Reviewed by Tanya Phillips
Does true love come along more than once in a lifetime? Maddie Kershaw doesn’t think so. She lost the love of her life in the 9/11 attacks, and since then has hopped from one casual fling to the next. But when she delivers an erotic cake to a one-hundredth birthday party by mistake, she meets Evan and starts to believe in second chances … until she realises there’s a risk of getting hurt all over again. Evan Quinn is serially single, yet when he meets Maddie he feels an instant connection, so much so that he confesses on their first date that he may have testicular cancer. Was it a mistake to tell her? He wants Maddie more than he has ever wanted any other woman. But he doesn’t want her pity. With the odds stacked against them both, finding love won’t be easy. But beneath the Australian sun, a Happy Ever After could be worth fighting for.
Maddie Kershaw is a 36 year old woman who does not like to let men close because of a terrible thing that happened to her first and only true love, Riley. Riley Was killed in the terrible events of 9/11 and Maddie always finds the run up to and the date a terrible time for her. Luckily her best friend Ally is there to support her through it and always arranges that they go away during the period.
We first meet Maddie when she mistakenly delivers a rude cake to the wrong venue and takes it to a ladies 100th birthday party instead of the hen do. Cake making is a hobby of Maddie’s although she would love to do it full time. Luckily the 100 year old lady Jem thought the cake was hilarious and actually asks Maddie to come back after she has delivered it to its correct place. Jem is trying her hands at match making and suggests that her grandson Evan takes her on a date. There is an immediate spark between the Maddie and Evan and Maddie is excited but scared at the same time.
Things happen on the date that scare Maddie further and even though this is the only person that she has been attracted to since Riley she finds the scary revelation by Evan hard to come to terms with. Throughout the story these two characters are thrown together in different situations and there is always the fizz between them and you are never quite sure if they are going to get together.
Maddie needs to clear her head of a lot of things relating to Riley and what his mother Caitlin said to her at his funeral. Until she has done this she really cannot move forward.
I really enjoyed this book and the descriptions of Melbourne I felt for both Maddie and Evan through the story and loved the fact that they were always trying to do what was right. I think my favourite character was Jem she was so full of life and seemed so much fun. The book made me wonder how I would react in the same situation and sometimes I think that is a good thing for all of us to think about.
I'd like to thank Helen for sending us a copy of Handle Me with Care for Tanya to review.