With this introduction to the Cavanaugh Island series, Alers returns to the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Readers will enjoy the ambiance, the delicious-sounding food and the richly described characters falling in love after tragedy. This is an excellent series starter.
Deborah Roberts moves to the home she inherited from her grandparents after the accidental death of her husband. Along with her two teenage children, she restarts her life and reopens her bookstore. Dr. Asa Monroe is a widower who’s new in town. He’s a snowbird who lost his wife and has applied to work with Doctors Without Borders. He’s just waiting for his assignment. Finding new love is not on either of their agendas but there’s no running from their fate. Deborah hires Asa to work in her store and this enables them to let down their guards and enjoy where the ride takes them. Deborah is a wonderful, mature woman whose first priority is her children but she is wise enough to know that Asa may be the one to help her heart heal. Asa realizes that he may have found his future, but he had always planned to be a humanitarian doctor. What to do? (FOREVER, Jan., 332 pp., $5.99)