Welcome back to Standalone Sunday, a weekly challenge post created by Megan @ Book Slayer Reads. This is a post honouring all the amazing standalone books out there because we need these as much as we do series – or if you’re like me, even more so.
Anyway, my book today is:
A dazzling, witty and tenderly savage satire of London life and the art world that is also a surprising and wonderful love story.
When lovelorn Annie McDee stumbles across a dirty painting in a junk shop while looking for a present for an unsuitable man, she has no idea what she has discovered. Soon she finds herself drawn unwillingly into the tumultuous London art world, populated by exiled Russian oligarchs, avaricious Sheikas, desperate auctioneers and unscrupulous dealers, all scheming to get their hands on her painting – a lost eighteenth-century masterpiece called ‘The Improbability of Love’. Delving into the painting’s past, Annie will uncover not just an illustrious list of former owners, but some of the darkest secrets of European history – and in doing so she might just learn to open up to the possibility of falling in love again.
There are a lot of really mixed reviews about this book but I personally loved it, especially in terms of the romance because it was gradual and not the primary focus of the story. It’s all about this painting and whilst that it might not be to everyone’s taste I found it interesting and it led to a plot point that I was not expecting.
So if you are in the mood for a different Adult Contemporary then I recommend giving this a try!