Willow Brook Road
Mira, Sep 29 2015, $7.99
With her fashion career comatose and her relationship with her boyfriend dead, Carrie Winters leaves Paris for her home in Chesapeake Shores, Maryland to attend the Christmas wedding of her twin sister Caitlyn (see The Christmas Bouquet) and regroup. Her family welcomes her back into the fold which feels nice and warm; but led by her well-meaning grandfather Mark O’Brien; her relatives also intrude into her life. Observing how good Carrie is with her nephew, her cousin Luke O’Brien (see The Summer Garden) suggests she open up a daycare center; which she does.
Two weeks ago, as he was about to move into his new home in Chesapeake Shores, Sam Winslow learns his sister and brother-in-law died in a horrible accident. He has no time to grieve his loss since he became his hurting bewildered six year old nephew Bobbie’s guardian. Lacking parental skills and aware that Bobbie’s needs gives him no time for trial and error, Sam turns to Carrie for help. Neither Carrie nor Sam expected to fall in love, but besides their respective relationship phobias holding them back; both accept Bobbie comes first.
The thirteenth Chesapeake Shores contemporary (see Dogwood Hill) is a pleasant holiday family drama due to three-dimensional leads (especially the frightened child) supported by the usual extended O’Brien meddling “suspects”. Though the romance takes an obvious backseat to Bobbie but also impacted by the adults’ hesitations, Sherryl Woods reminds her fans "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't slow down and look around, you might miss it" (Ferris Buehler's Day Off).