Review:  Cherry Lane
CHERRY LANE - Rochelle Alers
Simon & Schuster
June 2015
REVIEWER:  Brenda Larnell | RATING: A
REVIEW: I love a great series, and Rochelle Alers created a great series with her Cavanaugh Island stories. CHERRY LANE is Book 5 of that series. If you have not read them, you are missing a smorgasbord of beautiful settings, unforgettable characters, intriguing plots and storylines, and of course, the “happy ever after” endings.

The coastal island setting where the air smells “clean and sweet” is perfect. The heroine, Devon Gilmore, who is in need of a fresh start, arrives there from New York at the invitation from one of the main characters from the previous novel. Her “fresh start” begins with the introduction of the debonair Attorney David Sullivan, who first appeared in an earlier story in this series. The heroine and hero, both lawyers by the way, are instantly attracted to each other. The story chronicles their relationship as it buds into a beautiful romance.

The side characters are one of the highlights of this novel. One of the many reasons I like this story is the manner in which the author reacquaints the reader with characters from prior stories in this series.  From the low country citizens of Cavanaugh Island to the heroine’s highbrow parents, they all have a major impact on the kind of life that the heroine is seeking. Devon’s mother is off-the-chain uppity to the point that Devon has to exorcise herself from her mother’s prior influence in order to reassure herself that a clean start is possible. Not only does she have to contend with her mother, but there are some devious antagonists threatening Devon’s life and that of her unborn child from a previous liaison. And the plot thickens! I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s a doozy of a sub-plot that runs throughout the novel. To counteract these contrary characters, there is the small group of women who embrace our heroine and welcome her into their circle.

CHERRY LANE is a great addition to Alers’ Cavanaugh Island series. With this novel, she has given us another wonderful look at low country life. I highly recommend this book and the series. You will not be disappointed.

17th June 2015 |