Sunday, January 8, 2012

Book Review: Sanctuary Cove by Rochelle Alers

Sanctuary Cove 
By Rochelle Alers
Release Date: January 1, 2012
Summary: 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 . . . 

Review: The title "Sanctuary Cove" seems to capture the essence of this book perfectly. It started off very sad and a bit depressing, describing the death of Deborah's husband, which left her at the age of 38 with two teenage children. In order to escape her sadness, she moves back to Sanctuary Cove and tries to recuperate and find happiness again. Sanctuary Cove is the perfect place to do this, leading into a romantic relationship with the new man in town. 

Deborah is a very sweet women who devotes herself to raising her children and opening a bookshop on Cavanaugh Island. This book is sad when it deals with the loss Deborah and Asa (the new man in town) went through in their lives, but it's that hurt and need for love that brought them together. I thought it was cute how the bookshop was what really pulled them towards each other when Asa applied for the job there. Learning to trust each other without feeling guilty for being happy again was a sweet journey to get lost in. 

The ending of this book felt a little rushed to me, but the overall book was a decent story. I thought it was kind of weird how Deborah owns a bookshop and her husband was a high school teacher yet it was no problem to buy her daughter $300 heels while owning very expensive heels and handbags herself. That one detail bugged me, but it was very minor in the whole scheme of the sweet story. Reading this made me want to move to an island, live a whimsical life, and find my own sanctuary. For a feel good, cute book, consider picking up Sanctuary Cove!

***Make sure to enter the giveaway right here for a chance to win this book! January 9th is the last day to enter!

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