Book Review: Securing the Handyman’s Heart by Katie Clark

Posted March 6, 2017 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, Katie Clark, romance / 10 Comments

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about the book

Local cupcake queen Kayla Dobbs is feeling the heat—just as her bakery is finally taking off, her retired parents start pressuring her to move to Florida. Determined to prove her success, she takes on extra work at the bakery and fibs a little about the depth of her love life. When her mother announces an upcoming visit to meet the lucky guy, Kayla makes a pact with her friends to get a proposal from George Marks, town handyman extraordinaire. The problem is, George seems totally indifferent.

George Marks has enough on his plate with running his business, taking care of an ailing but feisty grandmother, and the possibility of a new business venture on the horizon. But when bumping into Kayla becomes a strangely routine thing, he’s surprised to realize it has also become the highlight of his days. As business spirals out of control and Granny takes a turn for the worse, he’s sure he made one too many commitments.

With a dash of matchmaking granny and a pinch of secret cupcake recipe, Kayla and George find themselves in one messy kitchen. But will they find themselves in love?

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SERIES: The I Do Club #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Independently Published
RELEASE DATE: February 21, 2017
PAGES: 200

“…she was ready for her happily ever after.”

Securing the Handyman’s Heart is a sweet romance, especially when you want something to make you smile. Fair warning, however – it will make you crave cupcakes and snickerdoodles, so it might be a good idea to warn the local bakery before you start reading. Or better yet, stock up on your fave sweet treat ahead of time and settle in to enjoy 😉

George and Kayla are victims of two things – the tyranny of the urgent and the tyranny of the matchmaker. They are likable characters, realistically flawed, and while those flaws are frustrating at times they also make the story all the sweeter.

Granny is a hoot and definitely my favorite character. And y’all. Katie Clark has done what so far only Jen Turano has managed to do. She’s made me love a bird-character. In this case, Maxwell the duck. The hug! I melted. I do not melt at ducks or geese and especially not chickens. I run terrified from them. But Clark gives Maxwell his own personality and – yeah i’ll admit it  – it’s endearing.

Bottom Line: Securing The Handyman’s Heart by Katie Clark is a sweet and sincere romance with dashes of humor and mouthwatering desserts. Relatable characters and warm friendship are the icing on the cupcake, and the gentle message that we are not alone – that God does care about the details of our live – is presented clearly without being saccharine or preachy. I’m looking forward to more books from this author and the series!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Sweet story!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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about the author

Katie Clark’s published works include YA spec fic novels, multiple childrens books, inspirational romance novels, and more. You can learn more at her website,

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What about you? What’s your favorite cupcake flavor? (Mine is this one from Gigi’s Cupcakes)

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10 responses to “Book Review: Securing the Handyman’s Heart by Katie Clark

  1. Paula S.

    Chocolate with chocolate ganache in the middle or the bee sting from Jilly’s Cupcake Bar in St Louis,MO

  2. Winnie Thomas

    Snickerdoodles and cupcakes, yum! I’d better not read this while I’m hungry. It sounds like a cute story. My favorite cupcake flavor is chocolate–surprise!! But I’m not very fussy when it comes to cupcakes. I usually scrape most of the frosting off, though. I don’t like a lot, ’cause it’s too much like eating shortening. LOL

  3. Cupcakes? Chocolate with chocolate chips and chocolate ganache and can there be more chocolate? When it comes to Snickerdoodles, I prefer home-made ones (from a 60’s Betty Crocker recipe) to any others I’ve had.

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