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'Maggie's Miracle'
By: Karen Kingsbury
(Hardcover / 176 Pages / Warner Faith / ISBN: 0446532304 / $13.95)

Description: Megan Wright spent just a week with him the summer of their 14th year. But despite a lifetime of heartache and bad choices, she never let go of young Kade's magical definition of love. After college Megan settled for a relationship of convenience. Now it's been two years since her husband's death and she is a high-powered attorney, looking for help with her lonely young son. Across town, Casey Cummins is still dealing with the three-year-old tragic loss of his wife. His search for meaning and hope leads him to contact the Manhattan Children's Organization, who connect him with a fatherless child. Now life is suddenly taking a series of unusual twists.

Verdict: Although 'Maggie's Miracle' is definitely (plot wise) eerily similar to 'Gideon's Gift', the tale of George Wright who died two years ago from a massive coronary leaving behind his wife Megan and their six year old son Jordan is still one drapped in huge substance. The surviving Wrights lost more than a father and husband as both still mourn his death. With Megan fully occupied as a NYC prosecutor, Jordan feels lonely. He writes a letter to God asking for a daddy for Christmas. Megan sees the note and decides to sign up her son with the Healing hearts Program. This inspirational family drama is an enjoyable contemporary tale (albeit formalic and slightly predictable in areas) that encourages those who have lost a loved one not to give up on life. The three key characters seem real and those coaxing them to start anew with fond memories add depth to the theme. A neat twist involving the teen past of the adults will turn some off, but most readers will see it as 'Maggie's Miracle'.
Reviewed by KK Barrett