It’s far, far, too long since Jane Cable appeared on Linda’s Book Bag with a guest post explaining how the past is never dead, to celebrate her novel Another You. You can read that post here and it is equally relevant to Endless Skies! Today, with thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in this blog blitz, I’m delighted to share my review of Jane’s latest book, Endless Skies.
Endless Skies is available for purchase here and is 99p in ebook until the end of today.
As archaeologist Rachel excavates a World War Two airfield, could a love story from the past hold a lesson for her as well?
After yet another disastrous love affair Rachel has been forced to leave her long-term position for a temporary role as an Archaeology Lecturer at Lincoln University. Rachel has sworn off men and is determined to spend her time away clearing her head and sorting her life out. But when one of her students begins flirting with her, it seems she could be about to make the same mistakes again…
She distracts herself by taking on some freelance work for local property developer, Jonathan Daubney. He introduces her to an old Second World War RAF base. And from her very first visit something about it gives Rachel chills…
As Rachel makes new friends and delves into local history, she is also forced to confront her own troubled past. Could a wartime love story have any bearing on her own situation? Could this time be different?
My Review of Endless Skies
Rachel’s new job might be interesting!
I thoroughly enjoyed Endless Skies because it has a wonderful blend of history and modernity that borders the mystical but retains total credibility so that I found it fascinating. It’s a cracking multi-layered love story too.
One of the aspects of Endless Skies that I absolutely loved was its Lincolnshire setting. My home county rarely features in fiction and Jane Cable manages to create its atmosphere and aviation history so vividly without over dominating the story. The references to Hemswell and the antique centre took me right back there and added an extra layer of pleasure to my reading. Jane Cable has a deft touch in providing enough physical detail to paint a picture but without slowing the plot and I found her direct speech utterly natural so that I felt as if I were listening in to Rachel’s conversations. This all combined to immerse me into teh narrative.
I found the characters in Endless Skies very realistic. They could so easily be any one of us that they appeal completely. Rachel’s actions are rash and foolhardy on occasion, but who hasn’t done something they regret at some point? This aspect of her character made me sympathise with her far more. I wanted her to be happy, and I wanted to know what had happened to her in the past because I cared about her. I thoroughly enjoyed Jane Cable’s uncovering of Jonathan and her depiction of Ben felt sadly all too possible.
Indeed, the themes woven into the characterisation are very affecting. Grief and regret, love and friendship, the past and its echoes, emotional depth and shallowness all add up to a rich texture that I felt had a universal relevance and have left me thinking after finishing the book. It’s hard to explain too much more without spoiling the reading experience for others.
However, setting, character and theme aside, Endless Skies is a cracking narrative. I loved the echoes of the past that underpinned present action. I found the pace just right for a character driven story with a smashing balance of action and more reflective parts so that the book felt as if it had a maturity to it that I very much appreciated.
Endless Skies is a super book. Historical, romantic, realistic and engaging, Endless Skies provides fabulous entertainment. I very much recommend it.
About Jane Cable
Jane Cable writes romance with a twist, that extra something to keep readers guessing right to the end. While her books are character driven her inspiration is always a British setting; so far a village in Yorkshire (The Cheesemaker’s House), a Hampshire wood (The Faerie Tree), gorgeous Studland Bay in Dorset (Another You) and rural Lincolnshire (Endless Skies).
Jane was born and raised in Cardiff but spent most of her adult life living near Chichester before she and her husband upped sticks and moved to Cornwall three years ago.
Jane published her first two novels independently and has now been signed by Sapere Books. She am an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and contributing editor to Frost online magazine.
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