Today I hand over to Mandie who has a review of Another You by Jane Cable. Thanks to the author who provided a copy of the book for review. Here is what this book is all about.
The Official Book Blurb
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 Why has Jude suddenly become so withdrawn and unhappy?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.
Another You is a gentle story about a Marie Johnson who lives in Dorset with her son. She shares the running of a local pub with her estranged husband which in itself sometimes causes a few issues as there is no love lost between them. The local area is setting up to commemorate the D Day landing training that took place there and this brings several new people into her life that help her re-assess what exactly she wants to do.
Corbin is one of the two Americans that enter Marie’s life. He seems a sweet guy who generally tends to appear when she is walking alone on the cliffs and you don’t actually get to learn much about him. Then there is Paxton. He is stationed at the local base and takes a real shine to Marie. He is however haunted by things from his past and is suffering from PTSD that can lead to violent outbursts in his sleep. He also bears a striking resemblance to Corbin which throws her somewhat
Whilst working in the pub she also meets George, an army veteran and his son Mark. Through George she learns more about the past of the area but more importantly gets closer to Mark who helps her get to grips with her financial future and puts into perspective just how devious her husband has been regarding the business.
There are times in the book that you feel that Marie is happier to just get on with life the way it is, not wanting to upset anyone even though she is clearly unhappy with how things have turned out. Her son Jude means everything to her but she is determined to make sure that he goes out and lives life doing what he wants to do, not what he thinks he should do…even if it means that they fall out when she unintentionally interferes in his love life. Through her eyes you see how a bad relationship can affect someone to the point they doubt their self-worth and abandon the person they used to be.
This is the first book I have read by this author but I found that she has a way of bringing things to life that make you want to read more, so I am sure that will not be the last. I have never visited the Dorset coast but her descriptions of it brought it to life and has certainly made it an area on my “to be visited” list. Although each of the characters had their flaws, they were not so over the top that you couldn’t believe them. In fact the only character that I couldn’t take to was the estranged husband Stephen… but that was probably because he seemed to have no redeeming characteristics at all. He was also only a bit player in the story so you spent more time getting involved in the lives of the others.
I have always been a bit of a history geek so the fact that this book, although set in the current times also delved into events of the past appealed to me. The character of George and his reminiscing enabled the author to bring the two times together seamlessly.
Another You has a bit of a mystery attached to it but as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone you will have to read it for yourself to find out just what it is. Although the book started slowly and I wasn’t sure if it was going to be for me, I soon found that I was getting hooked by it and was intrigued by its characters and their stories. For me this is a definite must for those out there who love a romance novel that is more in keeping with real life, depicting real problems that people of all ages face and try to overcome whilst also dealing with their pasts.
Another You was published in December 2016 by Endeavour Press and is available to purchase from the following retailers.