Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro, #1)” as Want to Read:
The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  62,776 Ratings  ·  3,340 Reviews
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 bee ...more
Audiobook, 11 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2011)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Next Always, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
I have never been so disappointed in a Nora Roberts book. It felt like she basically phoned this one in. There was no romance, no plot, no storyline basically. It was a bland account of how to build an inn in a small town, with a few interactions between a man and a woman with three kids. Blah. Oh, and then there was the supposed bad guy tossed in the mix, I guess to try and create some tension in the story? I'm not sure what the point was, really. This is definitely one of those books I wish I ...more
I absolutely loved this book!
I will admit, I'm biased. My review is slanted to my love of beautiful packaging and this book is beautifully presented in this pretty cover. I'm also biased because I'm from MD and I have had the opportunity to visit Boonsboro, and the Inn this book is based on.

To the book, I absolutely enjoyed the story of Beckett and Clare rediscovering each other as more than friends and finding love. The banter between grown brothers Beckett, Owen and Ryder was also such a cute
Nov 03, 2011 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After her last series, The Bride Quartet, I had high hopes that Nora Roberts had found her voice again. However, with the first book in her new The Inn BoonsBoro trilogy, I can sadly say that is not that the case.

I found the three Montgomery boys to be typical Nora Roberts male leads and the three females also seemed to fit the typical mold for a Roberts trilogy. Now, don't get me wrong, as a long-time romance novel reader, I understand that there are really only a handful of character types tha
3.5 stars ⭐

“Fairy tales, she mused. She’d always been a sucker for them. And for a happy ending where everything wrapped up as pretty as a bow in a little girl’s hair.”

* * *
“It’s nice. Being close to you without pretending I’m not trying to be close to you.”
- Beckett Montgomery

* * *
“People or dogs, I’d say it’s more about how you’re raised than bloodlines.”
- Beckett Montgomery
Ah, it was nice to drop back into a world created by Nora Roberts. She has a gift with character creation and storytelling, and this book was no exception. Usually in Romance we find that it’s the heroine that has had a secret crush on the hero for quite a while. The author decided to flip the standard here and cast the hero as the one with the secret crush.

Beckett has been in love with Clare since high school. He’s a self assured guy who has never had a problem with the ladies—unless that lady
Infelizmente só dou 3 estrelas porque achei que era mais do mesmo dentro do estilo dos livros da Nora. É previsível e achei que o casal não funcionou bem para mim. E a Nora continua com a mania de pôr toda a gente noiva quando o espaço temporal do livro são de poucas semanas ou poucos meses e as relações têm tão pouco tempo. É um pouco irreal.


O Beckett não se revelou uma personagem tão fácil de gostar como eu achava. Sinceramente até achei-o muito pãozinho sem sal, não senti aquela chama qu
Duchess Nicole
3.5 Stars :D

Listened to the audio version of this story. It had a male narrator, which I LOVED and I believe the whole trilogy is like that, so I'm really excited.

Clare is a widow with three boys, owner of the local bookstore and the secret (or not so secret) crush of Beckett Montgomery since they were in high school. It was adorable, the way that Beckett just silently loved Clare from afar. He was insecure only when it came to her; in all other ways, he was a tough, no nonsense architect with
Feb 11, 2012 Shelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed 05/11/12: So, I just got the latest in the series The Last Boyfriend in the mail the other day. I was about to jump right in and thought I'd re-read my review from this book to sorta catch myself up, and saw it was a very brief and sorely lacking of detail. Of course, I had just got it on audio as well, and decided to listen to it this time and not only write a slightly better review, but also refresh myself with the characters.

I kinda wish I had just re-read the book. This audio versio
Mar 23, 2012 Bookwormgirl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Okay, I love Nora Roberts. I usually buy her new stuff right away. This one I held off on for a long time. Mainly because the Inn she is writing about she owns.

The positives in this story:

I like the brothers. They are funny, snarky and pretty much just like all of the brothers she writes about.

The growing relationship between the two MC was sweet and believable.

The kids. Those three kids were adorable.

The growing relationship between the kids and Beckett was also sweet.

The negatives:

It read like
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
I loved this!!!! Beckett and Clare were as sweet as apple pie. A good read! Can't wait to read the next.
I would feel bad about this if I wasn't prepared for this exact outcome. I was initially going to read this trilogy along with a friend who bought all three books. She's also the friend who always prods me to keep reading the In Death series that Roberts writes under JD Robb as well. I was worried this book would not work for me (it didn't) but since I do love reading HGTV Magazine and other magazines dealing with decorating I didn't think it would be too bad. I was wrong.

I had to stop reading a
Nov 05, 2011 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jan 21, 2012 Mina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe more like a 2.5 rating. Nice solid "Meh."

So this was my first Nora Roberts book. I've avoided her in general because I'd gotten the impression that she was a romance writer as in verging-on-erotica-romance. So why this book? It was the cover. Seriously. I feel very lame admitting that, but the cover looked like somewhere I wanted to go. Yeah, yeah ... don't judge a book by that. I know.

Well, it was not as bad as I'd thought, content-wise. I've read much smuttier sex scenes in non-romance n
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
This is another book where I really, really wish we had half stars. I don't want to give it a three, but it doesn't reach four either. Sigh.

Overall, this was a cute story. I liked all of the characters a lot. Even the kids, though they were written like real children, unlike most romance novels where they're like fantasy children and unbelievably sweet and unobtrusive. They didn't just magically disappear and they whined, but they were also cute.

In my review of the last Nora Roberts book I read
C.H. Armstrong
Nov 27, 2011 C.H. Armstrong rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

I read this book because I'd hoped to review it for my local library's blog; but I guess I feel like I have to "recommend" books on that blog, and this isn't a book I'd recommend, even to the avid Nora Roberts fan.

The premise of this book starts out as pretty typical Nora Roberts. Woman returns home as a widow with three boys in tow. She gets reacquainted with an old high school friend who has had a romantic interest with her for many years but wasn't able to show it because he was friends with
Sonia Cristina
Jan 29, 2017 Sonia Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Sinceramente, quando acabei não sabia bem que dizer. Dou as 4 estrelas por lembrar-me dos filhos de Clare, gostei muito das cenas com eles, eram um mimo; há uma certa noite de homens em que Beckett entrou também que fica na memória e, bolas, merece as 4 estrelas, sim senhor! LOL

De resto, gostei, mas não delirei; os personagens não foram assim tão impressionantes como já aconteceu com muitos e muitos livros de Nora Roberts. Os irmão Montgomery são bons, sim, gostei da interação fácil e descontraí
Lisa Kay
★★★★✩ (Review of audiobook.) This was well narrated by MacLeod Andrews. Some people might not like his falsetto voice for the female characters, but I got used to him.

This first one in the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy putters along at a leisurely pace, but that was fine with me. Still, it ends with a bit of an adrenalin-rush. Getting to know the residents of this small Maryland town was pleasant and the romance between Beckett and Clare was sweet. I’ll definitely listen to the next one, if only to fi
Jan 04, 2017 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No primeiro livro da trilogia “Hotel das Recordações”, vamos acompanhar a reconstrução de um hotel de charme, na localidade de Boonsboro, propriedade da família Montgomery.
Beckett é o arquitecto da família que idealizou toda a reconstrução do imóvel. Solteiro convicto nunca colocou a hipótese de um relacionamento mais sério, até ao momento em que Clare, regressa à vila com os seus três filhos e abre uma livraria mesmo em frente ao hotel.
O hotel tem um papel principal na história assim como o quo
Carla Faleiro
Estilo NR.
É uma leitura engraçada e fiquei curiosa para saber a estória de Lizzy.
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Η Nora Roberts είναι μία από τις πλέον γνωστές συγγραφείς ανά τον κόσμο, έχοντας μάλιστα ιδιαίτερη απήχηση και στο ελληνικό κοινό, αφού πληθώρα βιβλίων της έχουν κυκλοφορήσει και στη δική μας αγορά τα τελευταία χρόνια, με την μορφή άρλεκιν. Βέβαια, για ορισμένους, ίσως η λέξη "άρλεκιν" να εμπεριέχει έναν κάποιο αρνητισμό, αλλά προσωπικά δεν έχω καμία πρόθεση να τα υποβιβάσω. Άλλωστε, όταν θεωρείται άρλεκιν από αρκετούς το "Τα πουλιά πεθαίνουν τραγουδώντας", καταλαβαίνεις πως οι ταμπέλες δεν βοηθ ...more
Megan Conte
I am normally a huge fan of Nora Robert's work. I admit that I was sincerely disappointed with this book. My feelings of ambivalence started with the Bride quarter and are now confirmed with this book. Every business reference in this novel is in fact owned by Nora or her family. They're real businesses in the town of Boonsboro, they all have web sites and are all exactly as portrayed in the book. I felt like the character's were people we've already seen in several previous novels. Even some of ...more
3 to 3.5 *

I can't quite decide if I've read too much NR, or if NR has started to lose her touch. While I certainly enjoyed this book, I can't help but be disappointed at that same time. The characters and even some of the story line were so obviously recycled from previous stories. The characters were carbon copies of some from her In the Garden series and her Brides series. I think even some of the conversations were taken directly from those books. This is something no NR fan would miss either
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Pretty
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: HOT
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: Well crafted love story
Characters: Well written
Plot: For so long you’ve loved afar and now its up close & personal
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Beckett

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
Let’s face it, Nora Roberts knows how to write a super believable hot guy and a story built around romance that isn’t contrived. She is hands down the master. This story is fantastic. If you’ve never re
Es el primer libro que me animo a leer de Nora Roberts y definitivamente no va a ser el último. Es justo lo que iba buscando. Los personajes me han gustado mucho y los hijos de Clare *ah* que monosos son, sobre todo Murphy adadsfsf *-* Estoy muy curiosa sobre los siguientes y sobre las historias de Owen y Ry. Me ha gustado la dinámica que hay entre los tres. Creo que me animaré, a partir de ahora, a leer más libros como este. ¡Sin duda! Si es que al final me van a gustar los libros que lee mi ma ...more
Mar 20, 2014 Vaso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was the very first book I read from Nora Roberts, and I liked it a lot!!!
A nice sweet romance...
Sandy M
Nov 07, 2011 Sandy M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read a Nora Roberts book in forever. I used to read her all the time, I have every book on her backlist tucked away. Then I added a few more - and then quite a bit than a few more - authors to my ever-growing list, and then I started reviewing books, so a few of my favorites got pushed to the background. So I was doubly excited when I received The Next Always to review. Nora Roberts is the perfect comfort read. Reading her stories is like coming home after being gone a very long time. ...more

I enjoyed this one and it would have easily been 4 STARS, but the ending felt too rushed. The boys were so adorable, and I love how the town was incorporated into the story. I can't wait to read Ryder's book either; he really intrigued me.
Jan 19, 2017 Yukino rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miei, 2017
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jennifer Estep
The Next Always by Nora Roberts is the first book in her Inn BoonsBoro contemporary romance trilogy.

Architect Beckett Montgomery is busy restoring a historic Maryland inn, along with the help of his brothers and mother. Like everyone else in town, bookstore owner Clare Brewster is intrigued by the work on the inn and becomes interested in Beckett as well. Clare is cautious about dating again, since she is widowed with three boys to raise, but Beckett soon wins her and her boys over. However, not
Aggeliki Katsimardou
Απ'ολα τα βιβλία της Νόρα Ρόμπερτς, εκδόθηκαν τα συγκεκριμένα και είναι από τα πιό βαρετά. Όποιος θέλει να κάνει ανακαίνιση και δεν ξέρει τι πρέπει να προσέξει, αυτά εδώ είναι τα βιβλία του.
Αλλά και πάλι, το θέμα μας δεν είναι και τόσο εάν είναι καλά ή μέτρια βιβλία, γιατί και καλά να ήταν, πάλι δεν θα διαβάζονταν με τόσο κακή μετάφραση.
Η κ. Σέβυ Σπυριδογιαννάκη έκανε το ακατόρθωτο... συρρίκνωσε και χώρεσε μια γλώσσα 6 εκατομμυρίων λέξεων σε μια των 450 χιλιάδων. Τελικά αποδείχθηκε πολύ "λίγη" η
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Nora Roberts Grou...: The Next Always - Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1 61 167 Apr 11, 2017 10:16AM  
Bookworm Bitches : January 2013: The Next Always 74 321 Sep 22, 2016 09:25PM  
Madison Mega-Mara...: #15 The Next Always 1 1 Mar 13, 2016 11:18AM  
Around the Year i...: The Next Always, by Nora Roberts 4 26 Jan 31, 2016 09:37PM  
Madison Mega-Mara...: #142, 161,162 Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts 1 1 Jul 29, 2015 01:44PM  
The Challenge Fac...: LaurLa & ChristinaT - Innsboro Trilogy 17 16 Jul 03, 2015 11:24PM  
Dissapointed 89 505 Jan 19, 2015 04:22PM  
  • New York to Dallas (In Death, #33)
  • Bad Boys Do (Donovan Brothers Brewery, #2)
  • Forever and a Day (Lucky Harbor, #6)
  • Only Yours (Fool's Gold, #5)
  • In Too Deep (Arcane Society, #10; Looking Glass Trilogy, #1)
  • Virgin River (Virgin River, #1)
  • An O'Brien Family Christmas (Chesapeake Shores, #8)
Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, and coming in December 2017, Year One -- the first book in The Chronicles of The One. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.
More about Nora Roberts...

Other Books in the Series

Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Last Boyfriend (Inn BoonsBoro, #2)
  • The Perfect Hope (Inn Boonsboro, #3)

Share This Book

“I've wanted to be with you when I didn't have the right to.” 43 likes
“So, you’re hitting on Clare the Fair.”

“I’m not hitting on her. I’m exploring the possibility of seeing her on social terms.”

“He’s hitting on her,” Owen said around a mouthful of chips. “You’ve still got that thing you had for her back in high school. Are you still writing bad song lyrics about heartbreak?”

“Suck me. And they weren’t that bad.”

“Yeah, they were,” Ryder disagreed. “But at least now we don’t have to listen to you playing your keyboard and howling them down the hall.”
More quotes…