About Another You By Jane Cable
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 Why has Jude suddenly become so withdrawn and unhappy?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.
My #FavFive ~ Jane Cable
What’s your favourite book cover by another author and why?
Great question – it really made me think – and more about what I’m not keen on; I have an irrational dislike of colour photographs and I can’t stand any representation of the characters’ faces because they never look like I imagine them. Indeed in the past I often found myself wondering if the designer had even read the book. Now I’ve been involved in the process I know that chances are that they haven’t and are working from a brief.
One cover which has stayed with me from childhood is Joan Aiken’s The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. I found the book dark and chilling and the snowy white cover with the black wolves and trees seemed to fit the story perfectly.
What is your favourite time to read?
My absolutely favourite time to read is first thing in the morning at weekends. Even though I don’t have to I still wake up early so I creep downstairs and make myself a latte before settling on the sofa with my Kindle. We live in the country so it’s really quiet, with just the birds singing outside. Wonderful.
Do you have a favourite snack to nibble whilst reading?
I’m not really a great snacker but if I’m hungry first thing in the morning the perfect partner for my latte is a gluten free maple syrup and pecan cereal bar. Especially one that’s a little bit gooey. If I want a real treat then M&S do wonderful gluten free millionaire shortbread mini bites.
Who is your favourite book character that has stayed with you long after the book ended?
Penelope Keeling in Rosamunde Pilcher’s The Shell Seekers. In every possible way she is a fully rounded character with the wit and wisdom that only comes with advanced years. Thinking about it, she’s probably the reason there’s an older woman or man in each of my books – the generation before are always interesting and have so much to share.
What is your favourite book quote?
“Because what matters is that I believe it, or rather not that I believe it, but that I believe it… I trust I make myself obscure?”
Sir Thomas More in Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons.
I know it’s a play but it is so rich in wonderful quotes I could have plucked something off almost every page. And because I studied it for O-level and loved it so very much I can still recite chunks of it off by heart. As a teenager, you can’t fail to be grabbed by a play that begins with the phrase “It is perverse!”
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