The judges for The Alan Titchmarsh Show's People's Novelist competition were very complimentary about The Cheesemaker's House and two of them have been kind enough to let me use their quotes to promote the book:
“I desperately want to find out about Owen; a fascinating character... the gift here is to make you want to read on.” Jeffrey Archer
“I really loved the authorial voice – it really drew me in. But more than that I loved the fact that the initial mystery posed is one that I could not think of a possible solution for, so that really got me hooked.” Sophie Hannah
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In 1986 Izzie and Robin meet, and are drawn to the Faerie Tree on the banks of the Hamble. The Faerie Tree is reputed to grant wishes, so amongst the ribbons, necklaces, and letters, Robin and Izzie wish for a life together. Just a few hours later, tragedy sets events in motion and their lives take separate paths.
In the winter of 2006, after Izzie’s husband dies, Izzie and Robin’s paths cross once again. They have each faced their own heartbreaking moments, and the tragedies of those moments have colored their memories of their last days together in different ways.
Izzie’s daughter Claire is the voice of calm in the rising tide of emotional outbursts.
This is a story of family relationships, love, and loss. A powerful telling of the events that shaped the lives of the characters, the story unfolds with sensitivity and warmth.
Author Jane Cable developed believable characters that are flawed and anguished, and yet ultimately strong and determined to get beyond their pasts and accept the love each has for the other.
The Faerie Tree was an enjoyable read from page one to the end. Once I started it, I had a hard time putting it down. I recommend it to all fans of women's contemporary fiction.
Why The Faerie Tree? You’ll have to read to find out.
A copy of The Faerie Tree was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
by Michelle James
A fantastic book that weaves friendship and magical as easily as the breeze moves through the trees. Amazing characters that create a story that has you itching to read faster. The magic is as believable characters.
Grab this book for a magical story that you will want to read and tell everyone about.
by Jeni White
Wonderful read - well written and I enjoyed the different perspectives. A magical book which I found very intriguing!
by Rebecca Benbow
I'm so happy to have been given this opportunity to read and review The Faerie Tree because I loved this novel! I hadn't read any of Jane Cable's other work before so, while the synopsis appealed to me, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, however Cable's writing style and storytelling expertise had me completely gripped from the first page until the last. The Faerie Tree has a second-chance romance at its heart, but I felt its storyline went deeper than a standard romance or domestic drama novel. Cable weaves contemporary issues such as homelessness, children caring for parents, physical disability and mental health problems into this story, yet without ever making it feel as though this was a social commentary piece. Instead, the characters' lives flowed perfectly naturally leading me to almost see myself as one of the family. I was quite bereft after I finished reading!
I would highly recommend The Faerie Tree to readers who love unreliable narrators, especially when the characters themselves utterly believe their own truths. Cable had shared the real Faerie Tree photograph on social media prior to my starting to read and I appreciated having the same sense of authenticity regarding this anchor as both Robin and Izzie. I think it helped me to connect with them. I could strongly empathise with Robin's overwhelming grief and the way he reacted to it while, at the same time, really sympathise with Izzie's predicament as she was left alone. To even begin to try and overcome such a rift would be challenging enough, but in their circumstances and after twenty years have passed? It certainly does make for a compelling tale!
Complex, emotional and honest, 'This story explores family, love and life. Izzie and Robin meet by chance and both feel it's the start of something. Then fate steps in and they lose touch, meeting again twenty years later. Is this their second chance? Told from Izzy and Robin's point of view, the story explores what happens after their first meeting and why they are the people they became.
The emotional journey is poignant and painful, and the conflicts that arise in the present seem insurmountable. With a balanced and believable cast of characters, a plot with surprising twists and an extraordinary love story this book absorbs, engages and resonates.
This is a fantastic book, no sickly sweet romance here at all – believable main characters that I cared about (and I loved that they were mature), strong supporting characters, solid settings and a plot that kept me wondering right the way through. I absolutely loved it. If you’re self-isolating or in lock down, this is definitely one for your kindle
This dark second-chance romance was hard to put down even though the more I read, the more uneasy I felt about Izzie and Robin's delicate relationship.
Robin and Izzie's love is just beginning when tragedy strikes and they are estranged for twenty years. Soon after losing her husband, Connor, Izzie bumps into a homeless person who looks like Robin, so she tracks him down and they try to start a new life with her teenage daughter, Claire. Unfortunately, memory lapses cause confusion and doubts which threaten Robin and Izzie's world. Can they be happy after all the heartache?
Ms. Cable tackles the very real struggles of mental illness and depression and how they impact people you love. Robin is my favorite character in this book because he grows into a grounded, kind and wise man who cares deeply for Izzie even experiencing her mood swings and nasty digs. I also loved The Faerie Tree and how Robin carried on the traditions that his friend Jennifer started.
Overall, this is a very heartbreaking and real tale about grief, mental illness, fear, and true love. The reader can't help rooting for Izzie and Robin because they have been through so much and deserve a HEA. Recommend highly!
I am fifty this year and have been writing for my own amusement all my life. In 2011 The Cheesemaker’s House won the suspense & crime category of The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition and it gave me the confidence to share my stories with a wider audience.