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.
When Kate finds herself at a bit of a loose end, her brother Aidan’s suggestion to redecorate his house in the beautiful town of Willowbury could not have come at a more perfect time. Kate’s three children are spending the summer holidays with their father, so she is in desperate need of a distraction, and spending some time with her brother might be the thing she needs to help her work out what she plans to do next with her life.
Kate is determined to prove to herself that there’s plenty to live for following a divorce, but what she is unaware of when she first sets off to Willowbury is that this may well be the place that provides everything she has been looking for..
Harry Sinclair feels rather content with his life, despite feeling rather restless at times. He loves owning his beloved bookshop on Willowbury high-street, but he has found himself questioning whether or not he is missing out on what else life has to offer. When Kate appears in Willowbury and offers to redecorate his bookshop in preparation for a visit from a famous author, Harry gladly accepts her offer. As they begin to spend more time together whilst the work is underway, their relationship deepens with every passing day until they are both left questioning whether the other person could possibly be the answer to all of their problems.
This is such a feel good story that reels you in from the start. Kate is a character you connect with instantly, she has certainly faced some hardships in her life, but she is still such a caring and considerate person who puts the happiness of her children first and foremost in her life. The relationship she has with her brother is so lovely to follow too.
Harry is another loveable character that you find yourself rooting for from the moment we first meet him. He seems a little lost at times, but as the story progresses he seems to really come out of his shell and easily wins over your heart. The relationship that forms between himself and Kate is beautiful, with a strong friendship formed between them as they began working alongside one another.
A truly gorgeous read that filled me with joy from beginning to end.
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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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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Boldwood Books and Fay Keenan for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*