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The Fixer Upper

(Echo Springs #1)

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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 ...more
Published September 6th 2019 by Blushing Books Publications
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Eve (Between The Bookends)
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description This book was a bit of a mixed bag for me. 🙈 There were some parts I loved. 💗 Rufus. 🐶 The ongoing joke about the dolls. 👶 The secondary characters. 👤👤👤👤👤 Both Nate and Abby were likable. 💞 The sex was hot. 🔥 There was no OW or OM drama, and the ending was satisfying (albeit rushed). 👍

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However, I felt the entire book needed a good edit. 👀 There was way to
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D.M.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Abby inherits her Great Aunts house and moved in. The town has its quirks. Nate is the local sheriff and on the case of solving a mystery. Abby is someone he wants to get to know and soon fines himself wanting more.

A case to solve.
A pet to love.
A couple to fall for.

Abby’s family life is a little complicated. She wants to find her own place in the world. Using the journal entries from her Great Aunt, Abby uncovers a place to call her own.

4 stars out of 5.

*I received an ARC in exc
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Bridget
A beguiling, delightful and bewitching tale of romance and new beginnings told with passion and zest.

Following on from her Great Aunt’s Evie’s passing and in a bid to escape her parents controlling ways, hoping to steer her life into a direction of her own choosing, Abby Callier has decided to temporarily relocate to her Great Aunt’s old Victorian house in Echo Springs, Colorado. There, she meets Nate Barnes, a charming and extremely sexy Sheriff and neighbour and they both feel an i
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Jypsy
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Xpresso Tours and the author for an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Fixer Upper
By: Maggie Mae Gallagher

*REVIEW* 🔨🔨🔨.5
The Fixer Upper is the story of Abby and Nate. After inheriting an old Victorian house in Echo Springs, Colorado, Abby decides to move there to complete her dissertation. Nate is the local sheriff and her neighbor. They share an immediate attraction to each other, and it's not long before they fall into bed. The spark between them is too ins
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Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Humor, passion, drama, and a touch of mystery, The Fixer Upper was a fun read. The chemistry between these two was on fire. I loved the tension and the build between them. The addition of the mystery, while small, created a sense of suspense that I enjoyed. Gallagher sprinkled in a few laughs here and there that put a smile on my face and added a lightness that I appreciated.

Missed moments and lack of communication caused some frustration but it all added to the drama of the story. I enjoyed the character dynamic
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Sheila
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maggie Mae Gallagher has a way with words that brings you into the story and you feel like you're actually there.
This is fun, romantic and sexy. It's a contemporary romance that I highly recommend.
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
3.5/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own.

This was an amusing romantic read with a touch of mystery thrown in.

I have to say that the best thing about this book is certainly the characters. The main characters are developed well and the side characters are fantastic. Reading about these side characters will really make you look forward to more books in this series. While I felt that the charact
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Jacie Floyd
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this book! I was looking for something fun and entertaining to get me through a tough weekend, and this was it! If you enjoy fixer-uppers, adorable dogs, quirky heroines and stud-ly sheriffs, you'll love this, too! I highly recommend.
Janet
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you love small town romance, then this is the book for you! Fixer Upper by Maggie Mae Gallagher is so well deserving of 5 stars or Teacups! You will definitely love this book, it is filled with romance, passion, and loads of laughs too! I also just loved Abby, she's an amazing character and quite witty! This whole story is just wonderful and filled with some amazing characters, you are going to enjoy every word on the page!
Erica
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Abby inherits her late aunts house and sees living in it and fixing it up as a stop along the way to the life she wants.
Problem is she really doesn't know what she wants.
Her neighbor Nate is the local sheriff. He's renovating his home as well and runs across a diary that has ties to Abby's family. He meets Abby her first night in her aunts house and it's not the meeting most people have!
Their story is a bit sweet, a little funny (the dolls) and pretty sexy. Though at times I wi
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Kathy
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was ok

This is a contemporary romance and at first, I would have labeled it a cozy. It’s in a small town named Echo Springs. The main character has inherited an old home from her Grand aunt. It has a handsome sheriff who happens to live right next door to Abby, the main character. But there’s no dead body and the sheriff only has to worry about a few break-ins and… it’s much steamier than your everyday cozy. It is definitely a romance.
I am not a fan of the romance genre. It’s just not my thing. Howeve
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Joanie M
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, arc
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 wit ...more
Kathy Heare Watts
IN LIFE, AS IN LOVE, EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

I loved this emotional and heartfelt story and the wonderful characters that live in the town of Echo Springs, Colorado. While this story is about the meeting, relationship, and eventually falling in love of two people, it will have a back story that will be shared in a journal from days gone by—so really, it is two separate love stories that interconnect.

Abby Collier will move to the home of her late great aunt Evie Collier that was willed
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Kathy Heare Watts
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
IN LIFE, AS IN LOVE, EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

I loved this emotional and heartfelt story and the wonderful characters that live in the town of Echo Springs, Colorado. While this story is about the meeting, relationship, and eventually falling in love of two people, it will have a back story that will be shared in a journal from days gone by—so really, it is two separate love stories that interconnect.

Abby Collier will move to the home of her late great aunt Evie Collier that
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Cath
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is book one in the Echo Springs series and features Abby Callier as the main character. She has just inherited her great aunt Evie’s house and moves there to see what to do with it. She has been distant from her parents due to her change in degree choice – they wanted her to follow in the rest of the family’s path and choose sciences, but she changed her choice half way through and went from a science degree to one about literature. To call her a bookworm would be an apt description. She us ...more
Harlie Williams
This couple is in my top 10 all-time couples. Yes, top 10. Jordan and Noah (Shadow Dance-Julie Garwood), Eve and Roarke, Jack and Cathy Ryan (Tom Clancy), Wolf MacKenzie/Mary Elizabeth (MacKenzie’s Mountain-Linda Howard), Drea/Simon (Death Angel by Linda Howard), Jaine/Sam (Mr. Perfect by Linda Howard), Raine/Zack (Sizzle & Burn-Jayne Ann Krentz) and Fallon/Isabella (In To Deep, Linda Howard) and now Abby and Nate. As you can tell, my favorite couples are from older books and I’m proud of th ...more
T.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving an honest review. As I’ve said before, I always give honest reviews whether people appreciate them or not.

This is the first story of the Echo Springs series by Maggie Mae Gallagher. This story begins with Abby Callier finishing her long drive from Cornell University in Ithica, New York to the tiny town of Echo Springs, Colorado. Abby inherited her Aunt Evie’s home so she decided to spend some time there. Abby’s immedi
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Katherine Paschal
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
**Review can also be found at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/ **

Abby has always marched to her own beat, much to the joy of her quirky great aunt who left her house to Abby. Abby decides to accept the old house and see what she can do to fix it up, never expecting to encounter her delicious neighbor, Nate, who just happens to be the sheriff of the small town. But Abby has some hard choices to figure out, including what direction she wants her life to go.
Nate is remodeling his house with the vague goal that in the future he might have a fa
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Jamie Brydone-Jack
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, 2019
Funny, Lovely Characters But Missing Tension

A fun and quirky contemporary romance that didn't quite have enough true conflict or tension. This book is well written, so you may not be aware of its deficiencies until you give it a little thought. Abby inherits her aunt’s home and moves in while she finishes her dissertation and also tries to figure out her next move in life beyond academia. Her next-door neighbor, whom she quickly nicknames Sheriff Stud Muffin, meets her in a most amusing w
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T.H. Hernandez
Abby Callier uproots her academic life under academic parents and defies them to write her dissertation on English Literature, instead of something more appropriate, in the small Colorado town outside Denver where her great aunt lived. Tiny Echo Springs is the opposite of everything Abby is used to. She plans on finishing her paper, get her doctorate, and sell her aunt’s house. That’s the plan anyway. But things seldom go according to plan. For one, her aunt’s victorian home is filled with an ar ...more
Julie Clark
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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Ruth Hill
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

First of all, I do have a content warning for those who may prefer romances with less heat and steam. In this romance, there are plenty of hot and heavy bedroom scenes (not overly graphic but definitely heart-pounding). There is also some profanity throughout the book. I do not permit either of these to affect the overall rating, but I just want al
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Brenda
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Sheriff Nate Barnes believes in law and order and carefully building the life
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Sharon
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
She left her room and headed back downstairs to Sheriff Barnes, who should be given an award for being one of the sexiest lawmen west of the Mississippi—so much so that in her mind, she had already dubbed him Sheriff Stud Muffin.

Wow! Another binge read through the night!  My favorite kind of romance. Not to mention that it's a series and I can't wait to read about Nate's college buddies, Sam, Jacob and Miles. 

Here was acceptance and friendliness that Abby found every time she turned around/>
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Emily Pennington
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
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 inh ...more
Jeeves
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
A small town romance with some humor and steam, The Fixer Upper is a cute book but I just couldn’t get into the story. For me, the writing style was a bit clunky and didn’t include enough dialogue - we get plenty of descriptions and inner monologue, but not a ton of conversation. That made it difficult for me to connect to the characters and truly get into the story. So, for me, this one was just okay.

The story follows Abby, a slightly eccentric woman who moves to a small town after
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Jessica
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Fixer-Upper is the first book in the Echo Springs series. Abby needs a break from her life and the pressures of her family, and traveling to Echo Springs to settle her aunt’s estate is the perfect excuse. Her neighbor is the sheriff, and while their first meeting might not have been the best, they’re drawn to each other, first for friendship and then to much more. But a relationship wasn’t in Abby’s plans and Nate is trying to woo Abby to stay. When the perfect offer comes, what will Abby pi ...more
Nikita (Njkinny's Blog)
https://www.njkinnysblog.com/2019/09/...

The Fixer Upper by Maggie Mae Gallagher is the first book in Echo Springs series and also the first book from the author that I have read. That being said, I enjoyed this sweet yet spicy romance with a hint of mystery.

The characters are the highlight of this book. While I loved Abigail and Nate who are interesting and so suited for each other, the real show stealers are the secondary characters who have intrigued me enough to eagerly await the next book in this series. Rufus
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JudyAnnLovesBooks
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
⭐⭐⭐⭐ And a Half ⭐‘s
Well, well, well Maggie Mae Gallagher has taken me by surprise with this fantastic book! I absolutely loved “The Fixer Upper” from page 1. Abby is an incredible woman, she’s smart, sassy and quirky. After trying to live up to her parents expectations she makes the decision to forge her own path and do what she wants to do not what is expected of her. She inherits a beautiful house from her favorite aunt and decides to move across the country and teach. Living next door i
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Jessica Figueroa
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Abby isnt like her parents and with so much going on in her life, its clear that she needs a bit of a break. She ends up fixing up a house she inherited from a family member and will eventually have to go back to her life. Until then she'll enjoy her time with her neighbor Sheriff Nate. Nate is remodeling his house to fit the future he wants which includes having a family. When he finds an old journal he seems to be taking romance advice on when it comes to dating Abby. Abby will have to leave e ...more
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Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Maggie grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Maggie never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St ...more