Staying in with Fay Henson

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Everyone who regularly visits Linda’s Book Bag knows I love to travel. Consequently, I’m delighted to welcome Fay Henson to the blog today to stay in with me and tell me about one of her books as I have a feeling Fay is going to get me wanting to pack my case once again!

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Staying in with Fay Henson

Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag, Fay. 

The pleasure’s mine Linda, I’ve been looking forward to joining you.

I’m sorry it’s taken so long! Tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?

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Well, I’ve brought my debut book, a New Adult Romance called Tuscany – a novel, which I think will be perfect to transport us away this evening from our usual climate and put us in the mood for an Italian summer holiday.

(I’m sure it will, Fay. Tuscany is an area I haven’t been to much except Florence and Pisa so I’d love to travel further.)

What can we expect from an evening in with Tuscany – a novel?

Tuscany – a novel is told through the eyes of a strong-minded seventeen-year-old girl Caylin from Bristol.  I know you’ll want to follow Caylin and to stand right behind her as she abandons her parents in her plight to find fun and friendship whilst on holiday. During her turbulent story we’ll soon discover exactly what she gets up to, but until then, here’s a piece when she finally returns to the hotel to face her parents.

“There they were, my mum and dad were standing with their backs to the hotel building and looking out over the views of olive trees and grape vines. I wondered if they weren’t looking forward to returning to Bristol as well; that they’d had a great time together and they were taking their last glimpses of the pretty surroundings just like we did in Siena. They looked lovely together, Dad, just a bit taller than Mum and I could see they’d caught a lot of sun. I was sure they didn’t realise we were standing a short distance behind them.

I let Joe’s hand go free as I walked slowly up to them, keeping my tattooed wrist facing inwards towards my body. ‘Mum, Dad,’ I said. My voice sounded nervous.”

(Woohoo! I think we have all had similar moments to Caylin. Of course, I now want to know what happens next!)

You might like to know what one reader said about it too Linda:

‘I really enjoyed it! I’m sure that the character of Caylin is one that a lot of teenagers will be able to relate to. I found the descriptions of the Italian landscape and Siena itself to be very accurate. I hope there’s going to be a sequel. I’d recommend it to everyone, particularly teenagers.’

(What a smashing endorsement.)

What else have you brought along and why have you brought it?


I thought it would be appropriate to bring along my cocktail making kit and prepare us a Mojito, the drink Caylin tries (a little too much of) in Siena, and I’ve ordered us pizza from the Italian restaurant to wet out appetites before we head to Siena in Tuscany – a novel buon appetito!


(I have a cocktail shaker in the kitchen cupboard as I’m rather fond of the occasional cocktail. This will set us up perfectly for our pizzas.) 

Oh yes, I thought you’d like to see a photo of the book in Siena’s main square called Piazza del Campo, where Caylin first meets Stefania.


That’s brilliant. What a perfect place for Tuscany – a novel to be positioned.

Thanks so much for staying in with me Fay, to introduce Tuscany – a novel. You’ve made me want to visit the area. I think the best way to do that would be by reading your book first.

Thanks very much for inviting me over Linda, you’ve been a wonderful host.

(Thanks Fay – though you did bring the food and drink so I can’t take any credit!)

Tuscany – a novel

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Caylin agrees to go away on holiday to Italy with her parents but she soon wishes she could be spending it with people her own age.  On reaching the point of desperation, Caylin sneaks away from the hotel and hitchhikes alone to the city of Siena where her stay becomes a fusion of love, sadness, hate and new experiences.  And being branded a thief, isn’t what she bargained for either!

Tuscany – a novel can be purchased here.

About Fay Henson


A few years ago, Fay and husband made the ‘now or never’ decision to relocate with their three children from the UK to Tuscany.  She soon discovered that she was in the perfect place for writing, and commenced with travel articles until moving on to fulfilling her passion for novel writing.  Inspired by the very appealing surroundings and tourists who visit, Fay says that it would  have been difficult not to write a story based in Italy.  As well as writing, she loves to take their fox terrier Bobby for walks whilst mulling over a plot, drinking coffee in the traditional Italian bars, wine and pizza!

You can find Fay’s book on Facebook and can follow her on Twitter @FayHenson_.

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