Sunday, November 6, 2011
Romance Byte: Nora Robert's The Next Always
Series Connection: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1
Genre: Romance/ Ghosts
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Already getting mixed reviews even though it has only been out since Nov. 1, although I am dismayed to read that some of the reviewers haven't even read the book yet, but are giving their opinion on it and placing rankings.
A reviewer from Amazon, who apparently did read the book and gave it only 2 stars said: "More troubling, however, is the fact that it seems to be a novel-length advertisement for her inn, her husband's bookshop, and her son's pizzeria in Boonsboro, MD. The three main businesses in the book really exist and belong to her family. Granted, the characters are fictional, but it's rather tacky and somewhat creepy to use a novel in this way."
This is one of those cases where fans of Nora might want to pick up the book and read it themselves. I will say that many authors write what they know and readers who get upset because of this would probably be appalled at how many times this is done by other authors who aren't as well know as Nora.
The historic hotel in BoonsBoro, Maryland, has endured war and peace, changing hands, even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major facelift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect of 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 been waiting to kiss since he was fifteen…