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One Door Closes

(Secrets of Neverwood #1)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  32 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 149 pages
Published June 30th 2014 by Carina Press
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G.B. Lindsey's One Door Closes is the first in a trilogy about three estranged foster brothers - all virtual strangers to one another - who are brought together following the death of their foster mother, Audrey Rasmussen. Before her death, Audrey sends a letter to each of her boys, imparting love and wisdom, but most importantly, imploring them to return to the sprawling Victorian mansion they once called home. It doesn't take long before Calvin, Devon, and Danny, each fueled by their own reaso ...more
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Shannon by: MoutainKat
If I didn't have to read this one in order to continue with the series I probably wouldn't have finished. It was a painful read. And not because of any topics in the book, just the book itself. I felt like I never knew wtf was going on. All this build up to what happened in their past to make the MCs so weird and hurt around each other and when we found out I was all "what?", "that's it?". But we don't know anything until like 70% so it's all just jumbled up confusion and questions. Very frustra ...more
Note that this is the first story in the anthology, not the one listed as #1 on Goodreads. If you want to read the Neverwood stories in order, start with One Door Closes.

Full review of all three stories in the Secrets of Neverwood anthology can be found at -

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When Calvin came back to the home of his late foster mother Audrey, he had no idea what he was in for. He had inherited Neverwood, a large mansion, with two of his former foster brothers, Devon and Danny. His relationship with Devon a
Joyfully Jay
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kris
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

To say that I have mixed feelings about this book might be an understatement. Lindsey has a poetic and lyrical style that swept me up and painted vivid pictures with words. Cal’s emotions were clear, and since it’s emotion that drives this book, that’s a good thing. But the story, for me, felt a bit disjointed, certain aspects weren’t as fleshed out as they needed to be, and those things combined left me wanting.

This is Cal’s story, and he’s the only narrator we g
Shirley Frances
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
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I have to say this book really didn’t work for me. Calvin and Will end up dancing around each other and what happened between them years ago. There was a big build up to it and a bit disappointing when they actually got to talk about it and they still talked in round about ways. I’m not a fan of MCs that I feel pretty much lie to themselves but can’t figure it out and that was definitely what Calvin was doing.

This series is an interesting con
Tiffany Michele (BookAndCoffeeAddict)
Secrets of Neverwood is a three book trilogy with each book following one of three foster brothers: Calvin, Danny, and Devon. The brothers, who vaguely remember and feel no brotherly love towards each other, come back to their old home when their foster mother Audrey dies, leaving her run-down family home, once a grand Victorian estate, to the three. The men run afoul of a deceptive developer who will do anything to get his hands on Neverwood and must learn to work together, trusting and opening ...more
This review can be found at The Blogger Girls.

4.5 stars

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 betw
Christi Snow
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Rating: B+
My Review:
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 was just inferred. It's difficult to explain because it was very different. It wasn't a bad different, but it did take a bit of time/reading to get used to.

As the reader you know that Cal and Will have a history, but you only get little bits and pieces of the details of that history. Also, Cal has other issues and he can feel his world un
Julia ♥Duncan♥
I read this as part of the Secrets of Neverwood anthology. Parts of this story were a real struggle for me. I am not overly fond of reunited lovers stories and in this one I found the writing very hard to get into. For the first half of the story there were very few details about any of the characters so I had a really hard time connecting to them or caring about their problems. The two main characters spent the majority of the story avoiding each other so I didn't understand where their relatio ...more
2.5 stars. I can't say this was enjoyable... It was too fraught to be enjoyed. Cal is a deeply complicated person with enough issues to fill a library. His love interest, Will, is someone we really don't get to know, which is a shame as he seems much more likable than Cal.

I just didn't really get what had gone on between Cal and Will until around the 75/80% mark and, by then, I really didn't care. Written well for the most part but yeah. The timing of the reveal was seriously off.

Lots of mental
D.J. Jamison
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a three-part series -- and it was the toughest to read. By the end of the book, I was sold on the series but you do have to work for it as a reader. The book was maybe too ambitious in introducing a lot of characters and developing a pretty solid long story arc. The protagonist's head was also a tough place to be because he was full of worries and didn't know how to reach out to others for support. I liked his love interest and the potential for their relationship enough to ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
*ARC provided by the author*

What the holy fuck was this story? Beats me. And I just finished it.

Okay, so: this is the first in a three-story series, so it's expected to not give everything out. Regardless... SOME clear picture would have been nice. I feel like, I finished reading and I still don't really know much of anything. Again, I know that the story's meant to pan out in the course of three books but you can't spend a whole book opening multiple story arcs and truly wrapping one of them-
Natosha Wilson
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was most definitely different then what I thought it was going to be like. Honestly I am torn on whether I should rate it a three or a four because in some ways I liked it but in other ways I didn't.

This is a book about three foster brothers who inherited the home they grew up in from their foster mom. The home needs so much work done to it and very limited time to come up with the money to get it done before an investment firm called PAC Western gets their hands on it. It is all a par
Unfortunately I'm going to be a Debbie Downer about this story. The first 80% or so I really struggled with. I felt like I had been dropped into the middle of the story instead of the beginning. There was a lot of history that was just touched on but never fully explained (I think maybe on purpose?) I did a lot of "WTH is going on?" Did I read this out of order missing how things started? The answer to that was no. I finally found that out around the 80% mark, things I felt I'd missed were answe ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review.

This was not the book for me. I felt that I was drop in the middle of the story. There are Calvin and his brother trying to restore their late mother’s home and the man working on the house is no other than Calvin’s ex, Will. It was a mystery to the reader on why they broke up but it was something really major because they avoided each other. When you finally find out it was a bit underwhelming. At the point it was revealed,
Tbird London
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 enoug
May 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, read-2014
Oh boy, I am not entirely sure what to say about this one. From a character perspective, it is a worthy intro to this anthology. We get a good intro to Calvin. We get enough info about Devon to whet our appetite. Danny, however, is very much the forgotten main character in this one.

One Door Closes focuses on Calvin. Though, “focus” is a term I use loosely in this instance. I often found the prose rambling and hard to follow. I repeatedly had to re-read sections (sometimes more than once), and fo
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Secrets of Neverwood anthology begins with G.B. Lindsey's One Door Closes. Calvin "Cal" Ware kept in close touch with Audrey and in the aftermath of her death, he is overwhelmed by the financial burden of renovating the rundown Victorian home. Adding to Cal's stress are his strained relationships with his foster brothers, and his renewed acquaintance with his first love, Will Cabot.

One Door Closes is written from Cal's perspective but he is not an easy character to get to know. He is haunted
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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. G.B. Lindsey got to start the story off, which can be either a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. Regardless, I think it was appropriate to start things off with Cal. He wasn’t the oldest, but he was the only one of the brothers who had kept in contact with Aubrey. He came and visited and helped out when
Vanessa theJeepDiva
One Door Closes introduces readers to a home in Washington that has served as a home for gay and questioning boys. Audrey gave her boys a place where they could grow comfortably into good men. She gave them the sanctuary they needed to develop into who they wanted to be. As Audrey passes she brings three of her sons back to Neverwood to continue her work.
Calvin is the first to return to his childhood home. The home is filled with memories, many he had hoped to forget. He had his first love there
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
The product description and other reviews gives you a very good idea what this book is about and the idea of Audrey being a foster Mother to young gay boys appealed to me.

Although Calvin, Danny and Devon were not close while they lived with Audrey she leaves them the house after she passes from cancer and wants them to carry on helping troubles teens.

This book starts with the letter Audrey leaves Calvin... Just reading that letter heighten my emotions!
Calvin has his own psychological problems
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it

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

From my review: " love the idea behind the Neverwood stories. The trilogy plot of three foster brothers, each with their own closely held secrets, is an engrossing concept, one that is easy to connect with. None of the brothers were particularly close when they lived at Neverwood and only Calvin appears to have remained in touch with Audrey after leaving foster care. Told from Calvin's perspective, you get the viewpoint of the child he was when he arr
K.D. Nox
Aug 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Well written and enjoyable, if a little disappointing in some aspects.

I'm still not sure what Cal's issue with intimacy was, why the author created such a big lead up only to have Cal 'top', and then the hollow resolution of one night of 'sex' with Will as a solution to all his ills... the reason for which still remains a mystery.

Also why the angst with the jealousy about Devon? I enjoyed it, yes, I'm a sucker for that stuff, but in retrospect, it seemed an unnecessary plot device.
Secretly Reading
Enjoyable reunion romance that normally I don't enjoy but this one had the men being honest about their past in a way that I liked. I have to admit I didn't love the paranormal element in novella one but by the third novella I understood it and liked it. ...more
Vanessa North
will rate and review after reading entire set
Feb 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-gay, 2016
Weird ending. Okay story.
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Pretty good.. Had me outright crying at points.
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
3.75 stars
Michelle Scott
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I’m not sure where I stumbled across this, but it ended up being a wonderful find. One Door Closes by G. B. Lindsey has everything I love about a book – solid characters, a compelling plot, and – of course – a wonderful romance.

Just before Calvin Ware’s foster mother dies, she leaves explicit instructions on how she wants her home, a refuge for unwanted boys, restored. To honor her wishes, Calvin agrees to renovate the old Victorian, but the contractor who shows up to do the job is his first lov
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G. B. Lindsey was born and raised in California, where she earned her undergraduate degree from UC Santa Cruz before moving to Northern England for her master’s. Her first love has always been writing: as a child, she cultivated such diverse goals as becoming “a cowgirl... and a writer” or “a paleontologist... and a writer.”

Aside from her salacious ongoing affair with the horror genre, she engage

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