Book Review: The Next Always by Nora Roberts

Title: The Next Always

Author: Nora Roberts

Publication Date: 2011

Book Description (from

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…

I’ve been reading Nora Roberts’ books as long as I can remember. She tends to write nice, light romances…. wait a minute, let me back up a minute here. Do you remember my post Why We Love to Read  from last week? Well after a chat with my bestie I decided that putting my current book on hold and reading something light was the best bet. So it worked out that the next day The Next Always became available at the library. The last books I read by Nora Roberts were The Bride Quartet – 4 books about 4 friends (who owned a wedding planning business/venue) who find their loves and get engaged/married. I loved all 4 books! So I was excited when I found out about this trilogy of books.

I read The Next Always in one day. It wasn’t that it was THAT quick of a read, it was more that I had a lot of time to myself and not a whole lot of motivation. So I read. A lot. And since I was enjoying the book so much, I decided to just go ahead and keep reading it. I love books that just have a nice love story. Of course there was a “bad guy” that tried to mess everything up, but it all ended right in the end. If I’m going to read a romance novel that is what I want. I want to finish the book feeling good, not stressed out.

I loved the characters and the story line. Its about history, and family, and love. The book centers around 3 brothers who own a family construction/architecture company. This first book is about the brother who is an architect. I fell in love with him immediately just because he was an architect (I was originally an architecture major in college).  I love the detailed descriptions she gives in the book. The family is renovating and restoring an old inn, so you get these amazing descriptions of how things look and how they are changing. I love that you can see the inn in your head as you are reading.

I’m figuring, due to me being such a smart chica (ha!) and the fact that the first few pages of the 2nd book were at the end of this one, that the next two books are about the other 2 brothers finding love. About half way through this book I figured out who the other 2 brothers would be paired up with (3 brothers + 3 main female characters = 3 couples), but I’m not sure if that is good or bad.

So yeah, I really liked the book and I’m defintely looking forward to reading the second one. I’m #54 on the waitlist at the library, so it could be a little while before it is my turn. Thankfully I have a couple other books that I can read in the meantime.

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