"A moving story"
Tulsa based historical restoration architect Sam Solomon
works on his dream project, restoring Moonlight Grove,
Oklahoma, a town flooded when Greer Dam was built in 1939.
However, Sam has an immediate personal problem to contend
with when his ex-wife Andrea calls to tell him she is going
into a cancer treatment clinic with a life threatening
disease. He will have to raise their ten-year-old daughter
Meggie, who's mentally equivalent to a three-year-old.
Sam's mother hires wannabe children's songwriter Christy
Lane to serve as Meggie's nanny. Christy had a crush on
Sam back in high school, but he does not recognize her. As
Christy begins improving the behavior of Meggie by
showering her with love, praise when warranted, and
involvement in activities like softball, she and Sam fall
in love, but both knows the child comes first.
The romance takes a back seat to the efforts to nurture
Meggie, which is well done, but fails to show the toll on
the adults lovingly doing this. The story line works
because no miracles occur that magically turns Meggie into
a fully functioning ten-year-old, but the hard work of
Christy enables the child to have friends. Christy is Mary
Poppins while workaholic Sam struggles to balance work with
the needs of the four women (his mother and ex-wife as the
others) in his life. Darlene Graham provides a deep look
at raising a mentally handicapped child with an endearing
romance to lighten the intense tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 25, 2003
Meggie is coming to stay!
Normally, architect Sam Solomon would be thrilled that his
daughter, Meggie, is coming to live with him. But he's
not happy with the circumstanceshis ex-wife has
suddenly become ill and is unable to take care of their
daughter. On top of that, Sam has just started a huge
restoration job that promises to eat up all his time. And
Meggie is a handful, requiring a lot more attention than
an average ten-year-old because she's mentally handicapped.
Taking care of his daughter is a full-time job, so Sam
hires a nanny, Christy Lane. Before he knows it, Christy
has the unruly Meggie cleaning up her toys, eating her
vegetables and playing sports. Christy is so different
from any woman he's ever metit's as if she's from a
whole other world. A world he never would've known if it
wasn't for the child who brought them together...