Blog Tour - Just for the Summer by Fay Keenan
When Kate Harris accepts the job of redecorating her brother Aidan’s house in the picturesque town of Willowbury, she knows it’s just a stop gap before she has to decide what to do with the rest of her life. While her three sons spend the summer holiday with their father, Kate has an opportunity to prove to herself that there is a new life, after her divorce.
Harry Sinclair is the owner of Vale Volumes book shop on Willowbury High Street. Content, if a little bored with his lot, his shop, as well as his life, could do with freshening up. When Kate offers to spruce up Vale Volumes ready for the visit of a famous author, they find they have a lot more in common than colour schemes.
But both have secrets and responsibilities, and when the trials of family life threaten their burgeoning friendship, can they overcome the experiences of their pasts? Will Somerset’s most magical town cast its spell on them? Or will Kate and Harry have to concede that their friendship really is just for the summer?
I love stories about new beginnings and this one is perfect. Kate is on the cusp of change in so many ways in her life: her home, her job, her single status, and all three are in a state of flux throughout most of the story.
I particularly loved the relationship she had with her sons, however I don’t think I'd have been as forgiving as Kate was with her ex.
There are several issues in the book that are handled sensitively yet without too much sentimentality, and all of the associated situations bring the story together.
Kate is mature and sensible, yet as the summer progresses she begins to consider taking chances, and I believe we could all learn from her in that sometimes a leap of faith is what's needed.
A lovely setting, a bookseller in need of some TLC, and the wonderful sense of family, all serve to make this a lovely romantic read.
About the Author
Fay is a bestselling author of commercial fiction. Her debut novel, 'The Second Chance Tea Shop', was published by Head of Zeus in 2017, and two further novels make up the Little Somerby series, both also published by HoZ. She loves to base her books in the wonderful county of Somerset, and readers will notice many real locations in her stories, alongside brooding heroes, self-possessed heroines and more than a few flavours of the county. A lover of all things Somerset, her aim is to show what a heart-thumpingly passionate county it really is!
Fay's latest novel, 'A Place to Call Home', published by Boldwood Books, moves slightly further into Somerset and many readers will recognise locations in and around the iconic and spiritually diverse town of Glastonbury. It is the story of what happens when opposites attract but principles collide, and unfolds in both Somerset and Westminster. Her fifth novel, 'Snowflakes Over Bay Tree Terrace', is also due for release by Boldwood Books later this year, and explores the lives of a school teacher and an air ambulance pilot who just happen to live next door to each other.
When she is not writing fiction, Fay is a secondary school English teacher, a wife, a mother of two daughters and the keeper of a large, demanding Weimaraner dog called Bertie. She can often be found on the Strawberry Line, being dragged from pillar to post by either dog or children, and is only now coming to terms with the fact that some of her students, current and former, occasionally read her novels.
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