Sherryl Woods and those Carlton Characters

September 20th. 2010

So you remember that I’ve been exploring Amazon.com and downloading many books to my Kindle? In a fluke a few weeks ago, I found an old (ha, 2004) novel that Sherryl Woods wrote for Harlequin and downloaded (it was cheap, part of the appeal.) Within a few pages I was hooked by the refreshing characters and unusual dynamic she’d created within the bracket of a beloved aunt who raised three brothers and was now systematically marrying them off. By the conclusion of the first delightful novel, Isn’t It Rich, I was desperate to read the follow-up stories that completed the trilogy of books related to the Carlton brothers. Each one was charming and had the fun of the familiar characters bouncing between the pages that I was compelled to download them all. But to my surprise, I discovered that Mrs. Woods had written a fourth, follow-up novel that centered on the amazing aunt who’d been so generous and devoted to these brothers. Honestly, this story was the best of the lot. Sherryl Woods had created one of the strongest, most- gracious, most-complex female character that I’d read in a long time and with her story shed wonderful light on the beauty of later-in-life love. Though a bit bored by all the retelling and catching up she had to include in each book (in case a reader found just one novel and needed appropriate back story to fill in the gaps) I was enchanted by the characters, the conflicts and the settings. The resolution was a typical Harlequin-esque ending, but that’s sort of like ordering creme brulee at the end of an elegant meal–you know what your getting and you like it all the better for its sweetness.

If you get a chance, download all four of these and read them in chronological order–I did and it was one of the best mental escapes I’ve had in a while. (Just goes to show why Sherryl Woods novels tend to fly off the bookshelves–keep that in mind if you find any of her other stories.)

Isn’t It Rich, Priceless, Treasured and Destiny Unleashed.

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