(from our review) Merry Olsen and Charlie Ross met when his marriage was breaking up and immediately formed a bond - not a romantic bond, but one of deep friendship. One evening they made a promise and even wrote it on a cocktail napkin, that if anything happened to him, she would take care of his child Charlene, and if she ever had children, he'd do the same for her. When Merry hears of Charlie's death, she quits her job, piles her stuff into her Mini-Cooper and takes off for Virginia intending to fulfill her promise to Charlie. Merry expects to find a sweet little 11-year-old girl to pet and spoil, but Charlene is something else. Charlene is a super brilliant math wiz and not into girly stuff at all. Charlene tries to keep her father's spirit alive by wearing his old military fatigues and wearing her hair in a buzz cut - and she insists on being called Charlie. The next door neighbor is Jack Mackinnon, a divorced father of twin boys. Jack sees Merry crying on her back porch - overwhelmed by the responsibility that she has taken on and goes over to comfort her. He's overwhelmed by Merry - at first he thinks she is a disorganized ditz, but as time goes on, he warms to the love she shares with Charlene, and wishes for that love to encompass him as well.
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