistic because of a woman they were both involved with. However, after Richard admits to the childhood friend they both played with, I wondered if casting shade onto Owen, in fact, made Richard feel normal? The men eventually appear to find an agreed-upon peace, but I’ll bet Owen benefits more than Richard.

However, everyone in this story benefited because of Christopher. One would expect a typical man of the cloth and representative of the church to denounce and deride every word out of these character’s mouths. While maintaining a biblical focus, Christopher was the voice of reason. He was invested in the mystery but never got lost in the mania. Kudos to him.

The Cheesemaker’s House is an engaging, detailed read which pulled me right in. I was invested in the future of the characters as well as the plot. I applaud the story’s close because it doesn’t deliver an unrealistic pretty package, but instead, it ends on a high note of hope. I believe readers of mysteries, historical fiction, and women’s fiction will get lost in this supernatural mystery and the love story which comes with it.

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The Cheesemaker's House coverJust 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.

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I desperately want to find out about Owen; a fascinating character… the gift here is to make you want to read on.” – Jeffrey Archer

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#BlogTour “The Cheesemaker’s House” by Jane Cable

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The Cheesemaker's House coverJust 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.

Purchase Links

Amazon universal link – viewBook.at\CheesemakersHouse
Waterstones
Kobo
iBook

I desperately want to find out about Owen; a fascinating character… the gift here is to make you want to read on.” – Jeffrey Archer

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~The Cheesemaker’s House~

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Author Bio  Jane Cable

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, traveling and her husband of 22 years – although not necessarily in that order.

 

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“Excalibur Rising: Book One of an Arthurian Saga” by Eileen Enwright Hodgetts

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Excalibur Rising: Book One of an Arthurian Saga

by Eileen Enwright Hodgetts

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Historical/Sword & Sorcery/Paranormal & Urban

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A newscaster. A psychic. A legend brought to life…

Marcus is losing his touch. The TV newscaster’s ratings are down and his job is on the line. So when he’s given the opportunity to leave Las Vegas and search for Excalibur, the missing artifact from one of the greatest legends ever written, he jumps at the chance. It doesn’t hurt that the mafia also gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Violet’s psychic abilities serve as a gift and a curse. When the mafia’s marching orders force her onto a plane to England with Marcus, her skills are put to the test. As they probe the legend of King Arthur and Camelot, the unlikely team watches the body count start to rise.

After their search takes them to the mist-shrouded Welsh countryside, Marcus and Violet begin putting the pieces together, but a surprise awaits. A surprise that could change their lives for good. If they survive to see it…

Excalibur Rising is an edge-of-your-seat fantasy suspense novel laced with wit and history. If you like funny characters, dramatic plot twists, and the myth of King Arthur, then you’ll love the first book in Eileen Enwright Hodgetts’ Excalibur Rising series.

Buy the book to learn the real story behind history’s greatest legend!

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“Hunt (Freya Snow Book 1)” by L.C. Mawson

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Hunt (Freya Snow Book 1)

by L.C. Mawson

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Paranormal & Urban/Coming of Age

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When Freya said that she’d be shocked if she made it through the year without killing herself, that wasn’t an invitation for a demon to come and do it for her.

Being passed from foster home to foster home, with no real family or friends to call her own had always been kind of a drag, and after fourteen years, Freya Snow was just kind of done with her dreary existence.

But when a terrifying creature with bright red eyes and needle-like teeth starts following her, and a ghost appears, telling her that her mother died to keep magic a secret from the mortal world, Freya is suddenly determined to survive the strange new world she finds herself thrust into.

The only trouble is, she’s not sure that her new ghostly mentor is telling her everything, and her survival may very well depend on the truth.

HUNT is a YA urban fantasy novel with a dash of sci-fi. It is the first book in the Freya Snow series.

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“Galdoni Book Two: Into the Fire” by Cheree Alsop

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Galdoni Book Two: Into the Fire

by Cheree Alsop

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Paranormal/Dragons & Mythical Creatures/Romance

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After The Academy Closes, A Galdoni Struggles To Find His Way

Saro is a Galdoni who finds himself displaced by the closing of the Academy. Eventually, he is taken in by a man, unaware that the man’s motives are directed by a dangerous enemy. As Saro’s world crashes around him, he finds the one thing that was never meant to exist, a female Galdoni.

˃˃˃ Amid Chaos And A Race Against Time, He Finds A Solace He Never Expected

He races against time to save her and in turn finds himself at the mercy of other Galdoni striving to carve their place in the world. Amid the burning chaos that has become his life, Saro finds a solace he never expected, eyes filled with understanding and a smile that steals his heart even though he’s only begun to trust.

˃˃˃ With the fate of the Galdoni on his shoulders, Saro has to decide what’s worth fighting for, and how much he is willing to put on the line.

 

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“Coup De Grăce: A Hayden Howell and Thierry Adler Novella” by Hollie Hausenfluck, Avrin Kelly

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Coup De Grăce: A Hayden Howell and Thierry Adler Novella

by Hollie Hausenfluck, Avrin Kelly

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Thriller & Suspense/Metaphysical & Visionary/Supernatural
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Hayden Howell is an ambitious detective with a short temper in Charleston, SC. She’s at the top of her game and has just agreed to settle down with the love of her life. That is until a Witch marks her and her life is flipped upside down in an instant.

Thierry Adler is a Warlock who can’t seem to keep himself out of trouble. He’s on the run, again, and agrees to help Hayden on a whim.

Will they be able to work together to keep Charleston safe from a madman hell bent on releasing chaos? Or will their differences be too much to overcome.

Will they solve the murder of a historic coven leader? Or will her death be in vain?

Join Hayden and Thierry on their adventure through the trenches of magic in Charleston. Their journey will leave you on the edge of your seat as they face the supernatural head on.

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“Galdoni” by Cheree Alsop

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Galdoni

by Cheree Alsop

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Paranormal/Dragons & Mythical Creatures/Romance/YA

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They Are Genetically Engineered For One Purpose: Fighting To The Death

“This is the Arena, and here we live to die.” These are the words carved into a holding cell where genetically-altered gladiators, winged humans called Galdoni, are trained to fight. A life of combat is the sole purpose for which they are created, and for which they live.

˃˃˃ A Chance At A New Life

Kale, a Galdoni who is rescued by three high school students and nursed back from the brink of death, is given the chance to experience life as a human. When he is recaptured and returned to the Arena, he must use what he learned in the world outside the Academy in order to free the other Galdoni and return to the human girl he loves.

Dark and exciting, Galdoni pushes the boundaries of love in a world of violence.

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