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Bagley Public Library MON (Text) 33500013137351 New Available -
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  • ISBN: 9781496715845
  • ISBN: 1496715845
  • Physical Description: 227 pages ; 19 cm
  • Edition: First Kensington hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2019.

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Felicia Hawkins has a successful career, money in the bank, a solid future... and is hopelessly in love with her co-worker, widower Richard Grimes. Richard has his hands full juggling pre-Christmas work demands and raising two teen daughters. He is drawn to Felicia's calm spirit and determination, and everything they have in common. With messy, well-meaning matchmaking from family and friends, and a long-distance transfer Richard can't refuse, it will take all their courage and compassion to risk opening their hearts to each other. -- adapted from jacket

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 September #2
    Coworkers Felicia Hawkins and Richard Grimes have always considered themselves best friends, but after years of deepening companionship, they secretly both want more. As a widower, Richard must consider his family and children, and Felicia worries about breaking their bond by exposing her heart's truth. Missed chances and misunderstandings occur in the nebulous space between friendship and romance. When new opportunities arise that would take their careers in different directions, they need to weigh the risk of true love and decide if it is too late for their happily-ever-after. Written in a heartfelt rom-com style, Right Beside You is an easy holiday read about finding love that has been there all along. While Monroe focuses on Felicia and Richard's tender skirting of their mutual longing, she balances it nicely with family life and relationships as well as male-female friendships that are central to the characters' emotional development. Readers will be warmed by the uplifting message that life is too short to miss something as wonderful as finding true love. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

MARY MONROE, the daughter of sharecroppers, was born thirteen days before Christmas and always celebrates her birthday with a Christmas theme (once she even dressed as an elf).  She usually spends the holiday with family and friends feasting on elaborate meals, exchanging gifts, and trying to keep unruly pets from knocking over the Christmas tree.  But even when this event is spent alone eating a take-out dinner and watching the same sentimental Christmas movies for the hundredth time, it is still the most special day in the year. Mary is the author of the award-winning and New York Times bestselling God series, which includes God Don’t Like Ugly and God Don’t Make No Mistakes, among other novels. Winner of the AAMBC Maya Angelou Lifetime Achievement Award and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, Mary Monroe currently lives in Oakland, California. Visit Mary online at

Subject: Widowers > Fiction.
Single fathers > Fiction.
Single women > Fiction.
Man-woman relationships > Fiction.
Work environment > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
African American families > Fiction.
Ohio > Fiction.
FICTION / African American / Women.
FICTION / Holidays.
FICTION / Family Life / General.
Genre: Christmas stories.
Love stories.
Romance fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Christmas fiction.

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