Wednesday 15 February 2017

Book ~ "Starting Over on Blackberry Lane" (2017) Sheila Roberts

From Goodreads ~ Time for a change - or three!

Stefanie Stahl has a husband with renovation ADD. He can't seem to finish anything he starts and her house is littered with his "projects." If he doesn't smarten up, she swears she's going to murder him and bury him under the pile of scrounged lumber in the backyard.

Her friend, Griffin James, is suddenly single and thinking maybe she needs to sell her fixer-upper and follow her career bliss up the ladder of success, even if that scary ladder is clear across the country. Getting her place ready to sell proves harder than she originally thought. She needs help.

She's not the only one. Cass Wilkes, their neighbor, has an empty nest - with a leaking roof. When her ceiling crashes in, she knows it's time to do something. 

When Grant Masters offers his handyman services at a fund-raiser auction, the three women go in together to outbid the competition and win their man (Cass's friends think she should win Grant in a different way, too!). Now it's time to make some improvements ... in their houses and their lives.

Grant had retired to Mexico to fish and drink beer.  This got old really quickly so he moved back to Icicle Falls with the intent of starting a part-time handyman business.  He's been a widower for a couple of years and is considering getting back into the dating scene but isn't sure how to do it.

Stephanie and Brad have a house that needs repairs.  Brad starts the repairs, gets in over his head and then abandons that job to start on something else.  So that's why Stephanie's tub is just sitting in the bathroom but not hooked up while Brad moves on to remove a wall downstairs and then gives up on that.  Eventually this pushes Stephanie over the edge and she hires Grant to finish the things that Brad has attempted to "fix".  This puts a strain on their marriage as Brad assumes that Stephanie has no confidence in him.

Griffin has just broke up with her fiancé weeks before their wedding.  She wants to get her house fixed up so she can sell it and move to New York to build her career as a photographer so she hires Grant.

Cass is the best baker in town.  She's divorced and her grown children have lives of their own.  When her roof caves in, she hires Grant to fix it.  Her interest in Grant is more than professional and though there is a mutual attraction, Grant doesn't want to pursue it because he feels there is too much of an age difference (Grant is in his early 60s and Cass is in her mid-40s).

I've read many books by this author and like them.  It is the tenth in the Icicle Falls series and I've read them all.  Though it is part of a series, it works as a stand alone as each book in the series focuses on a specific character or characters and you get enough information about the others to know the background.

It is written in third person perspective, with the focus shifting among the characters and you get to know what they are thinking.  These books always end with happy endings so it's great if you are looking for a nice "feel good" story.

As a bonus, there are some recipes at the end.

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