January is all about resolutions and self-improvement, but let's be honest: Sometimes (especially when the temperatures drop), all we want to do is curl up with a good book in a comfy chair and forget about all those lofty goals, if only for a little while. Bonus points if the story has a rich setting far, far away from the cold.

If that sounds about right, I'd like to direct you to Sanctuary Cove by Rochelle Alers, the first book in the Cavanaugh Island series. The novel came out on January 1.

The story is about a woman who moves to an island off the coast of South Carolina and opens a bookstore—then takes a second chance at romance after the death of her husband. This is a sweet love story with a slow burn. The hero and heroine don't move too fast in their relationship, but their chemistry feels true.

To learn more about this story, read a Q&A I did with Alers. She talks about celebrating her Gullah heritage; writing a true-to-life love story; and becoming Grand Central imprint Forever's first African-American romance author.

What book are you going to read this January to get away from it all? Are you going to check out Sanctuary Cove and the Cavanaugh Island series?

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