A little bit of Yorkshire magic happened last week. I’d just finished reading this book, when my phone bleeped – unbelievably, it was an email from Jane Cable asking me if I’d think about reading it, because I’m Yorkshire based and because a number of friends whose blogs I follow had enjoyed it. Spooky eh? And I was delighted to be able to tell her I’d already read it and she was right – I really enjoyed it.
Alice Hart moves to a village near Northallerton in North Yorkshire after breaking up with her husband, and sets about making friends – Richard Wainwright the builder (who she employs to renovate her barn), Margaret her elderly neighbour and gardener, and Owen and Adam who are trying to make a success of the local cafe. Attracted to Owen, who is a “charmer” – a herbalist healer with a touch of magic, inherited from his grandmother – as well as a friendly cafe owner, she is shaken when she sees him around the village when he isn’t there. And then there’s the crying that wakes her night after night – where is it coming from?
This book has its own Facebook page, and Jane Cable has an excellent website which includes a blog where she shares all her excitement about publishing her first novel, and additionally comes across as a really lovely lady. The background to the book is fascinating – a framed will found when renovating the cottage and discovering ‘charmers’ in a book from her father’s extensive library. This book is available in Kindle and paperback editions, and published by Matador, an imprint of Troubador Publishing Ltd. My thanks to netgalley and the publishers for the advance reading e-copy.