Sunday, 11 October 2015

Handle Me With Care – by Helen J Rolfe

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

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.

My Opinion:

*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 very interesting form e from the start. As a teacher myslef, I really enjoyed the little scenes at school and with the kids.

Evan and Maddie click instantly, they have a magical connection. After the first date he tells her that he might have cancer. It’s a shock in several ways. Is Maddie ready give her heart to someone she might lose again.

Maddie and Evan share a lot of sweet, memorable and passionate moments and they fall for each other more and more. Evan seems to be the man to make her love again and to make her take a risk again. Of course it wouldn’t be a complete and gripping story without some drama and misunderstandings.

Maddie also suffered from the way Riley’s mother behaved after the memorial service. It’s so many years ago, but it has always made Maddie feel bad. When Caitlin contacts her and wants to see her, she doesn’t know what to do.

I really enjoyed this story, it’s emotional and touching, but also sweet and lively at the same time. At times I felt that some things were portrayed a bit over the top, especially the epilogue, but I still loved every page of the book. It’s told from both main character’s perspectives, which made it even more special.
Helen has a great voice, includes feelings in a beautiful way and is able to create a unique setting in her story.


My possible cast:

Maddie: Mandy Moore

Evan: Matthew Goode

Helen on Twitter: @HJRolfe


  1. I hadn't heard of this book before reading your review but boy do I want to read it now. Thanks for the review. I'm going to get this book. Lovely blog you have here. :)

    1. Thanks that means a lot. Thanks again, glad you like the blog x