Detached woman works for family, brother commits suicide, but a happy ending.
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I'm pretty sure it was written by a popular author, not an obscure one.
A young woman goes to work for a family. She wants to be the handyman, not a maid/housekeeper. The matriarch is a widow with two sons.
This handyman/woman is detached from others but has decided to say Yes if anyone asks her out. One of the brothers does ask her out, and he falls in love with her. Unfortunately he's heartbroken when she goes out with his brother, not understanding her emotional detachment. He eventually commits suicide.
She leaves the family. Later, the widow is in failing health and will only accept the young woman as her companion and helper. They track her down and convince her to return.
I believe this story ends happily, with the woman finally part of the family, married, keeping house.
Thanks for your help!