Inspired by a framed will found in her dream Yorkshire house, which had been built at the request of the village cheesemaker in 1726, Jane Cable discovered the historical aspect of her novel. Set near Northallerton in North Yorkshire, The Cheesemaker’s House is a page-turner that will have readers hooked instantly.
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?
Cable’s characters are shrouded in mystery, particularly Owen, who had been in her head from the summer of 2008. Her father had an interest in folklore and she discovered ‘charmers’ in a book from his extensive library. Around the same time she created Alice through a short piece of fiction which became the original opening of the novel, and the rest of the story simply fell into place.
The Cheesemaker’s House won the Suspense & Crime category of The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition, reaching the last four out of over a thousand entries.–from Goodreads
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Yay for the good old-fashioned ghost story with a great romance as well. I really enjoyed this book. The pace is slower at the beginning as the author sets up the story and introduces her characters and their situations, but I promise you it is worth it to stick around.
This book is haunting and beautiful at the same time. The main character is easy to get to know and she reveals enough about her current life, past and personality so that by the end of the novel, you feel as though she has become your friend and you genuinely care what happens to her.
One of the things that I liked about this book so much, was the way the author revealed the past history of the house and lives of the characters while still progressing forward with their current lives. In this story, the tales of the past and the present collide in a most shocking and interesting manner.
This is a book that kept me turning pages long into the night after I should have long been asleep. I would certainly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a well told paranormal story with a strong romantic angle.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and Netgalley.