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.
Loved the Book, read it frist them got the audio. This Guy just cant do women and Kids. If they wanted him for the books they should think about someone else doing the other parts
Will get the next book don't know yet weather the audio is worth it.
This was a good listen, a good romance. This is only my second Nora Roberts, and it appears her stories always seem to end happily, so the story was somewhat predictable. But that doesn't matter if you like Nora Roberts stories, which I do.
I had a little trouble with the narrator at first. He started out so slow! At first, I wasn't sure I'd be able to get through the entire book; but he got better. I found myself unable to stop listening! There were quite a few female characters and he wasn't the best with creating a separate voice for each. He was better at creating different voices for the men.
Luckily, the text included enough information so that it was easy to follow who was saying what.
Overall, this was a really good listen!
I appreciated this story and look forward to the others in the series. I kept coming back to this book..put off buying due to the reviews about the narration. I found his narration style and delivery thoroughly pleasant. It was relaxing. I found he did as good a job as a man can when narrating women's voices. I thought the children's voices were fine. He did a very professional job. I love NR's stories. They seem to be my most favorites. Thanks for this lovely book. I absolutely loved the cover!
Who doesn't enjoy being transported to another world, and traveling on an unforgettable adventure? Thank you audio books! Happy dance <3
I don't think so. I really did enjoy his narrating. He had many distinct voices to bring life to the characters, and he was so honest in his performance. But I must say I did bust of laughing to tears on a couple parts when he spoke for a female character or one of the little boys. It was just sooo cute or utterly ridiculous the way he said it in a certain voice. Perhaps because he says it with such honesty. This jolt out of the story can be irritating in some books, but he really is very good. I think it was more charming then anything else.
I liked the picturesque ending. And I loved Claire's sons. I think they where probably the best part of the story besides the narrator.
This is a very slow moving slice of life story in small town USA. There's some romance and everyday life going on, but overall I enjoyed it and will be listening the the next two books. Seeing how this is my first Nora Roberts book (I know weird, right?) I will probably listen to more of her.
Romance, Mystery, Thriller
The most memorable moment for me (without spoiling anything) was the point in the book that gave me goosebumps! Close to the end, the guest that was "staying at the end" warns of some impending danger. The sequence of events was perfect. Sorry I don't want to include a spoiler!
I'm not sure why so many people disliked his narration. I enjoyed it, his character change was very smooth. Overall, I thought it was a good performance.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It was sweet, a little steamy, a bit of a tear jerk-er but with just enough mystery tied in to break you away from the traditional romance novel. I'm very excited to finish the trilogy and I would absolutely suggest this to friends. I live fairly close to Boonsboro so it was nice to place a connection with places and towns she brings up throughout the story.
Next Always ranks among the top of my list.
The remainder of the trilogy creates the same feel-good mood.
I listened to the entire trilogy and since they are in succession, I see it as a continuum. Therefore, it's hard to compare, it was just one big book.
When the plot thickened, I did just listen to chunks at once.
I think Andrews, the narrator, did a wonderful job differentiating among the characters. After listening to the first of the series, I purchased the remainder of the trilogy.
Nora Roberts does it again! Once I started, I couldn't stop.
I don't like his performance at all. His womens voices are seriously lacking and his voices for the boys are HORRID! Absolutely awful!
ABSOLUTLELY! I love the story!
Bland but pleasant
As an undemanding read, sure.
This is a modern romance with a hint of the supernatural rolled in. A bit predictable, it is not one of Nora Roberts' best books, in my opinion, but a very good performance by Mr. Andrews made it an enjoyable listen
I have always enjoyed Nora Roberts books and going audible has been the best thing ever, as Macleod Andrews, has completely brought the book to life. Any chore which I used to dread, I couldn't wait to do, as it meant I could listen to this book as I cleaned, ironed and took the dog out (in the rain!). Nora Roberts is amazing at connecting you with real characters and I have so enjoyed getting to know Claire and Beckett. I feel connected and that is what a good book does. Brilliant!
"Enjoyed every minute was really sad when it ended"
Yes I would. It was a really good story and I was left wanting more. I hope there are going to be sequels where the other friends get a good life too.
I wouldn't compare it to anything. I thought it was quite original in it's story especially a woman with three kids getting a love life!
I enjoyed his reading very much as he brought the characters to life. The choice of narrator is extremely important to a story and I think whoever chose MacLeod Andrews got it spot on with this book.
Widowed, business woman with three kids gets herself a love life....there's hope for the rest of us yet!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and could have listened for a whole lot longer. I really wanted her friends to end up with his brothers too....but, that could be a whole other book!
Loved it great story to listen to while out walking the dog or doing house work
"I gave up at chapter 3"
Sorry I found the readers accent too much for me to listen too - the story as far as chapter 3 was OK
not such a strong accent for the reader (it maybe because I'm a Brit that it's too much for me to listen too for long periods)
This is a soap set in some tiny American town. It is dire - save your money / credit.
Loved it, have read the book but it was good to hear it read out loud.
Really enjoyed this series - fell in love with the brothers, have brought the whole set and loved them all, you really feel like you are part of the family, such different characters!
Calming voice, relaxed me lots after hard days at work.
"Don't waste your credit"
This book is a complete waste of a credit, it's dreadful. Oh the tiles, oh the Walls, how wonderful can a wooden bowl be? And as for the endless pit of money, where is it all coming from???
"Run of the mill Roberts"
Three hunky brothers are converting an old inn. Everyone in town is really keen to see it up and running again, especially the book store owner who has a crush on one of the brothers.
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