For three generations of women, a summer at the family home in the Shenandoah Valley becomes a bittersweet reckoning in Emilie Richards' poignant new novel, Wedding Ring. Tessa MacCrae's trip to her grandmother's home thrusts her into the challenge of helping Helen Henry retain her aging dignity amid the towering piles of trash and clutter that overwhelm her. Tessa's mother Nancy joins the daunting cleanup project. Gradually the women confront the emotional baggage that has added lifelong strains to their mother-daughter ties. Tessa is consumed by bitterness toward the man who caused her young daughter's death, adding extra tension to her marriage to Mack. As the women dig deeper into physical and emotional layers, an unexpected treasure emerges: Helen's lovingly made quilts. Wedding Ring aptly reflects the circuitous nature of life and relationships. Richards tells profound truths with truly gifted writing.

Sandy Huseby reviews from Fargo, North Dakota, and northern Minnesota.

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