Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.
This is a sugary sweet romance story with a little too much real life for me. There were some funny moments, some interesting characters (Ryder) and a ghost for a little mystery. However, I found the everyday life of "building" the Inn boring. Too much focus on remodeling, shelves, mirrors and light fixtures. At times I felt like I was listening to "This Old House" (BORING)
I liked the narrator (personal preference) and didn't feel as though he took away from the story.
I will listen to the next book in this trilogy because it's Ryder's story and I really found him to be the most interesting character. Let's just hope it's less about light fixtures and crown molding.
I really enjoyed this story. The narration was driving me INSANE - he speaks so slowly and deliberately. Then I found the setting to speed up the audiobook playback to faster. WHAT a relief, I am actually enjoying the story now. His female voices are still poor, in fact all the characters sound very similar except Ryder. Too bad this is Owen's story. I like the family, I like the locale, and I like the pets; seems like you often have dogs in a Nora story! As are most of her trilogies, these are romances so the relationships are the main focus of the story. It is interesting because there are some story arcs that span all three books and others that complete within each volume.
The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy is also very unusual, in that Boonsboro is a real town and the businesses named really exist and are actually owned by Nora Roberts and/or her family. They rehabbed the historic inn, had a terrible fire while it was under construction and had to start over. You can actually go and stay in the rooms, which are all named after famous fictional couples, although I suspect the ghost in the Elizabeth & Darcy room is a literary device! I also thought it was great fun that they have an Eve & Roarke room, the husband and wife team that is featured in 40+ Eve Dallas stories by Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb (my all-time FAVORITE series, with fantastic narration by Susan Erickson; what a joy they are to listen to!)
Turn the Page Bookstore is owned by the Roberts and it is where all her book signings take place, in fact it is the only bookstore to offered books signed by the Nora. Vesta Pizza is real and really offers room service to the Inn, and Gifts Inn Boonsboro is real too. If you go to Nora's website there is a link to the bookstore and Inn.
I think it is fun that she used her actual experiences of going through the rehab, setting her fictional characters against a true setting. But I think I would like it better if Nora was open about her connection to these businesses. Without the open acknowledgement, it smacks a bit of a sneaky marketing ploy. I wouldn't mind if she was up front about the connection. Perhaps there will be an acknowledgement at the end of the third book when it comes out.
Still, I am enjoying the series very much and will probably listen again, now that I found out how to set my audiobook playback to FASTER! Sure wish we did not have to wait so long for the final installment!
The narration of this book is awful. The first book of this trilogy was narrated by the same individual and it received many reviews indicating poor narration. I had really hoped that there would be a change in narrator. The female characters all sound alike and are so nasal sounding that it is extremely hard to listen to. It is really unfair to the author to have her book represented in such a poor manner.
Get a new narrator.
The story was ok. I got this book on sale so when I run out of things to read I fall back on my unread books. Can't say it was terrible but the story did not bind me to the book either. Ok characters and the usual slightly more than desired amount of mind ramble put in there by Nora Roberts was what I expected however, if I could go back I would not purchase this one.
Yes, I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend if he/she was looking for a pleasant, relaxing story.
I like Justine Montgomery. She's so funny and very bold, which puts me in the mind of my family.
My favorite scene was when Owen realized his mother was having relations with Avery's father. His response was hilarious! I can't even imagine how he would have acted if he really caught them.
I'd like to hang out with Justine. I think she'd have some much needed wisdom to share with me.
I love Nora Roberts and this trilogy was just so carefree. I didn't want it to end.
The story of Owen and Avery overall is a beautiful story of self discovery, acceptance and at the end of the day love. It had a few places that were slow and you wanted to say come on but the heart of the story was strong enough to pull you on through. The unsuspected moments of laughter were timely and absolutely on the mark. As the middle book in the trilogy I thought at times I might not make it to the last book. But I did and not to give the wrong impression; I guess I will offer this as a way of trying to explain. This is a glass of wine, slow rain, lazy couch book reading day. Comfort reading.
I loved this book. I can't wait for book #3! It was fun, romantic, believeable, with a touch of drama...but not too heavy. It is a story that could be played out all over this country.
The Montgomery brothers
Voice..I am dyslexic and it is hard for me to sit down and read for a long period of time
I tried....had to work!
Love it....real life story!
Yes!!! I've already listened to it twice, in spite of the narrator. It's nice to hear a man speak the male part.
He's not the best at female or children's voices.
I love losing myself in books of any kind
Those who have insomnia and need help sleeping... this is for you.
There was NO story, I am not sure. No plot, not mystery (Unless you count the ghost). I think it was supose to be a romance but it was just blah. BORING
I actually did not mind the narrator but he really did not have much work with so not much to mess up
I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.
As complete opposites, the relationship between Avery and Owen provides an interesting plot line as we learn more about Avery's past and why she's so driven. The narrator improved slightly, losing the grating child voices and picking up the pace, so overall it was a very nice "read".