Libby Kimmelman is overwhelmed. As the admissions director at an exclusive Manhattan private school, she's awash in bribes from parents desperate to get their offspring into the school. Her apartment is going co-op, and she can't afford it without financial help from her obnoxious ex-husband. Her thirteen-year-old daughter has discovered boys, music, and rule-breaking. Her sister-in-law is determined to set her up with a boring guy from the local synagogue.
And then there's Vermont transplant Ned Donovan, whose smart, scrappy son longs to attend Libby's school. Ned's a widower, a carpenter, sexy as sin--and wild about the fireplace in Libby's living room. Ned wants to fix up her apartment. Libby believes he could fix up her life...if only she could be sure that his love isn't simply the biggest, most dangerous bribe she's ever received.
Winner of the RT Reviewers Choice Award for best contemporary romance of the year.
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Director of Admissions at Manhattan¿s prestigious Hudson School, Libby Kimmelman loves the place and obviously respects it as a center of learning since she enrolled her daughter Reva at the school. The divorced Libby enjoys her job though at times she feels frazzled especially when the bribes to get in and thank you gifts after getting in arrive during open season. --- Normally she skims over the application essays written by parents who believe hyperbole is the key, but the one written by Eric Donovan intrigues her as he is a ten year old new city resident just in from Woodstock, Vermont. Libby thinks the straightforward preadolescent would make a fine student. His widower father Ned is not pleased as his son used his credit card to pay the application fee over the net without permission and he cannot afford the $25K annual cost. Ned visits the school to withdraw Eric¿s application and get a refund, but he and Libby surprisingly feel an attraction to one another. She has doubts that he truly desires her instead of just using her to gain a scholarship while he wonders why a beautiful intelligent lady would fall in love with a carpenter. --- THE FIXER-UPPER is a fine Manhattan contemporary romance in which the Hudson School serves as a matchmaker and potential match breaker bringing the lead couple together, but also school costs linger in their minds. The story line is character driven as the audience sees up close the frustrations of Libby with her job and her daughter, and Ned with starting over and his son¿s adjustment problems. Though there is little action, fans of urban family dramas will want to read Judith Arnold¿s astute tale.--- Harriet Klausner