June 1, 2012

The Next Always by Nora Roberts (Inn Boonsboro Trilogy #1)

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley 
  • ISBN-13: 9780425243213
The historic hotel in Boonsboro 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. Beckett is the architect of the family, and his 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 and returning to her hometown, Clare Brewster soon settles into her life as the mother of three young sons while running the town's bookstore. Busy, with little time for romance, Clare is 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. With the grand opening inching closer, Beckett's happy to give Clare a private tour - one room at a time. It's no first date, but these stolen moments are the beginning of something new - and open the door to the extraordinary adventure of what comes next ... (from the back of the book)

I can't tell you how much I loved this book. In a lot of ways this book reminds me of the wedding quartet series that Nora wrote which I also loved.  I fell head over heels for Clare and Beckett from page one. The whole town is just a perfect little town that you would love to be living in. Clare has very close friends in Avery and Hope as well as Beckett and his brothers are so close. I like how each character plays off of each other. Another part of the book I like reading about was "Lizzy". I like the part that she plays sort of as the first "guest" of the inn. I hope we find out a little more about her in the next book. There is also a little adventure/mystery with Sam that all plays out in the end. I think Sam was slime. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. 5 Stars for me.

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