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.
enjoyed the story, am listening to the second book now and also enjoying it. I think the third book will be the best somehow.
Narrator ok, not great , makese it difficult to listen to the childrens voices
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."
Not sure have only listened to te audio version.
I like them all. Easy to listen to.
I really enjoyed it.
Have already purchased the second book and cant wait for the third one to come out
Yes, this is a lovely story, full of romance. I really enjoyed it
All of them! It's refreshing to hear romance read by a male, and of course he brought the men to life... and the young boys were great too
I have never read or listened to any of Nora Roberts books and I just decided to give this one a try. I quickly listened to book one and book two without knowing that book three wasnt even available yet! So now I am hanging on the edge to hear what happens and I cant wait for the final book of this trilogy!
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