Handyman by Linda Nichols

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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. -->
 

About Linda Nichols

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Linda Nichols lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her family. Handyman is her first novel.  
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Reader's Digest Select Editions. 304 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Maggie left feeling infinitely better, Jake left feeling very much in love, and Dr. Golding, a greedy schemer with both money and marital problems, conveniently suffers a heart attack in New York.

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Before he can clear up the misunderstanding, Jake is swept along by Maggie's account of her not-so-small problems, which include a sick child for whom she is the sole caregiver and a boss who is both sexually harassing and underpaying her.

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Dr. Golding, Gina (Maggie's friend), and Jake's old girlfriend are all selfish and insensitive to Maggie's problems.

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