Book tour stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for Just for the Summer, a rural romance written by Fay Keenan.
MEET THE BOOK
Just For The Summer
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.
Romance / Women’s fiction
Standalone third book in the Willowbury Series
READ MY REVIEW
Cover: Nice! It feels fresh and fun, just like I’d expect a summer romance to be.
Just for the Summer made me discover the concept of rural romance, and I’ve got to say it won me over right from the start. Call me a new subscriber of the genre. An aficionado. A convert. There’s just something about the countryside that speaks to me, you know? Away from the chaos that permeates every aspect of living in a big town, finding a new rhythm, a different balance– so nice. I wish I could drop my city life like a hot potato and skip back to gentle hills, vineyards and hazelnut trees.
Those kinds of thoughts are also what Kate thinks to herself when the story begins. Of course, the extent of her expectations is limited to a season only. Call it a liminal summer, while she finds her balance again. Is the liminal really liminal? Well.
The other protagonist, Harry, is just as interesting. I tend to favor single third limited POVs when I read, but I have to say that the double POV here works just fine. What I appreciated the most is the fact that his struggles, his flaws are not glossed over, but addressed and portrayed in a realistic way, same with Kate’s. Realism is the number one way to my bookish heart, no matter the setting. Number two is character growth, and that’s another aspect Keenan mastered well.
As for the story itself, it can be summarized like this: are there ups? Sure. Are there downs? You bet. Is it worth it? Wow, yes. Keenan knows how to make you care about characters, even when you don’t agree with their decisions. Even when you give them the britneywhat.gif side eye. That’s something I keep repeating, and every time it rings truer than the previous one: a good writer keeps you hooked despite your personal feelings about X or Y.
The prose itself is good! A couple of imperfections are present, but nothing major. It’s a great read through and through, and I can’t recommed it enough.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Fay Keenan is the author of the bestselling Little Somerby series of novels. She has led writing workshops with Bristol University and has been a visiting speaker in schools. She is a full-time teacher and lives in Somerset.
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