Five Star, Dec 2004, 26.95, 223 pp.
In Eugene, Oregon, Home Masters realtor Marty Francis escorts a couple to a fixer upper house only to have some maniac come out of the basement dripping wet and yelling. The sale fell through in Marty's mind because of the handyman. Marty informs George Lane, who is selling the house, that his handyman cost a sale and provided a few tips on making the place look better. George, used to corporate real estate, took the house on as a favor for his college pal Will Hart, who is selling it for the couple he considers his family.
George lectures Will. He also arranges a meeting between Will and Marty to discuss the house. Marty gives Will tips and he immediately acts on them. As they begin to fall in love, he sees her with a client Ralph Gordon. They care for one another, but not as lovers only friends. Will misinterprets their relationship and flees from Marty making it seem impossible for anything permanent to occur in spite of love.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner