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The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1 | [Nora Roberts]

The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in 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 sixteen.
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Publisher's Summary

The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in 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 sixteen.

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. Though busy and 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 both the building and the man behind it.

With the grand opening inching closer, Beckett is happy to give Clare a private tour - one room at a time, in between blueprint meetings and kindergarten pickups. It’s no first date, but these stolen moments are the beginning of something that could arouse the secret yearning that resides in Clare’s independent heart - and open the door to the extraordinary adventure of what comes next....

©2011 Nora Roberts (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Karen 12-25-11
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    If you could sum up The Next Always in three words, what would they be?

    Good, but predictable.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator completely runined the female voices - he just could not make them believable. I hope books 2 & 3 have a different narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good, comfy story, although not one of Nora Robert's best. It's almost like she was phoning it in. Still, her phoning it in is better than many writers' best efforts. I'll get the next two stories when they come out.

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    Linda S. Weaver Woodland Park, CO 12-25-11
    Linda S. Weaver Woodland Park, CO 12-25-11 Member Since 2014

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    "Bring On Book 2"

    The plot may be a bit predictable BUT the characters are delightful---and doesn't everyone want life to have a happy ending... Book 2 isn't due out until July 2012...MUCH too long to wait!

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    Luisa Ste Therese, Quebec, Canada 12-17-11
    Luisa Ste Therese, Quebec, Canada 12-17-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Another enjoyable story from N. Roberts"

    Though the story is enjoyable, did not like narration. A male voice reading female romance novel, as well as trying to mimic female and children's voices was quite annoying at times.

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    Michele Louisa, VA, United States 12-16-11
    Michele Louisa, VA, United States 12-16-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Can't wait for the next two!"

    I was in the mood for an easy listen with a nice love story and good characters. This was more than that - it brought up some real issues, some thorny problems and real people having to deal with those problems in a responsible way. The voices for the boys weren't perfect but overall I thought MacLeod Andrews did a pretty good job. I found his voice easy to listen to, lulling in a soothing way, and I found that he did a good job putting the emotions of the moment into the story and I hope he narrates the next two. As for the story - this is a good one. And if you listen to the details of the Inn they are building, you will find that Nora's characters often sneak in her other characters and I found that delightful. If you are looking for a fast paced, action filled novel, then you will want to look elsewhere. This one flows well and keeps you interested, and it soothes the soul, but it's not my usual thriller read.

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    LeanSuz Nolensville, TN, United States 12-07-11
    LeanSuz Nolensville, TN, United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Great fun"
    Where does The Next Always rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    lots of twists and turns, great character development, paranormal twist is great


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he does a great job with different voices for each character, including Claire's three young sons


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh out loud, while I was driving


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic book, lots of fun

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    Natalie Purcellville, VA, United States 12-05-11
    Natalie Purcellville, VA, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2013

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    "Narration leaves room for improvement"

    I love Nora, have read/listened to every book but the male narration and specifically this person just threw me off. He was "ok". The story is not bad, but not my favorite audio book by far.

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    Patte Redding, CA, United States 12-03-11
    Patte Redding, CA, United States 12-03-11 Member Since 2015
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    "The worst perfomance I've heard"
    What would have made The Next Always better?

    The performance was dreadful and distracted from the story. Perhaps if the book had been


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nora Roberts? Why or why not?

    Yes, in fact I'll probably read this book once I've had a chance to forget the audio version.


    What didn’t you like about MacLeod Andrews’s performance?

    It was demeaning to the author, characters and the audience.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, the attention to detail about the rehab of the Inn was interesting.


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    Rene Fenton, MI, United States 12-02-11
    Rene Fenton, MI, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2008
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    "My ears almost bled "

    For what the book deemed well behaved children, the narrator made them incredibly difficult to listen to. I was caught completely off guard when the volume seemed to increase so drastically.

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    shirley Los Lunas, NM, United States 12-01-11
    shirley Los Lunas, NM, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2012
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    "book was good, the reader is awful;"

    Your reader is BAD!!!!!!!!!! hope she is not the one reading the next one, some reader are better than others.

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    Elizabeth 11-26-11
    Elizabeth 11-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Needs a different Narrator"

    I love this first book from Nora, but the narrator sucked!!! Sandra Burr would be excellent for this continuing trilogy!

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