Right Beside You

Dafina: Kensington. Sept. 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781496715845. $20; ebk. ISBN 9781496715852. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Felicia Hawkins has her life in order with a successful career and a wealth of family and friends to fill out her independent lifestyle. Yet with the holidays looming, she feels more alone than ever, spending her days pining away for her coworker, a widowed single father. Richard Grimes is endlessly busy chasing around his twin teenage daughters but still finds time to cherish his friendship with Felicia. In a plot full of twists, miscommunications, and misunderstandings, the two eventually face the conundrum: Is taking their relationship a step further work the risk?
VERDICT Monroe (“God” series) presents a tender, charming holiday romance that addresses serious issues such as loneliness, single parenting, and being attracted to a coworker. Perfect for fans of heartwarming holiday reads à la Fern Michaels and ReShonda Tate Billingsley.

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