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?
What I Thought:
A little bit of cosy romance is very welcome right now, and Claire Huston provides it in Art and Soul, the first book in her ‘Love in the Comptons’ series.
I can safely say that this book goes exactly where you think it’s going to – but getting to that point is quite the rollercoaster. Becky Watson is a great character, who is absolutely sure of herself when it comes to her career, but a hot mess when it comes to her life. Her job is really interesting as she’s a fixer and discreet problem solver and seeing her in action in the book is great to read.
Claire Huston perfectly depicts a small, rural and affluent community with all the snobby characters that implies, but Becky seems to have them all wrapped around her finger with favours owed here and there.
Charlie was a perfect foil for Becky, being an introverted curmudgeon who is prodigiously talented but has lost his confidence. Inevitably, teaming up with Becky brings out more in his work and home life than he could ever have imagined.
These two soul-mates are surrounded by an excellent cast of characters, including concerned relatives and good friends some of whom, having just read the second book in this series, might just make a further appearance.
I very much enjoyed this book, and the Love in the Comptons series promises to be comforting and fun for a while yet…
About the Author:
Claire Huston lives in Warwickshire with her husband and two children. She writes uplifting modern love stories about characters who are meant for each other but sometimes need a little help to realise it.
A keen amateur baker, she enjoys making cakes, biscuits and brownies almost as much as eating them. You can find recipes for over a hundred sweet treats at clairehuston.co.uk. This is also where she talks about and reviews books.
Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.