#RomancingSeptember Day 27 The Faerie Tree by @JaneCable #sundayblogshare

Welcome to Day 27 of #RomancingSeptember

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Our guest today is Jane Cable and her book The Faerie Tree

The Faerie Tree

Where is your home town?
I immediately think of Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, where I was brought up, but the reality is that I’ve lived near Chichester on the south coast of England for the last twenty years. But as they say: you can take the girl out of Wales but you can’t take Wales out of the girl!

How long have you been writing romance?
I completed my first novel-length romance in 2004. It was great fun to write but completely unpublishable. Nevertheless it was good practice and I kept on writing until I had something I was ready to share. That was The Cheesemaker’s House which reached the final of UK daytime TV favourite The Alan Titchmarsh Show’s People’s Novelist competition in 2011 and was published in 2013.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

As a writer it’s romantic suspense because plot construction is so challenging. Of course, the heart of any romance is the characters but weaving a mystery around them means they can play out their love story in a really interesting way. And there are so many different sorts of mysteries you can choose; The Cheesemaker’s House is a bit ghostly but The Faerie Tree is far more psychological. As a reader I also love sagas – I find it totally captivating to be able to follow a family, a village or group of friends through the generations. RF Delderfield was master of it and Margaret Graham’s pretty amazing too.
Where is your book set?

The Faerie Tree is mainly set close to the River Hamble in Hampshire on the south coast of England, with a few excursions to Newquay in Cornwall. Hampshire is very close to where I live and I was introduced to the real faerie tree by a friend. It’s such a magical place where children leave gifts and letters for the faeries – and the faeries reply.
Introduce us to Izzie.

Izzie is 43 and has just been widowed. She thinks she’s been strong for her teenage daughter, Claire, and that she’s coping well – but the reality is very different. She is like so many women we recognise; on the outside a polished professional (she teaches at a college) but on the inside a welter of insecurities about being a good mother, a good friend – and basically staying sane without too much help from the wine bottle.
Tell us about her recent meet up with Robin.

The book opens in the city of Winchester just before Christmas when Izzie, distracted by a stressful visit to the probate office to deal with her late husband’s estate, literally walks into a tramp. Almost straight away she realises it’s Robin, a man she was in love with 20 years before, but she isn’t entirely honest with Claire about the true nature of their relationship. Later she realises that she just has to find him again.
What is special about the Faerie Tree?

I believe that faerie trees have a resonance with all of us because in so many early cultures trees were objects of worship and wonder. Celebrating festivals around them and leaving offerings is something buried very deep in our psyche, whatever our beliefs are now. The real faerie tree on the banks of the Hamble is not especially pagan – for most people it’s probably just a piece of fun and the most special thing about it is that someone answers every single letter the children leave. For Robin and Izzie it’s the place their story started and the point where their lives split apart. It’s a human story, not an elven one, and it just had to be told.
Tell us about their relationship when they first met 20 years before.

Robin and Izzie were in their early twenties and Izzie at least was full of hope for the future. She had a dead end job and a dead end boyfriend but she just knew life would get better. Robin was first a business contact, then a friend, and then, one day in the faerie tree woods, she knew he was the man who would change everything. Although still young, Robin had already learnt about the harsh blows life deals out but whatever the obstacles, he still fell for Izzie in a big way. For him the trouble started when he began to wish those obstacles away.
Tell us what you are working on at the moment.

It’s a very exciting time for me because I’ve just been signed by an agent so I’m working on a totally new manuscript which we hope she will be able to sell to a major publisher. Set in beautiful Studland Bay in Dorset it’s the story of a recently separated British woman and an American soldier, both haunted by the tragic events of the run up to D-Day sixty years before. The characters bridge the Atlantic so it’s a real Romancing September story!
Where can readers find out more about you?

Jane Cable

I have a website, www.janecable.com;

a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cheesemakers-House-Other-Stories/245534682166250?ref=hl ;

and I do try to be active on Twitter as well @JaneCable

Buying links:

UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Faerie-Tree-Jane-Cable-ebook/dp/B00UTI27AY

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-faerie-tree/jane-cable/9781784622220

 

US
http://www.amazon.com/The-Faerie-Tree-Jane-Cable-ebook/dp/B00UTI27AY

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-faerie-tree/id977620190?mt=11

Catch up with more about Jane and her writing in a few hours with Stephanie http://stephanie-hurt.com/

 

May Book Reviews For Fleet Life and EH Directory

Here are the books which made it to my magazine book review pages for the month of May.

For the online version of Fleet Life go to http://www.fleetlife.org.uk, click on the online directory, load and turn to page 32

May FL

Last Child by Terry Tyler

The Faerie Tree by Jane Cable

The Last Dragon Slayer by Martyn Stanley

A Spell in Provence by Marie Laval

Back Behind Enemy Lines by Chris Bridge

For the online version of EH Directory go to http://www.ehd.org.uk, click on the online directory, load and turn to page 9

May Books EHD

The Gift Of Charms by Julia Suzuki

Two Rivers by Zoe Saadia

The Magic and Mystery of Birds by Noah Strycker

Death in a Dacron Sail by N.A Granger

Britannia Part II: The Watchmen by Richard Denham

The Faerie Tree by Jane Cable

The Faerie TreeThe Faerie Tree by Jane Cable

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Faerie Tree is a contemporary family relationships drama. It is primarily set in the county of Hampshire. We meet Izzie and her daughter Claire just before Christmas, this will be their first Christmas without Conner, husband and father, who died a few months ago. Everything is still very raw, both are trying to be strong for each other.

By chance Izzie bumps into a tramp in Winchester and realises it’s Robin, a man she hasn’t seen for twenty years. Back in 1986 Robin was an office manager and Izzie sold stationary, they were just beginning a romance when Robin disappeared from Izzie’s life and left her desperate and alone.

Curious to know what happened in the intervening years Izzie searches for Robin, finding him in the hospital. When it’s time for him to leave she offers him a place to stay.

Central to the plot is The Faerie tree, a tree in the woods where all sorts of people go in search of wishes being granted, they leave ribbons, messages, money and other gifts for the fairy folk. Robin took Izzie to the tree the day before disaster struck for their relationship.

After the great storm of 1987 which swept Britain, Robin returned to the Faerie tree to make sure it was undamaged and in doing so he found a friend and began a new chapter of his life. Jennifer understood that Robin was suffering from depression and she became like a Mum to him helping him build back his life.

When Izzie finds Robin’s again, he’s recently suffered another huge blow and has dealt with it in the only way he knows how. They try to re-build their relationship but it struggles because of the grief that they both still hold.

This is a very emotional book, with several twists and turns, at one time I thought there were gaps in the storyline which didn’t add up but this all comes full circle as the story continues and you get a greater understanding of the characters. A very good read.

View all my reviews on Goodreads

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

HOW CAN A MEMORY SO VIVID BE WRONG?

Faerie Tree

In the summer of 1986 Robin and Izzie hold hands under The Faerie Tree and wish for a future together. Within hours tragedy rips their dreams apart.

In the winter of 2006 they stumble back into each other’s lives and try to create a second chance. But why are their memories of 1986 so different? And which one of them is right?

JANE CABLE’S THE FAERIE TREE IS LAUNCHED ON 21ST MARCH AND TO CELEBRATE THERE WILL BE A FAB BLOG TOUR:

22nd March: Random Things Through My Letterbox – author Q&A http://randomthingsthroughmyletterbox.blogspot.co.uk/

23rd March: Rosie Amber – review https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/

24th March: Liz Loves Books – the settings & scenery of The Faerie Tree http://lizlovesbooks.com/

25th March: My Reading Corner – the faerie tree itself and book giveaway http://myreading-corner.blogspot.co.uk/

26th March: Crooks on Books – author interview http://crooksonbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

28th March: Jaffa Reads Too – the inspiration for The Faerie Tree and book giveaway http://jaffareadstoo.blogspot.co.uk/

29th March: Being Anne – second chances http://beingannereading.blogspot.co.uk/

31st March: Beadyjan’s Books – writing with women in mind http://beadyjansbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Good Deeds Challenge Year 2 Week 46

Welcome to my second Year of Good Deeds, a challenge I set myself during April 2013. I decided to do at least one Good Deed a day for a whole year, now I am into my second year.

New Good DeedsThis week I’ve been doing the following;

March 1st – Hosted a birthday sleepover last night, so we are all a little tired, but we have to rally as we have relatives coming over for a birthday tea.

March 2nd – My morning helping at school, it’s hard to imagine we are about half way through another school year.

March 3rd – Finished reading The Faerie Tree by local author Jane Cable ready for it’s book launch on March 23rd.

March 4th – Donated money to some hunky men from the army who were doing a cycling challenge in aid of The Ghurkhas. Collected and delivered some items for the charity shop from my relatives. Read The Gift Of Charms by Julia Suzuki, a children’s fantasy book.

March 5th – It’s been a windy day and there is plenty of litter to pick up while I walk through the park. Have been tweeting about World Book Day and The Cornish Reading Challenge, read a book set in Cornwall or from a Cornish author and tweet about it between now and May 9th #CornishReadingChallenge check out @VikkiPatis for more details. Read Princess Of The Light by N.N. Light.

March 6th – Litter picking again on a lovely sunny day. Started reading Breath Of The Titans by Riley Westbrook.

March 7th – Sorted out a birthday gift for a friend. Just finishing the trilogy – Breath Of The Titans it’s a long epic fantasy and this is the full three book series.