Rich's latest shines with touching emotion and anecdotal humor. It's a study of one of the most complex of relationships -- that between mother and daughter. Add in a little mystery involving an unlikely angel, and you have a story that's meant to be savored.

Emmy James learns that her mother, Lilly, is getting married. Though Lilly wants her daughter to come to the wedding in Oregon, Emmy isn't sure she's ready to reconcile with the woman she hasn't spoken to in years.

While in Oregon, Emmy must confront the ghosts of her past, specifically Luke, the man she broke up with six years ago. She suddenly realizes that if she's to attain happiness in her own life, she must forgive her mother for her past mistakes and move forward, hoping that Luke will forgive her abandonment of him. (NAL, Feb., 304 pp., $14.00)
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Sheri Melnick