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The Faerie Tree

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  210 ratings  ·  101 reviews
How can a memory so vivid be wrong?

I tried to remember the first time I’d been here and to see the tree through Izzie’s eyes. The oak stood on a rise just above the path; not too tall or wide but graceful and straight, its trunk covered in what I can only describe as offerings – pieces of ribbon, daisy chains, a shell necklace, a tiny doll or two and even an old cuckoo cl
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 28th 2015 by Troubador Publishing Ltd (first published March 16th 2015)
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4☆ An Endearing Second Chance Romance, that has a sprinkling of Folklore and Intrigue!

The Faerie Tree is a heart warming and endearing second chance romance.
This isn't my normal read, but I'm trying to try new books and I'm so glad I did.

Izzie and Robin were briefly in a relationship 20years ago when they went their separate ways after Robin leaves.

Izzie now a widow mum to Claire and Robin after some hard times finds himself homeless.

But fate has bought them back together.
Both now adults and liv
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having really enjoyed Jane's debut novel, The Cheesemaker's House, I was really looking forward to reading this, her second book - and I wasn't disappointed.

Her writing seems to have changed slightly with this book - it's still excellent, as before, but this time its also a little bit edgier which fits perfectly with the two main characters - Robin and Izzie.

Izzie and Robin haven't had the best of lives - Izzie is now widowed at only 44 and Robin has had his share of heartbreak and loss too. Wh
Nanette Tredoux
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found it difficult to let go of this book. I sat up reading it during a power failure, with an LED headlight strapped to my forehead. I had to find out how two people who love each other so much could have such a gross misunderstanding. Can experience really be shared? There were moments when I doubted truth and love. I cared about the protagonists, both frail and flawed human beings. I valued their attempts to hold on to each other, feared for them when they failed, I couldn't wait to see how ...more
Carol Thomas
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was different to my normal romance reads. I enjoyed the premise of the story with Robin and Izzie meeting after parting twenty years previously (almost before their relationship had begun). I found the circumstances under which they were reunited intriguing and wanted to know more, particularly about Robin's story. I liked Claire, Izzie's daughter, and enjoyed her growing relationship with Robin. Theirs seemed one of the most normal and positive relationships in the book. I found both ...more
Joanne Robertson
Mar 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is a sweet and slow burning love story with a twist. When Izzie recognises a tramp in her home town as Robin her past love, it sets into motion a quest to find out what happened the last time they saw each other. They both seem to have different memories of why and how they are no longer together. How can that be possible?
This is a gentle family relationship drama with a difference. Set against the background of the Faerie Tree it deals with love and loss and misunderstanding. I enjoyed the
Kathe Coleman
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Faerie Tree by Jane Cable
The Faerie Tree is a story of second chances. The story alternates chapters between Izzie and Robin who have fallen in love but it is not to be. Twenty years later they meet and timing seems to be in their favor. Izzie, 44 and recently widowed with a teenage daughter and Robin reeling from his own losses fall back into each other’s lives. It is a story of loss, grief, depression, the healing of nature with a bit of folklore and paganism. Thought it was beautiful and
Cleopatra  Pullen
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, crime-series, own
In Hampshire Izzy is preparing for her first Christmas as a widow, wanting to make it ‘good-enough’ for her teenage daughter Claire but still unsure what form her grief will take next. One day after dealing with the probate office Izzy bumps into a man she knew years ago, from before her marriage and motherhood. The man she saw was one who had disappeared from her life, someone she never dreamt she would see again.

Izzy is curious after all the man she bumped into looks like he has been living on
Rosie Amber
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 an
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing

The Faerie Tree is Jane Cable’s second novel and, I think, in many ways, it is better than “The Cheesemaker’s House”.It is well written and the pace is just right throughout

This book tells the story of Robin and Izzie; of their loves and griefs and how their lives are affected by these two powerful emotions. The story begins with Izzie being recently widowed at the age of 44, left to bring up her teenage daughter, Claire, and continue her work as a teacher. When she bumps into a tramp, she disco
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I absolutely loved this book! I was immediately engaged by the story of Robin and Izzie, two people who were falling achingly and beautifully in love when tragedy struck. They come back together twenty years later, much changed and damaged people, try to put the pieces back together, make sense of what happened and see if the love is still there.

The story is quite beautifully written and perfectly paced - where The Cheesemaker's House was perhaps identifiable as a first novel, the author's styl
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read this book in less than 12hrs. Granted I had no distractions but I think even with distractions it wouldn't have taken long. Grabs you right from the beginning and just doesn't let go till the end. Excellent characters who you really feel that you know. Highly recommended and a good price on kindle.
Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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I'm so happy to have been given this opportunity to read and review The Faerie Tree because I loved this novel! I hadn't read any of Jane Cable's other work before so, while the synopsis appealed to me, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, however Cable's writing style and storytelling expertise had me completely gripped from the first page until the last. The Faerie Tree has a second-chance romance at its heart, but I felt its storyline wen
Cathy Ryan
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
It will be Izzie and her daughter Claire’s first Christmas without husband and father, Connor. They’ve just left the probate office and the town is busy with Christmas shoppers. With her sights set on the coffee shop Claire accidentally bumps into a homeless man on the street. She is confused. Does she know this man? Somehow she thinks she does recognise him.

Twenty years ago, before marriage and motherhood, Izzie and Robin met through their jobs and began a fledgling relationship which quick
Julie Morris
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really did not know what to expect from this book, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be fantasy or magical realism, either of which I would have enjoyed, but it is neither. It is a surprising, powerful and emotional story of relationships, family, grief, loss and the way our minds react to trauma. I found the novel profoundly moving and was hooked from start to finish.

The author draws a trio of very strong and likeable characters in the novel, in Izzie and Robin, who tell the story in a dual na
Nicola Smith
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
The Faerie Tree begins just as Izzie and her teenage daughter, Claire, have said goodbye to Connor, their husband/father, who died unexpectedly. Whilst out in town one day Izzie literally bumps into a tramp who she believes is Robin, a man she had a brief but strong relationship with 20 years earlier.

They find themselves drawn back into each other's lives and for the most part this is great, but there are lots of ups and downs too, particularly considering the way in which their original relati
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in return for my honest review.
I was drawn to this book by the promise of something a little bit magical. Both the title and cover hint at this, but somehow the magic doesn’t evolve quite as I’d hoped. The story is one of loss, grief, belief, understanding, promises made and broken, and eventually, hope.
Izzy and Claire are mourning the recent loss of their husband and father Connor, and contemplating their first Christmas without him. A chance encoun
Sandra Foy
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Central to this story is The Faerie Tree, a magical place where people leave messages and gifts in the hope of them being answered by the fairies. In 1986 Robin took Izzie to the Faerie Tree and they both realised they were in love. Unfortunately the same day brought tragedy and the couple parted and didn’t see each other again for 20 years.

2006: Izzie and her daughter Claire are facing their first Christmas without husband and father Connor who died a few months earlier. While out shopping Izzi
Jo Barton
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When Izzie meets Robin again after a gap of several years, there is much about them that lays hidden. Shared memories are hidden deeply away, locked in a place where hurt can no longer find them. Both Izzie and Robin have known loss and heartbreak and both have found love but in the intervening years they have never found the passion they once felt for each other.

In The Faerie Tree, the author sensitively explores the layers of memory that bind us together and just how deeply we lock away those
Lynn Brown
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I have fairly eclectic tastes when it comes to reading but probably what underlies my reading choices most is a mystery. I wouldn't put this book into my usual choice category, but it did seem to have an air of mystery about it and I hoped the romance element wasn't going to be too prevalent. The title indicated to me that it was going to be a stretch of the imagination with tales of folklore and such like - how wrong could I have been.......

Wow - what a surprise this book was. I found it totall
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love books that can manage a bit of magic and still seem so real. This is definitely one of those stories that makes you believe in the power of love.

I think what made me like this novel more than anything else, was the way the characters mirrored real people. The conversations didn't feel forced and I saw multiple sides of each character so by the end it was like I had known them forever. There were times during this story when I was surprised by the level of emotion the male lead character
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley

The Faerie Tree is not about tiny delicate beings with sparkly wings and magic wands. This is a very real tale of love, loss, grief, depression, friendship, memories, forgiveness and hope.

I loved the whole pagan concept of the faerie tree, where children could write letters to the fairies. The way it brought people together, gave children answers and others a purpose, really touched me.

I received a tiny letter from the Tooth Fairy when I was 9 years old. I had 6 teeth taken out at the dentist,
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
In 1986 Izzie and Robin meet, and are drawn to the Faerie Tree on the banks of the Hamble. The Faerie Tree is reputed to grant wishes, so amongst the ribbons, necklaces, and letters, Robin and Izzie wish for a life together. Just a few hours later, tragedy sets events in motion and their lives take separate paths.

In the winter of 2006, after Izzie’s husband dies, Izzie and Robin’s paths cross once again. They have each faced their own heartbreaking moments, and the tragedies of those moments hav
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book felt like peeling an onion , unwrapping the central characters Robin, and Izzie, layer by layer with the excitement building as you get closer to their centres. Their lives intertwine over the years and the impact they make on each other comes back as a recurring theme through their relationships with other people. When their relationship is rekindled after a chance meeting it causes them to question their memories of the past and all that has been built on them.
All of the characters a
Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2015
I have to say that I'm bitterly disappointed with this sorry.The book had a magical premise and the blurb made it sound as though this magical theme would be explored. True the pull of the tree is central to Robin's character development and his relationship with Izzie/Bella. However, that's about it. There was little exploration of the faerie folk or description of the "pagan" rituals other than as a footnote to the story. The relationship is very fragile and the differences in the recollection ...more
Excellent book charting the lives of Izzie and robin a couple in love but circumstances mean they never get to the stage where love is easy.
Robin comes across as lovely man a kind hearted gentleman who everyone he meets seems to admire his gentle manner even as a down and out tramp.
Izzie loses touch with robin, marries and has a daughter, her husband dies leaving her free to open a new relationship and she meets robin again living rough on the streets.
anyone who loves a complicated intense love
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book immensely. It is such a beautiful story,though somewhat sad at times.

I borrowed this book from my daughter after she won it in a Goodreads competition. She made me read it and I'm very glad she did.
Jessica Belmont
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Faerie Tree by Jane Cable is a story of love, loss, grief, and destiny, which captured my heart and kept me glued to the story from beginning to end. Young lovers torn apart by tragedy and the story of them finding each other again.

Jane Cable weaves this story so that the circumstances that tore the young lovers apart remains a mystery throughout the story. I really enjoy the time jumps and how memory plays a pivotal role in this plot. It’s clear Izzie and Robin recall the events of their pa
Sue Wallace
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it
The faerie tree by Jane Cable.
This was a very good read. I liked Izzie and Robin grew on me. I did find it slow in places. Well written. Only 3 and a half stars for me.
Helen Christmas
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book from start to finish, a tender story of how two people (who should be together) are kept apart by tragic circumstances outside their control. Robin, a complex and somewhat flawed character, finds life hard to cope with in the aftermath of an unexpected family bereavement. Heartache, self-blame, depression and guilt all play a part but this does not explain the gaps in his memory. Is it a case of a broken man who walks away from his life and just keeps on walking?
Izzie on the o
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Review: The Faerie Tree by Jane Cable Published by: Matador (28 Feb. 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1784622220
Source: Publisher, via Netgalley
Rating: 3.5*
How can a memory so vivid be wrong?
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, each carrying their own burden of grief, they stumble back into each other's lives and try to create a second chance. But why are their me
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