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Title: Endless Skies
Author: Jane Cable
Publisher: Sapere Books
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About The Book
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?
- Endless Skies is the first book of yours I’ve read, so can you tell me a little bit about yourself as an author?
I write romance with a touch of ghostliness and a nod to history, under the banner ‘the past is never dead.’ At the heart of all my novels is an emotionally charged love story, but I like to give readers more than that to sink their teeth into. I would also say the ghostliness is very subtle – my books are never going to frighten anybody, it’s more to encourage readers to question what might or might not be going on.
Endless Skies is my second novel for Sapere Books, following on from Another You, which was published last year. Both are contemporary novels that look back to World War Two, a fascinating period of history for me. Both my parents lived through it so growing up it almost felt as though I could reach out and touch that time.
- So what inspired Endless Skies?
For me it always begins with a place. Way back in 2014 my husband won a competition to spend a night at Winteringham Fields, a fabulous restaurant with rooms in north Lincolnshire. The wide open country around the village is just magnificent – it really does have endless skies – and there was something about it that touched my soul.
We also visited the city of Lincoln and stayed in a pub near the canal. We were walking past some apartments on the towpath when I found myself thinking it was where Rachel lived. I’d wanted to write about an archaeologist for a while, but it took some time – and many drafts – for all the elements of the story to fall into place. The last piece of the jigsaw was a shopping trip to the antiques centres at an old RAF base called Hemswell, and once I had the three main locations everything else came together.
- Given you start with a place, tell me about three amazing places you’ve visited that may yet end up in one of your books.
I hope it’s not cheating to begin with Croatia, because the novel I’m currently writing for publication next summer is set on one of the islands. We went on holiday there last year and our Bosnian guide told us such an incredible story I just knew I would have to put it into a book. The scenery around the Dalmatian coast is just gorgeous so the setting was a natural as well. I’m going to have such fun this winter, mentally spending time on the beautiful island of Korcula.
Another great holiday was Orkney, a mystical, magical place and of course the prehistory there fed into my love of archaeology perfectly. I think if Rachel from Endless Skies does feature in another book then I would have to set it there.
Just before lockdown I was luckily enough to spend a week on a writing retreat in the hills behind Malaga. The Finca we stayed in, with its warm afternoons and fresh morning air, beautiful gardens and stunning views, was inspirational in more ways than one but I have no idea if or how I would use it.
About The Author
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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