The Fixer Upper

The Fixer Upper

by Maggie Mae Gallagher


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Abby Callier is more in love with Shakespearean heroes than any real man, and she’s beginning to wonder if there is life for her outside the pages of a book. It doesn’t help that her esteemed parents tend to view her as they would one of their science experiments gone wrong. On the eve of finishing her dissertation, she escapes her staid existence to live in the house she inherited from her Great Aunt Evie in the small town of Echo Springs, Colorado. Because, let’s face it, when a woman starts comparing her life to horror films, it might be time for a break.

Sheriff Nate Barnes believes in law and order and carefully building the life you want. In his spare time, he has been remodeling his house in the hope that one day it will be filled with the family he makes. But Nate doesn’t like drama or complications and tends to avoid them at all costs. And yet, when Miss Abigail Callier, his newest neighbor, beans him with a nine iron, he can’t help but wonder if she might just be the complication he’s been searching for all along. It doesn’t hurt that he’s discovered a journal hidden away by the previous tenant, and decides to use Old Man Turner’s advice to romance Abby into his life.

Abby never expected her next-door neighbor, the newly dubbed Sheriff Stud Muffin, to be just the distraction her world needed. The problem is she doesn’t know whether she should make Echo Springs her home, or if this town is just a stopover point in her life’s trajectory. And she doesn’t want to tell Nate that she might not be sticking around – even though she should, because it’s the right thing to do, the honest thing – because then all the scintillatingly hot kisses with the Sheriff will come to an abrupt halt. Did she mention that he’s a really great kisser?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947132665
Publisher: ABCD Graphics and Design
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Series: Echo Springs , #1
Pages: 282
Sales rank: 522,867
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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The Fixer Upper 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Cali-Jewel 3 months ago
This is is a fun, highly entertaining, engaging and heartwarming romantic journey filled with dangerous mystery, fun witty banter, intriguing charters and exciting passion..... was a great read from beginning to end. A great reading experience!
AMHolden2018 3 months ago
What I liked about this book: Abby was wonderfully quirky, I laughed aloud many times. Nate was a dream guy. The sisters were great. The story was interesting. What I didn’t like: It was slow moving, I had to push myself to keep reading. They had a lot of sex but not much else. Abby was not very assertive. She never has time to tell him anything? Nate wasn’t much on emotion, there could have been more about his childhood. Overall this is a good story worth reading if you don’t mind getting bogged down from time to time. I received a free copy of this book and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review.
Fleur_W 3 months ago
This was agreat book to sink into with characters you can relate to as well as a story line that keeps you interest. I really liked Abby and totally got her not knowing what direction she wants her life to go in and Nate with his always trying to make thing right and keeping the Echo Springs safe. There are some good laughs, mysterious break ins, a cute dog and attraction that can't be ignored when you add in the diaries it just makes the storyline so much sweeter so be ready to sit back and relax and enjoy the read and want to read the next book as soon as you finish this one. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
ScaroletEllis 3 months ago
The Fixer Upper by Maggie Mae Gallagher is a wonderful story to read. This is book number one in this brand new start to a new series writen by a brand new author for me to read. I highly recommend this story to everyone who loves reading about romantic comedy, small town and contemporary romances in their stories. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
EmilyP23 3 months ago
Abby Callier was a young woman working on her PhD, a disappointment to her parents whose interest was in academics more than the healthy growth and development of their children and in forcing Abby to comply with their own wishes. Abby was well aware of disappointing them, being the black sheep of the family who didn’t do exactly what they expected of her. She had more of a relationship with her Great-Aunt Evie who encouraged her dreams and with whom she corresponded until Evie died and Abby inherited her house. In the hope for self-examination and finding the real her and what she wants from life, Abby moved from New York into Aunt Evie’s completely furnished home – now hers -- in Echo Springs, Colorado. In a humorous scene, she heard someone downstairs, grabbed a nine iron, and went after a man she thought was a burglar. It turned out to be her new neighbor, Sheriff Nate Barnes who had similarly thought that someone was breaking into the empty house he had been watching out for. This was the start of something positive in both their lives, the chemistry between them quite palpable! Will it last? She has to decide about her future and what she intends to do with her life. What if she decides the best thing is to leave here, to leave Nate? This was a very intriguing story that had another story running parallel from an old journal, where the writer also needs to make a decision about the future. It gives the reader something to think about as mental comparisons are made. Great story line and wonderful characters will make this a worthwhile book to look into. Grab a copy and find out!
Merryj 3 months ago
Nate and Abby are intriguing characters. He likes order and normalcy where as Abby is anything but. She comes into his life like a whirlwind upsetting the apple cart and yet she strikes something in his heart. This delightful story will have you looking for more of these stories with dynamic characters that will have you laughing and waiting for what is going to be the next dramatic episode. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
goldie642 4 months ago
I've been anticipating this book for some time now and was quite pleased with the outcome. This is the first book I've read listed under Maggie Mae Gallagher and the first book to the series "Echo Springs." The two main characters are Abby and Nate who become new neighbors. The chemistry, camaraderie, and sense of humor will pull you in all the while the plot flows through keeping you engrossed with the story. Now I have to say there are several side characters that only add to this story but my favorite has to be Nate's Great Dane who somehow has a tendency to steal the show. What a wonderful introduction to what appears to be the beginnings of an entertaining series. Congratulations! I received a copy of this book from Booksprout and this is my honest, voluntary review.
heathercm2001 4 months ago
I loved this one. It was entertaining, and full of great characters. Abby and Nate made quite the pair. Their first meeting was one of my favorite moments, but I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow throughout the book. I laughed and cried. Rufus was amazing. I adored how Gallagher added in a love story from the past, and tied it to Abby and Nate’s story. It was just really well done. If you are looking for a little extra encouragement to step outside of your comfort zone, I recommend this book. It shows that sometimes, it’s worth taking a risk.
Julie Clark 4 months ago
Happiness When You Least Expect It A fantastic new book entitled, "The Fixer Upper by Maggie Mae Gallagher," who is a splendid author with entertaining and excellent writing skills. This author is a great writer that takes you on a fabulous journey as you read it. The connection to the characters was spontaneous, and I loved every minute of the read. Miss Abigail Callier refuses to have the life her stuck up parents want her to have which of course is to be like them. They were furious with her when she changed her boring major to what she liked literature. Now she needs to buckle down and get her dissertation wrote, but first, she needs change. Not realizing how big a leap this change was going to take her. When she leaves New York she decides to go to Echo Springs, Colorado and to the inherited house her Great Aunt Evie left to her. Evie knew Abby was the only one her family who would appreciate the house. Abby never thought about having a next-door neighbor that would be friendly having never lived in a small town before only fast-paced, crowded, busy New York so neighbors never really ended her mind until she got one. As a way of introduction, Abby takes a nine iron to the would-be burglar she thought was breaking in. It turns out to not only be her next-door neighbor but the new town Sheriff Nate Barnes who was watching Evie's house for her since she died until the owner came to claim it or it sold. This book is hilarious! As I said before, I loved every minute of the read. I laughed so hard. Plus there is real burglaries, suspense, mystery, romance, and it is full of drama. Echo Springs Community College is where Abby is working as the new professor while she finishes her dissertation. Between the two is instant chemistry but will it be enough to make her want to stay. That was what she had planned. The main thing is she tried to find a place that would make her happy. Sometimes happiness can be right in front of us but takes forever to see it. Can the two of them make this work? You will have to grab the book to find out just as I did. Just a hint though... It will be torture waiting until she releases her next book. Thank you so much, Maggie Mae Gallagher, for such an excellent book you pulled me right in. I received a free copy of this book. This honest review was posted voluntarily.
Joanie_M 4 months ago
This book was delightful from start to finish. The story of Abby and Nate is romantic and full of love and friendship, but also witty and hilarious. It's a fun, easy read that explores what's really important in life. I loved the story in the journal that Nate finds and the way it unfolds throughout the book. I loved Abby's character and her sense of humor as well as her loving nature that really shines through her relationship with the dog. The supporting characters were also well-developed with unique personalities that really brought the story to life. I highly recommend this book.