"EMERALD CITY," by Alicia K. Leppert, Sweetwater Books, $17.99, 320 pages (f)
Olivia has never felt more alone — her father left when she was a girl and her mother recently committed suicide. As she contemplates her life — lonely with only a job at a diner — it takes the sacrifice of a guardian angel to help bring life into hers.
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