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.
This was a good story and it could have been an easy listen. MacLeod Andrews was so bad with his imitation of the women in the book and especially the kids. I had to yank out my ear buds when he would imitate the small boys. He made them seem mentally challenged with a disorder or something instead of normal cute boys. I want to listen to the next book in the Triology but I can't buy it since this narrator I know will ruin it. He was ok as he spoke as the men in this story, but the rest is not worth the struggle. Sorry I won't finish the rest of the story.
I have read (the old-fashion way) a few Nora Roberts books in the past and found them entertaining enough...this book was painful to listen to. Like other reviews, I found the narrator's version of children's voices downright awful, the women mostly bad and even some of the male voice silly. The story itself was fine, but slow going. The best part of this romance was the transformation of the inn...
Wife, mom of one amazing son, and I have the second best job in the world, working in a bookstore :)
No one could possibly!
The lack of character development.
Everything. A man narrating a girly kind of romance. It was wrong on so many levels.
Every page and demand a total rewrite
Good solid entertainment.
Any Nora Roberts story-you can count on her to hold your attention and make you laugh
His female voices were very irritating-weirdly softened and they all sounded the same. His childrens voices make you cringe because they are so whiney. The read itself is too slow. Thank goodness I leaned that I could speed the narration up! Was very disappointed that he was selected for the whole series. Wanted to hear the next story but not read by him.
I enjoy how she interjects the supernatural into the story.
Haven't read anything by Nora Roberts, so was hoping to really enjoy this book. It was okay - that's about it. Love her J. D. Robb books though. Probably the last "Nora Roberts" book I will purchase for a long while.
Just an average girl with a ridiculous commute trying to keep the road rage at bay.
I couldn't truly rate the book well, the narration was horrid. He truly made listening to even the first hour of this book (all that I could get through) a chore!
His shrill voice for children, terrible 'falsetto' for women and drudging pace made this the worst audiobook I have ever purchased.
I bought the audiobook before I read the actual written book. After many tries to get into the story via audio, I finally gave up and bought the book and read it myself. I just couldn't tolerate the narrator. His voice was monotone to me, and he made the story very boring, even though it actually is very good.
Easy, predictable story, when multi tasking. The narrator was awful. He is fine for the male parts but each female voice sounded like they were a feeble 90 year old.
The female parts were just awful. As stated above, they all sounded like feeble 90 year olds.
The narrator really detracts from the story.
3 out of 5
I didn't like how he portrayed the female characters, or her kids. It was awful, and because of it, I stopped listening about halfway through the book.
I had a few laughing moments in the book, where my co-workers looked at me as if I belonged in the loony bin.
RETIRED & LOVING IT.
THE BEGINNING WAS SLOW TO LAY THE BACKGROUND, BUT THAT ONLY TOOK A LITTLE BIT OF TIME. THEN YOU ARE CAST HEADLONG IN A WONDERFUL STORY, I COULD DO WITH THE SEEDY SEX SCENES, BUT NORA HAS TO PUT THEM IN, IT SEEMS. I IGNORED THEM OR FAST FORWARDED AND GOT TO THE MEAT OF THE STORY IN A HURRY. IT IS A DELIGHTFUL TRILOGY OF BOOKS, I KNOW HAVE TO FINISH, I AM SO INVOLVED IN THE STORY LINE. THIS IS TRULY WORTH THE CREDIT AND THE NARRATOR WAS EXCELLENT. I JUST LOVE, LOVE.
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