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Handyman [Hardcover]

Linda Nichols


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Feb 2000
An accidental therapy session is the catalyst for change in Linda Nichols's winsome, witty, irresistible debut novel--a love story about two people who don't realize they're made for each other until it's almost too late.

Sweet, struggling Maggie Ivey is a twenty-six-year-old single mom trying to keep it all together, burdened by a lecherous boss, a dead-end job, and a worried mother who just wants her to move back home to Georgia. Maggie's prospects look dim, until her friend Gina signs her up for the famous Dr. Jason Golding's 21-Day Overhaul.

Maggie's first session seems to go perfectly. Dr. Golding is warm, sensitive, and a terrific listener. There's only one problem: The handsome man in Dr. Golding's chair isn't Dr. Golding. In fact, he's not even a therapist; he's Jake Cooper, a contractor hired to remodel the office. But all Maggie knows is that talking to him helps her feel better. And Jake doesn't quite know how to let Maggie in on the secret. Will he eventually confess to his ruse? Will she discover the truth on her own? And the most important question of all: Can a handyman fix a broken heart?

Set in the San Francisco Bay Area, and featuring a cast of characters impossible to resist, Handyman is a fresh new look at the oldest story of all and just what the doctor ordered for anyone with a case of the blues.


Maggie's first session seems to go perfectly. Dr. Golding is warm, sensitive, and a terrific listener. There's only one problem: the handsome man in Dr. Golding's chair isn't Dr. Golding. In fact, he's not even a therapist; he's Jake Cooper, a contractor hired to remodel the office. Will Jake eventually confess? Will Maggie discover the truth on her own? And the real question: Can a handyman fix a broken heart?

Set in the San Francisco Bay area, and featuring a cast of characters impossible to resist, Handyman is a fresh new look at the oldest story of all and just what the doctor ordered for the mid-winter blues. -->

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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  63 reviews
47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mystery solved 20 Jan 2000
By Linda N. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'd like to clear up the mystery of the vanishing review. I wrote Handyman, and my son (13) was excited to see it on Amazon. He decided to write a review, glowing of course, but forgot he had signed in under my screen name. When the review was posted it appeared that I had written it. I was embarrassed, to say the least, and told him to fix the problem, which he did. But someone had already read it and was offended at what looked like blatant, and not very skillful self-promotion. Sorry. No offense intended. By the way, I am giving myself a rating of 3, because I have to fill in the field, and even though I believe Handyman is a good book, I didn't want to add to my offenses by giving it a 5. (Do you suppose I'll be able to laugh at this someday?)
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute & clean romance 30 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Yes, this is a romance in the Nicholas Sparks type of writing style. If you like his stuff you'll probably like Handyman. If you find him to smaltzy then you might want to pass. I enjoyed the fact that although it was slightly predictable, the story was cute and clean-no sex, you could recommend this to your mom or grandma with no worries! Sometimes you just need some light romance and a story with a feel good ending. This would be it. I wish there were more authors that could write good romance without the sex.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first-time book 12 Feb 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have been waiting for this book to come out since I heard that Linda sold it. I got the info that it was out second-hand and belated, but when I did, I went out and bought it.
This book has a lot of good points. It is heart-warming and funny, and it has a lot of just desserts and undeserved grace in it, also. The characters are well-fleshed-out, the events are just believable enough to work, and the ending is suitably powerful.
If you're wondering whether you should buy this book or not, let me encourage you to buy it! I think you'll enjoy it and be touched by it.
Good work, Linda!
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly good first novel! 12 April 2000
By Joi Cardinal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Would that I could write one this good! Nichols thought up an intriguing plot, then kept it twisting and turning until the very last pages. I found myself tensely reading, hoping it would all end happily ever after. The main characters were well developed and quite likeable, the bad guys and girls pleasantly hateable.
Is this an anti-feminist book? Perhaps. I'd prefer to think it is realistic -- that sometimes one's personal life becomes so overwhelmingly tangled that one needs the nudge of an outside person to see one's way through the thicket.
The only flaw I could find was in the beginning of the book I was confused for a number of pages about who Ethelda was. At first I assumed she and Jake were married, not partners.
Good work Ms. Nichols -- I hope to see more from you in the future.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, not life-changing 27 Nov 2000
By S. Chace - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Maggie Ivey is a struggling single mother that I believe a lot of women/mothers could relate to. Her frustrations are realistic. The plot is set up as a modern day fairy tale complete with Prince Charming and Evil women. I found it interesting how anytime I said to myself "but why did she do that?" or "why doesn't she/he realize that?" the author answered my question almost as if she could anticipate it (And perhaps early editorial readers DID ask the same questions and she then inserted the answers). This is a good read if you are the type of person who can only read in small bursts of time as the story is engaging enough to hold your memory, yet light enough not to require your whole afternoon, or evening or both. A good first novel that would make an entertaining film.
Sarah Chace
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