#BookBeginnings The Next Always by Nora Roberts

Today we’re starting the next book in The Bestseller Code 100 challenge, The Next Always by Nora Roberts for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



The Next Always by Nora Roberts

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Summary:  Clare Brewster returns to her hometown of Boonsboro, Maryland after losing her husband. Running a bookstore and taking care of her three sons keeps her busy, but somehow she finds time to check out the renovation of a local inn, and also the architect in charge of the project, Beckett Montgomery. He is also a busy man, but not too busy for Clare.

This novel is book one of the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy.

Curious, I looked up Boonsboro, Maryland. Turns out not only is it a real place, but also there’s an actual Inn Boonsboro owned by Nora Roberts and her husband.  Wow!

First Sentence:

The stone walls stood as they had for more than two centuries, simple, sturdy, and strong.


When I was writing the summary, I kept thinking the plot sounded very familiar. The book came out in 2011. Nora Roberts is a prolific author, so perhaps I picked it up at an airport or read it while on vacation. It will be interesting to see if it turns out to be what I remember.

One reason I started this blog was so I’d have a better record of the books I’ve read. Perhaps I should have started sooner.

Have you read The Next Always? Have you ever picked up a book and realized you’d read at least part of it before?


  1. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

    I read–and enjoyed–this trilogy. Hope you do too!

    • Roberta

      Thank you. I haven’t read many by Nora Roberts, so I’m looking forward to it.

  2. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I enjoyed this book, but haven’t read the others in the series. I also knew that Nora Roberts had an inn, which added to my enjoyment of the book. Thanks for sharing…and for reminding me to grab the other books!

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Roberta

      I am intrigued to find out how she treats the series.

  3. Kathy Martin

    I read and enjoyed this trilogy. Nora Roberts is usually an author I pick up when I need a feel-good romance. This week I am reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which has been on TBR mountain for quite a while. Happy reading!

    • Roberta

      Enjoy the Harry Potter. I like to read them again every four or five years.

  4. Oh how funny! I just put this book on hold at the library. I read this right after it first came out and enjoyed it but have really been wanting to do a reread.

    • Roberta

      Well, isn’t that a coincidence. If you’d like, when you finish stop by our facebook page where we’ll be discussing it in the next two weeks.

  5. Anne@Headfullofbooks

    That is a solid (pun intended) beginning. Tee-hee. My Friday Quotes

    • Anne@Headfullofbooks

      Except I meant to say SOLID not sold. Joke’s on me.

      • Roberta

        Due to the magic of editing your pun is now solid again.

        I did wonder about the beginning. Not really the “hook” writers are taught to use.

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