Sanctuary Cove

A Cavanaugh Island Novel, Book 1
Narrated by: Nicole Small
Series: Cavanaugh Island, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
4 out of 5 stars (362 ratings)

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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 Publishing, and Urban Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"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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Slow Slow Slow

Although it's later in the story, I like the way values are instilled in the raising of the children. I'm kind of tired of the "I've got him but not really" theme. This book is slow for me, most love scenes happen before the middle of the book, this one happened towards the end...SLOW.

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Kind of slow

I really like Alers' writing. However, I found myself wanting the story to pick up or end quickly. It's not necessarily a terrible tale of the two main characters who both lost people in their lives, it just lacked something.

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Not Good, Clean Fun

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.

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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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Love and life after the death of love & life

Delightful!!!
I picked the book because of the narrator and it's a series. It was slow and fast at the same time. I know you can fall in love quick, but marriage and the teen kids approve. It's a beautiful yet unbelievable collection of events. Im intrigued and opting to read the next installment.

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Baby makes five

Loved closeness with Deb and her children, courtship was best part and email Dr. Monroe.

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Wonderful book!

I chose this book based on the cover photo and title and am very pleased that it was so good. I didn’t want it to end.

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This book helped put me to sleep😴

The story wasn't horrible but it wasn't exciting either. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen. I was looking forward to the story line building up to something mouth dropping however it never did. I keep drifting off into my own thoughts because the story didn't hold my attention.
Still love the Arthur but this book was a bore.

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great author not so good narrator

If the entire series is from the Charleston area then why not use a narrator who was from Charleston that could speak geechee and have a real southern accent. it took away from the book.

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Okay read

struggled to read it. This book was a little slow for me. However it did pick up towards the end.