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That Night on Thistle Lane

(Swift River Valley #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,419 ratings  ·  163 reviews
More than just make-believe 

Librarian Phoebe O'Dunn deals in stories, but her passion for history has taught her that happy endings are rare. Her life in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, is safe and uneventful...until she discovers the hidden room. 

Among its secrets is a cache of vintage clothing, including a spectacular gown-perfect for a gala masquerade in Boston. In the
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 22nd 2013)
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Brooke Banks
I won a copy through a First Reads Giveaway.

It was okay. I can see the appeal but it wasn't really for me. I was fine for an average 3 star rating til the end. Then I just sighed and rolled my eyes as the last reveal. Oh well. I think it's okay for what it is but I'm not a fan. I could have liked it more but it didn't work out that way.

I recommend for romance lovers, for Carla Neggers fans, and for a quick, light, easy breezy read. It references classic old fashioned love stories and is clearly
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was really hoping for more from this one. Even though the first book in the series didn't really do it for me, this one looked promising. There was a librarian involved! And a hidden sewing room! And old fashioned clothing, some of it patterned after dresses in movies! In the end, though, it left me with an overall feeling of...meh.

Much like with the first in the series, while reading this one I kept feeling as if the novel was hovering on the edge of being pretty good but it just never quite
Feb 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Bleh. I didn't read the first in this series, but I clearly wasn't missing much since the couple from that book carried straight on through this one (their wedding seemed like a bigger event than THIS book's HEA). In fact, that was one of my complaints about this book-- it was just too darn crowded.

There are no less than three (possibly four) romances cooking at the same time here, leaving little attention to devote to the main couple. Because there were so many of them, you don't really get a
Mary Gramlich
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Does it always have to be a struggle to figure out who I am?

Living in a small town and loving the life she leading has always been great for Phoebe O’Dunn. She has family, friends, her job at the library, and the history that comes alive around every corner.

The window of opportunity to expand her life came with Phoebe discovers a secret room hidden in the attic of the library. Someone had been in that room and created works of fashion masterpieces that helped Phoebe see a world outside her immed
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
That Night On Thistle Lane, was my first Carla Neggers novel so I really didn't know what to expect. I think the author did a good job with painting a beautiful picture in the reader's mind of small town life and I really liked the relationships between Phoebe and her mother and sisters. I appreciated the fact that even though Phoebe had her heart broken in the past she wasn't bitter at all. I mean, how many times has the whole scorned and angry, man hating woman character been done? She was tot ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
We meet up again with the people who live in Knights Bridge. This time the focus in on Phoebe O'Dunn who is the librarian in this delightful town. She discovers a hidden attic in the library filled with exquisite sewn costumes out of several movies. Who sewed them and where did she go? She wears one of them to a masquerade in Boston and dances with a captivating swashbuckler. Not knowing who either other is, they meet up again in Knights Bridge and figure it all out, including the mystery woman' ...more
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I just didn't get this book. I think maybe because I did not realize that it was the second in a series, maybe if I had read the first book it might have made some more sense. The story just kind of wandered around for a while without really going anywhere. I also had questions that were never answered. But, I have not read much Carla Neggers, so maybe if you love her other books then you will enjoy this.
Feb 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Mind numbing dialogue, constant repeating of storyline details, main characters act like they are in high school. The author believes readers forget from one page to the next what town they are in, every conversation or mental musing mentions Knightsbridge.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was right between "I did not like it" and "Okay". I'm disappointed that this book didn't focus more on one couple only. Instead, it drags in other couples and focuses on them too. These other couples ended up taking away from the main couple instead of adding on to them. In the end, I couldn't feel the attraction between Phoebe and Noah. Their relationship felt forced. There was some sort of mystery in this book too and I couldn't help but roll my eyes over how silly it was. It didn't ...more
Darlene Wilson
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Librarian Phoebe O'Dunn deals in stories, but her passion for history has taught her that happy endings are rare. Her life in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, is safe and uneventful...until she discovers the hidden room.

Among its secrets is a cache of vintage clothing, including a spectacular gown-perfect for a gala masquerade in Boston. In the guise of a princess, Phoebe is captivated by a handsome swashbuckler who's also adopted a more daring persona. Noah Kendrick's wealth has made him wary, e
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio version of this book. The narrator did a very good job of reading the different characters.

After reading this, I have the tune "Just and Old Fashion Love Song" stuck in my head. That's what this book really is. Just an old-fashion love story. Well, sorta. He was a billionaire and she was a librarian. This was a nice love story, nothing spectacular, it was just ok for me. I enjoyed listening to the story as I drove back and forth to work.

If you enjoy love stories, get th
Kristen Lewendon
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
After meeting Noah in the first book, I was hoping that he’d find hid forever in Knights Bridge just like his buddy Dylan did. I loved Phoebe from the very beginning She’s sweet and lovable, but she’s stubborn and takes too much on herself. I thought these two made an interesting pair, as they’ll always be challenging one another. I was also fascinated watching her sister’s possible reconciliation. There were a lot of different storylines happening during this book, but I thought they blended we ...more
Sally Lindsay-briggs
The best thing about this story was its large print. It was a very platonic rendering of the lives of Phoebe, the town librarian and Noah, a millionaire. There were some pleasing renderings of Phoebe's family and how they made soap and different items from their garden. There was a secret room and movie star clothes but the mystery didn't amount to much. Not much action and very little romance. It was a relief to be finished with this book. What a shame.
Virginia Lloyd
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
East and West

Another awesome book by Carla Neggers with just enough intrigue to keep Yuri out wondering yet hoping EaSt and West will merge. How could someone quiet and unAssuming be expected to venture forth out of her comfort zone? The strong women of the East have a lot going for them when meeting successful men from the West. Read That Night on Thistle Lane to see how the meetings go.
Emily Flood
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a good continuation of the Knights Bridge series, we learn more about the families that live there, and the secret attic room in the Library. There are new romances blooming and old ones seeming to be rekindled. We hear talk of the upcoming wedding. Entrepreneurs are being cultivated in new business ventures. There is just a lot going on in this novel and I can’t wait to start the next book in the series, and I have never been known to read series.
Anne Blyth
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
An engaging story with a mix of interesting characters and life in a small town as seen through the eyes of locals and big city billionaires. The characters are engaging and likeable, the intrigue as they research the history surrounding the library and a secret room adds another level to the story. I enjoyed this book.
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-o-p
Noah and Phoebe

I really enjoyed this book about a billionaire going to a mascara party and finding his princess. They came from completely different backgrounds so had to figure out their relationship. A great story.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a nice continuation in the small town lives of Nights Bridge. The characters are fun, well developed and likeable. There was enough mystery to keep you reading. I enjoyed it.
There are 2 light sex scenes.
Mary Lloyd
Mar 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Started with promise, but got lost in some stories that seemed to skip steps. The ending wash cheesy. Not my cup of tea
Julie C-F
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a bit excruciating to read. I just hurried through to know the ending.
Melva Clark
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
A love story in a small town.
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A little predictable in some spots and blindsides you in others, worth the Read!
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, audiobooks
Meh. Some weird story lines. Do men really meet women at a masquerade and then wonder what kind of herbs they like?????
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: carla-neggers
Loved it a great story with a brilliant end.
Cindy Rhodes
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the characters in this story. A great easy read.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Liked characters, plot and romance. However it was written a little funny and it wasn't very smooth reading. A lot of repeat/rehashing of stuff.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, librarian
For better or for worse, it was precisely what I needed right now.
charmaine White
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I've just bought books numbers 5 and 6. I'm really getting into this series.Really good stories and really interesting to.
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Carla Neggers' novel, That Night on Thistle Lane, is a captivating romance and mystery novel that left me fulfilled and happy. Neggers wrote a wonderful novel that pulled at my heartstrings, had me laughing, and at times left me scratching my head trying to figure out the mystery. From the beginning of That Night on Thistle Lane, it was apparent to me that Carla Neggers was a New York Times Bestselling Author. She was able to create 3-dimensional characters in which I fell in love with, she desi ...more
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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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