Book Review: Just for the Summer by Fay Keenan

Posted July 12, 2021 by WendyW in Blogging, Book Review, bookblogger / 15 Comments

just for the summer by fay keenan
Just for the Summer
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by Fay Keenan
Publication Date July 15, 2021
Published by Boldwood Books Ltd
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Genres: Fiction, General, Romance, Women
Pages: 344
Format: ARC

'A gorgeous rural romance full of warmth and charm.'
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?
Let Fay Keenan transport you to the perfect British summertime, with beautiful countryside, an unforgettable romance, and just the right dose of escapism. Perfect for all fans of Cathy Bramley, Fern Britton and Katie Fforde.
What authors and readers say about Fay Keenan’s novels:
‘Guaranteed to put a spring in your step. Feel-good, frisky and great fun with a hearty dash of romance and intrigue.' Julie Houston
'Moving, funny, thoughtful and romantic. Bring on the next one!' Jenny Kane
'This is a lovely and heart-warming story, that has a serious side hidden within the romance.' Amazon reviewer
' It was a wonderful book, guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Amazon reviewer
‘I was so engrossed in the storyline, which is thoroughly heart-warming, that I read the entire book without stopping. I always enjoy Keenan’s books and am looking forward to the next one!’ Amazon reviewer

My Review:

Just for the Summer by Fay Keenan is the third book in her Willowbury Book series. Such a fun book, with great characters in a quaint British rural village.

Kate Harris is newly divorced with three young boys to raise. When they sell the family home in Cambridge, she decides to move to her brother, Aiden’s home in the countryside to redecorate his house, while he goes on holiday with his partner Tom.

In the village of Willowbury, Kate meets the local bookseller, Harry Sinclair, and when he offers her a job to re decorate his bookstore, they become closer, and sparks fly.

I love a book set in an idyllic, quaint small town, and Willowbury doesn’t disappoint. Harry Sinclair is a somewhat shy, but handsome man, who needs someone in his life, even if he doesn’t know it. And Kate is just the right person for him.

These characters are fun, and completely charming. Even though Kate’s husband cheated on her and left her, she doesn’t dwell on how horrible her ex is (even though he is) instead she takes responsibility for her part in the dissolution of the marriage and just wants to move on. This book was a fast read, and the action grabbed me at the very beginning and never let up. I highly recommend this book to all who love a small town romance.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

15 responses to “Book Review: Just for the Summer by Fay Keenan

  1. This sounds like such a lovely story. And the cover totally exudes that quaintness, doesn’t it? Wonderful review!

  2. Did you read the previous books Wendy? Just wondering if you have to read the series in order. Nice review, it sounds like a great summer time romance read.

    • Thank you, Carla, I have not read the previous books in the series, but I will try to get them as I was intrigued by some of the characters who I’m sure had their own book previously.