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Cider Brook (Swift River Valley #3)

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  681 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
Unlikely partners bound by circumstance…or by fate?

Being rescued by a good-looking, bad-boy firefighter isn't how Samantha Bennett expected to start her stay in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. Now she has everyone's attention—especially that of Justin Sloan, her rescuer, who wants to know why she was camped out in an abandoned old New England cider mill.

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Paperback, 378 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published November 13th 2013)
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Feb 11, 2014 Julia rated it liked it
I've read a great many Carla Neggers books, and count her among my favorite authors in her genre. She writes romantic suspense in a way that captures my attention and keeps it until the last page.

That said, this installment left me feeling a little let down. The story was good - I was engaged and I kept reading until the end - but it wasn't as good a tale as I have come to expect from this author. I never did understand why there was so much angst over Samantha's past dealings with Duncan McCaff
Kelly Moran
Mar 13, 2014 Kelly Moran rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews
Samantha Bennett just wanted to get in and out of Knights Bridge undetected. But her goal of doing that, and unearthing a three-hundred year old mystery while trying to salvage her good name, is thwarted when she's caught in the cider mill as it goes up in flames. Of course she's also rescued by good-looking Justin Sloan in the process. Now she's finding herself invited to weddings, falling in love with the town, and the center of attention. Justin's the one who alerted her former mentor to her ...more
Dec 09, 2015 Gail rated it really liked it
Nice story. Hero is a carpenter in a little town in Massachusetts. Heroine is ... not sure. She's the granddaughter of an explorer, has done a little treasure hunting, is an expert on actual historical pirates, and the hero sort of got her fired 2 years ago. She's sort of tracking down a pirate her granddad told her about, but not really ... Frankly, I found this story confusing. I got no real sense of the conflict in the story, or why anyone would care about what was apparently supposed to be t ...more
Dec 30, 2013 Ionia rated it liked it
I give this book an overall 3.5 stars. The story was interesting and complex, but the not as filled with action nor suspense as I would have believed from reading the blurb.

While this story has a relatively slow pace, it is still very well written. The main character has a lot of shadows in her past that must be dealt with before she can figure out what to do with her future, and Carla Neggers has always been good at spinning a good back story for her characters.

I didn't feel close to the main
Samantha (Sam) Bennett comes from a long line of explorers. In fact, her grandfather was well-known for his travels. Sam was cleaning out his Boston apartment when she discovers a picture of the Cider Brook mill among his records, along with a handwritten manuscript,The Adventures of Captain Farraday and Lady Elizabeth.
She decides to return to Knights Bridge. The last time she was there, it ended up getting her fired from her job. And Justin Sloan was one of the reasons she got fired.
This visit
Mar 07, 2014 Chris rated it it was ok
I thought this book was the weakest in this series. I felt that the author tried too hard to make you feel like Sam was guilty of some major crime against Duncan. Her supposed crime didn't feel like it was such a big deal to me. I just couldn't understand why everyone would be so suspicious of her and how they thought she could possibly harm any of them now with her research into the Cider Mill and pirates. None of them were ever involved in her previous employment situation with Duncan. That pa ...more
Nov 10, 2013 Hayzbaw rated it really liked it
From the blurb I assumed that the book would be a treasure hunt with action, adventure and bad guys trying to find the treasure first with the hero swooping in to save the day. The book isn't like that at all. The book follows Samantha who is on a personal journey to reconcile an incident from her past and discover her future. The author has very cleverly weaved a historical story throughout the book. Starting off with a pirate and his treasure and following on with a family who ran a cider mill ...more
Suspense Magazine
Jul 21, 2014 Suspense Magazine rated it really liked it
Sometimes fans of thrillers need a small respite from the frenetic pace found in novels overflowing with gun-toting madmen and sharp-shooting heroes. When that need arises, the romantic suspense genre is an ideal escape for this reviewer. “Cider Brook,” the third installment in the Swift River Valley series by New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers, was exactly what the doctor ordered. A picturesque autumn, quaint characters including an unconventional damsel in distress, and hunky hero ...more
Susan Kelley
Jun 30, 2014 Susan Kelley rated it really liked it
Listened to the audio version read by Susan Boyce. I wasn't aware this was the third in the series, though it became obvious with frequent mentions of prior occurrences in town. It still wasn't necessary to read the previous books, though.

Samantha Bennett is a treasure hunter chasing a lost pirate and his downed ship. Justin Sloane is a carpenter and volunteer firefighter in the sleepy New England town of Knight's Bridge. Their paths cross when Justin rescues Sam from his burning Cider Mill that
May 20, 2014 Pam rated it really liked it
Cider Brook is a novel by Carla Neggers. It is one of the Swift River Valley novels she has written. The novel started out rather slow for me. I had to put it down a time or two and come back to it. Finally I got far enough into it for it to catch my attention. Then it turned into a rather good book. She combines treasure hunting and mystery with romance.
Samantha Bennett has come to Knight’s Ridge to see if she could find anything to connect to Captain Benjamin Farraday having been this far inl
Katie Fink
***Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin MIRA for providing me with a copy for review***

3.5 stars

Samantha Bennett has spent a lot of her life in search of pirates. It's why she first came to Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, to research pirate Benjamin Farraday--on her previous trip, she was ratted out to her employer, and he discovered that she was a Bennett of the treasure hunting Bennetts and promptly fired her. Now she's back to find out what she can about her pirate. When she gets to town, she's c
Linda Ransom


This is the first Carla Neggers book I have read. I didn't know it was part of a series, but figured it out pretty quickly when she kept referencing things happening to the other characters. I did enjoy the book, which is about Samantha Bennett, a pirate-loving treasure hunter who ends up in a small town looking for the remains of a certain pirate, or his treasure. And I very much enjoyed the volunteer fire-fighter, Justin Sloan, w
Feb 28, 2014 Marlene rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

After having finished this story and had a chance to think about, it feels like the theme of Cider Brook is finding peace with the ghosts of the past. And that applies whether they are they are the ghosts of the long-dead past, or your own past.

A lot of the characters in the story are seeking redemption for something that they feel they did wrong, or think might have been the wrong thing. Part of the story is that the people they think they wronged have die
Cardyn Brooks
Mar 01, 2014 Cardyn Brooks rated it liked it
From someone who has read every Carla Neggers story ever written, Cider Brook was an engaging combination of historical references, modern courting between Sam and Justin, family saga, family mysteries, smalltown pros and cons, and treasure hunt to frame multiple redemption stories. This story is a return to authentic C.N. stroytelling form after the baffling disappointment of Declan's Cross.

The only odd theme is why Sam feels guilty about Duncan. Since when has disclosing every minute detail a
Feb 17, 2014 Lauri rated it liked it
(I received a copy of this novel through a GoodReads contest.) This was my first book by the author, and I was a little worried since it is part of a series; but I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I might. The story centers on Samantha Bennett, granddaughter of a treasure hunter and adventurer and herself an expert on pirates. Trying to decipher a mystery left behind by her grandfather, Samantha travels from Boston to Knight's Bridge - a town where she also has some unfinished and uncomf ...more
Stacy Sabala
Jan 30, 2014 Stacy Sabala rated it liked it
Book Review- Cider Brook by Carla Neggars

Samantha Bennett is a treasure hunter specializing in Pirates. Her grandfather was well known around the treasure hunting world. Since his death Sam has been sorting through his belongings. She is shocked at the size of the job. No wonder her family appointed her for it. She comes across an interesting painting of an old mill that her grandfather had stored in a closet. It is the mill at Cider Brook. The painting coupled with the story about a local pirat
Aug 01, 2015 Mei rated it did not like it
B-O-R-I-N-G! Boring! Boring! Much ado about nothing in a small town. This is the first Carla Neggers book I’ve read and I am completely unimpressed. The synopsis mentioned pirates, treasure hunting, romance and suspense…Where exactly was it? I must have misread the synopsis thinking there was going to be some treasure hunting and adventure. There is no chemistry whatsoever between Justin Slone (Bad-boy?! More like choir boy) and Samantha Bennett (not the sharpest knife in the drawer) and there i ...more
Jan 24, 2014 Angela rated it liked it
2.5 stars.

It's kind of funny - when I love a book and it's perfect for me, the review is easy and fun to write. But when I am ambivalent, a review is much more difficult to write. My sentences don't flow as well, my organization is off. So, the writing of this review reflects some of the disjointedness I perceived in Cider Brook.

Cider Brook got me curious about pirates and the Quabbin and all kinds of New England history that I've never been interested in before. I wished for more facts and so
Jun 08, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it
Nice love/adventure story. Third in the series. Enjoy reading her books. Nice, interesting stories.

Being rescued by a good-looking, bad-boy firefighter isn't how Samantha Bennett expected to start her stay in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. Now she has everyone's attention—especially that of Justin Sloan, her rescuer, who wants to know why she was camped out in an abandoned old New England cider mill.

Samantha is a treasure hunter who has returned to Knights Bridge to solve a 300-year-old mystery
Mar 15, 2014 Alicia rated it it was amazing
I love Carla Neggers and her stories are amazing. This is the newest book and I couldn't put it down once I started reading. Samantha is going through her grandfather's house and finds some interesting clues about a pirate that may relate to a mill on Cider Brook. She is convinced that it is located near Knights Bridge so she goes to investigate. She discovers a mill on Cider Brook in the middle of a thunderstorm and picks a lock to get in out of the storm. While she is resting, lighting strikes ...more
Beth Mills
Mar 08, 2014 Beth Mills rated it liked it
A painting of a cider mill and a handwritten manuscript about a lady and a pirate bring treasure hunter Samantha Bennett back to Knightsbridge. Hot on the trail of pirate treasure Samantha finds the mill but has to be rescued by local Justin Sloan when a suspicious fire breaks out. Sparks fly as well between Samantha and Justin; however there's a lot these two aren't telling each other that keeps getting in the way of a deeper relationship. The New England small town setting is well drawn and ap ...more
Allyson Abu-hajar
May 09, 2014 Allyson Abu-hajar rated it really liked it
I thought this was an interesting read. Samantha Bennett, is a treasure hunter, and stumbles upon an old painting and a story involving a private and an aristocrat lady. Sam goes back to old stomping grounds, where she had been caught snooping that cost her a job with Duncan McCaffrey; for not sharing that information with him. Her reasonings weren't as dire as her former boss and those around him thought. Returning to Knights Bridge, Sam breaks into an old Cider Mill to get out of a severe stor ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
CIDER BROOK by Carla Neggers is an exciting Romantic Suspense set in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. #3 in " A Swift River Valley Novel" series, but can be read as a stand alone. See, "SECRETS OF THE LOST SUMMER" and "THAT NIGHT ON THISTLE LANE".

Meet Samantha Bennett and Justin Sloan. Samantha is on a quest to find or solve a 300-year old mystery at Cider Mill, she is a treasure hunter and out to redeem her good name. Justin, doesn't trust Samantha and therefore, is having her watched.

Ms. Negger
Charlotte Lynn
Feb 24, 2014 Charlotte Lynn rated it really liked it
This is my first Carla Neggers book. From the synopsis I was expecting it to be a mushy, lovie, and romantic story. It was a love and romance story, but there was so much more to that. Cider Brook is a story of a woman, Samantha, who returns to Knights Bridge to redeem herself. The fact that she worked there for two days and was fired earlier in her life stayed with her. She felt the need to go back and show that she wasn’t there to pull one over on her ex-boss. Little did she know that she woul ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Kimberly rated it liked it
Samantha Bennett comes from a long line of treasure hunters. Her grandfather got her started on a hunt for a pirate and his lost treasure. That has led her back to Knights Bridge to solve a three hundred year old mystery and to salvage her good name. Justin remembers Samantha as he spotted her a year ago and notified her mentor she was snooping around. A storm, a break-in and a rescue bring these two face to face but can they trust each other and find something more?

Samantha is cautious, curious
Virginia Campbell
Author Carla Neggers continues her "Swift River Valley" series with Book Three, "Cider Brook", an adventurous tale sure to please lovers of romantic suspense. Treasure hunter Samantha Bennett makes an unexpected discovery while sorting through her late grandfather's vast, rambling collection of belongings--a painting of a New England cider mill and the rough draft of a manuscript. Intrigued, and unable to resist the mystery, Samantha finds herself returning to the site of the mill, Knights Bridg ...more
Emily Higgins
Jun 28, 2014 Emily Higgins rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Lame story. Heroine spends most of the story feeling guilty that she did not tell her former employer 2 years ago about her ancestry. Most of the characters (and there are a lot of characters) reminder her regularly about her betrayal. It is hard to keep track of the cast of characters in this book. The many characters must have relevance to previous stories, which I have not read. Until the last 3 or 4 chapters, the hero and heroine share one kiss, have met just a week ago, but are sure they lo ...more
Mar 30, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Who doesn't like a pirate's tale?

"Cider Brook" started out with too many secondary characters; I kept trying to keep track of all of them. Also, the story was a bit disjointed and took a while to get into its groove. That was probably the first third of the book.

But then character development improved, especially of the two protagonists - Samantha Bennett, pirate researcher/treasure hunter, and Justin Sloan, carpenter/volunteer fireman.

I liked the last 2/3 of the book. Funny, romantic, exciting.
Sharon Chance
Mar 04, 2014 Sharon Chance rated it it was amazing
"Cider Brook" is the third book in Carla Neggers' "Swift River Valley" series, and highlights the story of Justin Sloan and Samantha Bennett.

Having not read the first books in this series, I was a little lost at first. There is a huge cast of characters involved with this storyline and a lot of backstory to catch up with. But I soon found that I was fascinated by interaction between Justin and Samantha and could leave the rest of the folks in the background. This is a lively, feisty and fast-p
Feb 26, 2014 Pam rated it really liked it
The third in a series about this beautiful area of the world and the engaging people that live here, I was entertained and immersed in this story about trust and family.

Samantha Bennett is a treasure hunter and it seems she was born into the profession. Most of those in her family are famous for their own archeological adventures so when she comes to a place looking for pirates and treasure, she can’t do it quietly. Her grandfather passed away over two years ago and she has been going through an
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