Synopses & Reviews
Join New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers with the first book in the Swift River Valley series Secrets of the Lost Summer.
A wave of hope carries Olivia Frost back to her small New England hometown nestled in the beautiful Swift River Valley. She's transforming a historic home into an idyllic getaway. Picturesque and perfect, if only the absentee owner will fix up the eyesore next door.
Dylan McCaffrey's ramshackle house is an inheritance he never counted on. It also holds the key to a generations-old lost treasure he can't resist
any more than he can resist his new neighbor. Against this breathtaking landscape, Dylan and Olivia pursue long-buried secrets and discover a mystery wrapped in a love story
past and present.
"Readers will be turning the pages so fast their fingers will burn.... A winner!"
-Susan Elizabeth Phillips on Betrayals
"Brimming with Neggers's usual flair for creating likeable, believable characters.... She delivers a colorful, well-spun story..."
-Publishers Weekly on The Carriage House
"[Carla Neggers's] books have that magical ingredient too-the ability to pick me up and transport me into another world for a few hours...a few days..."
-M. J. Rose, international bestselling author of The Hypnotist
"Well-drawn characters, complex plotting and plenty of wry humor are the hallmarks of Neggers' books. Jo and Elijah are very well matched, and readers will root for their romance."
-RT Book Reviews on Cold Pursuit
"Showcases the award-winning Ms. Neggers' unique blend of quirky humor, sizzling romance and engrossing suspense, which combine to produce irresistibly entertaining novels."
-RT Book Reviews on Finding You
"A haunting romantic story." -Bookreporter on The Widow
"Worth the wait. Well plotted, with Neggers' trademark witty dialogue and crackling sexual tension, this is a keeper."
-RT Book Reviews on The Whisper
"Bestseller Neggers (The Whisper) spins a tale of stolen jewels, long-lost love, and other secrets in this engaging contemporary romance. Olivia Frost has returned to Knights Bridge, Mass., to turn a historic home into a getaway destination. A neighboring house is in disarray, so Olivia writes to the owner, Dylan McCaffrey, asking him to clean it up. Dylan has no idea his late father left him the property until he gets Olivia's note. Curious, he travels to Knights Bridge, where he and Olivia hit it off. Soon they are digging into the past, trying to find out why Dylan's father bought the house and what secrets its previous owner might have had. Lovely descriptions of the countryside add plenty of New England charm, but the romance between Olivia and Dylan is overshadowed by the more interesting flashbacks, secrets, and experiences of a secondary character." -Publishers Weekly
"Neggers captures readers' attention with her usual flair and brilliance and gives us a romance, a mystery and a lesson in history. She also presents breathtaking views of a real New England past and present, characters who stay with us long after we close the book and more than the one romance. Her story will engage readers all the way through." -RT Book Reviews, Top Pick, (4.5 stars)
This heartwarming tale is full of fascinating secondary characters, and enhanced by plot threads involving the long-term effects of a flooded valley, a search for stolen jewels, and long-ago passion." -Booklist, Starred Review
"Bestseller Neggers (The Whisper) spins a tale of stolen jewels, long-lost love, and other secrets in this engaging contemporary romance...Lovely descriptions of the New England countryside add plenty of charm." -Publishers Weekly
Stabbed in the back by an ambitious, underhanded colleague she'd befriended, award-winning graphic designer Olivia Frost takes a break from Boston and heads home to rural Knights Bridge to freelance and realize her dream of turning her recently purchased historic house into an upscale getaway destination. But the rundown property next door is a problem, and when Olivia's letter to the absentee owner brings sexy hockey star-turned-businessman Dylan McCaffrey to town instead of the elderly man she expects, her life, as well as Dylan's, takes a decidedly unpredictable turn. VERDICT A wealth of appealing, totally relatable characters (including well-matched protagonists), long-hidden secrets, and a lost treasure provide some delightful, heartfelt surprises in this cleverly plotted, well-researched, and beautifully described tale that rewards readers with an intriguing mystery as well as a deliciously satisfying romance. -Library Journal
"After Boston designer Olivia Frost befriends and graciously mentors Marilyn Bryson, teaching her the ropes and introducing her to important customers, Marilyn pulls an All About Eve move, and steals Olivia's clients. Devastated by the betrayal, Olivia returns to her small hometown of Knights Bridge, and decides to open a bed and breakfast. Although Olivia's place is neat and clean, the cottage next-door is in disrepair, and the overgrown yard is filled with trash and discarded appliances. Dylan didn't know his treasure-hunter father left him anything until, out of the blue, some woman writes to him, telling him to clean up his property. Little does he realize that the trash-covered path will lead to the love of his life. Neggers' lush descriptions of a New England winter turning to spring serve as a lovely metaphor for Olivia and Dylan's growing romance. This heartwarming tale is full of fascinating secondary characters, and enhanced by plot threads involving the long-term effects of a flooded valley, a search for stolen jewels, and long-ago passion." - Booklist, Starred Review
About the Author
Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 novels, novellas and short stories. Her work has been translated into 24 languages and sold in more than 30 countries. She is a popular speaker around the country as well as a founding member of the New England Chapter of RWA, past president of Novelists, Inc., and past vice president of International Thriller Writers. She and her husband live in a house on a hilltop not far from picturesque Quechee Gorge.