Saturday, March 9, 2024

Review - Along the Shore

Title:  Along the Shore
Author Rochelle Alers
Series:   The Book Club #3
Publisher:  Dafina
Genre:   Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   328
Date of Publication:   July 26, 2022
My Rating:   4 Stars

Set on a charming North Carolina island, the latest novel in national bestselling author Rochelle Alers’ unforgettable, heartfelt Book Club series tells of one woman whose past comes calling—even as a new beginning beckons. Perfect for fans of warm, sexy, community-oriented fiction featuring diverse, multicultural characters in the vein of Tracey Livesay, Sherryl Woods and Brenda Jackson.

Cherie Renee Thompson is finally ready to dive into change. After two summers vacationing on Coates Island, she’s now a permanent resident, studying to be a teacher, and has formed invaluable friendships with two remarkable women, Kayana and Leah. Their summer book club, which meets weekly at the Seaside Café, has taught Cherie to seize the day. And as the ex-mistress of a powerful politician consistently unable to commit, Cherie is determined not to waste any more time—or try romance again…

When Cherie meets new sheriff and ex-army veteran Reese Matthews, there’s an immediate, undeniable spark between them. For his part, Reese has survived ongoing loss and believes that Cherie is as open and uncomplicated as she appears—until her former flame returns. Free of his responsibilities, he’s offering Cherie the luxurious life he always promised…

Now, in a summer of glowing potential, tranquil days, and book club meetings filled with insight and caring, Cherie must weigh past dreams against new chances, search her heart for what’s real—and what will fulfill her most.


Cherie Renee Thompson is no stranger to Coates Island. In fact, she has visiting the island more than once, and she decides to make it her permanent homes. She plans on going back to school for her teaching degree, and can't think of a better place than Coates Island to jumpstart her life. During her previous visits to the island, Cherie formed strong friendships with two if the island residents, Kayana and Leah. The ladies met when they formed a book club during the first summer they were together. Over those last two summers, both Kayana and Leah have found love, even though they each had their own baggage. Things are not so different for Cherie. In fact, her past is still something that she is working through.

When Cherie meets the town's new sheriff, Reese Matthews, she has an undeniable attraction to the handsome man, and he feels quite the same. However, Cherie experienced hurt and pain in her past, and is not so sure she can trust herself to feel anything for Reese. Reese also had some pain in his past, but there is just something about Cherie that brings light to Reese's eyes. 

Along the Shore is the delightful and emotional third book in the Book Club series. In fact, I read the first two books, The Seaside Café and The Beach House, just before reading this book, Along the Shore. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the books in this series, especially as the characters are bibliophiles like myself.  

Many thanks to Dafina and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Hailed by readers and booksellers alike as one of today's most popular African-American authors of women's fiction, Ms. Alers is a regular on bestsellers list, and has been a recipient of numerous awards, including the Vivian Stephens Award for Excellence in Romance Writing and a Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award. Visit her Web site

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