The Fixer Upper (Paperback)

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In this funny and sharp romantic comedy, a woman with a knack for turning her boyfriends’ lives around starts a professional service to help wrangle men, only to be unexpectedly matched with an old flame.

Ever since she can remember, Aly has been fixing everything around her: her parents’ marriage, her colleagues’ work problems, and her friends’ love lives are just a few examples. After a chance meeting with an ex who has gone from living in his parents’ basement to being a married project manager in three years, she realizes she’s been fixing her boyfriends, too....

So, Aly decides to put her talents to good use and, alongside two work friends, sets up the Fixer Upper, an exclusive, underground service for women who are tired of unpaid emotional labor. Using little tricks and tips, Aly and her friends get the men to do the work themselves—to get out of the job they hate, sign up for that growth seminar, do more parenting. Before long, a high-profile Instagram star hires them to fix up her app developer boyfriend. There’s just one catch—he’s also Aly’s childhood best friend and first love. As Aly tackles her biggest “fixer upper” yet, she’ll have to come to terms with their complicated history and figure out how much to change someone she’d always thought was perfect as he is....

About the Author

Lauren Forsythe lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and son, and a cat that gets more spoilt by the day. She works in marketing, studied English and Creative Writing at the UEA and spends too much time trying to work out how she can retroactively add pockets to every piece of clothing she owns. 

Praise For…

"Forsythe displays quite a talent for dialogue in this engaging novel. . . . An empowering story about self-worth all women should read." Booklist

"Walking the line between rom-com and tale of self-discovery, Forsythe’s debut delights with sure-footed plotting and an endearing cast. . . Charming characters and quick wit make for a fun, breezy romp. . . [The] primary focus here is on Aly learning to love herself enough to stop putting everyone else’s needs before her own. It’s entertaining [and] readers looking for a smart, empowering blend of romance and women’s fiction are sure to be pleased." —Publishers Weekly

"Forsythe understands the contemporary romance genre and writes with confidence. With likable characters and good pacing, this debut novel offers a great second-chance romance." —Library Journal

"Aly’s desire to stop being a people-pleaser and start working on herself is relatable, and her journey to personal fulfillment follows a satisfying arc. . . . A pleasant [look] at the importance of taking responsibility for your own happiness." Kirkus Reviews

"By turns witty and tender, observant and heart wrenchingly romantic in a thoroughly modern way. I will be thinking about it for a long time to come." —Jenny Bayliss, author of The Twelve Dates of Christmas

"A wry, modern take on a rom-com, as funny and fierce as it is clever and warm." —Abigail Mann, author of The Wedding Crasher

"A fun, fast read. A sweet childhood-friends-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy that I could totally see being a movie!" —Abby Jimenez, author of The Friend Zone
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593422519
ISBN-10: 0593422511
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2022
Pages: 304
Language: English