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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Book Review - The Next Always By Nora Roberts

For nearly three decades, best-selling romance author Nora Roberts has captivated and enthralled readers with her stories, tales that are filled with a one-of-a-kind romance that is not only believable but relatable. With the debut of the first novel in her latest series, “The Next Always: Book One of The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy” follows in these same footsteps.

Clare Brewster is a widow with three lively little boys who grew up in the close knit community of Boonsboro, Maryland. After moving away at nineteen, married to her high school sweetheart Clint, it was to her friends and family in Boonsboro that she returned to when her husband died in Iraq. Now, almost six years later, her bookstore, Turn The Page, is doing well, her boys are growing up fast, and she finally begins to see the looks that Beckett Montgomery has been giving her, and she is amazed to find herself returning those looks.

Beckett Montgomery, along with his two brothers, Ryder and Owen, and their mother, are renovating the town's old inn. It's a huge undertaking, but with all the hard work and attention to detail they've invested in it to see their visions of the Inn Boonsboro returned to its former glory, they know it will soon pay off.

During a brief tour of the unfinished building with Clare, sparks begin to fly. Beckett has been attracted to Clare since high school, but never made any movement towards letting her know his feelings. But after years of fighting his desire for her, the romantic atmosphere of the inn proves to be the spark needed to start the fire between them blazing. They almost share a kiss, and the brief confusion on both of their parts after leads them to consider their feelings for one another. And so their fall into love begins, as they slowly start to see each other in a totally different light.

Nora Roberts’s storytelling skills are widely admired by legions of fans worldwide, and she doesn’t disappoint with this new story. I love the wide variety of characters she introduces in this first book – from Clare and her girlfriends to the feisty and rambunctious Montgomery men – they all have distinct personalities that blend well within the storyline. I especially loved the ghostly Elizabeth who has a hand in the romance department.

The one drawback I found with the book was the rather mature language (ok, the cussing) that the male characters used. I felt the story could have been just as strong without it.

An interesting side note - Roberts has based this new series on an actual inn that she and her husband own in Maryland, and her website has pictures of the rooms as they are described in the book. It really makes the book come alive to be able to actually see the inn that is the centerpiece of “The Next Always.” 

Check out the website here - http://www.innboonsboro.com/

Here is one of my favorite rooms, one that is mentioned in the book, and named for Westley and Buttercup from "The Princess Bride."

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. I was not compensated for my opinion.

1 comment:

Melissa said...

I love Nora Roberts and this sounds like another gem! A small town, a charming Inn and a Bookstore! How could she go wrong!!!

♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf