The Next Always by Nora Roberts (Book One of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy)

Original Title: The Next Always

Year Published: 2012
Published by: Piatkus
Number of Pages: 324
First sentence: The stone walls stood as they had for more than two centuries, simple, sturdy, and strong.”
Goodreads Rating: 4/5

The historic hotel in BoonsBoro has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumoured hauntings. Now it’s getting a major a facelift from the Montgomery brothers.

As the architect of the family, Beckett Montgomery’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.

After losing her husband, Clare Brewster has returned with her three young sons to run the town’s bookstore. Clare finds herself drawn across the street by Beckett’s transformation of the old inn, wanting to take a closer look at the building – and the man behind it. These stolen moments are the beginning of something new – and open the door to the extraordinary adventure of what comes next.

My thoughts:
I liked this book. I didn’t feel like reading any of the books I wanted tor read after finishing Kite Runner. So I went through my moms bookshelves and picked this book up because I wanted some light reading. Nora Roberts delivers as always. It was a little hard to get into this book but after a few chapter it redeemed itself and became quite entertaining.

It’s typical Nora Roberts though. Widowed mother of three reignites a friendship with an old friend from high school. Said man is of course one of three brothers.Classic Roberts. They slowly start to date, and eventually fall in love. There is a big thing in town, in this case the inn, that binds all the characters together. Oh, and a little supernatural element involved as well in the shape of a ghost.

However dreary that might sound, you do get invested in the story. I fell in love with the in and will now have to finish the other two books because I want to see it open, as it is only being renovated in this book. The characters are lovable, although they can all be found in different incarnations in other Nora Roberts books.

Do I recommend it?
If you like simple romance stories where you know there will be a happy ending then this book is for you. If you also love Nora Roberts than you simply enough have to read it. Otherwise, not reading this book won’t have an impact on your life.


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