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Thursday, August 10, 2017

McBride Moxy Book Review










The Next Always by Nora Roberts


I guess I will start by saying that this is another wonderful trilogy by Nora Roberts, and I’m not a bit surprised.  I love most everything that Ms. Roberts writes, as I’m sure all her fans do.

The Next Always is Book One in the Inn Boonsboro Trilogy.  The town of Boonsboro, Maryland’s historical Inn is being refurbished and renewed by the Montgomery brothers – Ryder, Owen, and Beckett.  They are contractors who have taken an unusual interest in the rehabbing of this small town.  On Main Street sits the Town Hall, the Inn Boonsboro, Vesta Pizzeria, and Turn the Page Bookstore. 

If you pay attention to Nora Roberts and her life, you will know that Turn the Page bookstore is a real place owned and started by Ms. Roberts.  The Inn Boonsboro is also a real place.  This trilogy is about the “facelift” these places in the town received, and I believe you will see some similarities to Nora Roberts and her family as well.

Beckett Montgomery is an architect and the youngest of the Montgomery brothers.  Remodeling the Inn has become a huge event, and he’s drawn to the place by the fabulous history, and the ghost within.  The Inn is not the only thing that draws his interest.  An old friend from high school has returned and old memories have returned too.  He would like to get to know the new Clare—well.

Clare Brewster returns home after her military husband’s death, dragging her three sons along.  Determined to make a new life for them in a familiar place, Clare gets a job as manager of Turn the Page Bookstore.  She focuses on doing a good job for Justine Montgomery—matriarch of the Montgomery clan and owner of the bookstore.  She certainly hadn’t planned a new relationship.

The story is a mixture of family, mysteries, and juicy love scenes—all the things I anticipate in a Nora Roberts’ novel.  As we watch the town come to life again and the love blossoming for the Montgomery boys, we enjoy the family bond.  The paranormal makes its appearance with the ghost, and the story behind her being there is an interesting one.

I also love the fact that there is a map on the inside flap of each book.      

It gets a 10+ on the McBride Moxy Meter

Check out more of Ms. Roberts’ books at:  http://www.noraroberts.com/books/