Art and Soul is one of those delicious cozy romances that you can’t help but love. Claire Huston gives us a wonderful little treat with this novel. The friends-to-more-than-friends trope is my absolute favorite, and this book doesn’t disappoint.
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- Title: Art and Soul
- Author: Claire Huston
- Publisher: Goldcrest Books on April 23, 2020
- Genre: Cozy Romance
- Pages: 395
- Format: Kindle Edition
- Rating: 5/5
Many thanks to Claire Huston for gifting me a free copy of Art and Soul in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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Synopsis of Art and Soul
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.Quoted from Goodreads
Becky is a cash-strapped life coach that Charlie, a recluse artist, hires. Becky’s plan to help Charlie get his life back results in the pair becoming great friends. Though several misunderstandings threaten to end their friendship, the friendship never ends. Could one of them be clueless about their environment?
The entire time I was reading, I felt as if I were sitting around the dining room table with a group of friends. It was as if I knew these characters; that they were a part of me. You know you are in the presence of great storytelling when the characters feel like family.
My favorite character was Becky, though this was a tough call because I loved them all. But, Becky is resilient and a fighter. She has too much pride, and her tendency to take matters to heart conflicts with her ego at every turn. She is a single mother who learns that her son’s father is a real sleaze. So, she took it on herself to raise the boy on her own. When Charlie and his daughter Phoebe come into her life, everything turns topsy turvy.
Becky’s turn of fate is my favorite part of the book. She realizes that she is not alone in this world. Charlie becomes a good friend to her and her life blossoms in ways that she could not have predicted.
I loved this story, and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good cozy romance. This book is not a tawdry romance, it is sweet and comfortable. I couldn’t have asked for a better end of summer read.
With that said, I am pleased to award Art and Soul 5 out of 5 stars.