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Mrs. Scrooge Paperback – November 1, 1989
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ALL PATTY WANTED WAS A FATHER OF HER OWN Normally, chemistry didn't present a challenge to ten-year-old genius Patty. But man-woman chemistry was a different thing, and it had Patty stumped. Patty thought she only had to find the perfect father, introduce him to Mom, and the rest would take care of itself. But Mom and Murphy O'Rourke weren't showing any signs of chemistry. They didn't hold hands--they had snowball fights. They didn't kiss--they teased each other mercilessly. Maybe chemistry was like magic--somehow, suddenly, it just happened. So maybe Patty didn't have to worry, for the most magical things happened at Christmas.
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Murphy is at a cross roads in his life at the moment. He'd just left his prestigious job over an artistic indifference with his boss, when his father fell ill. Without even a second thought, Murphy jumped in and took over for his father at the family bar. Why? He has no clue, no matter what he does or says, it has never been enough for his father. They have always been like water and oil, while his brother who lives in Fl. can never do anything wrong.
When he shows up for career day at Patty's school, he gets way more than he bargained for. But more than that; he is not only taken by her quick wit, but also her savvy ways of making a smart business deal on behalf of her mother.
I got so caught up in Murphy and Sam's romance, as well as the manipulations of Patty and Caroline, in order to bring these two characters together. The secondary characters also come alive, so much so, that you feel like you've known them all your life. I hope some of them are featured in their own stories, soon.
It's hard enough trying to raise any child on your own, but trying to raise one with an IQ as high as Patty's....IMO- would be even more difficult. It'd sure keep you on your toes. But Patty just wasn't smart, she was also very precocious, too. Patty didn't do it all on her own, though, she had lots of help. It was those conniving scenes with the secondary characters, that made me laugh so hard. Poor Sam & Murphy didn't stand a chance! lol!
This was a fantastic love story, and it didn't involve one single sex scene, either. Imagine that? It just worked beautifully, all on it's own.
Enter Murphy O'Rourke. At Career day at the elementary school our very bright child decides that she has just met her future Dad. The one she has always wanted. However, working temporarily as his father's bartender, Murphy has no intentions of sticking around the small town in N.J. Samantha brings up feelings he never knew he had and the small child gets to his heart as well.
This is their story. It is funny in a lot of places, a little sad in some but they all get their HEA and it is a fun read. I definitely recommend it if you like a clean romance between two totally opposites and a 10 year old girl. Entertaining and enjoyable.
Just one thing bothered me!!! In describing Murphy to her Aunt Caroline one of the big pluses was...does he smoke? Yes, Camels. That sort of dated things since Camels haven't been on the market for years. Plus, for me, the idea of a man smoking would be a definite No-No..... I remember a time when it was cool, OMG we all loved the Marlboro Man, but those days are long over. That part needs to be rewritten as does several other places that has the characters lighting up - even in a diner!!! They add nothing to the story and would not be missed. The reference to the cell phone and the ipad brought it into today, but those smoking scenes really were a negative. Still it was a very good stgory and I do recommend it for fun reading.
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