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Reviewed by Iza Grek for Readers' Favorite
Near Enough to Hold by Kim Golden is a classic boy meets girl romance novel, following several others in a similar vein by this author. Nick who is tragically widowed and without a family, due to an unexplained murder, rescues Keisha from desertion in the rain at a public station. She becomes his ‘boarder’ and love grows as the couple is inevitably in each other’s space. Nick’s dog Rufus is an important character in his own right and there are very few scenes without him. The setting is Pennsylvania with loose references to the newly formed Trump regime. As the story unfolds, we meet some more members of Nick's and Keisha's families, respectively. This helps shape the story and gives a little more insight into the reasons for their choices or hang-ups, as they may be.
Near Enough to Hold: A Novel of Love Lost & Found is reminiscent of the genre and romance is achieved as a high point. Kim Golden explores the themes of love, loss, and moving on with the title inferring intimacy between the two characters. This plays out in a number of scenes where Nick and Keisha are together and sets up the sexual tension. There is also the tiniest hint at the mixed-race relationship, but it is almost incidental. The characters show determination in working on their respective issues, making them relatable. Overall, this book was easy to read and is quite enjoyable. It’s a light read and is the perfect accompaniment for a day at the beach.