Maggie's Mechanics by Sheila J. Connolly
The opening scene in this story, set in California during the early 1980s, instantly propels readers into the world of Maggie McIntyre, a woman whose occupation as an auto mechanic makes her unusual and something of a mystery—especially to Bett Holman, the young lesbian who has fallen in love with her.
Maggie is injured as she tries to rescue a man caught up in a car explosion. Could it be her friend Scotty, or has he simply disappeared into the night? In the days that follow, Maggie relies on the survival skills she learned in childhood and honed as a young adult. But falling in love complicates things. And Bett, who has turned her back on healing as a way of life, now finds that she must turn again, taking huge risks in the process, to help Maggie heal on many different levels.