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 don't know why, but whenever I hear or read the narration is by a man, especially for a book of romance, I duck. I just have rarely ever heard a man's voice that even comes close to a woman. It's generally a turn off for me from the get go. I only wish producers would listen to us, the listeners when choosing the readers for their authors. So, I'm sure that this book could have been better if read by someone like Lauren Fortgang who is an outstanding reader of romance novels. For example listen to the sampler of Bad Boys Do. It certainly could have made a huge difference for Ms. Roberts audio book. In fact most of her books could do with better narration.
I enjoyed the voice, the story, and I've loved Nora Roberts for decades!
I don't think so, but I'd love to.
I had rented this book awhile ago from Cracker Barrel and was waiting for book 2. When I found book 2 on Audible, I decided to get book 1 and listen to it again before listening to book 2. Glad I did! This book is a nice story, a bit predictable but easy listening at the beach or while driving!
All the Trilogy's by Nora Roberts are very easy to listen to and are very enjoyable.
Love his voice and his dramatization!
The characters in this book are excellent it kept me hanging on the edge wanting more. I have listened to both books now and can't wait for the 3rd installment
Didn't have one
He is very good and i loved how he voiced the little boys
Yes very much so
This and the second book of the series are a must have
5 Stars - Loved it & will listen to it again 4 Stars - Really liked it & may listen to it again 3 Stars - Liked it but will not listen to it again 2 Stars - Didn't like it very much 1 Star - Hated it
Not sure I will listen to book 2. A nice love story but not sure what I think of the ghost.
Becker. I liked how sensitive he is
When the ghost alerted Becker about Clair's trouble.
Looking forward to the second book.
The story starts with Beckett visiting not only an empty run down building but the ghost that lives there too. It interests the listener to see it to the end so you can see where the story is going. Nora definitely knows how to capture the readers attention. I can't wait for Book 3 to read Ryder's Story. You really fall in love with the characters.
The relationship that Beckett builds with Clare's boys.
Lizzie - she saves the day.
When Lizzie communicates that Clare is in trouble.
Awesome series - read "the Last Boyfriend" already. Can't wait for Book 3.
The narrator ruined this book for me so much that I'm going to skip the other two in the trilogy. This is a first for me, I've listened to just about every Nora Roberts book out there, some more than once, but I just can't listen to this guy again.
The woman and children voices were pretty bad, and the men sounded very angry. At times he read too slow.
I thought this was a great first installment to the Boonsboro series. If you've read a few of N.R.'s books, you already know that they are going to be fun, often witty, and love will prevail. I love the family dynamics in many of her series, and the fact that you really get to know the entire family as you read each book. Bottom line: If you're already a fan, it's just as good as it always is. If you're a soon-to-be-fan, I highly recommend starting here. :)
As far as the performance, he sounded great with the guys, of course... but I was a little bothered by how "manly" her inner monologues and voice were. For some reason, it doesn't bother me as much to have a woman read a man's voice, but that's probably because my own inner monologue is female. ;) Aside from that nit-picky bit, the narrator was great and it was an enjoyable listen.
Storyline is really good, sometimes a little hard to appreciate because of the bad narration! The female voices are weak and the kids voices are literally horrible!
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