Another You by @JaneCable ~ Sometimes the hardest person to save is yourself… #Romance #TuesdayBookBlog #NetGalley

Author: Jane Cable

Published: June 2019 by Sapere Books

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Suspense, Paranormal, Romance, Book Review

Marie Johnson is trapped by her job as a chef in a Dorset pub and by her increasingly poisonous marriage to its landlord. 

Worn down by his string of affairs she has no self-confidence, no self-respect and the only thing that keeps her going is watching her son, Jude, turn into a talented artist. 

But the 60th anniversary of a D-Day exercise triggers chance meetings which prove unlikely catalysts for change. 

After a short but haunting prologue we meet Marie Johnson, chef at the The Smugglers in Studland Bay, Dorset. She and Stephen, her estranged husband, own the pub, which is run with the help of Baz in the kitchen and their son, Jude. Marie suffers from debilitating migraines and, although she loves her job, is feeling increasingly trapped in a situation she feels she has no control over. The relationship with her husband has deteriorated beyond repair. He controls the finances and bills are piling up while Stephen uses the money for his own project. The only light in her life is Jude, a talented artist who won’t be around to help much longer.

With the 60th anniversary commemoration of the D-Day landings approaching and rehearsals in full swing, Marie is working harder than ever. She escapes to walk the cliffs and spend time at her beach hut whenever possible, which is when she meets Corbin, a quiet and polite American soldier. 

With the activity centred on the beach I thought I’d be the only person walking on the cliff but coming towards me is a man wearing khaki combats and a white T-shirt, his hair cropped disconcertingly close.

“Good afternoon, ma’am.” American.

I smile without breaking my step. “Lovely day.”

Several people feature in Marie’s journey and precipitate change as she struggles to find a way forward—Paxton, another American serviceman based nearby, D-day veteran George and his son Mark—despite misunderstandings and relationship issues. All the characters are flawed or affected by circumstances in one way or another and all are well drawn. It takes Marie a long time to realise it’s up to her to get her life back on track. No-one but herself is holding her back.

Jane Cable has crafted a story full of emotions, from despair and hopelessness through to renewed hope and love. Throughout it all Marie’s love for Jude is a constant and she’s determined he won’t become shackled to The Smugglers. The beautiful, vividly described setting also plays an important part, with the long sandy stretch of Studland Bay, dunes and cliff path to the impressive Old Harry rock formations. 

A story with depth incorporating complex characters, a past and present connection, drama, history, romance and a touch of the paranormal. Sensitive issues were explored sympathetically including the terrible and lasting effects of war, and above all showing the necessity for, and happiness that can be brought by, friends and family. 

Book links ~ Amazon UK | Amazon US 

Old Harry photograph courtesy of diego_torres via Pixabay

About the Author

Perhaps writing is in my blood. My father, Mercer Simpson, was a poet; my cousin, Roger Hubank, a novelist; Roger’s uncle, John Hampson was also a novelist and fringe member of the Bloomsbury Group. And it’s even rumoured that John Keats is somewhere back there in the family tree. No wonder that I have always scribbled.
It was reaching the final of The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition in 2011 which made me take my writing seriously. The Cheesemaker’s House, a gripping romance-suspense, saw the light of day in September 2013 and I was delighted when it received great reviews from book bloggers and, just as importantly, from the people who bought and read it. My second novel, The Faerie Tree, came out in March 2015 and is a suspenseful romance about the tricks memory plays.
I have recently signed a contract with Sapere Books for the re-issue of Another You (which I withdrew when the previous publisher went into liquidation) and a further timeslip romance looking back to World War Two.

Author links ~ Website | Twitter | Facebook 

#CoverReveal & #Extract from A Secret Tie – The King and The Spy by @SummeritaRhayne #HistoricalFiction #Romance

Today I have a cover reveal and extract from the upcoming release by Summerita Rhayne. Before we get to the cover, here’s the book info…

Yashita has chosen to lead the life of a spy. But after years of serving the ruler well, she has now a request. She wants to get married and settle down. To her utmost relief, King Hitaksha agrees to set her free. But he has a condition. She must fulfil one more mission before he will allow her to leave his service.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Skeletons of Birkbury by @DianaJFebry A rural detective #mystery (Peter Hatherall Mystery Book 1)

This week’s Throwback Thursday is The Skeletons of Birkbury, the first in the DCI Peter Hatherall murder/mystery series, published in 2012.

My Thoughts

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#GuestPost by Bjørn Larssen #Author of Storytellers ~ A Novel #Icelandic #Fiction @rararesources @bjornlarssen

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Storytellers with a guest post by Bjørn Larssen, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Bjørn has very kindly written a post titled The Book That Wrote Itself. Over to you, Bjørn…

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Suspicion by Brenda Guiton #BookReview for #RBRT @BGuiton Contemporary Fiction/Mystery #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Brenda Guiton

Kindle Edition 

Category: Romance, Psychological, Mystery, Contemporary Fiction, Book Review

A lightning romance and hastily arranged marriage takes Holly up north to live at the heart of Nathan’s family business – a luxurious log-cabin park on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. She has everything to look forward to, but within days of her arrival she falls prey to a series of unsettling events. It is obvious that someone doesn’t want her there.

Wanting to escape the miserable British weather, Holly, a self employed web designer, decides to accept her mother’s invitation to stay at her villa on the Costa de la Cruz.

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Foxglove Farm (Love Heart Lane Series, Book 2) by @ChristieJBarlow #ContemporaryFiction @rararesources #NetGalley

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Foxglove Farm, the second book in the Love Heart Lane series, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

About the Book

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Outlaws of Time: The Legend of Sam Miracle by N.D. Wilson ~ #Audiobook #Children’sFantasy

In Throwback Thursday this week I’m revisiting something different ~ the first of the children’s fantasy trilogy, Outlaws of Time.

My Thoughts

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