THE WEEKENDER by Fay Keenan (review)

A heartwarming novel of finding love in the countryside (WILLOWBURY BOOK 1)



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…


This was my first Fay Keenan book and I am happy to say I will be reading more from this lovely author who writes intelligently and with true passion. This is a romance and more. When I first read it featured a politician I was hesitant to read it due to the current political situation in the UK but I am glad I gave it a chance. It was a pleasant and enjoyable story.

The author gives us a story set in a charming little village with so many lovely characters and a sprinkling of seriousness too. I prefer a faster paced story but sometimes it is nice to slow down and read a heartwarming tale. Overall this was a sweet, sensitive and enjoyable read which will get you in the mood for romance.

My sincere thanks to Boldwood Books for an advanced readers copy and inviting me to join the blog tour of ‘The Weekender’ by Fay Keenan.
All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.



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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