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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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Awesome

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Holds your interest till the end.

What other book might you compare The Next Always to and why?

The next 3 in this series is just as good!

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The Next Always

Beautiful story of love and the refurbishment of an old inn and the ghost that lives there.

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Narrator was TERRIBLE!

story great because I ended up "Reading" the book because the Narrator was so terrible . He was,so dry and monotone he did not hold my atrention.

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Enjoyable Escape

This was a fun, feel good story. Nothing deep. Sweet, simple and happily ever after.

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Great story!

I love this trilogy! The narration is great! His voice pulls you in to the story!

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Loved the Story, but the narration...well...

If you could sum up The Next Always in three words, what would they be?

Love the brothers!

What did you like best about this story?

Good plot, great characters.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of MacLeod Andrews?

Anyone who would not try to do the children's voices in such a cringe-worthy way. I almost had to turn it off every time he tried to voice the children. Please, please, please STOP it!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Would have, if I was able to.

Any additional comments?

I want so badly to read the next in this series, but if this man is the narrator, I won't do the audible version. It really was quite distracting, and not in a good way.

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Made long boring drives FUN!

Great story, a little predictable. Story was sweet and can't wait to read the next one.

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must have in your collection

Nora Roberts did it again.
This story keeps you hooked. starting the 2nd book now. bought all 3 so I can listen to them back to back. love story to ghost story. something for all.

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great story.

Nora Roberts did an excellent job on this book. things were predictable but not so predictable that I was bored. I enjoyed the element of the ghosts in this story and the uncertainty about whether or not she was good. can't wait to read the next one.

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Sweet

Would you listen to The Next Always again? Why?

Yes and I have multiple times. I finally bought the book because it is easier then going to the library. Even though I know the story, the plot is interesting, the characters complex and I love the family and community.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Avery. She is fun, out-spoken and real. She doesn't hold anything back.

What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

He did a great job changing his voice to make each character there own person. Best part is he kept them all the same in the other two books, "The Last Boyfriend" and "Perect Hope".

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

This book made me even more sentatmental than I already am. I love love and happiness. I love that Claire was a strong, feminine woman. And a mother. She has 'baggage' and was firm with her children come first mentality. Beckett is what every girl would dream of if in Claire's situation - someone willing to step up to the plate and try.