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Maggie's Miracle
by Karen Kingsbury
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Warner, 2003 (2003)
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* * *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

Jordan Wright's father died from a heart attack two years before the story opens. At eight years old, Jordan desires nothing more than to have a Daddy in his life. His mom, Megan, is a district attorney, and although she tries hard to be there for Jordan, she can't be both mommy and daddy to this grieving little boy. He writes a letter, asking God to bring him a Daddy for Christmas. Megan reads the letter and is at a loss for an answer, since she has stated that she doesn't believe in love anymore.

Casey Cummins fulfilled his lifelong dream when he opened his café, Casey's Corner. Still grieving from the loss of his wife and infant son two years previously, he has not allowed himself to move on and find love again. He decides to become a mentor in the Healing Hearts program, an organization that pairs children who have lost a parent or parents with a special friend. Casey is paired with Jordan, and the two hit it off immediately. Will God answer Jordan's prayer in the way he imagined? Or will all three of them be surprised by a Christmas miracle?

Maggie's Miracle is a treasure. Karen Kingsbury has a gift for writing touching, emotional fiction that reaches readers' hearts. I love to be surprised by a book's ending, and this one does just that. The characters are warm, yet not without fault. The faith message is subtle and permeates every situation. My heart went out to Jordan, a young boy who just wants a daddy to throw a ball with and to love him. I could feel the depth of his desire as he pleads with God to bring someone into his life, and also his joy when Casey becomes his friend.

I recommend Maggie's Miracle to you as a sweet and moving novel for this Christmas. It is part of The Red Gloves Series (a list of Projects is included at the end of the book), which encourage readers to reach out to those less fortunate during the holidays. The first in the series, Gideon's Gift, focuses on the homeless, as this second focuses on children without parents. Make sure to put Maggie's Miracle on your reading list this holiday season.

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