The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.
After losing her husband and returning to her hometown, Clare Brewster soon settles into her life as the mother of three young sons while running the town’s bookstore. Though busy and with little time for romance, Clare is drawn across the street by Beckett’s transformation of the old inn, wanting to take a closer look… at both the building and the man behind it.
With the grand opening inching closer, Beckett is happy to give Clare a private tour - one room at a time, in between blueprint meetings and kindergarten pickups. It’s no first date, but these stolen moments are the beginning of something that could arouse the secret yearning that resides in Clare’s independent heart - and open the door to the extraordinary adventure of what comes next....
©2011 Nora Roberts (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I really like Nora Roberts books but this one I almost found unbearable. The narrator tried hard but with so many characters especially three children it was difficult. I felt the story was good and thankfully it picked up near the end but there was toooooo much information on the Inn the discriptions seemed to go on and on. I got tired of hearing about it. I felt it took too much away from the story.
It was okay. Pretty predicatable in some ways. The ghost adds a little dimension. I plan to read the whole series.
This is really fun light weight listening. I enjoyed the whole series. If you enjoy books with humor, kids, dogs and romance buy this book.
Yes. It was a good book. As always, Nora did not let me down.
The narrator was good. Love the way each person had their own personality.
It took me a couple of days to get through becuase of the time I had available to me to read but I could've read it all at once if I had the time. I moved right into the second one and now the third one in the trilogy.
The narrator is horrible with kids and women voices. He made the kids voices like they were much younger than they are! A kindergarten child does not speak like a toddler! Drove me NUTS!
I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...
The Next Always, by Nora Roberts is a good story, but the narration, performed by MacLeod Andrews was found lacking. His character interpretation was annoying, for example, the brothers in this series all sound grumpy, the women sound whiny, and the children are intolerable as they seem to know only one pitch which is just short of screaming tantrums. I considered stopping the audio, but made it till the end. The story was a typically enjoyable Nora Roberts' novel. I'm glad that I was able to finish, but, had I known that the narrator would grate my nerves, I would have skipped this series. Sorry...
Food fight! : )
I personally had a hard time with the narrator for this story. I enjoyed the story enough to get the books and read them... but the narrator came close to ruining the audio version for me. His male voices are great, but his female voices are horrible to me.
There were multiple moments in the book that were wonderful and moving. Nora Roberts does a wonderful job of balancing details with the story plot line and emotional flow of the story.
This is a great story that I enjoyed. It is classic Nora Roberts, so expect as such.
I didn't read the book, only listened to the audiobook. The story was fun, but not one of Nora's best. I'm not sure if she was inspired by her own efforts to get a B&B up and running or whether it's an ad for the same. I wonder if there will be a fire in the series like there was in RL.
I listened to this while I was repainting my bedroom and enjoyed it except for the narrator's version of the children's voices. They went right through my eardrums like a spike! It was very unpleasant! It may not affect men the same, as I listened to part of it in the company of a friend and he thought the narration of the children's voices was well done, but he didn't like the treatment of the women's voices.
I can offer a mild recommendation of this audiobook.
Enjoyed the story line
I love Nora Roberts and usually enjoy listening to her books, however, I did not like the way MacLeod Andrews narrated the children.
The whole thing
He does a really good job on all the female voices.
Another great series, I can't wait to listen to the 3rd book and see what happens with "Lizzie."
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