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.
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: Brenda Guiton
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.
Author: Sheila O’Flanagan
Performed by Aoife McMahon
Released: May 2019 on Audible
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Family Drama, Audiobook, Book Review
Roxy’s marriage has always been rock solid.
After twenty years, and with two carefree kids, she and Dave are still the perfect couple.
Until the day she comes home unexpectedly, and finds Dave in bed with their attractive, single neighbour.
All Roxy needed the day after her father’s funeral was to find her husband in bed with their next door neighbour when she got home.
Author: Kendra Elliot
Published: June 2019 by Montlake Romance
Category: Crime Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Book Review
The job: infiltrate a militia amassing illegal firearms in an isolated forest community. FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick is the ideal candidate. She knows Oregon. She’s near the compound. And having been raised among survivalists, Mercy understands the mind-set of fanatics. Lay low, follow rules, do nothing to sound an alarm, and relinquish all contact with the outside world. She’s ready to blend in.
FBI Agent Mercy Kilpatrick is recruited to join ATF agent Chad Finn, already working undercover in an anti government, arms selling militia group called America’s Preserve.
Author: Amanda Prowse
Performed by Amanda Prowse
Published: June 2019 by Brilliance Audio
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Audiobook, Book Review
These are the things I know…
I know my name is Thomasina ‘Hitch’ Waycott
I know I’m not like everyone else.
I know I was born a little bit different, like someone held the instructions upside down or lost a part when they opened the box.
I also know that words are powerful things and they have weight.
I know certain words have sat in my stomach for as long as I can remember and weigh so much that when I’m in a crowd or I meet someone new they pull my shoulders down and make my head hang forward so I can only look at the floor.
Although Thomasina (aka Hitch) Waycott loves her parents, her younger brother, her chickens, her dog, and enjoys working on the family farm, she feels life is passing her by.
Author: J. New
Published: January 2019 by Phantom Press
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Cosy Murder Mystery, Book Review
When a much loved pillar of the community is found dead in the duck pond early one morning, the village residents are left reeling with shock.
Initially deemed a tragic accident it’s not until Penny receives a letter from the victim, dated one week before the death, that she begins to suspect a different motive.
Death at the Duckpond is the second book featuring mobile librarian Penny Finch and her rescue pup Fischer, and finds the intrepid pair embroiled in another mystery.
Author: Caren J Werlinger
Published: March 2019 by Corgyn Publishing
Category: Irish Fiction, Ghost Story, Paranormal, Romance, Book Review
Nora McNeill has always dreamed of exploring her Irish roots. When she finally gets the opportunity to spend a summer in the village where her grandparents grew up, the experience promises to live up to her very high expectations. Except for the ghost that is haunting her rented cottage and is soon invading her dreams.
Fulfilling what seemed like her lifelong dream, Nora McNeill has arrived in Ireland and is on her way to Cong, the location of her favourite film, The Quiet Man. Nora’s grandparents had been born there, were extras in the film’s village scenes, and Nora had been raised on stories of their home town.