Review: The Next Always by Nora Roberts

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Review: The Next Always by Nora Roberts
The Next Always

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: November 1, 2011
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1
Pages: 352

In Nora Robert’s first book in her new series, Inns Boonsboro, THE NEXT ALWAYS, the writing phenomenon continues to fill reader’s hearts with lasting romances that will bring a smile to your face as you read this story.

THE NEXT ALWAYS follows Beckett Montgomery, one of the three brothers who is renovating a well-loved, old historical hotel in Boonsboro, Maryland. With the help of his brothers, Ryder and Owen and their mother, they seem to be doing a fantastic job with the task. However, Beck’s mind gets veered off track whenever he sees Clare Brewster, the woman who he has never really gotten over since high school.

Clare owns the Turn the Page bookstore that sits across from the inn, so Beck is often reminded of her presence and the fact that she lies so close, but is not within reach. As a widow, Clare is busy managing the bookstore as well and taking care of her three kids, so while her life hasn’t spanned out the way she hoped it would, she still finds herself focusing on the positive things in her life. I found that I really enjoyed Claire’s character. She wasn’t a woman who was held down by the things that has happened in her life. Instead, she is content and lives life as best as she can. And I really liked this about her. She has her past problems that arise in this book and while it isn’t my favourite part of the storyline, it did keep the storyline going.

As Beck and Clare see each other in the small town setting they are in, their lives become intertwined as Clare helps out in the ways she can with the project. I enjoyed their romance together, but didn’t feel like it was up to par with some of Robert’s other books. It was sweet, definitely garnering a few smiles from me, but it lacked that passion I thought it would have. It was good, but not great.

However, it is enough for me to want to read the next book in the series. In THE LAST BOYFRIEND, we will see how Owen, the organizer of the family and Avery, the fun owner of the pizza place down the street will fall in love. I’m excited for this one because I don’t think Owen has planned for Avery arrival into his life. It’s going to be a good one!

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About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”

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Sophia Rose

Ah, a sweet smalltown romance!

Thanks for the review!

Under the Covers

Thanks Sophia Rose! I love a smalltown romance too!