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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 08, 2012 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 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
Jul 18, 2012 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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Carly Ellen Kramer
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
More mystery than romance, this book was not what I was expecting. That said, it was a lovely, lingering read!
Amanda
Nov 02, 2012 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 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
Dorothy Timm
Jan 25, 2013 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
Jacqueline Seewald
May 02, 2012 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.
PepsiGirl
Mar 13, 2013 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.
Sam Kozbial
Apr 04, 2016 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.
Michele
May 06, 2013 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.
Joy
Mar 11, 2012 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.
Rochelle
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Interestingly I had just been reading about the "Lost Towns of the Quabbin" before picking this up, and I didn't realize that it was about that as well.
It was okay...it was too descriptive at times for my liking but sometimes that's what chick lit is like.
Triinu
Dec 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-loetud
Naistekas, kus lugu kulgeb vaikses tempos. Mõnus rahulik lugemine.
Laeti
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Si le synopsis et le début du roman m'ont emballée, je dois avouer qu'après je me suis un peu ennuyée. L'histoire est sympa, avec un brin d'originalité et les personnages intéressants mais c'est looonnnnng !!! J'ai trouvé pas mal de longueurs et ça manquait de peps.

Malheureusement l'histoire d'amour ne rattrapait même pas cette impression de lenteur. Je l'ai trouvée survolée, rien de folichon et vraiment très soft pour le coup ! J'en voulais plus !!! Surtout que je trouvais le couple doux et mi
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Cat C
I'm tagging this as time travel not because anyone traveled back in time, but because the contemporary storyline is interspersed with diary entries from the mid-twentieth century so there are plots moving forward in two different periods of history. Unfortunately, I found the historical plot infinitely more captivating than the contemporary--unfortunate because there's a little one-page excerpt for every twenty or so pages of the main contemporary plot. I wish it had been reversed, because the p ...more
Mette Barfelt
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: carla-neggers
Enjoyable read

This author is new to me and I like her way of writing.
I enjoy reading about small towns and secrets. The book has both mystery and romance and I love the setting.
But the switches in viewpoint is very frustrating. It breaks the flow of the story when I have to think all the time which character is talking. There is no space at all between the viewpoints, and they switch all the time. Not even one line of space. This could easily have been separated with some stars and would take le
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Tracy
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As someone who had a Grandmother take secrets to her grave this book really spoke to me. I wish my grandmother had left a book behind like Grace Webster was planning to do. But so far I haven't found one. I love how Carla Neggers interweaves several story lines together in this book without it ever getting confusing. A little history, a little mystery and more than a little romance. I look forward to reading more from the Swift River Valley series.
Amanda
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a very slow romance novel. I enjoyed that all the characters were grown ups making grown up decisions, but that makes for slow reading often. The jewel heist aspect of the book was very interesting, as was learning about Quabbin. I was happy to read about New England when I'm travelling away, but I wouldn't recommend this book to the avid romance reader.
Cindy
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dylan and Olivia

I loved this story about two unlikely people meeting and falling in love. Olivia has moved back to her hometown. Dylan inherited a house from his father and doesn't know why. Both try to figure it out. A great book.
Tracy
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the history and storytelling!
Charline
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this light reading
Laurie
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting tale interspersed with facts about the Quabbin Reservoir, something so close that I know so little about.

#SummerSecretsReadathon
Cynthia
Jun 07, 2014 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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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
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Bry
Aug 31, 2012 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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Carolyn Hill
Jun 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Rhonda
Jan 06, 2012 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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Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sharpe & Donovan series featuring Boston-based FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan, and the popular Swift River Valley series set in the small, fictional New England town of Knights Bridge. With many bestsellers to her credit, Carla loves to write now as much as she did when she climbed a tree at age eleven with a pad and pen a ...more
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