by Nora Roberts

November 2011
ISBN: 978-0-425-24321-3
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Trade Paperback

Life is booming in small town Boonsboro. The Montgomery family is busy remodeling the newly named Inn Boonsboro, working on the innkeeperís apartment, and making sure the newly added gift shop is as top-notch as the Montgomery matriarch dreams it will be. For architect Beckett Montgomery, the inn is a dream come true. What would make his life complete is finally winning the heart of Clare Brewster, the girl he fell hard for in high school.

Clare is now the busy mother of three. She runs the local bookstore and raises three boys all on her own. She never realized Beckett felt anything for her beyond friendship, but now that the sparks are flying, she is worried he only sees the Clare from the past, the Clare from high school. As these two get to know each other as adults, feelings will change, grow, and consume them both.

The Next Always is the start of a new trilogy from Nora Roberts. It is based on her real life experiences building Inn Boonsboro. The romance is strong, as usual in Robertsí books, but all the construction and design talk became rather tiresome for this reader. Fortunately, the cute dates between Beckett and Clare, which were thrown in with plenty of dashes or motherhood reality such as sick kids, whining, and dog talk, make for an engaging love story. Add in a little ghostly haunting and the story is ripe for satisfying reading. While it is not my favorite Nora Roberts book, it is a definite strong start and Iím already interested in the other brothersí stories, particularly oldest brother, Ryder.

The Next Always is a great reading treat for any romance fan.

Reviewed in October 2011 by Sarah.

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