The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1)

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"America's favorite writer" (The New Yorker) begins an all-new trilogy-inspired by the inn she owns and the town she loves.

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: ...

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Overview

"America's favorite writer" (The New Yorker) begins an all-new trilogy-inspired by the inn she owns and the town she loves.

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...

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The launch of a new Nora Roberts romance series always raised pulse-raising possibilities, but the first of her Inn Boonsboro trilogy is a pleasure onto itself. At its center are Beckett Montgomery, an architect with ambitious plans and a longstanding crush, and Clare Brewster, a young widow bookstore owner who has returned to her hometown. Roberts places readers inside the crosscurrents of small-town America, showing us how relationships evolve and hit speed bumps. With its French-flap cover, an attractive paperback original; also in NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
Perennial bestseller Roberts draws extensively on her experiences of renovating and operating Inn BoonsBoro for this trilogy launch not so much set in as advertising the bed-and-breakfast and its adorable neighboring town. Architect Beckett Montgomery has had a crush on Clare Brewster since high school, and sparks finally fly between them when Clare gets involved in the work of restoring the historic Maryland hotel. The widowed Clare has a bookstore to run and three small boys to take care of, but Beckett reminds her how to lean on others for help and fall in love again. Roberts paints a charming picture of smalltown life with likable characters, but supernatural thriller elements feel out of place in the bucolic contemporary setting, and too much detail about the nuts and bolts of the inn’s restoration slows down the story. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Up to his eyeballs in the details of working with his family's contracting company to restore Boonsboro's dilapidated historic hotel and turn it into an elegant, boutique bed-and-breakfast, architect/carpenter Beckett Montgomery has had little time for a social life. But when a brief, slightly enchanted moment in the shadowy hotel results in a near kiss between him and Clare Brewster, the woman he has been attracted to since high school, the stage is set for romance and a relationship neither had expected. A young war widow with three scrappy young sons; a hunky, caring, kid-friendly hero; two rambunctious trios of brothers; and the inn's resident ghost trailing honeysuckle and silvery laughter make this another winner for Roberts. VERDICT Incorporating zingy humor, spot-on dialog, and a bone-deep understanding of brotherly relationships, Roberts has taken a page from her own life as the owner and restorer of the Inn BoonsBoro to launch what promises to be another winning trilogy—touching, funny, sweetly sexy, slightly paranormal, and just plain satisfying. Roberts (Chasing Fire) lives in Keedysville, MD (just a stone's throw from Boonsboro).
Kirkus Reviews
In Roberts' new series launch, the conversion of a tumbledown Maryland hotel into a boutique country inn fails to expel an extremely shy resident ghost. The first half of the novel, essentially an extended prologue, is painstakingly slow. As Roberts demonstrates a newfound passion for construction minutia (perhaps because she renovated and owns Inn Boonsboro in real life), the activities of architect Beckett Montgomery and his two builder brothers as they retrofit a historic building in Boonsboro (near the Antietam battlefield) unfold almost in real time. Working under the supervision of their benevolent tyrant of a mother, the brothers exchange good-natured macho gibes as they appoint the Inn-to-be with the most opulent tile, woodwork and fixtures. Amid all the bromance, Beckett watches longingly as his crush since grade school, Clare, goes about running her amazingly profitable independent bookstore while raising three unruly boys alone. (Her soldier husband died in Iraq.) Does she or doesn't she notice him, Beckett muses ad infinitum. Meanwhile, Clare tells herself that Beckett is not really interested, just being kind to a war widow. Once this minor miscommunication is cleared up, the two begin a tentative relationship, however, the necessity of introducing obstacles to true love has Roberts stretching for things for them to squabble about, including the sighting by Clare's youngest son of a ghostly lady dressed in an old-timey long gown, staring from an upper story window of the Inn. (The ghost, nicknamed "Lizzy," has betrayed her presence to Beckett and a few others only with a scent of honeysuckle and a penchant for opening doors.) Cartoonish villain Sam, the spoiled, indolent son of the area's wealthiest family, stalks Clare and tries to take indecent liberties, but his belated appearance, and his failure to pose a believable threat, do little to propel the plot. The fictional doppelganger of Boonsboro is an anachronistic bubble, seemingly untouched by the blight besetting so many American small towns. An effective infomercial--and guest-room sleep-aid--for Inn BoonsBoro.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425243213
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Series: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy , #1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 57,012
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 190 novels. She is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. She lives in Maryland.

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    unfair rating

    since the book hasn't even been released, I feel it's unfair to give it a 2 star rating...I'm really sick of the way B&N lets people do ratings, especially sice most of the low ratings are based on price. I rely on ratings to make a decision on whether to buy a book. I wish B&N would find a way to change it.

    190 out of 230 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 4, 2011

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    great

    breathtaking beautiful. Love love love this book.

    72 out of 82 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    excited

    I am a big Nora Robert's fan and I have never been disappointed by any of her books. She is a fantastic writer and I never fail to be amazed. I can't wait to read her next one!

    69 out of 93 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

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    The first Inn Boonsboro Montgomery contemporary romance is an enjoyable family affair

    In Boonsboro, Maryland, the historic inn has survived over two centuries of war and pace; the walls have heard cries of joy and grief. The edifice lives on in spite of different often uncaring owners. Now the Montgomery Family Contractors begin an obsessive renovation project to modernize the classic beautiful centerfold of their hometown. Oldest brother Ryder is the head contractor; middle sibling Owen is the scheduler; the youngest offspring Beckett is the architect; and finally mom is the eccentric overseer of the three.

    While Beckett is fixated on the renovation; he also has a more important personal project in mind. Since he was sixteen he obsessed over Claire Murphy, but she became wife to Clint Brewster and had three sons with him until an Iraqi sniper left her a widow running a bookstore in her hometown. Her biggest regret is Clint never met his youngest son. As Beck begins his campaign to make the widow and her children his family; someone else plans to make the widow sans the kids his family.

    The first Inn Boonsboro Montgomery contemporary romance is an enjoyable family affair. The cast is solid including both sets of families, the townsfolk and the historic inn. Although the suspense feels unnecessary as if Nora Roberts was well compelled to include such a subplot for her myriad of fans; readers will appreciate this wonderful warm homage to small-town America.

    Harriet Klausner

    53 out of 68 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

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    Sweet beginning to a new series.

    Nora Roberts has written a sweet romance for her first book in the Inn Boonsboro series. Clare Brewster is an Iraq war widow who has returned to her hometown and opened a bookstore. Beckett Montgomery is part of a family business that is rehabbing the once decrepit Inn Boonsboro. Beck has had a thing for Clare since their teen years and his opportunity has finally arrived. Ms. Roberts does her usual fine job of portraying a really nice guy who likes Clare's children and gradually becomes an essential part of her life. Clare has a harder time getting used to a new relationship but she falls eventually.
    I loved the descriptions of the Inn and how it was being renovated. I know Ms. Roberts has based this trilogy on the Maryland Inn she herself has purchased and I so want to go after reading this book and stay in the Eve & Roarke room! The main characters are a great match and Beck's two brothers are obviously the focus of the next two books along with Clare's two friends. Can't wait! I also enjoyed the hint of paranormal with the Inn's resident ghost. I am hoping the next two books will tell us about her and how she came to be haunting the Inn. No Robert's romance would be complete without a villain and this book has one, but it is really a small part of the book. The main focus of the story is what Ms. Roberts does so well- two relatively average people with their own faults and issues manage to work things out and find each other. It's believable and sweet and you wish it was you having this wonderful romance.

    28 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Can't wait to read this one.

    Nora Roberts is my favorite author. She has yet to disappoint me and I doubt this one will. Just a FYI to the individual who wrote that "she" miss spelled Boonsboro and that she should have researched more before splashing it across the cover. Considering that she owns a bookstore cafe IN Boonsboro, Maryland I doubt she miss spelled anything. I would assume that you would know this if you lived there for 30 years. The print on the cover of the book is all in caps and I seriously doubt that Nora Roberts has a hand in editing Barnes and Nobles website. I am sick to death of ridiculous reviews!

    28 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Excellent as always

    If you're going to bash spelling, maybe you should make sure the spelling in your own review is flawless?

    Also, you're reading what someone has typed ON THE INTERNET. This isn't necessarily what's written on the book. Keep your panties on and wait for the book to come out BEFORE you start trashing what you think to be imperfections.

    21 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    Feeling a little bit used right now...

    I purchased the ebook and started reading last night. While it is the usual well-written story one expects from Nora Roberts, so far I'm feeling a little bit used. It's beginning to seem like a 250 page advertisement for her own inn, an advertisement I PAID $10 to read! The mother in the book names the suites after happy ending romance characters? Ms. Roberts did that in her inn. One of the rooms has a fainting couch? Ms. Roberts did that in her inn. There are three copper tubs? Ms. Roberts did that in her inn. Granted, I'm partway in, and the constant veiled references to Ms. Roberts' in may lessen as the story progresses, but right now I'm left with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth.

    14 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    It is original

    This is a new series, never published before. If her book covers are stamped with NR, its never been published. Also, you can check out her website as it will tell you there as well if its new or a republished work.

    Regardless if BoonsBoro is misspelled (that's the spelling on her website), I'm sure I'll be picking it up to read.

    14 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    Thats it?

    I have been reading Nora for years. This one lacked heart. I didnt completely connect with the two main characters. Come on Nora you can do better than this! Heres to hoping the next one will have more passion and I dont mean sex. Put the hammer down Nora..this isnt a do it yourself book..we like visuals but too much time was spent on the blueprints of the inn.

    12 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    Not her best

    I usually love all her books but I could not get into this one. It lacked her normal heart that you find in her books. Dont know if I will read anymore from this series.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Dear people CHILL OUT

    People seriously chill out!! The misspelling was probably some guy from BN. Also of course u donr have the book its not out yet. But there is no need to rate it low for it not being out yet. If you have aproblem callthe bookstore or the publisher. Dont rate things low for stupid stuff.

    9 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2012

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    Enjoyable small town living, comfortable, cozy and mysterious. T

    Enjoyable small town living, comfortable, cozy and mysterious. The characters and atmosphere are down-home real, just like people in your own neighborhood. Unrequieted love hopeful to come to fruition, that which reaches all our hearts. There is always that one person, that one regret, that one unfulfilled experience that manages to stay put in the memory banks. An enjoyable read on a rainy day!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Evelyn

    I hope the second one is as good if not better than the first one. The mongomery men certainly are something!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Boonsboro

    I live about 10 minute soutside of Boonsboro,MD and she did not misspell it and the Inn this book is about is really there and I believe the map in the book is also accurate.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Comment on Spelling

    I've never been disappointed with a book by Nora Roberts, and assume the upcoming novel will be great. I did feel compelled to comment on the spelling dispute. The town is indeed spelled Boonsboro, however the historic inn that is located in the town (there really is one) is named "Inn BoonsBoro, On the Square" and is spelled with two capital "B's." :-)

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

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    I just finished this book a few days ago, and plunged right into

    I just finished this book a few days ago, and plunged right into the second in the series, finishing it last night. They are both spectacular (isn't everything Nora Roberts puts out there). I love the family feel and the rich descriptions. Oh, I wish I was at the Inn!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Buy it

    If you love her trilogies, this kicks off another winning set.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Ok

    I have been a nora fanatic for years and have read every book at least 10 times but i have to say the last couple of series been a bit generic. I havent felt connected to the characters or felt like i was inside the book like most of her other books. This one ft the same. Liked it but it took a while to finish it unlike the one day marathoners:)

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2012

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    The Next Always Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy Book One By Nora Roberts

    The Next Always
    Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy Book One
    By Nora Roberts

    Beckett Montgomery has been infatuated with Clare since he was in high school but when Clare came back home widowed and with three children to raise, he couldn’t bring himself to make her life any more complicated. As Beckett and his two brothers work on restoring the historic and haunted inn things also begin to change between Clare and Beckett. Everything seems to be going perfectly until Clare finds herself with unwanted attention from Sam and arrogant and conceited man who won’t take no for an answer.

    Nora Roberts introduces us to her newest trilogy surrounding the inn in BoonsBoro, I have read a few of her trilogies before and so far this one is as promising as her others. Nora Roberts did a wonderful job in pulling you in with a wonderful romance then by adding a ghost and a stalker she adds to the fun, leaving you dying to know what happens next. This book was a bit sad for me I am not sure if others will find it this way but as a military wife when Clare goes into details about her husband and how he was killed in the Iraq war while she was pregnant, it is my worst nightmare but in the end it makes the story so beautiful and touching I couldn’t put it down. If you are a military wife you may want to have tissues on hand just in case but this is definitely worth the read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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