The Next Always

The Next Always

Book - 2011
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"America's favorite writer" ( The New Yorker ) begins a trilogy inspired by the inn she owns and the town she loves.

The historic hotel in BoonsBoro, Maryland, has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. Now it's getting a major facelift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect of the family, Beckett has little time for a social life. 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, Clare is drawn across the street by Beckett's transformation of the old inn, wanting to take a closer both the building and the man behind it...

Don't miss the other books in the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy
The Last Boyfriend
The Perfect Hope

Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, c2011.
Edition: Berkley trade paperback ed.
ISBN: 9780425243213
Characteristics: 341 p. ;,21 cm.


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Feb 27, 2018

I love Nora Roberts for quick, fun reading and good characters and this book doesn't disappoint. There is strong language and I thought that one story-line seemed like it was added later, but if you like her other books you will like this one too. The bonus for me is that this book takes place in a real location. Turn the Page Bookstore is owned by Nora's husband and they both own Inn Boonsboro and Gifts Inns Boonsboro just as it's described in the novel (except the real Inn was destroyed in a fire during renovations and had to be rebuilt). Even Vestas is a real pizza joint in Boonsboro, Maryland.

Sep 06, 2017

I didn't like all the dirty language. The story line was interesting otherwise. The bad language didn't add to the interest of the story; it just added filler to make more pages. I had to quit reading after around 65 pages.

CSil Jun 22, 2014

loved this book! liked the character development, the details about the inn and the town. read it without realizing it is the first of a trilogy. immediately put the other two books on hold. can't wait to get them!

Apr 20, 2014

I was searching for a romance without too much serious drama, and this book was recommended. I like the idea of something about restoring an old building, and the haunting is interesting too. But I couldn't get past the coarse language, which fell gratuitously from fairly early on until it became very unpleasant for me. I also found myself bored by the detailed descriptions of the reno details and family business. Didn't get through it and will be cautious about other work by this author.

hania4987 Feb 15, 2014

a nice touch was the Eve & Roarke Penthouse suite

Jul 17, 2013

1st book of trilogy

marilynnebooks Jun 06, 2013

Enjoyable read, likeable characters, interesting story. Always enjoy a Nora Roberts book, looking forward to next in series.

Apr 23, 2013

An excellent beginning to a new series! Nora rarely lets me down. I love Beckett! The relationship between the brothers is just so fresh and believable. It was a rare moment that one of them didn't have me laughing. Definitely a read-again!

Mar 27, 2013

A very enjoyable read from Nora Roberts. I loved the camaraderie between the various characters and their families. The ghost storyline is intriguing as well.

gramaval Nov 02, 2012

another great story, can't wait to continue with the rest of the trilogy!!

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AnneDromeda Jan 23, 2012

A note to most men and other enthusiastic avoiders of the romance genre: You may as well tune out now. I'm going all Nora Roberts on you, and if you don't know what that means, you probably don't want to.<br />

Alright, are we all clear? Perfect. Good news, romance fans! Nora Roberts has started a new trilogy, and it falls in line with her most-loved, vintage work. *The Next Always* is the first book in her Inn Boonsboro trilogy. It follows Roberts' classic trilogy formula – three strong, sassy friends in a small, atmospheric town come together around a charming project. The project provides the setting for the three friends to further bond, and – eventually - fall in love with gruff, dreamy manly-men. <br />

Clare is a young, beautiful widow of a soldier with three boys under 10. When her husband died, she returned home to Boonsboro to be near her parents and best friend Avery (who owns an Italian restaurant across the street), and opened a bookstore. She loves her boys and her work, has done her grieving, and finds her days are quite full and happy – in other words, she's a true-to-form, Nora Roberts-style independent woman. She's looking forward to the jump in business that'll come when the Montgomery brothers finish restoring a historic inn nearby. Small towns being what they are, Clare gets tours of the Inn as it transforms, and eventually winds up working with the brothers writing copy for their ad material. One of the brothers, Beckett, is a handsome architect and contractor who's had a crush on Clare since high school. As work on the inn progresses, he and Clare grow closer. <br />

But, this being Nora Roberts, there has to be a mysterious twist: Local spoiled brat millionaire Sam Freemont's crush on Clare has taken a sinister turn. As Clare's relationship with Beckett deepens, Sam grows angrier and decides to take action.<br />

All Roberts' signature elements are here: Strong bonds between friends; sarcasm without cattiness; a strong sense of place and community; and hunky men doing manly things in sensitive ways. The Inn itself takes shape as a character as the story progresses, with Roberts giving lots of charming details for the design enthusiasts out there to latch onto. And, qua Roberts, there are even some supernatural elements and a nod to Celtic culture in the character of Avery (I'm sure that'll be fleshed out in her installment, *The Last Boyfriend*, coming May 2012). Sensitive readers be warned - the Montgomery brothers' dialogue is as blue as their collars, and there are some pretty spicy scenes. However, all in all, *The Next Always* offers no surprises to seasoned Roberts readers – just a cozy, atmospheric, light read with likeable characters, great for dreary winter afternoons.


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