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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
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Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Mira
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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
Nikki  Peterson
May 25, 2012 Nikki Peterson rated it really liked it
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
Jan 24, 2012 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it
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
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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
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Holly
Aug 14, 2012 Holly rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
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Dorothy Timm
Jan 31, 2013 Dorothy Timm rated it it was amazing
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
Amanda
Jan 28, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it
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
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Kim
May 20, 2013 Kim rated it it was ok
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
Debbe
Sep 10, 2016 Debbe rated it it was ok
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Pam
Jul 15, 2015 Pam added it
AUTHOR: Neggers, Carla
TITLE: Secrets of the Lost Summer
DATE READ: 02/19/15
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS Fiction/2012/Mira/344 pgs
SERIES/STAND-ALONE: #1 in Swift River Valley series
TIME/PLACE: Present/ MA
CHARACTERS: Olivia Frost/graphic designer; Dylan McCaffrey/ former professional hockey player
FIRST LINES: Olivia Frost dribbled water from a measuring cup onto herb seedlings lined up in tiny pots on the windowsill above her kitchen sink.
COMMENTS: This is my 1st time reading
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Pam
Feb 10, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing
Secrets of the Lost Summer is book one of the Swift River Valley series by Carla Neggers. The characters are realistic and beautifully developed. The setting is ideal for the plot. Any really old town is full of secrets that no one will ever know. Some of this town’s secrets may be revealed.
Olivia Frost was a faithful friend and willing to do whatever it took to help a friend out. She helped Marilyn get her career back on line. Little did she know that when she did that, Marilyn would ste[ in a
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Julie Barrett
Jun 11, 2014 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it

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
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Cynthia
Jun 08, 2014 Cynthia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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
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Jacqueline Seewald
May 02, 2012 Jacqueline Seewald rated it it was amazing
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.
Sam Kozbial
Sep 26, 2016 Sam Kozbial rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, audiobooks
Rating: 3.5 Stars

This was a cute romance. At first, I did not understand why Grace occupied such a big part of the story until her big reveal. Wow! I did not see that coming. The banter between Oliva and Dylan was entertaining, and I enjoyed the time they spent together. These two were killing me with how long they danced around each other, but it was worth it in the end.
PepsiGirl
Mar 15, 2013 PepsiGirl rated it really liked it
Shelves: rated-pg
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.
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Sometimes you pick up a book on a whim, and it turns out to be amazing. And sometimes you pick up a book and it ends up not being amazing. The latter is the case with Secrets of the Lost Summer by Carla Neggers. Honestly, I just found this book dreadfully dull.

Secrets of the Lost Summer had a lot of things that I generally love in a romance. There’s a quaint, small town, restoring an old house, a good-looking neighbor (of a sort) and a lost treasure. Doesn’t that sound so exciting? I thought it
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Stephanie
Synopsis: 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 th ...more
Joy
Mar 11, 2012 Joy rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, american, 21c
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
May 19, 2013 Michele rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 24, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it
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
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Amy
Jun 07, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
I loved it. I'm not sure how to classify it . . . it was a sweet romance showing Olivia and Dylan meeting and falling in love, but it also explored the relationships and challenges of the Frost family--parents and sisters--overcoming their past to enjoy a happy present and future, and on top of all that was the wonderful mystery that gave the book its name: was there a treasure? how did it get there? and where did it end up? Neggars has a beautiful writing style and does an amazing job of weavin ...more
Triinu
Feb 07, 2016 Triinu rated it liked it
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Michelle
Sep 11, 2015 Michelle rated it it was ok
Shelves: from-mom, series
There's a reason I don't read many of these at a time. Neggers is just....meh. I try not to be too critical because it's not really my genre. Anything falling under the "romance" header usually has to have something supporting it: romantic *thriller*, *paranormal* romance. Like that. But it goes beyong that. Her other serious about the Boston cops is somewhat better but they all have one major issue: her writing. It not terrible, but neither is it good. There's always something missing. The char ...more
Kat
Jul 28, 2013 Kat rated it liked it
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Rebecca
Feb 24, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
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
Dec 09, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
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
Jan 06, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Bry
Oct 07, 2012 Bry rated it it was ok
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
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