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Sanctuary Cove: A Cavanaugh Island Novel, Book 1 | [Rochelle Alers]

Sanctuary Cove: A Cavanaugh Island Novel, Book 1

Still reeling from her husband’s untimely death, Deborah Robinson needs a fresh start. So she decides to pack up her family 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 future. Dr. Asa Monroe is at a crossroads. Ever since the loss of his family, he has been traveling from one town to another. When he meets Deborah, the beautiful bookstore owner with the sunny smile, Asa believes he has finally found a reason to stay in one place.
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Publisher's 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 traveling from one town to another on a quest for faith and meaning. 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.

Rochelle Alers, with nearly two million copies of her novels in print, is a regular on the Essence best-seller list. She has received numerous awards, including the Gold Pen Award, the EMMA Award, the Vivian Stephens Award for Excellence in Romance Writing, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award.

©2012 Rochelle Alers (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC

What the Critics Say

"I truly and thoroughly enjoyed the book. I found it a wonderful, warm, intriguing romance and was happy to find a new author to read." (Jill Shalvis, New York Times best-selling author of Simply Irresistible)

"A gentle romance focused on second chances…. Soaked in an old-fashioned feel, [this book] will appeal to readers looking for gentle, inexplicit romance." (Publishers Weekly)

"Carolina low-country comfort food, a community of people who care, and a wonderfully emotional love story. Who could ask for more? Sanctuary Cove is the kind of place you visit and never want to leave." (Hope Ramsay, best-selling author of Welcome to Last Chance)

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    Well, I was trying for a gentle and healing story. This was not it. The main character, a widow, is supposedly a devout Christian mother who attends church regularly. Be warned. She believes that there is health and healing in coming to the point where she can purposely plan to have pre-marital sex with a man she believes will soon be gone for good. This is no mistake in the heat of passion. Not only that, but the sexual descriptions are very graphic. This is not a book for me.

    In fact, I would appreciate it if "Romance" categories were not all lumped together. Leaving the intimate details to the imagination is satisfactory for a great many readers.

    I had to fast-forward past material I paid for.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elisha Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-26-12
    Elisha Philadelphia, PA, United States 10-26-12 Member Since 2011

    I became a audible listener in 2010 and I'm loving it. I'm visually impaired and it works perfect for me.

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    "Just Okay"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This was a refreshing romance. Somewhat predictable and not very engaging.. I felt like the book was well written, but not very interesting.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nicole Small?

    Yes. She is the only reason I bought this novel.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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    Lisa Los Angeles, US, Canada 08-21-12
    Lisa Los Angeles, US, Canada 08-21-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Sloooooooow to start!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Don't make everyone so perfect.


    Has Sanctuary Cove turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Have you listened to any of Nicole Small’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. Narrator was fine. She neither turned me on or turned me off, but it could have been the material.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Never!


    Any additional comments?

    Each character was perfect, mostly did everything perfect. Anything that was not perfect was in their past. The children were perfect except in one scene and then it was not believeable because she had already convinced me they were perfect. The male character was to good to be true and the female didn't need anything from anybody.

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    Willie M Lemell Beaumont, TX, US 08-20-12
    Willie M Lemell Beaumont, TX, US 08-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "you can have a second chance at love"
    Where does Sanctuary Cove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    up at the top I listen to a lot of books and would like to have all of Rochelle Alers on audio


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Crystal, Osher and Deb


    What about Nicole Small’s performance did you like?

    she was one of the best


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer fort meade, MD, United States 07-31-12
    Amazon Customer fort meade, MD, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2011

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    If you could sum up Sanctuary Cove in three words, what would they be?

    history,healing, love


    What did you like best about this story?

    how they healed each other


    Have you listened to any of Nicole Small’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes i have heard nicole small on many books its just ahheee i got used to kevin free and cory i forgot his last name to read her books i think there was some one else but it was good


    Who was the most memorable character of Sanctuary Cove and why?

    when he came home from africa


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