After she's dumped on Valentine's Day, Portia Fallon resigns herself to a single fate, like all the women in her family. Duped into coming home to Truly, Ga., by her mother--one of the notorious, husbandless "Miz Fallons"--Portia finds that her relatives want her to have a "spontaneous" fling with well-known visiting author Ian Beckett.

Although the Englishman is charming and seemingly interested, Portia insists they just be friends, what with Ian returning home after completing his book and Portia due back in Syracuse at the end of the summer. But when Portia's ex-boyfriend arrives in Truly, asking for forgiveness and Portia's hand in marriage, she wonders if her luck is changing.

Rich again proves herself a chick lit heavy-hitter. Funny, moving and with great characters and a clever story, this book hits all the right notes, managing to avoid the usual self-pitying traps by pairing a recently dumped main character with three older women who are anything but shrewish. (Nov., 257 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Lauren Spielberg