Review: The Next Always by Nora Roberts

The Next Always by Nora Roberts: Book CoverThe Next Always by Nora Roberts 

  • Pub. Date: November 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Paperback , 352pp
Synopsis:
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’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was fifteen…
My Thoughts:
I have been looking forward for the release of this book since I first hear about it.  I have been a Nora Roberts fan for many years as well as a huge bed a breakfast fan so the idea of a book revolving about the bed and breakfast in BoonsBoro, MD, which Nora Roberts actually owns, was super exciting.  I will say that the book did not disappoint.  I had very high expectations and was very happy with the outcome of this book.
While yes, the story is a typical Nora Roberts book it was a pleasant balance of two people starting a relationship even though they have a lot of history not only together but in their lives, as well, and the building of this beautiful bed and breakfast restoring an old hotel with a ton of history.  The descriptions of the hotel and how it comes along with all of the wonderful details was like you are really participating in the building process.  While for most people, I think the love story will be the draw to the story for me it was just the opposite, the story of the bed and breakfast is what pulled me in an kept me interested.   
As in most of her trilogies, it was easy to identify the three woman who will play the main characters in each of these books.  In this book it is Clare and Beckett.  Beckett has had a crush on Clare since they were 15 years old but never made it known because she was dating a good friend of his and they ended up getting married.  But now Clare is a widow and have moved back to town with er her three young boys.  She run a very successful bookstore across the street from the Inn .  This also bring an interesting facet to the story for a book lover. Beckett and Clare see each other on a regular basis and it become obvious to both of them that there is an attraction.  It was great to see the relationship grow not just between Beckett and Clare but Clare’s boys as well.  As in most stories with a strong female, there is problems when Beckett tries to help her with things and Clare feels that she can take care of herself but they work through these issues.  Things become when the ghost come into the picture.  I am really looking for the next story hoping to get more glimpses into their life together.  While I know that the next book will be based on a different main woman, I am hoping that I will get to see more of these two and the boys.
My Rating: 
For me this was a 5 penguin story
I enjoyed all of the facets of the story
Especially the B&B

 

  • Laurel-Rain Snow

    I’m eagerly awaiting this one, which is on its way now.

    Like you, my attraction will also be the B & B and the renovation process.

    Love stuff like that! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.