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Written by Fay Keenan


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When Charlie Thorpe met Holly Renton, they were not a match made in heaven…

Holly lives and works in the beautiful town of Willowbury in Somerset. An incorrigible optimist, she is determined to change the world for the better.

Charlie Thorpe on the other hand, is the ultimate pragmatist. As Willowbury’s new member of parliament, he has to be. While he’s determined to prove himself to the town, as far as Holly’s concerned, he’s just another politician on the make.

But when their paths cross again, it’s clear they’ve got more in common than they think. Can Holly and Charlie overcome their differences and work together, or are they destined to be forever on opposite sides?

And why does Holly have a funny feeling she has met Charlie before…


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A Cleverly Woven Tale!    Stars 4.5


A lovely story! Family, romance – and a more serious side to the tale.

Holly Renton has her own shop in Willowbury, Somerset and lives in the flat above. With a positive outlook on life, the only thorn in Holly’s side is the illness her young nephew suffers from, and she supports her sister in any way she can. Into their lives comes newly elected MP Charlie Thorpe, idealistic and eager to help his constituents in any way he can. Holly has the distinct feeling that it’s not the first time they’ve crossed paths . . .

Beautifully crafted, this is a story of romance, family and so very much more. Whilst there is a serious side, it is cleverly woven into the tale so the reader gets immersed in the ever-growing relationship between Holly and Charlie. There are lots of snippets of information about things I wasn’t aware of beforehand, and it made for fascinating reading. A superb stand-alone story which left me surprised and delighted to see it is actually first in series! I wonder where it heads next? Certainly worth 4.5 stars, and a very enjoyable read it is too.

My thanks again to Boldwood Books for my copy via NetGalley; this is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: romance, women’s fiction
  • Format: ebook, paperback, audio
  • Size: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Boldwood Books
  • Publication Date: 28 November 2019
  • Purchase Links: Google Play
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Author Bio




Fay Keenan was born in Surrey and raised in Hampshire, before finally settling in the West Country. When Fay is not chasing her children around or writing, she teaches English at a local secondary school. She lives with her husband, two daughters, a cat, two chickens and a Weimaraner called Bertie in a village in Somerset, a county which provides her with endless inspiration for her novels.

Fay’s new novel ‘The Weekender’, published by Boldwood Books, is released on 28th November and was inspired by an old photograph, a lifelong love of politics, the iconic town of Glastonbury and the campaign for cystic fibrosis drugs. When Holly meets Charlie, sparks will fly! Available in paperback, ebook and audio, this novel was a real passion project.

Fay’s bestselling ‘Little Somerby’ trilogy explores the lives and loves of the residents of an idyllic Somerset village. Sprinkled with a liberal dose of cider and sauce, these novels are perfect for curling up with! Published by Aria Fiction, they are available in paperback, audio and ebook.


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