As a postal clerk in the village of Santa Angelica, California, in 1897, Callida Prophet knows it's illegal to read other people's mail. But the heart-rending letters written faithfully by little Becky Lockhart are addressed to her mother in heaven, a deceased local woman named Anne Lockhart. Callie is determined to do anything she can to help the poor child cope with her terrible loss by writing back to Becky and signing her letters, "Mama." Everyone in town knows about, and eagerly follows, this unusual correspondence, which is sanctioned by Mr. Wilson, the Santa Angelica postmaster. Then Becky writes that her father is planning to hire her a nanny, and Callie feels compelled to quit her job and apply for the job.
Aubrey Lockhart, the wealthiest man in town, has been overcome by grief since his wife died a year ago. It is difficult for him to be with Becky, who reminds him of his lovely, gentle wife.
Though Callie is not stern and gray-haired as Aubrey thinks a nanny should be, he can't resist hiring her when he interviews her, because there is something very appealing about the lively Callie.
When Callie first meets Aubrey, he seems stubborn, cold and sarcastic. But when Becky finds the love letters Aubrey wrote to his wife years ago and asks Callie to read them to her, Callie discovers a completely different man who is poetic, passionate and utterly devoted.
Suddenly, Callie sees the moody, mysterious widower with new, more loving eyes....
In addition to a wonderful hero and heroine, with lots of snappy dialogue between them, Becky is an adorable child, and Callie's pet is a super cat named Monster. If you like a light, humorous read that is full of emotion and fascinating conflict, you'll really enjoy this book.