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5.0 out of 5 starsA great trilogy of romance and fun
Reviewed in the United States on March 3, 2017
I am a long time Nora Roberts fan. I love all her books and really enjoyed this threesome. A lot of romance authors use Navy Seals, FBI, DEA, CIA, etc., and put the heroine in a position where she is on the run and needs to constantly be protected, Nora Roberts just puts her characters in every day life situations that we can all relate to. She also throws in children, extended families, friends, and even a few ex-husbands and wives. These every day stories where people work through their fears and find love are my up of tea. This series is a fun read. When I grow up, I want to be just like Justine! I'll let you read all three books to find out why. Enjoy!
This book was a wonderful story and well written, as expected from Nora Roberts. The only reason it didn't get a 5 star was the beginning was very slow. In fact, I gave it to 25% and then I was going to dump it because it drug on and on. But, then around 20% or so it began to pick up and get into the actual story. After that the book was hard to put down. Some of the detail at the beginning was important but I think some of it could have been left out. The plot, characters, and general story were great. I loved the ghost! Overall, get through the first part and enjoy a great read!!!
Nora Roberts is an author my wife really likes. This book The Next Always popped up on an Amazon book sale so I thought they I'll surprise here with a book by one of her favorite authors. So when I surprised her with this new book she returns the surprise that she's already read the. I then stuck it in my library and went back to reading my own type of book. For some reason I could not get away from looking at this book setting in my library and then I made my big mistake I opened the book and started to read a little. Will about four hours later I realize that this was a heck of a good book. It has everything you could want in a book from mystery, suspense, crime and romance. There is even ghost as a great bonus. This is not a book you should pass on. You should grab on and take it for the full ride.
5.0 out of 5 starsReally good book, I bought this for a friend
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2018
This is a really nice series of 3 books... The Inn Boonsboro Series. Nora Roberts does these so well. You get to know the main characters, friends, family, a few odd balls, a clerk in a store, etc. .. You come to have an interest in what becomes of many of these characters, and want to read more... Hence... This is Book 1. I'd read all 3, all really good, and somewhere lost track of book 1. I ordered this one, so I could pass on all 3 to a friend, and her daughter. Loved the 3 stories, all the characters, and the variety of personalities. Enjoy I read Nora Roberts ''Novel's''. Some of her earlier books are / were listed as Romances, but too ''Sweet'' for me.. I prefer the novels. Enjoy.
1.0 out of 5 starsLiterally had to force myself to finish this book.
Reviewed in the United States on December 25, 2012
I originally posted this as a comment to someone else's review. I hadn't finished it yet, so I was not confident in submitting it as a review of my own. I am cognizant of the impact these can have and wanted to be fair before giving it a rating that could add into the total number of the stars this piece receives.
From the very start, I felt this: "I'm trying to force myself through this piece of garbage because it was the single most expensive Kindle download that I've ever purchased of hers. I'm trying not to acknowledge that I spent $13.00 on one of the worst books I've ever read AND that was for a lousy digital download. Normally I like her work. It's predictable or rather decidedly formulaic, but I've always relied on that from her writing. This time, it's literally painful to push through it."
I have FINALLY finished it after taking breaks in between so as not to want to kill the shallowly portrayed "heroine" and to shake the cobwebs of sheer boredom over the ornate descriptions of PUNCH LISTS. From the very first few chapters I was already fed up with hearing the details of the Inn rehab. Seriously....electrical outlet placement??? But after forcing through it to get to the "meat" I found that the "main" female character Clare was so flat and basically obnoxious in her stating repetitively how important her self-reliance was, that my only conclusion regarding her male counterpart is that he is secretly masochistic. Why else would he be even vaguely interested in her? She's not nice. She's got three children in tow and every other chapter she's either snapping on someone or apologizing for doing it by "explaining" her repetitively bad behavior.
In reading this I found that we had to suffer through endless descriptives about, (as I mentioned above,) the electrical wiring including the outlet boxes, drywall and a miserably long interlude into tile installation complete with grouting and spacers. Don't think that you'll just be getting a really romantic "how to" on any of these things. There is no instructional benefit here. There's just endless and in my opinion, mindless descriptives about absolutely nothing of value to the story. At one point I said to myself, "If they mention those piano spindles on the front porch again, I may be sick." Fortunately they moved on to fawning incessantly over the entranceway "tile rug".
In this nightmare disguised as a romance novel, we were treated to such gems as a weekend of a flu bug with two of Clare's kids. This included one vomiting and another's refusal to eat until the grandparents brought in groceries that had to include Chicken and Stars Soup. Her wonderful, loving parents brought over groceries for Clare and didn't take any money for them. That's it. That's what we know about the grandparents so far, but we know all you can imagine about the drywall and electrical outlets!
There was one other delightful description. There were a few pages describing Clare walking each of her sleepy sons to go pee, tugging down their pants etc, and not flushing in between so that.....I dunno why. Just to gross me out I think. Are you bored with my review notes, yet? Welcome to my world. That's the book, folks. Honest.
This is such a terrible piece of writing that I can honestly say that if it had been the first thing of hers I had ever read, it would most certainly be my last.
Fortunately they offered a snippet of volume two in this trilogy at the end of the download. In it we started again with....you guessed it, a complete review of the rehabbing of the hotel complete with the inset "tile rug" again. This reassured me in my decision NOT to purchase it. This is the sort of book that should come with a refund option!
I couldn’t put down “The Next Always” by Nora Roberts. It was a fantastic book. One reviewer said it was slow in the middle, but I didn’t view it as such. Roberts did a great job of revealing well-developed characters and a setting taking place, mostly, in a dilapidated two-hundred-year-old Inn in a small town. While the Montgomery family work hard at remodeling and bringing it back to life, their individual lives also go through changes that makes for a delightful story. As charming as the Inn is, the family, also, borrows their way into your heart. Roberts lets the readers peek into the lives of the characters not like watching a TV show, but rather like we were a resident of the town living right next door. She drew me into the story as if I knew all the characters myself. Roberts did a wonderful job of making the story believable, interesting, and made me care about the different establishments in town and their owners. I felt like part of the community and like I knew them all. Great story. I love it! I ordered the other two books in the trilogy before I was done reading this one.
I was really looking forward to reading this Nora Roberts novel, but as I turned each page my disappointment grew and grew. The blurb sounded good and I was intrigued about the inn being haunted, but the endless descriptions of the renovations of the hotel were tedious. If you are interested in interior design and reading about the installation of every fixture, fitting and brushstroke of renovating a building, then I'm sure this would be of great interest. The love angle between Clare and Beckett was fine, although nothing stunning and quite predictable. It is populated with some interesting characters, but all in all, I was relieved to reach the end of the story. I'm so sorry that I can give only two stars for this, but I know that Nora Roberts has a wide fan base and many do enjoy her stories.
1.0 out of 5 starsNora Roberts and the Art of DIY but not how to write a book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 28, 2015
To be honest I was surprised by how bad this was (sorry Nora, you've written decently in the past). Clunky and superficial description of people - the hotel had more personality than them, though we found out what they wore, hair, eye colour etc. Difficult to care for such contrived mannequins. But really, it was the page after page of decorating and construction details - WHY? Perhaps it was an attempt to attract male readers? It was incomprehensible, and we literally felt like we were watching paint dry. I always try to find something about a book I like too, and I suppose this was cosy, middle town America that we all know and love, but that's it. Unrealistic, 2 dimensional people, endless DIY information. Perhaps somewhere after the pages and pages of boring details there was a plot, maybe a bit of adventure, but sadly I had to concede and bin this. Now I hear this is an actual hotel, so it all seems like a cynical way to plug that. I should have realised.
1.0 out of 5 starsDismal end to a dismal read - absolute rubbish.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 7, 2015
Slow, Slow, Slow and even slower. The hotel building site, the book shop or in the coffee house it was page after page of no more than uneventful, uninteresting drivel conversations about nothing more than fittings and designs for the hotel rooms. Then there were copious amounts of tv games and kids super hero games with the single mum's 3 young children and the stories main male, they were having what was described as 'man time'. Tiny hint of something going to happen about two thirds through but it came to nothing in about a page, then it was resurrected at around 90% but it was a predictable dismal end to a dismal read. At least I didn't part with so much as a penny as it came as a gift from Amazon. Oh, there was of course a bit of predictable sex but it added nothing to the read......oops, I nearly forgot 'the ghost'.....a few house creaks and a message on a mirror to go save the girl from an unwanted admirer which soon brought the story to a close.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 19, 2015
I received a copy of The Next Always free from Amazon in return for having purchased a Kindle ebook during a promotional period.
I don't often pick up romance novels so I believe that The Next Always is the first Nora Roberts novel I've read. It's certainly the first in a very long time and likely to be the last too. I was disappointed at just how bland and formulaic the story was. Essentially just a long advertisement for the Boonsboro Inn - is Roberts an owner? - most of the book is taken up with lists of the luxurious furniture and fittings. We also meet a perfectly nice widow, Clare, who has nice children and falls in love with the nice man, Beckett, doing up the Inn. Surrounded by their nice friends and community, they overcome minor perils and, presumably, go on to live happily ever after as a Family.
Based on this one novel, I have no idea how Roberts sells so many thousands of books. I have read far more inventive fare from relatively unknown indie authors who could seriously benefit from 1% of her publicity, yet are ignored in favour of this drivel. Yawn.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 15, 2015
I read this recovering from flu - ideal for a boring, non-challenging read that sent me to sleep. The storyline (was there one?) was completely predictable, the characters anodyne, the town perfect (even the baddie came from out of town) - all quite sickening in its sugar sweetness. No social problems, no ethnic minorities, no bad guys shooting up the place - instead, just a group of wonderful, smug, upright citizens doing a fabulous job on renovating a hotel (and even the renovation is perfect, yuk). And a ghost who fortuitously signals the heroine's need for rescue. Ideal reading for the flu but otherwise - no way, Nora!