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About the Author
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maggie Mae Gallagher grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she'd have been a doctor. While Maggie never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an MA in History.
Maggie is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes erotic romance under the name Anya Summers. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File Size : 724 KB
- Publication Date : September 5, 2019
- Print Length : 334 pages
- ASIN : B089DLW2K1
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Publisher : Blushing Books (September 5, 2019)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #379,730 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Abby Collier will move to the home of her late great aunt Evie Collier that was willed to her. She needs a chance to get away from her over-achieving family, to work on her dissertation, and to find herself. She only ever remembered coming to Aunt Evie’s house once when she was little, but they became pen pals until Evie’s death. It was Aunt Evie who gently encouraged and supported Abby’s career change against the wishes of her family.
Sheriff Nate Barnes never liked city life, and left the fast pace of Denver and moved back to Echo Springs, working for the sheriff’s department and eventually became the sheriff. As for dating, it has been a dry spell—after his last girlfriend who decided she didn’t like the hours and danger of public servant life. Nate purchases the Old Turner home and is in the process of updating it. He also kept an eye out on his elderly neighbor, Evie, until her death.
The plot will have Abby showing up in Echo Springs and moving into the house Aunt Evie left to her---a beautiful Victorian completely furnished---including too many porcelain dolls that creep her out. Abby has a love of old 1970s, and 1980s horror movies and the dolls seem to play havoc on Abby’s mind because of those movies. What a shock when Abby is awakened by someone in her house, and it turns out to be the town Sheriff. This is their beginning. It doesn’t take long for these two develop a friendship that becomes intimate. Abby is uncertain where her life will take her after she gets her doctorate and what she will do with the house. It is a place to find herself—what she didn’t expect was Sheriff Stud Muffin living next door!
“Perhaps, on some level, he had known instinctively that she wasn’t a woman you loved for just a night. Which certainly explained why a part of him had resisted—at least at first. Abby was a woman a man kept. She was a woman he built a foundation and life with. Reducing everything to a single night in her arms was a fool’s errand.”
OMG, the chemistry between Nate and Abby just sparks off the pages whether they are having a conversation, running into each other in town, or they get together. They sizzle together between the sheets, or wherever they get together—in the foyer or shower. Even their friends can see the sparks flying when they are together—but what will happen when she has to decide her future, her career, the rest of her life?
“Seriously, you found the unicorn that most of us never find, so enjoy it,” Cybil said with a wink.”
As Nate is remodeling the upstairs of the Old Turner home, he will find a journal closed in the wall that will open up a love story between two people---one that war and fate will come between—but one that was there until death. As Nate reads, he learns about two people and what not to let happen when you find true love.
“Because what I’m gleaning from Turner’s story is that you have to grab joy and life by the throat. Not to waste time over trivialities and things that don’t matter.”
The story will have unexplained break-ins that the sheriff’s department is working and when Abby’s house is vandalized, and Nate and the other deputies arrive—they will encounter a nasty surprise. But, will news that Abby receives be the turning point between her and Nate? Will this be the end of their romance and time for her to move on in her life?
“And so my final words to you are this: Love is always the answer. It is always worth fighting for, no matter how short a time you might have it.”
The story has the good, the bad, and the ugly. It has two love stories that are intertwined and two people in the present who must decide what is best for them. It is an emotional tale with some heartache, some sweet moments, and a few tense moments of danger and even more beautiful moments of intense, raw passion. I can’t wait to see who will be next in Echo Springs.
A gorgeous contemporary romance. Rich in descriptive language and content.
The only minus was that Abby wasn’t sure she was staying in Echo Springs and didn’t tell Nate. The friends she made warned her to tell him and it weighed on her conscience but she still didn’t tell him. I don’t like it when their are lies or when problems could be solved by a simple conversation.
Saying this, the conflict and resolution was done well and gave the characters a way to express their true feelings and understand the depth of their choices.
I’m glad this author decided to write more than Urban Fantasy. This novel was moving and lovely.
“Abby didn’t care for how much he had taken up residence in her mind, among other places. She obsessed over him. Their relationship had progressed too quickly. She barely knew him. Which meant the likelihood of her undead doll army rising up to slaughter everyone in the event that she did the horizontal tango with Nate was significantly high. Instead of feeding her desire to see him naked, Abby had decided to avoid temptation altogether, succinctly ducking for cover and dodging any potential interactions with him this past week. Living next door to him made it so much more difficult to eschew interaction. It forced Abby to try and act like a ninja, all stealthy, checking out her windows before she left. The problem was, she didn’t have a stealthy bone in her body. Her ninja skills were hampered by the fact that she moved with all the grace of someone wearing one of those tyrannosaurus rex costumes that had become all the rage lately, and she wiped out more than once. Her knees were bruised from her last fall.
It wasn’t that Abby didn’t want to see him. She did, and that was the problem. Whenever her thoughts drifted in his direction, she would end up fanning herself because the imagery would inevitably turn to scorching hot, pulse-pounding sex. Her id and ego were both on the same page in their desire to boink her sexy neighbor. This left her questioning her decision to avoid him. Why was she studiously avoiding a man she had the hots for and obviously wanted? Nate had certainly made no bones about his interest.”
Excerpt from The Fixer Upper by Maggie Mae Gallagher
Yes, there were lots of dolls, and of course they were all killers. Yes, the handsome and charming sheriff, Nate, looked good in jeans and had male equipment that was breathtaking. Yes, Abby wanted to have sex with the handsome and charming sheriff, Nate, the minute she saw him. Yes, the handsome and charming sheriff, Nate, looked terrific walking away.
Ms Gallagher is a talented author. She creates interesting characters. I like character driven stories and this is strong on that. I would have liked some more activity that was not involving pre-sex, amidst-sex, post-sex. I am not against sex, either in a book or real life. I just believe that there can be other interesting aspects to a relationship.
I truly wanted to like this book much more than I did. I finished it because to be honest, I liked Nate and Abby. I wanted the best for them. I know this is the first in a series, and I have an idea about all the future cast members. All of those people are interesting and again, I hope for the best for them.
This is a well written story. I enjoyed Abby and Nate. Both of them are intelligent, caring and humorous people. The happily ever after should work well for them. The small town itself is almost a character in the story. Most citizens were involved in what happens there and apparently supportive of one another.
But, how in the world did the sheriff’s office not know who the thief was?