This was not a bad book. It is sweet and frothy. I don't feel that I wasted my credit. However, there just wasn't very much plot. A novel needs some source of tension for the protagonist to interact with. In the first book in the series, there was the romance thread and the stalker thread. This novel has the romance thread, but it doesn't have a second thread with any substance. There is a second thread, but I don't want to provide spoilers to the Very limited tension this creates. I have a somewhat analogous problem in my past, and I don't feel like Roberts dealt with it in a very realistic way. I can't go into it more deeply without spoilers, so I'll just have to leave it at that.
So anyway, the upshot of this lack of a real problem in the plot is that Roberts has to find other ways to fill the word count. She fills it with lots of girly stuff: trying on wedding dresses, decorating the hotel, putting on makeup, etc. etc. etc. Like I said, I mildly enjoyed this book because I'm a girl. I cannot in any way imagine a man finishing this book without someone offering him a BIG bribe to do so.
We know that Roberts can still write a book which is not dominated by alcohol consumption because "The Witness" just came out recently and I didn't think there was more boozing in that book than most people would find ordinary. But I guess when the plot is thin and Roberts is searching for something to fill up the blank pages, her mind just goes automatically to booze. "It's starting to snow! How exciting! Let's have a drink while we watch!" "I'm really tired and I had a bad day. I'm going to have a beer." "We finished the carpentry on the hotel; let's celebrate with champagne." "We finished moving the furniture into the hotel; let's celebrate with champagne." "We just had the hotel's grand opening; let's have champagne." Her entire Bride quartet was full of this over-abundance of booze, and others of her more recent books are the same. She needs to get a good alpha reader to help her root this distraction out of her stories. All it does for me is leave me feeling pity for her apparent struggle with alcoholism.
Yes not only is it a good read but the characters have depth
The way the author describes the feelings of old friends.
No I haven't but enjoyed listening to a mans voice. From the female characters to Ryder with his deep gruff voice.
Ryder, I think he has hidden depths under the Mach fascade.
The narrator was very good at making you think you were listening to different characters. The flow of the story was engaging.
I really enjoy trilogies. It picked up nicely from the first book in this series and makes me look forward to the last book in the series.
I think I liked the concept of one of the main characters empathsizing with the ghost of Lizzie. She is truly the center of the whole story and I enjoyed that she was treated as a person rather than an entity.
Since I enjoy nearly all of Nora Roberts books, I usually have reactions throughtout the book. I was happy that the misssing "mother" didn't get a pass when she re-entered the picture. Many books seem to think that if a person shows back up after years away, then those that have been left behind should be forgiving and so desperate for the connection that they will fall for whatever excuse is given to them for the crappy behavior. I was extemely amused with the son who walked in on his mature mother and her close "friend" and was shocked that she was still a human with needs of her own outside of being a mother.
There are not many (if any) of Nora Roberts books that I haven't enjoyed repeatedly. I particularly enjoy the trilogies with a splash of paranormal . Only one series so far has had vampires (I'm not a big fan of the vampire mystique) but I would and have willingiy listened to most of the books over and over and still look forward to the ending. I like that she has friends, relatives... that have a strong bond with each other.
I love this book just like I did the first one. I do disagree with everyone on the narrator though I though he did a decent job. I found him enjoyable.
I was so sorry to have this story end. I got more laughs out of this book than I think any Nora has written. The ending could have had a more something. Couldn't tell you what but I still rate it high because of the laughs.
Book, yes but not through Audible. The Narrators voice and inflection was difficult at best to follow.
Another narrator. Anyone who doesn't have such a flat reading voice. The way he portrays women is insulting.
I'm enjoying these audiobooks a lot. I love the way Roberts writes the couple's stories but at the same time includes the entire family and friends stories too; so we're not having to lose any of our couples. And this setting around the Inn Boonsboro is just perfect. These books have been the perfect getaway during the day making my work life so much more relaxing.
Yes, in fact this is the first book by Nora Roberts that I have not enjoyed.
The book felt like it was being forced to completion. I finished it because Nora Roberts wrote it, otherwise I would have stopped after the first hour.
Yes, in fact I kept listening because the narration was good enough to make me think the story would get better.
The story concept certainly had merit, but the ghost seemed to be an after thought.
I bought this for my wife thinking this would be a good introduction to audio books. She stopped listening after the first hour.
I would listen to this entire series again. I was able to really visualize the characters. I loved it. I would recommend this series.
Lizzy, love the way she gets all the characters together.
It is funny listening to a man do a woman's voice. But he did a great job.
Yes, almost. I tried to hold off listening to it because I wanted to drag it out. Was wonderful.
I so enjoy Audible...helps me get my to-do list accomplished.
I fell in love with the characters in the book. I felt committed and vested after listening to the first book. The personalities made me laugh and were so relatable
All of it...especially loved Lizzy!
Can't say enough about MacLeod...he must be one hunk of a man to be able to capture the rough and tough and sweet and tender! Amazing!
Avery...loved her...I want to be more like her...strong yet not full of herself...so real.