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Handle Me with Care

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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 o
Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published June 29th 2015 by Fabrian Books (first published June 28th 2015)
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Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Handle Me with Care by Helen J Rolfe is the first novel I've read by this author. Beforehand, I'd seen a fair few book-bloggers enthusing about it, so my interest was definitely piqued. When the author approached me in regards to reading and reviewing, I couldn't say yes fast enough. The blurb, coupled with such a gorgeous cover, enticed me completely, even more so when I realised that this wasn't going to be just any romance. The bl
Suze Lavender
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Maddie thinks she's had her one chance at true love. She used to have it all and was so happy, but then she lost her boyfriend in the 9/11 attacks. He was temporarily living his dream and working in New York before coming back to Australia to be with Maddie again. Now she's on her own, she has been ever since. She's working as a physiotherapist and bakes cakes in her spare time. Because she's great at making cakes she often gets special requests. When she delivers one at the wrong party she mee ...more
Jessica Redland
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was instantly attracted to this book my the gorgeous cover and the title which suggested an emotional read. Maddie and Evan both need to be handled with care. Years on from the atrocities of the 9/11 attacks, Maddie still hasn't come to terms with the loss of her boyfriend who was in the Twin Towers for a meeting that day. She's scared of finding happiness again in case lightning strikes twice. However, with a string of meaningless one-night-stands behind her, she's never found someone to whom ...more
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
they were apart longer than they were together.
Nicola Clough
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My word what a wonderful read and so heartbreaking but heartwarming to. Many ups and downs but can people be happy again after heartbreak or will things be a difficult road. Plenty of romance and being truthful and the characters are brilliant didn't want to put the book down.
Maddie lost the love of her life in 9/11 and she believes she lost her life then to. But this day she's delivering a cake to a 100 year old man but delivers the wrong cake. She meets Evan and they both got it off. But he's
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Ahhh, such a heart-warming example of ‘lust at first sight’; locking eyes with a handsome fellow as you’re making a delivery to your clients, feeling THE connection to a complete stranger. -swoons-. The feeling of lust continues as all you can think about is the man you just met whilst delivering a cake, an erotic cake, to a 100th birthday party (accidentally). Now THAT is a story to tell the grandkids when they’re olde
Caroline Mullins
Definitely recommend this author. First book I've read of hers,just purchased another. Love her style of writing... 10/10 to Helen Rolfe
Pat Langhelt
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous book by Helen, different from her others but kept me gripped to the end 🤗
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally reviwed for Dreaming With Open Eyes

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

I kindly received Handle Me with Care in exchange of an honest review by the author.

On September 11th 2001, the worlds worst terrrorr attacks in New York had changed Maddie's life. Maddie's boyfriend Riley was working in New York, and that morning he had a meeting in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. On that day Maddie lost her one true love. When Maddie delivers an erotic cake to a one-hundredth birthday party by mis
Tanya Phillips
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

The story follows Maddie. She's working as a physiotherapist and bakes cakes in her spare time. Maddie thinks she's had her one chance at true love. She went through a lot in her past and it made her they way she is now. She lost her boyfriend Riley in the 9/11 attacks. Now, she doesn’t open up to men, because she is scared to lose him as well. That’s until Evan comes into the picture.

Evan is a primary school teacher, which made him
Melissa Mendoza
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review

“Maddie wanted to make her suffer like she had for more than a decade, but her heart had never been that hard, and instead, she found herself thinking about the feelings behind the words as opposed to the actual words themselves.”

I really loved this book! It was heartbreaking and so sweet! The characters were very well developed and the story flowed well.

Maddie’s life in the romance department hasn’t always been in her favor. After the 9/11 attacks
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it

Maddie’s boyfriend perished from 9/11. Evan just found out he has testicular cancer. Can this two seemingly damaged people find the strength to love one another? In Helen J Rolfe’s book “Handle Me With Care,” these two characters navigate through the feelings and aches of wanting to love but scared of getting hurt again. That’s a feeling that is easy to relate as we have all been there at one point or another. The book is by an Australian author, and has many Australian references, and I am sure
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Two sensitive subjects are used sympathetically in this lovely romance between Maddie and Evan. Each has issues to deal with which make them certain that being in a relationship is not going to be right for them. Maddie is haunted by the past having lost the man she loved in the terrorist attack on The World Trade Centre. Evan is struggling to come to terms with health diagnosis which turns everything he knows upside down when he meets Maddie.
This well told story of two people who meet and fall
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm not quite sure how to review this book. I neither loved it or hated it. I felt like I was reading two separate stories: Maddies journey through her grief and then Evan's journey through cancer. It didn't really feel like a love story in the sense of them getting to know each other. They had interrupted dates and fractured meetings but, somehow, they still fell in love. It didn't seem genuine or connected. 2.5-3 stars.
Stephanie Hearne
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recently took "Handle me with care" away on holidays and once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. I thoroughly enjoyed the story line and the charming characters - a great read!. I can't wait to get Helen Rolfe's newest book.
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