The Next Always (audio) by Nora Roberts

The Next Always

 

My take:  The Next Always is the first book in the Inn BoonsBoro trilogy. Nora Roberts’ descriptions of the inn left me wanting to make a reservation asap! The three Montgomery brothers are making their mother’s dream a reality – turning the vacant old hotel on the town square into a beautiful inn. Beckett is the architect, Owen is the accountant/expediter (I think), and Ryder is in charge of construction.

This is Beckett’s story. He’s a great character. Growing up he had a huge crush on Clare. She ended up marrying one of his good friends and they moved away because he was in the military. Years later, after her husband was killed in war, she moved back home with her young sons. A single mother, Clare has her hands full with parenting as well as running the bookstore. She barely has time to breathe much less date and Beckett has his hands full with overseeing the inn project. Timing and circumstances eventually present Clare and Beckett with a chance to get reacquainted and for Beckett to get to know her boys. That’s enough for one book but there’s some drama too (no spoilers here). Oh, the inn appears to be haunted!

I liked The Next Always. It’s a romance filled with good characters, humor, and I loved the setting of the small town inn. I’m sure I’ll read the second book at some point.

Narrator:  MacLeod Andrews did a great job voicing the male characters. I thought he did ok with the female voices but I wasn’t a fan of the little boys’ voices. It must be hard for men to do children’s voices. I’ve listened to a couple of books with child characters but they were narrated by women – and I wasn’t bothered by those performances. But, since the main characters of the series are the Montgomery brothers, I can see why the Inn BoonsBoro books are narrated by a man.

  • Title:  The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro trilogy, Book 1)
  • Author:  Nora Roberts
  • Genre:  Romance
  • Narrator:  MacLeod Andrews
  • Published:  2011 – Brilliance Audio

Source:  I bought it

Vision in White by Nora Roberts

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Synopsis

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts invites readers to the wedding event of the year!

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents her first trade original—a novel of love, friendship, and family—Book One in the Bride Quartet.

Wedding photographer Mackensie “Mac” Elliot is most at home behind the camera, but her focus is shattered moments before an important wedding rehearsal when she bumps into the bride-to-be’s brother…an encounter that has them both seeing stars.

A stable, safe English teacher, Carter Maguire is definitely not Mac’s type. But a casual fling might be just what she needs to take her mind off bridezillas. Of course, casual flings can turn into something more when you least expect it. And Mac will have to turn to her three best friends—and business partners—to see her way to her own happy ending.

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Vision in White is only the second book by Nora Roberts that I’ve read. It is the first of four books in the series. Initially, the cover is what caught my eye. The partial photograph of a bride is beautiful – which is fitting since the main character is a wedding photographer.

It was fun to watch the relationship blossom between Mackensie and Carter. Of course there are stumbling blocks placed in the way to their happily-ever-after but the ‘getting there’ made for an enjoyable way to spend a few hours reading.


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And now for a quick giveaway. I’m offering my gently-read copy of Vision in White. All you need to do is leave your email in the comment. Giveaway ends tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 30) at 9pm EDT. Open to US or Canada residents only. Good luck!
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