Secrets of the Lost Summer (Swift River Valley, #1)
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A wave of hope carries Olivia Frost back to her small New England home town 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 generat...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Mira (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nikki  Peterson
Oliva Frost returns to her hometown in New England next to the Quabbin Reservoir to heal after being stabbed in the back by a "friend". Prior to moving she was at the top of her career as a graphic designer. She helped a her friend Marilyn, out of a slump in her career and Marilyn's a rising star. That rising star, went after Oliva's high profile client. Hurt, she decides to return home to a historic house that she had purchased and had been planning in a couple of years, afer she got more money...more
Amy Lignor
Two extremely interesting plotlines are melded together in this latest ‘gift’ from Carla Neggers. A story taking place in the late 1930’s - just before the start of World War II - intermingles perfectly with a story of Olivia Frost, a graphic designer living in present day Boston.

After some serious professional setbacks in her career, Olivia leaves her job and returns to her hometown of Knights Bridge in Western Massachusetts. Buying a historic home, she plans to follow what has been her dream f...more
Carrie
Reviewed for Speaking of Audiobooks column on AAR. http://www.likesbooks.com/blog/?p=8353

2.5 stars
Grade C

Narrated by Susan Boyce

I haven’t read Carla Neggers before but it’s my understanding that she usually writes romantic suspense. I admit that’s what I thought I’d be getting with Secrets of a Lost Summer. Instead I got the feeling someone told Neggers that small-town contemporary romances are the thing right now, and she set about writing one. That would probably have been fine if the book did...more
Holly
After losing one of her biggest clients to a so called friend in Boston, Olivia decides to come home and rebuild her business. Instead of designing she buys an old run down house so that she can host parties/showers/tea parties for the town. The only problem? The eyesore next door won't have the guests coming back.

Dylan gets a letter from Olivia asking if he could move the junk from his property, or better yet, she'll do it for him. The problem? Dylan has no clue what the woman is talking about...more
Jonetta
Olivia Frost was a successful graphic designer working for a top design firm in Boston...until she was professionally betrayed by her best friend. Olivia decides to move back to her hometown of Knights Bridge and turn the period home she recently purchased into a destination travel location. Dylan McCafferty comes into the picture when she contacts him in San Diego, asking him to clean up his adjacent property, which has been vacant since purchase for over two years. He had no idea he owned the...more
Carolyn Hill
In a continuing attempt to broaden my rather uppity view of the romance genre, I tried Secrets of the Lost Summer by Carla Neggers. Neggers is known primarily for her romantic suspense, a genre I liked from the 1960's and 1970's masters like Mary Stewart but can't seem to get enthusiastic about in its contemporary rendition. This, however, is not a romantic suspense, but more of a small town contemporary romance. There is a mystery from the past, but there are no life and death stakes. I found t...more
Amanda
Book #65 of 2012

Started reading this on the plane ride back. I'd read one other Carla Neggers book and thought it was mostly OK.

I liked the story in this book, it is more of a slow moving book. I can read a chapter or two and not feel like I NEED to know what happens next.

It probably would have gotten 4 stars except for some complaints.
First, what is WITH this author and her complete scene changes with no break? Literally one paragraph will be about character A and the next somewhere different a...more
Kim
May 20, 2013 Kim rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Kim by: library websiteI think
I started out liking this book but it soon got annoying. Everyone in Olivia's family (except her father) has anxiety issues. No one tells each other the truth. Her mother is seeing a therapist, but when asked if her husband knows, she says it isn't his business - then who the hell's business is it?! And the conversations between Olivia & Dylan were odd. I found the other storyline with Grace pretty lame once you found out what was going on - no huge secret, no big deal. Everyone was so secre...more
Dorothy Timm
One of the most interesting books I've read, plus I loved the writing style. I'll be honest about the interest-that was probably mostly because I was brought up in the area of the Quabbin Reservoir, where this book was set, and yet I never knew or cared to know the History. Now I can't wait to go back up there, visit the visitor's center and learn more of the history. And the love story itself was such a sweet romance. Some have said it was slow moving, but to me the pace was just right. I adore...more
Julie Barrett

secrets of the lost summer by Carla Neggera
Boston designer Olivia Frost friend Marilyn is taking her clients from her!
She acquires an home home in Knightsbridge and is going to restore an old home into an idyllic getaway.
She sends the owner a note to clean up their yard from the old refrigerator etc. Dylan McCafferey now owns the house next door from his late father. Nobody knows why he wanted the house so Dylan has a lot of investigative work to do. He was a treasure hunter...
She is able to s...more
Cynthia
Olivia Frost is a Boston graphic designer who quits her job to move to her small hometown and open a venue where she can host weddings, showers, conferences and so on.

Dylan McCaffrey inherited a rundown house that is next to Olivia's property. He has no idea that he inherited this property from his father until Olivia writes to him requesting that he clean up the trash from his yard, as it's an eyesore. Oh, did I mention that Dylan's father was a treasure hunter? Dylan also inherited a trunk ful...more
Michelle
Pleasant, but not especially memorable book. What most held my attention was the description of the rustic small town Massachusetts setting more than the love story or the family drama. There are several plotlines in this book which were sometimes organized in a rather disjointed fashion- the story sometimes switches rather dramatically from one plotline to another when a new chapter began and I needed a moment to realize that the story had now shifted from the present to the 1938 storyline.

The...more
Jacqueline Seewald
This is one of Carl Neggers best novels. Olivia Frost is a sympathetic character who the reader cares about from the first. She is striving to build a life for herself. Like her mother and sister, she suffers from panic attacks and find it difficult to travel. This is presented realistically. The romance between herself and Dylan McCaffrey includes an interesting mystery that had me interested from first to last. An exceptional read.
PepsiGirl
I liked this story even though it didn't have ANY heat to it. I mean none. It was a good story strictly PG, maybe PG 13 at the most. The plot was interesting secrets kept by a 92 year old woman, missing jewels. The history of the Quabbin was quite interesting, and this is where Carla Neggers actually was from. So it was tastefully done.
Joy
Wow, that was terrible. I've read Neggers' romantic-suspense (enjoyable fluff) but this is straight romance, and there lack of any meaningful conflict in the plot left me wondering what the point of the story was.
Michele
The first book in the Swift River Valley series and an excellent start it was! Treasure hunting, thieves, jerks, new beginnings, mysteries, phobias & true love: a little something for everyone. Delicious.
Nancy
Nice read. Quick, keeps your interest, adds some history, add a touch of love.

A wave of hope carries Olivia Frost back to her small New England home town 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...more
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Paula Ratcliffe
This book I bought through Harlequin’s reader group. It’s the story of Olivia Frost who moves out of Boston after someone she thought was her friend stole her biggest client, feeling hurt she returns home to Knights Bridge hoping to turn a house into a profitable business, the only problem she sees is the eye sore down the street once owned by a local school teacher Grace Webster who sold it to Ducan MCaffrey. Grace decides to write to Duncan hoping he wil clean up the old refrigerator and washe...more
Rebecca
Graphic designer Olivia Frost has just been stabbed in the back by another designer she had considered her best friend, and so Olivia has left her job in Boston and returned to her hometown of Knightsbridge in Western Massachusetts to start a new life and new career. As she works on reinventing a historical farmhouse as a party and conference destination, she eyes with distaste the junked-up yard of her nearest neighbor, and writes the absentee owner about it. Dylan McCaffrey, former hockey play...more
Michelle
Olivia life has been turned upside down when a supposed friend that she has been mentoring takes one of her key clients and moves in to her design firm in Boston. She decides that it is time to make a change and returns to her small hometown to open a retreat/conference/party space. Olivia writes a letter to the absentee owner of the rundown property adjacent to hers, thinking that the older man who bought it will at least give her permission to clean it up so that the yard looks presentable. Sh...more
Rhonda
Review:Secrets of the Lost Summer by Carla Neggers
4 STARS
Well I had to stay up late to finish the book. It was a enjoyable read.
Oliva Frost lived in Boston for the last 5 years. But last fall bought a early nineteen hundred home in her hometown Knights Bridge to slowly turn into a business. Oliva planned to open a place for weddings, parties and someday mini conference stays.
Oliva is a graphic designers and she had a lunchen date with her biggest client.
Her friend Maggie she had been helping he...more
Bry
The first book I read by Carla Neggers was Saint's Gate and I loved it. I decided after reading it that I would read any book by Neggers because I assumed they would all be as suspenseful, romantic, and plot twisted. If I had read this book first though...I probably wouldn't have read another book by her. Now don't get me wrong, the book was ok, just not what I expected from the author and not what I was in the mood for when I picked it up.

This book is about Olivia, a talented graphic designer...more
ExLibris_Kate
2.5 Stars

There were things that I liked about this book, but there were also aspects that I found to be a little too unbelievable. Olivia's entire reason for leaving Boston was a betrayal, but that incident didn't seem serious enough to warrant a complete life change. I just didn't see the anger and hurt in her character that might cause a person to pick up their life and move. This was an issue that I had with Olivia's character throughout the whole book. She is a person who has built a lot of...more
Linda Bridges
Olivia Frost moves from Boston, where her job in a graphic design firm has tanked thanks to a supposed friend who is stealing her client, and goes back to her hometown of Knights Bridges in New England. She has previously purchased an old home there which she plans to fix up, hold luncheons, teas, showers, etc., and maybe eventually turn it into a bed and breakfast.
A major problem is the nearest neighborhood property, a house that formerly belonged to Grace Webster, retired teacher. It has bee...more
Aislynn (Stitch Read Cook)
Olivia has returned to her hometown to transform her beautiful historic home into a retreat, some place she can share with friends, family and colleagues. The only thing standing in her way of perfection is the run down, garbage filled house and yard next door. After writing polite but firm letter, she hopes that it will be remedied before her grand opening.

Dylan's life is exactly the way he likes it; all that changes when a letter throws a wrench in it. He had no idea he had inherited a house f...more
Jennifer Estep
Secrets of the Lost Summer by Carla Neggers is a contemporary romance.

When a friend steals a client from her, graphic designer Olivia Frost decides to finally pursue her dream of moving back to her small Massachusetts hometown and opening up a bed and breakfast-type home to host showers, weddings, and more. However, the property next to hers is in a state of disarray, so she writes to the owner in hopes of being allowed to clean up the grounds herself. To her surprise, the owner, ex-hockey playe...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://www.longandshortreviews.blogsp...

Curiosity about others’ secrets just keeps niggling sometimes--even when we know “we all have a right to our secrets”.

Olivia Frost’s simple letter to an absentee owner of property near her sets in motion curiosities and sends ripples of unease through some people in the picturesque community of Knights Bridges in New England—not the least of whom is the ninety plus-year-old Grace Webster, the now-retired English and Latin teacher of K...more
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