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“Thank you so much to the lovely Jane Cable for putting her faith in Fiction Books once again. I couldn’t do this without all you wonderful authors keeping in touch”


Sometimes the hardest person to save is yourself…

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.

First there’s Corbin, the American soldier who she runs into as she’s walking on the cliffs. He is charming and has a quaintness about him, calling her an ‘English rose’.

Then there’s George the war veteran, who comes to dine at the pub, and his son Mark. George fascinates Marie with his first-hand accounts of the war, whilst Mark proves helpful in making sense of the pub’s financial situation.

And there’s Paxton. Another American soldier with an uncanny resemblance to Corbin. Young, fit and very attractive, Marie finds him hard to resist. But little does she know Paxton is also battling some inner demons.

As the heat of the summer intensifies, so do the issues in Marie’s life.

Why is Corbin so elusive? Why is the pub struggling to make ends meet? Why has Jude suddenly become so withdrawn and unhappy?

Can she help Paxton open up and begin to deal with his pain?

Or will she be shackled to the pub and her increasingly spiteful husband forever?

But as events unfold, Marie finally realises that she is not trapped, but stuck, and that it is down to her to get her life moving again.

Perfectly blending the complexities of twenty-first century life with the dramatic history of World War Two, Another You is a charming tale that will warm your heart.


Headshot Of Author Jane Cable - March 2015Perhaps 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. It is even rumoured that John Keats is somewhere back there in the family tree, so is it any wonder that I have always scribbled.

I can’t say that the publication of my debut novel The Cheesemaker’s House (Matador, 2013) changed my life – very few authors can – but it certainly changed my perception of myself as a novelist.

No longer was I writing for my own pleasure – as I had done for years – I was now expecting complete strangers to part with their hard earned cash to read my words. The pressure to perform was increased further – although in a delightful way – by the hugely positive reception the book had from readers, reviewers and book bloggers. Now there were other expectations to meet as well as my own.

The biggest change since The Cheesemaker’s House is that I am no longer running my accountancy business alone as my husband quit his finance role in a plc to join me. It’s certainly taken a great deal of the pressure off me but the downside is that I no longer have the time I had when he was travelling, working stupidly long hours and commuting, to fiddle around on social media and to write.

Another big change is that I have joined Chindi Authors, a group of independently published writers in Chichester, close to where I live. There is so much more we can achieve together than we can on our own – we even held a stall at the city’s Christmas market which one writer could never have done successfully.

By the time my second book, The Faerie Tree had been released I was already working on this, my third book Another You, which was completed to everyone’s satisfaction within seven months and was snapped up by ebook specialist Endeavour Press.

One of the best parts of writing a novel is when your characters come alive and begin to create the storylines themselves. It’s a very special kind of magic.

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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox 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.

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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!

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    • Hi Kathy,

      In my mind, I am already making all kinds of assumptions about this storyline, most of which will probably be a million miles from the truth. However, with such a comprehensive, yet at the same time intriguingly vague premise, it is difficult not to put two and two together and probably come up with five!

      I do enjoy a story with a war time connection and I am confident that Jane will have done it justice with her great writing style.

      Thanks for stopping by and ‘Happy Reading’ this week 🙂

  • I’ve read several enjoyable novels set in WWII in the last year or so and this sounds like it would fit right in. Like Kathy, I like stories that combine the past with the present.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I haven’t even opened the Kindle file for this book yet (I’m saving that for when I prepare my ‘First Lines’ post), so I have no idea how much time switching there is between the past and present.

      I too, quite enjoy stories which use this kind of format and there seems to have been a definite increase in the number of authors using the method in their story telling recently.

      Jane has an easy flowing style of writing, that would probably suit the ‘switching’ style quite well and a keen eye for technical detail, which to me is all important in maintaining the authenticity of a timeline based story.

      I hope that you have managed to grab a few new titles for your own TBR pile 🙂

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      I must admit that if I am going to read a general fiction story, then I do prefer it to be historical, rather than anything too contemporary, although it does seem as though authors who focus their writing around the war time periods, are becoming rather thin on the ground. I think that is probably just an age thing? 🙂

      Jane’s blend of historical and contemporary fiction sounds intriguing and the story looks to have an interesting mix of characters to become acquainted with.

      “Happy Reading” and thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      You sound a lot like me, in that you seem to enjoy an eclectic range of reading genres.

      Although thriller / mysteries are probably always going to top my charts, if a storyline captures my imagination, then I’m up for it!

      Jane always seems to come up with a unique angle on a story, so I just know that I am going to get drawn in right from the first page.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate your visits 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      It does sound as though Marie’s already unhappy life is going to get a whole lot more complicated following the D-Day anniversay events. Perhaps the arrival of the Americans will change her life for the better?

      Thanks for taking the time to visit, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      Getting your life ‘unstuck’ can often be a lot more difficult than you might expect, sometimes even impossible. However, as this is a billed as a ‘charming tale to warm your heart’, I am going to stick my neck out and make another one of those assumptions that things will work out better for Marie in the end. How much heartache she has to go through first, is what I need to know!

      I hope that hubbie is on the mend and getting ready to come home again. Take Care 🙂

    • Hi Tracy,

      There are already so many different scenarios buzzing around my head, about how all these different characters may be related or have things in common. They are probably all wrong, but I am hoping that there will be several journeys back in time to the D-Day exercise, so that I can discover how all the people connect together and hopefully share some of their experiences.

      Thanks for visiting this week, it is great to catch up with you 🙂

  • This one sounds very good, I hope you enjoy it. I like the sound of past and present intertwining this way. That quote is very true, that the hardest person to save is yourself.

    • Hi Naida,

      I also like that Jane encourages her characters to take over her writing and direct the flow of the storyline. It must surely make the entire process so much less stressful and as Jane says exudes “a very special kind of magic.”

      There seem to be quite a number of characters lining up to confuse Marie’s emotions, so let’s just hope she makes some right decisions at the end of it all and doesn’t let the past influence her future too much.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is good to chat with you again 🙂

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