Art and Soul by Claire Huston


There’s no problem Becky Watson can’t fix. Except her own love life…

Struggling single mother Becky Watson longs to revive her career as a life-fixer, working miracles to solve her clients’ problems, no matter how big or small. Since the birth of her two-year-old son she has been stuck preventing wedding fiascos for the richest and rudest residents of the Comptons, a charming, leafy area of southern England known for its artistic heritage.

So when semi-reclusive local artist Charlie Handren reluctantly hires Becky to fix his six-year creative slump, she’s delighted to set him up with a come-back exhibition and Rachel Stone, the woman of his dreams.

Though they get off to a rocky start, Becky and Charlie soon become close. But as the beautiful Rachel becomes Charlie’s muse, Becky is forced to wonder: will giving Charlie everything he wants mean giving up her own happily ever after?

A heart-warming, uplifting romance served with a generous slice of cake.


My review

What a delightful book!

Our heroine is single mum Becky, who’s a fixer, but when it comes to client Charlie then ironically there are a few things in her own life that won’t get fixed if she helps him to the extent he wants her to. What to do?

Becky is likeable, determined, strong and energetic. She has her vulnerable side too, and whilst it seems she can indeed cope with and fix anything, that doesn’t necessarily extend to matters of the heart. Charlie is interesting too, something of a typical self-doubting artist but he finds the motivation to do something about it. For a while it seems, though, that he can’t appreciate what’s under his nose.

This is an uplifting romcom with the obligatory at cross-purposes, will they won’t they elements that we love about this genre. The plot is fun and the writing is thoroughly engaging. Definitely one to read.

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