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Securing the Handyman's Heart (The I Do Club Book 1) Kindle Edition
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In this story there was local baker Kayla Dobbs. She had been “dating” the handyman, George Marks, for three years. Although their version of dating was to go out once every few months. Both are interested in more, but neither has had the time to really pursue anything. When Kayla hears about another local single getting engaged she is about to throw her hands in the air and call it quits when her two best friends, Terry and Lou Ann, decide to come up with the “I Do Club”. Kayla is hesitant at first, but then jumps in with the girls.
Poor George doesn’t have a clue what is going on behind the scenes. He truly likes Kayla and would love to pursue a relationship with her, but he is just a handyman who is paying off debts that aren’t even his, caring for his elderly grandmother, and trying to survive. He doesn’t feel like he is in a place to pursue anything more with Kayla until he has something to offer her.
I can definitely say that I understood what these characters were feeling and thinking. I could feel for Kayla and her frustration with George. He was a great guy who did and said all the right things when they were together, but he did kind of drag his feet and that in and of itself can make a girl want to pull her hair out. However, I could also understand George. It is innate in a man to want to be the provider for the family and if he was struggling to take care of himself and his grandmother, it would be a challenge to also be able to take care of a wife and later on children.
I also got frustrated with both Kayla and George because they kept dodging what needed to be discussed and didn’t confront the issues between them. They wouldn’t ever just say what they wanted to say and be honest with each other. Isn’t that how it always is in a story? In TV, movies and books you want to strangle the main characters because they take forever to say what needs to be said.
All in all it was an enjoyable story. And I have a feeling there are others to come, especially since we have two other ladies in the “I Do Club”.
I received a copy of this book from the author but was not required to write a review.
As for the so-called advice Kayla was given by her friends? 'Break something'? 'Wait on him hand and foot'? Basically, to be someone other than herself in order to get him to want her? Ridiculous. Especially from the friend who made such a ridiculous choice in the story.
I've read several types of romance novels, including Christian based novels, and this story fell so flat on that part it was pathetic. The characters whined a lot in the guise of praying, never picked up a bible to read scripture on their issues, and didn't seem to trust God in the first place, though they were faithfully attending one of the churches in town. Too much plotting and not enough substance.
Kayla owns a cupcake bakery and she has a crush on George, the local handyman with a heart of gold and looks to match. They've been on a few dates already, but both keep very busy so they're not an official couple yet. However, the attraction between them is sweet and tangible!
My favorite character was George's grandmother, affectionately known as Granny. Wish everyone could have a grandma like that...independent, feisty, great sense of humor, and easy to love.
George carries the burden of having to provide financially for his grandmother and doesn't feel he would be good marriage material, even though Kayla is ready to find the right partner for marriage and George is the only one she has eyes for.
Got kind of annoyed at George for keeping to himself and stubbornly working so hard, but understood why he did it and loved how fair he was in charging his clients. He definitely won me over, only wished he realized how special he was to Kayla earlier in the story.
This is the first book in a series, next is Kayla's best friends who also want to get married and are determined to help each other out :) Really enjoyed this book and hope others will also!
With thanks to the author for the review copy provided, all thoughts and comments are my own.
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