Image of One On One (Arabesque)


Image of One On One (Arabesque)

Griffin constructs a stirring love story, using the 9/11 tragedy as a backdrop, and tackles the subject of romance between former in-laws and/or step-relatives. She reveals the main characters' emotional cores through dialogue and their vivid inner thoughts, making the reader feel for them and not judge them. A wonderful reading experience, this novel portrays the enduring bonds among three generations of two families who are one by blood, marriage and love.

When Natasha Lawrence's husband is killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, she's left to fend for herself and her two boys. Since she was raised in a children's home, the Lawrence–Langston clan is all the family her two small sons know. Soon, however, her brother-in-law, Jared, steps up and offers to do what's right, helping her raise his nephews.

There's a fine line, however, between helping out and taking advantage of the situation, and Jared fears he's crossed it. But after months of denying themselves a chance -- since an impromptu kiss during Christmas -- Jared and Natasha succumb. All eyes are upon them as their secret is unintentionally revealed and their lives are changed forever. (KIMANI/ARABESQUE, Sep., 320 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Robin R. Pendleton