Jove, Sep 2001, 5.99, 309 pp.
In 1897 San Angelica, California, Callida Prophet serves as the rural postal carrier for the town. When little Becky Lockheart began to write letters to her recently deceased mother, Callie is stunned by the child's grief and though a felony, she reads the letters and responds in kind.
One letter claims that Becky's father Aubrey plans to hire a “nany” to take care of the sad little girl, whose father avoids her because she looks just like her mother. Callie takes the job of nanny planning to bring father and child back together. Callie finds Aubrey's love letters to his departed Anne and reads them to Becky as they help her feel better. However, the letters show a compassionate side to Aubrey that Callie wishes he would present to her, as she now loves both the father and his daughter.
Though the theme appears a lot in novels, HEAVEN SENT provides freshness due to the cast who gains reader sympathy. Becky would only fail to hook a Snidely or Darth Vader with her cries for hugs and kisses. The story line brings to life the gay nineties in California, but centers on the four key players, Becky, Aubrey, Callie, and Anne so that readers gain a wonderful historical relationship drama that will leave everyone's eyes moist.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner