Welcome to today’s stop on the blog blitz for Endless Skies by Jane Cable. My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting to participate in the tour and to Sapere Books for my digital review copy. And what a fabulous quartet of book bloggers I have joining me in hosting today’s stop on the tour – Jo at Jaffareadstoo, Cal at Cal Turner Reviews, Joanne at Portobello Book Blog and Anne at Being Anne. Do try to find some time to check out their posts.
If my review makes you want to read the book, then don’t hang about as the ebook of Endless Skies will be 99p until 23rd October (purchase link below).
About the Book
If you want to move forward, you have to deal with the past…
After yet another disastrous love affair – this time with her married boss – Rachel Ward has been forced to leave her long-term position in Southampton 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. Why is she unable to get into a healthy relationship? What’s stopping her from finding Mr Right? And what are the echoes of the past trying to tell her…?
Format: ebook (283 pages) Publisher: Sapere Books
Publication date: 26th July 2020 Genre: Historical/Contemporary Fiction, Romance
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The haunting and dramatic prologue does what just what a prologue should: leave questions in your mind as you read the rest of the book and make you want to read it again once you’ve turned the last page.
Rachel is a flawed but relatable character. Okay, she’s made poor decisions in the past about relationships but she’s also been let down and damaged by the actions of others. However, she recognizes she’s made mistakes and, guided by the wise advice of her friend Jessie, tries her best not to repeat them. However, sometimes she just cannot resist the tug of her heart over her head and, as we learned from Pride & Prejudice, first impressions cannot always be relied upon.
I liked seeing Rachel cast off the self-imposed shackles of academia and return to her first love, hands-on field archaeology with a trowel in her hand and dirt under her fingernails. Her connection with Esther, one of the ladies at The Firs retirement home, was touching and I loved how Rachel’s gradual unearthing of Esther’s memories mirrored her own literal unearthing of the history of the nearby air base. The landscape of rural Lincolnshire and its endless skies is vividly evoked.
The balance between the contemporary and wartime storylines was different from what I’d anticipated and there were elements I hadn’t been expecting. However, it’s no bad thing for a book to confound your expectations, is it?
Endless Skies has a bit of everything – romance, archaeology, mystery, history – making it the ideal book to immerse yourself in for a few hours on a wet afternoon. And for fans of old movies, the wonderful 1945 film, The Way to the Stars, would make the perfect companion piece.
In three words: Engaging, tender, romantic
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About the Author
Jane says: I write romance with a twist, that extra something to keep readers guessing right to the end. While my books are character driven my 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).
I was born and raised in Cardiff but spent most of my adult life living near Chichester before my husband and I upped sticks and moved to Cornwall three years ago.
I published my first two novels independently and have now been signed by Sapere Books. I am an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and contributing editor to Frost online magazine.
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