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The Next Always (The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy) Perfect Paperback – Illustrated, November 1, 2011
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- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Perfect Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425243214
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425243213
- Product Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.85 x 8.2 inches
- Publisher : Berkley; Illustrated Edition (November 1, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,102,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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book sale so I thought they I'll surprise here with a book by one of her favorite authors. So when I surprised her with this new book she returns the surprise that she's already read the. I then stuck it in my library and went back to reading my own type of book.
For some reason I could not get away from looking at this book setting in my library and then I made
my big mistake I opened the book and started to read a little. Will about four hours later I realize that this was a heck of a good book. It has everything you could want in a book from mystery, suspense, crime and romance. There is even ghost as a great bonus.
This is not a book you should pass on. You should grab on and take it for the full ride.
Loved the 3 stories, all the characters, and the variety of personalities. Enjoy
I read Nora Roberts ''Novel's''. Some of her earlier books are / were listed as Romances, but too ''Sweet'' for me.. I prefer the novels. Enjoy.
From the very start, I felt this: "I'm trying to force myself through this piece of garbage because it was the single most expensive Kindle download that I've ever purchased of hers. I'm trying not to acknowledge that I spent $13.00 on one of the worst books I've ever read AND that was for a lousy digital download. Normally I like her work. It's predictable or rather decidedly formulaic, but I've always relied on that from her writing. This time, it's literally painful to push through it."
I have FINALLY finished it after taking breaks in between so as not to want to kill the shallowly portrayed "heroine" and to shake the cobwebs of sheer boredom over the ornate descriptions of PUNCH LISTS. From the very first few chapters I was already fed up with hearing the details of the Inn rehab. Seriously....electrical outlet placement??? But after forcing through it to get to the "meat" I found that the "main" female character Clare was so flat and basically obnoxious in her stating repetitively how important her self-reliance was, that my only conclusion regarding her male counterpart is that he is secretly masochistic. Why else would he be even vaguely interested in her? She's not nice. She's got three children in tow and every other chapter she's either snapping on someone or apologizing for doing it by "explaining" her repetitively bad behavior.
In reading this I found that we had to suffer through endless descriptives about, (as I mentioned above,) the electrical wiring including the outlet boxes, drywall and a miserably long interlude into tile installation complete with grouting and spacers. Don't think that you'll just be getting a really romantic "how to" on any of these things. There is no instructional benefit here. There's just endless and in my opinion, mindless descriptives about absolutely nothing of value to the story. At one point I said to myself, "If they mention those piano spindles on the front porch again, I may be sick." Fortunately they moved on to fawning incessantly over the entranceway "tile rug".
In this nightmare disguised as a romance novel, we were treated to such gems as a weekend of a flu bug with two of Clare's kids. This included one vomiting and another's refusal to eat until the grandparents brought in groceries that had to include Chicken and Stars Soup. Her wonderful, loving parents brought over groceries for Clare and didn't take any money for them. That's it. That's what we know about the grandparents so far, but we know all you can imagine about the drywall and electrical outlets!
There was one other delightful description. There were a few pages describing Clare walking each of her sleepy sons to go pee, tugging down their pants etc, and not flushing in between so that.....I dunno why. Just to gross me out I think. Are you bored with my review notes, yet? Welcome to my world. That's the book, folks. Honest.
This is such a terrible piece of writing that I can honestly say that if it had been the first thing of hers I had ever read, it would most certainly be my last.
Fortunately they offered a snippet of volume two in this trilogy at the end of the download. In it we started again with....you guessed it, a complete review of the rehabbing of the hotel complete with the inset "tile rug" again. This reassured me in my decision NOT to purchase it. This is the sort of book that should come with a refund option!
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It is populated with some interesting characters, but all in all, I was relieved to reach the end of the story.
I'm so sorry that I can give only two stars for this, but I know that Nora Roberts has a wide fan base and many do enjoy her stories.
I always try to find something about a book I like too, and I suppose this was cosy, middle town America that we all know and love, but that's it.
Unrealistic, 2 dimensional people, endless DIY information. Perhaps somewhere after the pages and pages of boring details there was a plot, maybe a bit of adventure, but sadly I had to concede and bin this.
Now I hear this is an actual hotel, so it all seems like a cynical way to plug that. I should have realised.
I don't often pick up romance novels so I believe that The Next Always is the first Nora Roberts novel I've read. It's certainly the first in a very long time and likely to be the last too. I was disappointed at just how bland and formulaic the story was. Essentially just a long advertisement for the Boonsboro Inn - is Roberts an owner? - most of the book is taken up with lists of the luxurious furniture and fittings. We also meet a perfectly nice widow, Clare, who has nice children and falls in love with the nice man, Beckett, doing up the Inn. Surrounded by their nice friends and community, they overcome minor perils and, presumably, go on to live happily ever after as a Family.
Based on this one novel, I have no idea how Roberts sells so many thousands of books. I have read far more inventive fare from relatively unknown indie authors who could seriously benefit from 1% of her publicity, yet are ignored in favour of this drivel. Yawn.