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Handyman Hardcover – January 11, 2000

3.7 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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Jake, a carpenter, and Maggie, an underemployed, unwed mother, are the hero and heroine of this light romantic comedy, which is innocent enough to satisfy conservative public library readers. The implausible, slapstick storyline is based on mistaken identity. Jake, a contractor working on the redesign of a trendy psychologist's office, meets Maggie when she comes to the doctor, distraught with her life and seeking a 21-day "overhaul." Unbeknownst to her, the real psychologist is in the hospital for heart bypass surgery. Jake likes Maggie's looks, so he sits her down in the office and listens to her story. When she asks the "doctor" why he's dressed so informally, he replies that it's "casual day." They fall in love, and Maggie doesn't discover his deception until the riotous climax. There are delightful local-color vignettes of the San Francisco Bay area, as well as satirical jabs at pop psychology, talk television, and the Me Generation. A sure-fire potential movie script, this enjoyable first novel is recommended for most public libraries.
-AJoyce W. Smothers, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Manalapan, NJ
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A fun read . . . a novel of romance without being a romance novel . . . It's the perfect Valentine's Day read, a tale of a modern Prince Charming finding his soulmate."
-- The Denver Post

"Delightful...charming...difficult to put down."
-- The Baton Rouge Advocate

"Supremely entertaining . . . full of unexpected delightful twists."
-- The Denver Post


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; First Edition edition (January 11, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385334370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385334372
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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?)
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By A Customer on April 29, 2002
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.
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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!
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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.
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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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Format: Hardcover
I couldn't wait to start the novel and I finished it in practically one night. It was a wonderful love story of discovery and family values. It demonstrates the healing role of listening and acceptance (and common-sensical intervention). I wonder what therapists would think of this book's take on psychoanalysis? I prefer Jake Cooper's therapy. It's a novel that I would not mind my precocious daughter reading. And it is one that a 13-year-old boy could enjoy too. I can't wait for the author's next book. The rating system limited me to whole stars; otherwise I would give HANDYMAN 4-1/2 stars.
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By RJ on August 10, 2012
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I really enjoyed this romance. There was light comedy in the situation, and although a bit far-fetched, it wasn't so much so that it detracted from the story. I liked the writing style and the characters. I really liked the innocence of the two main characters who found themselves in situations/circumstances they could never have imagined themselves in. I admired how the writer conveyed their love and desire for each other, and remained wholesome and clean. Enjoyed how it unfolded, with surprises along the way. I recommend this as a nice, light read.
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Format: Hardcover
This book was such a pleasant surprise! In the same warm, fuzzy vein of stories like "While You Were Sleeping" and "Sleepless in Seattle," it is a present day romance with wonderfully developed characters, a sweet, though slightly predictable plot, and no graphic sex or language to detract from its charm. If you are looking for some light reading that will make you smile and wish you could live next door to the characters, this is a great pick!
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