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One Door Closes (Secrets of Neverwood) [Kindle Edition]

G.B. Lindsey
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Secrets of Neverwood Book One

Years ago, Calvin Ware found a refuge in Neverwood, a home for wayward boys. Now, following the death of his foster mother Audrey, he's returned to fulfill her request to restore the decrepit Victorian mansion to its former purpose.

Under the threat of repossession, Cal clashes with his foster brothers over restoration plans while fending off the unscrupulous developer who is breathing down his neck. Audrey's well-meaning presence in his dreams does more harm than good as he struggles to cope with it all. What's more, the contractor he hires to get the building up to code turns out to be Will Cabot, his high school flame.

As they begin working together, Cal finds he still has feelings for his first love. But his mistakes of years ago threaten their future, just as they ruined their past, and Cal knows he can't withstand the heartbreak a second time.

Three foster brothers are called home to Neverwood, the stately Pacific Northwest mansion of their youth. They have nothing in common but a promise to Audrey, the woman they all called mother…

Secrets of Neverwood is a multi-author trilogy; One Door Closes, The Growing Season and The Lost Year can be enjoyed either as a continuity or as standalones.

59,000 words



Product Details

  • File Size: 320 KB
  • Print Length: 149 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (June 30, 2014)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I15VKGE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love Neverwood December 6, 2014
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Calvin Ware grew up as a foster child in the loving home of Audrey with his other two foster brothers Devon and Danny. Once Calvin aged out of the system he left for a bigger city and gained an education and career but his life came to a stop when he received word that Audrey had died and she left the mansion to him and his brothers. Never really getting to know them, they certainly aren’t welcoming him back with open arms this time.

Through a letter she wrote she asked him to trust himself enough to fix up the house and use it for the purpose she had intended, to help others. That didn’t seem like it would be too difficult till he saw the condition of the house. Calling in a contractor was going to be his only choice, but even that choice came with drama. Opening the door to Will, the man he had a history with from school.

Calvin is going to need to learn to deal with the stress this move is causing in a healthier way than he has in the past. Knowing every penny he has is going to end up in this mansion, he is going to have to decide what he is going to do to handle his stress and other issues that he will be forced to admit.

For Will and Calvin to ever put the past behind them and find a future they are going to have to come clean with their secrets. The chemistry is there but is the love they think they feel enough to get them through the dark paths from the past. As if that isn’t enough to deal with, Calvin’s foster brothers have a past of their own that will haunt everyone involved in getting Audrey’s last wish fulfilled. When a local man is willing to use their mistakes against them to gain the mansion some serious questions are going to have to be answered.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - A great debut novel! September 20, 2014
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When his foster mother died, she left the old mansion to Calvin and two of his foster brothers. Unfortunately, with inheriting the mansion comes a ton of trouble and stress, the least of which is having the property being threatened with repossession. Determined to keep the mansion and restoring it to its former glory, Calvin hires a contractor to fix it up who just happens to be Will, Calvin’s high school boyfriend. With a painful past between them, it’s far from comfortable to be around each other. But Calvin has more important things to worry about like trying to figure how he can afford to pay for the repairs and keep the pushy developer from claiming the property once and for all.

I will freely admit that I when I started this book, I really had no idea what it was about. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading it and was drawn into the story right away. Calvin’s an emotional mess to say the least. Diagnosed with clinical depression, he tries his best to cope with what’s happening. At first, he’s bitter and resentful towards his brothers for having a share in the house when they didn’t seem to care one bit about what was happening or trying to help keep the mansion. As the story progresses, the brothers do what they can to save the mansion and I loved that even though they had their issues with each other, in the end, they came together to save the thing that brought them all together.

It isn’t until about the last third of the story that the relationship between Will and Calvin starts to really pick up. Up to that point, there is the underlying tension between them, the hesitance and sadness over what they once had and lost.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to the anthology July 27, 2014
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When Calvin Ware returns to Neverwood he feels overwhelmed. Not only does the place bring forth memories of his past but the state of the house require extensive repairs when they have limited resources. Add to that the fact that he's having a hard time relating to his foster brothers while dealing with Audrey's presence and seeing his first love once again.

As expected, the man is a mess of rambling thoughts and emotions.

I was curious about the concept of this anthology. I found it interesting that three foster brothers reunite once again to try to bring the house that once brought them shelter back to life. Add the added presence of their foster mother leading them on and I was hooked.

This first story was a bit hard to get through. Mostly because of Calvin's state of mind. He is a stickler for details so he had a tendency to ramble on and on repeatedly, which at times became overwhelming for me.

Thankfully, G.B. Lindsey managed to keep me interested throughout so that when the story picked up speed I was invested in the outcome.

Aside from the pace of the first half of the story, I think that the author did a great job in establishing the conflict that takes place throughout the anthology while still allowing the romance between Calvin and Will to blossom.

Calvin and Will were involved in high school and separated because of Calvin. Although the author made mention of their connection and how much they had come to care about each other in the past, I wish I could have gotten to experience it first hand.

Again, the pace of the story became a problem for me. There were a lot of guilty feelings and insecurities from Calvin as the story progressed, but not enough for me to truly understand the meaning behind them all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly exceptional work given the nature of this story.
The prose was exceptional. Lindsey, the author, kept a strong interest by slowly revealing the details. Everything was not given
immediately to the reader. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Blaltimore Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Read and enjoy!
One Door Closes has everything you want in a good romance - mystery, drama, steamy scenes - but more than that, Ms. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Barbetta
4.0 out of 5 stars Old secrets must come forth before any of the boys can move forward...
Another ScatteredThoughtsandRogueWords.com review

Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5 (rounded up here)

Years ago, Calvin Ware was one of many of the foster children... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Melanie Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars A good start to an interesting series
Secrets of Neverwood is a three book trilogy with each book following one of three foster brothers: Calvin, Danny, and Devon. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tiffany Michele (Book And Coffee Addict)
3.0 out of 5 stars Audrey gave her boys a place where they could grow comfortably into...
One Door Closes introduces readers to a home in Washington that has served as a home for gay and questioning boys. Read more
Published 10 months ago by The Jeep Diva
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Start to a Wonderful Story
I received One Door Closes in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This is my first G.B. Lindsey read. I read this story as part of the Secrets of Neverwood anthology. Read more
Published 10 months ago by creativedeeds
4.0 out of 5 stars B+ rating...
My Rating: B+
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This book had a really different style to it...almost artsy, or high-literary. There was a lot that wasn't being said in the story... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Smitten with Reading
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