Sherryl Woods’ ‘Willow Brook Road’ Reminds Us To Claim The Life We Want [REVIEW]

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Spontaneous Carrie Winters must learn what to do when her life comes to a screeching halt. (Photo by Tom Bream, Flickr)

With Willow Brook Road, Sherryl Woods tells a delightfully layered story about what it takes to change directions and keep move forward after life takes an unexpected turn.



Carrie Winters seems to have it all: a glamorous career in fashion, a man who adores her, and a life plan that it right on target. Then her entire life is suddenly turned on its head when the devoted boyfriend finds love elsewhere and her prestigious career screeches to a halt.

Left feeling listless, Carrie returns to her roots in the town of Chesapeake Shores. Her well-intentioned, larger-than-life family, the O’Briens, don’t really help matters much either when they keep asking her, “What will you do with your life?”

Carrie has no idea how can she even begin to answer such a loaded question. Then life delivers yet another surprise, but this time it comes in the form of newcomer Sam Winslow and his young nephew, Bobby.

Woods’ nuanced descriptions of small town life and Carrie’s relatives are sheer perfection. I laughed several times during scenes where Carrie tries very hard to explain herself without revealing too much information.

Willow Brook Road is a beautifully written novel about learning to discern which path we should take in life, even when those roadways diverge from the ones our family and friends try to pressure us into traveling. I hope you enjoy this novel as much as I did.

Sherryl Woods

Sherryl Woods
(Photo by Nina Subin)


Sherryl Woods is the number one New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 romance and mystery novels. Her first two books, Restoring Love and Sand Castles were published in 1982 under different pseudonyms. In 1986, she began writing full time. Since then, she has written 75 series romances and 13 mysteries.

Before becoming a novelist, Woods spent more than a decade as a journalist for newspapers in both Ohio and Florida. She also coordinated a motivational program for more than 8,000 employees at the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Medical Center.

When she isn’t writing, Woods can be found in her garden, playing tennis, going to the theater, and attending baseball games. She currently divides her time between Key Biscayne, Florida and Colonial Beach, Virginia. You can visit her home on the Web at or like her on Facebook.

By Sherryl Woods
384 pgs. Mira. $8.99

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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