The Next Always - Inn BoonsBoro, Bk 1 Author:Nora Roberts 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 projec... more »t 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...« less
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a lighthearted romance full of friendship and laughter. I found myself smiling and laughing as the characters talk to each other, and events happen. I loved the kids in the book; they were very real to life, and made me think of my own kids. You have romance, a little evil, and a little paranormal. It all works together to bring the characters, and a quaint little town to life. The only problem? The next one won't come out for 6 months!
Nora Roberts is a master. This book is classic N.R. and the story is engrossing. She gives great details on how the renovations of the inn progress (I found out she's renovating an inn herself!) and throws in a ghost story too. Lovely -- I couldn't put it down. One note: if you dislike any violence in your stories, be aware this one has a creepy character who takes an intense interest in the heroine. I didn't mind so much, but those who like straight sweet romances might find this addition disturbing.
If you like Nora Roberts, you'll enjoy this book. I wasn't crazy about the last "Bride" trilogy, so almost gave up on her books, but I'm glad I gave her another try. The characters are likable, the town it takes place in sounds charming and, as always, there are things that will tug at your heartstrings and other things that will make you chuckle. And a (friendly) ghost to boot... Doesn't get better than that. Looking forward to the next one!
Becky (rhg) - reviewed The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro, Bk 1) on
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This book is similar in many ways to her other trilogy/family books. The part that I enjoyed is that there really IS a Boonsboro MD; there really IS an Inn Boonsboro, with a Gifts Boonsboro shop and Turn The Page Bookstore. I haven't been there yet, even though I live an hour away. But when I read the book, so many details in it I already knew, just from being in the area. What fun!
The beginning of a 3-part series, The Next Always is a great read. Roberts builds characters in a believable and loveable way. This book drew me right in and made me want to stop in to visit. Loved it!
As with all the Nora Roberts books I have read, I was grabbed into the story from the beginning. This is my favorite kind of story - because when I'm done reading, I feel like I know the characters. And luckily, there are two more books in this series that are just as good! This is a great read about a small town and some of the dynamic people in it. Nora Roberts descriptions of things are so vivid you can see the stuff she is describing. You will enjoy this story.
What a great start to the trilogy... I enjoyed Beckett and Clare from moment one. The whole family aspect was such that I was sucked in right away and read this in a day and a half. Loved Lizzy's story line and the history.