When Alicia Fuentes walks into Dr. Raúl Mendez’s treatment room, something about the plucky single mom stirs his personal interest. After he diagnoses her son, Luis, on the autism spectrum, Raúl takes a chance and offers support beyond the doctor’s office, hoping friendship might become more.
Grateful for the help, Alicia is tempted by her new pediatrician’s kindness, consistency, and attractiveness, but she has no room in her life for a serious relationship. She’s juggling a part-time job and classes at the local community college to get her life back on track and pursue a cosmetology career.
Between his busy medical practice and his desire to help his family, who was deported when he was a teen, return to the United States, Raúl doesn’t have time for anything or anyone else, either. But his heart won’t be denied.
Hope of a new life arises for them both, but fate and prejudice could threaten their newfound bond. Can their blossoming relationship withstand the political and personal battles that lie in wait?
FROM MY MIND'S EYE:
California Sunrise was an enjoyable romantic read with so many additional veins of interest throughout. The jealousy of an ex-bestie became a thorn in the side of Alicia, our heroine. Shame and guilt over her mother's past drove her to believe their relationship was beyond repair. A baby with Ausperger's syndrome drove her passion to be more, do more. Dr Raul Mendez was also driven by his past and a determination to change things for the immigrant population. Neither could really afford the time and energy a relationship required, but both needed the friendship and support that a healthy relationship can offer.
The story flowed smoothly, alternately told from Alicia and Raul's points of view. The characters were believable and the main characters did indeed grow and mature as the story went forward. Within the pages, I found joy, sadness, and an overcoming spirit...a new definition of family and love.
I rated this book 3 Winks!
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