Jane Cable’s “Another You” has much to recommend it.
A contemporary romantic novel, with a mysterious twist, it is set in a beautiful part of England, mainly focusing on the area around Studland Bay in Dorset. I loved the author’s descriptions of this setting, having visited the region many times myself.
Against this backdrop, the story of Marie and her turbulent relationships unfolds. Marie and her estranged husband, Stephen own and run a pub, with the help of their son, Jude, and two other employees. To escape the arguments with Stephen, Marie often walks along the cliff tops and this is when she meets an attractive American named Corbin. He is a soldier and she assumes he is staying in the area for a commemoration and re-enactment event concerning the Second World War.
After a while, Corbin seems to disappear from the area, but a different American soldier appears on the scene. Marie finds Paxton very attractive and they embark on an affair. This is only one strand of this novel, which also looks at the important decisions that Jude has to make about the direction he wants his life to take.
There is much more to the plot than I’ve written about here, but to reveal more would spoil the book for future readers.
I enjoy Jane Cable’s writing very much. There is a flow to her work which makes it such a pleasure to read. In “Another You” and her previous novels, she shows such a talent for setting the scene, not by lengthy description, but using well-chosen words. There is also the element of “other-worldly” mystery that I enjoy immensely. I also like the realistic depiction of the characters and their relationships – Marie’s stressful life with an unpleasant estranged husband and a son, about to take steps into the unknown, were authentic and rang true for me.
All in all, a very good, satisfying read!