Good morning, and welcome to another Friday Potpourri event, in which we celebrate Book Beginnings, hosted by A Few More Pages; and The Friday 56, led by Freda’s Voice.

How to participate?  Just feature a book you’re reading (or about to read) and share the opening lines, along with your reactions, if you like; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

That’s it!  Then link up and visit everyone else to see what they’re spotlighting.

Today I’ve grabbed a book from next week’s stack.  It’s the beginning of a new trilogy by Nora Roberts, called The Next Always.  I’m totally ready for something romantic!

About the Book: 

“America’s favorite writer” (The New Yorker) begins an all-new trilogy-inspired by the inn she owns and the town she loves.

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…


Beginning:  The stone walls stood as they had for more than two centuries, simple, sturdy, and strong.  Mined from the hills and the valleys, they rose in testament to man’s inherent desire to leave his mark, to build and create.

I love descriptions of settings, and this one…this building, will be at the center of this tale as it gets its “facelift” and becomes the inn around which romance will flow. 


P. 56:  But really, had she ever noticed, really noticed, how strong and wonderfully shaped Beckett’s mouth was?  Gorgeous—she knew that, too.


Now we’re talking!  lol

What did you discover within the pages of your chosen books?  I hope you’ll come on by and share….


  1. I’ve never read any of Nora Robert’s books but that’s about to change. Your post left me wanting for more! This book will definitely be going on my ‘to read’ list.


    1. Oh, my! lol

      Actually, I’ve heard that one before, and maybe it’s those of us of a “certain age” who have been reading her for years. I haven’t read one of her books in awhile, though, so I’m glad to be returning.

      Thanks for stopping by, Helen.


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