I caught the recent airing of this movie on the Hallmark Channel, and was totally blown away by this amazing story of courage and the healing power of love. Not to mention finding something you never knew you needed, and just when you least expected it--which is a fairly accurate descripton of what happens to Jacob, a widowed father of two who places a newspaper ad for a wife, with the main intent of finding a mother for his lonely young children. Enter Sarah, an intelligent and independent woman from Maine who exchanges letters with Jacob and his children and decides to journey to Kansas and stay with them for a month on a sort of trial basis. As the four get used to this new arrangement and go through several trials together, Jacob's children quickly grow to adore Sarah, and she them. Jacob clearly likes and respects Sarah, but his refusal to acknowledge his grief, pain, and feelings of guilt over his first wife's death mean he isn't able to let himself LOVE Sarah--yet. But soon, Jacob finds himself forced to confront those feelings head on. Finally, Jacob gives in to his long-buried grief and pain--and, at last, he is able to open up his heart and confess all to Sarah. But will Sarah decide to stay--or leave him and his children for the seaside home in Maine she misses so much? Glenn Close and Christopher Walken are both OUTSTANDING in this film which is a wonderful choice for a family film night or if you just want to see a really great movie all by your lonesome!