Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.
Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
Mailbox Monday, is currently ‘on tour’ and being hosted by a different blogger each month.
Your host for October 2013, is Gina @ ‘Book Dragon’s Lair’
So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for Gina, after all, we all like to receive them!
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!
The latest addition to the Fiction Books virtual shelf this week, is another of my ‘must have’ options, from the lovely folks over at NetGalley. I am really becoming quite strict with myself and only accepting free books from my preferred genres, any books which I choose outside of those genres, are now only as a the result of a direct review request from either author or publisher.
‘THE CHEESEMAKER’S HOUSE’
The novel follows the life of Alice Hart, who escapes to the North Yorkshire countryside to recover after her husband runs off with his secretary. Battling with loneliness but trying to make the best of her new start, she soon meets her neighbours, including handsome builder Richard Wainwright and kind 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?
Perhaps writing is in Jane Cable’s blood. Her father, Mercer Simpson, was a poet; her 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.
It is therefore no wonder that she has always scribbled. But it took her until she was in her forties to complete a full length manuscript. And then another, and another… Writing stories became a compulsive hobby. She could lose herself in her characters, almost live their lives, and she started to long for readers other than her mother and a few close friends to be able to do the same.
Jane has a degree in Communication Studies and worked in PR in her twenties, although her career now is nothing to do with writing. When she was almost thirty she retrained as a Chartered Accountant, meeting her husband in the process, and for the last 13 years she has run her own business. Apart from being very rewarding, most of the time it means she can squeeze a few hours into every day to write.
It was reaching the final of The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition in 2011 which made Jane take her writing seriously. She was signed by a big name agent straight away but after a while realised he wanted ‘The Cheesemaker’s House’ turned into a thriller, so they parted company. Another agent was seriously interested but wanted the book re-written as a pure romance – and that was something she wasn’t prepared to do. Slowly she realised that however good her book was, unless it fitted neatly into a genre, it was never going to be taken up by a mainstream publisher. Jane went to a self publishing conference organised by the Writers & Artists Yearbook and was inspired by the speakers to publish independently herself. It seemed the only way for the book she had written to reach a wider public.
What is important, are the character’s personalities and although as I wrote the book I got to know them very well, there were times when they still surprised me, times when they wrote their own lines as we went along. It’s a wonderful feeling when that happens – you know you are really under their skins.
‘The Cheesemaker’s House’ was inspired by a framed will found in the dining room of my 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.
As well as her own comprehensive and well presented website, Jane also has a dedicated Facebook page for ‘The Cheesemaker’s House’, where she is always ready to chat about the book, so why not stop by and say Hi!
I am hoping that Jane will also be stopping by in person very soon, to publish a ‘Guest Post’ over at ‘Meet The Authors’ pages, I am really looking forward to that.
I can’t wait to discover all your own great new finds this week … so please stop by and share your link