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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 th
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Published October 1st 2013 by Troubadour Publishing Ltd. (first published August 1st 2013)
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Dash fan
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5☆ Atmospheric, Mystery, romantic suspense

The Cheesemaker’s House is an eerie, ghostly romance that draws you in.

When Alice decides she needs to escape her previous life and her cheating ex hubby, she sets off to Yorkshire.
Where she moves into an old cottage that is need of some TLC just like Alice.

However things don't quiet go as well as she would hope when she starts hearing crying throughout the night. But where is the eerie crying coming from?

Alice also befriends Owen. The two start to becom
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Jan
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-top-20-2013
Wow what a really terrific spooky romance. I won a signed copy of this book and was thrilled as it's set in Northallerton, North Yorkshire - which is about 12 miles from my home and a place I regularly visit. I love to read books in settings with which I'm familiar.

However it's such a beautifully written, easy to read story with memorable characters that I'm sure I'd have loved it just as much wherever it was set.

The main protagonist is Alice, 30 something, recently divorced and busy settling in
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Cathy Ryan
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
When her husband left her for his secretary, Alice Hart packed up and moved to Yorkshire with William, the spaniel. Her mother and step-father have emigrated to Spain and Alice is more than ready for a fresh start and to move on with her life. New Cottage (a misnomer as it was built centuries ago to the specifications of the village cheesemaker) came with the divorce settlement but needs some TLC and Alice wants to renovate the barn that was included with the cottage, as a holiday let. She hires ...more
Cassandra Grafton
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
They say good books stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page, and The Cheesemaker’s House is no exception.

Jane Cable’s debut novel is an engrossing, beautifully written novel - both a supernatural mystery and a believable, heart-wrenching love story.

Set in beautiful North Yorkshire, it is Alice’s story of her escape there in an attempt to make a new life for herself after her husband has an affair. Amongst the new friends Alice makes are Richard, a handsome builder who takes on th
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Elaine
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a gentle, slow moving romance with a huge dash of the supernatural.

Alice Hart is recovering from her divorce by moving into a cottage near Northallerton. She leads quite a solitary existence until she meets two men, the first being hunky, cheeky, sexy builder Richard who is doing conversion work her and the second being Owen, local café owner and herbalist, or “charmer” as he is known locally. As she starts coming out of her shell and getting to know Owen, in particular, more she gets in
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Susanna
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the very first page, I was absorbed in the story, something quite rare these days, not only was the quality of writing excellent but the characters were engaging from the start. 

Jane’s writing flows easily from the page, Alice is a strong character - likeable, down to earth and no-nonsense. Her patience with the Owen went beyond mine to be honest. I did find at one point I was rather fed up with Owen’s mood swings I also never really felt Owen’s disappearance was fully explained, it was irr
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Fictionophile
The Yorkshire setting and the hint of a historical mystery are what first attracted me to the novel. Plus, I’m always attracted to novels that feature protagonists who are making ‘fresh starts’.

After twelve years of marriage, Alice Hart is newly divorced and has just moved to Yorkshire. She wants to renovate the barn that came along with her cottage and soon meets the attractive Richard who is a builder. She hires him to do up the barn so that she might have a holiday let as an income source. Ri
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LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
(rounded up from 3.5)

Alice’s husband ran off with his secretary leaving her single at thirty five. She decides to move to Yorkshire to an old Cheesemaker’s cottage, that she received in her divorce settlement, in dire need of renovating. She meets gorgeous cafe owner Owen Maltby who points her in the direction of handsome builder named Richard to do up the former barn in order to make it a holiday let.

Strange things start happening as the renovation progresses, crying in the night, visions of th
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Angela Petch
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a challenging love-story with a difference.
Alice has come to Yorkshire after a broken marriage and she soon becomes involved with the villagers. Margaret, a sensible, older neighbour, Richard, the gorgeous builder who helps with the renovation of her old barn and Owen, a mysterious but kindly café owner, who is also a charmer (someone who lays hands on people to cure them). And very soon, once work is carried out on her house the visions, apparitions and strange happenings start to unfol
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Cassie May
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Blog
This book was not my cup of tea. I don’t know why, because I liked the idea, the plot and the tiny bits that made this book special, but the writing style made it a bit boring for me. It dragged on and on and on and nothing ever happened. Yes, maybe that was it. It was too slow for me.
On the positive side there were the characters. They were very well developed and it was fun to accompany them on their journey through the story. They had quirks and
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Katie
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Cheesemakers House
By Jane Cable
4 stars
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Book Blog

I went in to this story not knowing what to expect, it’s the first book I have read by this author and overall I enjoyed it. The pace was a little slow for me however I thought that the plot of the story was good, my interest was kept for the majority of the time and I really liked the characters. They were really well thought out and they developed well over the story.
There were some good twists too i
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Angela
3.5 stars

The Cheesemaker's House by Jane Cable, is a haunting love story that spans nearly three centuries. After divorcing her husband, Alice decides to move from Reading to Yorkshire in an attempt to make a fresh start in New Cottage, an 18th century building that had originally been the home of the village cheese maker.

Soon after her arrival in the North East, Alice meets Owen. He is the joint owner of a coffee shop in nearby Northallerton, but lives in the same village as Alice. A strong mu
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Jaffareadstoo
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Alice Hart moves to a small village in North Yorkshire, ostensibly to escape from a disastrous marriage breakup, but also to heal her wounds in the idyllic setting of The Cheesemaker’s House, which is ripe for renovation. Once settled into the village, Alice meets and befriends some of the locals, who are keen for her to fit into village life, but bubbling away under the surface are some strange and rather supernatural incidents which Alice finds difficult to rationalise.

Helping to keep the ene
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Karen
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
With so many reviews praising this book, and especially it being a competition winner, I had high expectations of this – and I’m so pleased to say I wasn’t disappointed.

When newly divorced, 35 year old Alice Hart, moves into New Cottage in Northallerton with her spaniel William, to pick up the pieces of her life, she can have no idea of the dramatic events that will follow.

There are some wonderful characters here, all so expertly drawn against a backdrop of the Yorkshire countryside which is be
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-Bookish Gal-
Aug 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
In all honesty I cannot review this book. Not really. Considering as the book was not my cup of tea I will refrain from saying anything that might be construed as negative.

All I can comment with regards to this book was it did not charm me. The characters of a book, their journey, their motivations and actions excite me as a reader. But with Alice Hart, there was no such moment of excitement or appeal that could make her interesting to me. She is recently divorced, moves into a new place where
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Jen
Aug 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, supernatural
The Cheesemaker's House, is a ghost story. When Alice Hart's husband leaves her for another woman, she moves to the cottage they had bought in Yorkshire to attempt a fresh start.

The cottage was built in 1726 and once belonged to a woman, the village cheesemaker. Alice begins putting her energies into refurbishing the old cottage. She hires Richard to do much of the work, especially on the barn which Alice plans to turn into a holiday rental.

She also develops a friendship with an elderly neighbor
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Lisa
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Alice Hart moves into New Cottage; The Old Cheesemaker's House. The house is full of character but also has it's ghosts.

There were many heartwarming characters in this book. "Alice" who is the main character, comes across as a kind and caring person, who always thinks of others. The sort of girl you would like to have as a friend.

"Owen" is the mysterious coffee shop owner who seems to have many secrets but also a whole load of other issues too.

"Richard" is the handsome builder, who would love n
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Helen Christmas
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What I initially love about this book is its serene village setting, which instantly warms me to the characters and draws me right into their story. It is emotional and beautifully written with some lovely, evocative descriptions; at the same time, keeping me very much on edge, as the story slowly unravels. I never lost interest. It is a powerful story, which enables me to sense the characters’ anguish, leaving me quite unsettled at times; part mystery, part thriller, I love the three central ch ...more
Felicia
I enjoyed this read which balances itself on a narrow ledge between reality and the supernatural.

It is slow in the beginning as we meet Alice Hart, a thirty-five-year-old divorcee restarting her life in a small English village after being abandoned by her ex for his younger secretary.

While I didn’t always agree with her choices, I liked Alice from the beginning.

Neil was an ass—that much isn’t up for debate—but Alice admits her formative years left emotional damage and perhaps she didn’t try hard
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Zoé-lee O'farrell
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am going to admit something to you now. I only started this book last night at about 10pm, as I fell asleep in the early evening and then panicked as I realised my review was due today! Mass panic, so once I calmed down and opened the book, then next thing I knew was it was 12:45am (!) and I had finished the book. From the opening pages, I got goosebumps, I was drawn into this slow burner. I had so many questions throughout this book, and the story of Alice and Owen would not let me rest even ...more
Nicola Smith
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Cheesemaker's House is a lovely romance story. When I say that, don't think it's all hearts and flowers because it's far from it, but it is a love story with a part-historical element to it.

Alice Hart's husband is a cliché - he's had an affair with his secretary. Alice ends up with their second home, New Cottage in a North Yorkshire village, whilst he keeps the marital home. Needing a fair bit of work doing to it, Alice gets local man Richard, a bit of a charmer, to do some work on the house
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Fraser's Fun House
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Cheesmaker’s House tells the story of Alice Hart, 30-something divorcee who has decamped to her holiday home, New Cottage in North Yorkshire, after discovering her husband had an affair. Built in 1726, Alice’s new home is steeped in history like author Jane Cable’s own dream home which provided the inspiration for the historical aspect of the novel.

Initially a fish out of water, Alice soon begins to meet and befriend the locals starting with mysterious Owen Maltby whom she meets at the local
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Kate A
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
Well this book wasn’t what I expected but in the best way.

It has an element of mystery the whole way through but in a subtle way that makes you desperate to put the pieces together whilst keeping you totally gripped in the story. It also fascinated me finding out about who had lived there before and why it had had such an effect on Alice.

The chapters are short and snappy which really helps with the pace, it wasn’t the type of book that I felt rushed through but before I knew it I was getting to
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Karen Mace
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this to be a really enjoyable mix of drama, supernatural, history and romance - a little bit of something for everybody!

The story was inspired by a framed will in the dining room of the authors' dream Yorkshire home, and it has led to a fascinating story full of domestic drama and eerie goings on!

Alice Hart is beginning her life again since her husband ran off with his secretary, so Alice and her dog move up to Yorkshire where their retirement property is to become her new home. It needs
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Christie72 (Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews)
What an utterly charming and unique read!!! It is a romance with a sprinkle of paranormal that makes this an addictive read.

Alice seeks comfort and solace in a North Yorkshire village after her husband runs away with his secretary. I admire a woman who pulls herself up after her life is turned upside down, and that is exactly what Alice does. Her life isn’t perfect, and she is lonely, yet she continues her journey to being whole again. She meets new people, but one man affects her more than any
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Donna Maguire
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I really enjoyed the writing style in this book and it has some brilliant characters.

The story flows very well and I loved the setting, Yorkshire is absolutely perfect for this story and it is certainly one that will stay with me. It is a haunted romance that completely captivated me.

I loved how the story spread over the centuries but I did find the pace to be quite slow and personally, whilst it is in keeping with the plot, I do wish it had been slightly
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Lisa
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The cheesemakers House was an absolute delight to read. It was unusual and quirky which made it intriguing.
Jane has a real knack of mixing mystery, romance and a touch of paranormal magic, which I always enjoy. The historical aspect of the story really captivated me, Jane has obviously done her research. Learning about Owen being a charmer (someone who uses herbs, charms and some white magic to heal people, not a ladies man!) was a something that intrigued me.
When a book transports you to anot ...more
Patricia Stoner
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jane Cable is good at ghosts. Having read two of her books now, I can say this with confidence. Her ghosts are romantic, sexy, demanding and, of course, mysterious. Not least because she keeps you guessing: is this a ghost? Who is the ghost? Is it Owen – affectionate and caring one minute, moody and distant the next? Is it Alice, channeling a tragedy from the past? This is a switchback of a story, and every time you think ‘Got it. I know what’s going on,’ you can be sure you’re wrong. But there’ ...more
Bena Roberts
Jul 29, 2018 rated it liked it
My Review - The Cheesemaker's House by Jane Cable

The blurb got me hooked onto this book!

The Good
This is a charming story about a woman starting again away from home. She finds friends via the church and sees a mysterious man swimming.
I would describe this book as a cozy very slightly paranormal mystery.

The Bad
Hmmm. I felt that many things didn't have the proper conclusion. I am not sure if I was supposed to work them out - but didn't enjoy the aggressive/ passive relationships with the men. Yes
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Joanie
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a compelling mixture of mystery and relationships. The story is told in the first person by the heroine as she forges a new life for herself following the breakdown of her marriage. Her narrative voice is appealing and highly readable. The mystery is skillfully maintained as Alice struggles to find explanations for strange happenings.
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