Review: Sanctuary Cove by Rochelle Alers

Sanctuary CoveSanctuary Cove by Rochelle Alers

  • ISBN-13: 9781455501403
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Source: Netgalley


Sometimes love is the simplest choice of all.

Still reeling from her husband’s untimely death, Deborah Robinson needs a fresh start. So she decides to pack up her family, box up her bookstore, and return to her grandmother’s ancestral home on Cavanaugh Island. The charming town of Sanctuary Cove holds happy memories for Deborah. And, after she spies a gorgeous stranger in the local bakery, it promises the possibility for a bright, new future.

Dr. Asa Monroe is at a crossroads. Ever since the loss of his family, he has been on a quest for faith and meaning, traveling from one town to another. When he meets Deborah, the beautiful bookstore owner with the warm eyes and sunny smile, Asa believes he has finally found a reason to stay in one place.

As friendship blossoms into romance, Deborah and Asa discover they may have a second chance at love. But small towns have big secrets. Before they can begin their new life together, the couple must confront a challenge they never expected . . .


My Thoughts:

This was the first story I have read by Rochelle Alers so I was not really sure what to expect.  What I found was a solidly written, well laid out, and consistent romance novel but much more that just that.  There is grief, pain, loss, frustration, friendship, change and more.  the story is about Deborah who is moving her children to Cavanaugh  Island, the place she spend her childhood summers, after her husband is the middle of a school scandal and drowns trying to save a few boys swimming in a rip tide.  I love that she is opening a bookstore on this small island, I loved watching it come together and how she finds her first employee, Asa.  Little does Deborah know that Asa knows more about how she feels that he leads on as he lost his wife and young child in a car accident just a year before.  Deborah finds herself falling in love with Asa but there are so many different things to consider.  Once she get to the point of making a decision Asa announces that he has been accepted into Doctors Without Borders and will be leaving, turning Deborah’s world upside down once again.

This was a pretty typical romance story.  The only thing that really bothered me about this story and I can’t just let it go is the fact that Deborah just falls for this man mere weeks after her husband dies.  I just have a hard time with this part of the story line it is just too fast and she does not ever seem to grieve.  She is just happy go lucky most of the time.  I also found a piece of the end of the story hard to believe, teenagers just don’t react in the manner in which they do.

Overall, Rochelle Alers brought a pretty good story and I would for sure give another one of her stories a shot in the future.

My Rating

3 penguins