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Cider Brook (Swift River Valley #3)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,055 Ratings  ·  123 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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Mass Market Paperback, 378 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published November 13th 2013)
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Kelly Moran
Mar 13, 2014 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
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-suspense
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
Dec 06, 2015 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
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Slow starting. Could not figure out what Sam did that was so wrong. She did not lie. Loved the history of Knights Bridge, and the connection between the characters. There are a lot of spin offs from this story. Might be interesting to see where it goes. At least it held my interest.
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-loetud
Tutvustuse leiab blogist
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it

Cider Brook is the #3 in Swift River Valley. I like Swift River Valley. There are a lot of characters from past books that are back.
New characters. Small town life. Lots of secrets, romance, pirates. A welcoming feeling to the town.

Samantha studies pirates. She is following clues to Knights Bridge. She has her Uncle & cousin drop her and her backpack in middle of town. She finds her way to old Cider Mill in bad weather and breaks in. Soon she realizes it is on fire.

Justin is checking
Dec 30, 2013 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
Feb 25, 2014 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 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
Kristen Lewendon
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was a fun little read. I didn’t like it quite as much as the previous two, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I thought the pirate mystery that Samantha’s chasing was quite interesting. I liked all the pirate fun-facts scattered through the book. Justin could be the poster-child for the strong, silent type, but the sparks that flash between him and Sam are undeniable, and they light up the page from their very first meeting. I loved getting the chance to see Olivia and Dylan in action again, and t ...more
Bea  Charmed
Way too much fuss and angst over absolutely nothing; everyone just needed to get over themselves. Everyone in town acted like it was a huge deal that Samantha was in town and that she didn't want to say why she was there. Apparently out-of-towners are not allowed to have privacy. And the reason she was fired from her last job, smh. Just too much fuss over nothing. Good setting, interesting history and I liked most of the characters when they weren't being idiots.
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-o-p
Samantha and Justin

I really enjoyed this book about a pirate hunting woman and a carpenter/firefighter who I initially didn't trust each other. Can't wait to read the next in the series.
May 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
This book was really hard to follow. Disappointed that it was not as good as other books in this series.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, autumn
Fun! I was worried about how the pirate angle was going to work in a story about Quabbin, but it did in the end. Well enough, anyway.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed reading this book. It keeps pulling me deeper into the series. Can't wait to read the next one.
*I won this book from a good reads giveaway, in exchange for an honest review :)*
So, here's my review :)

This book was a 3 star for me. Their were a lot of things that I loved about this book, and of course their were some parts in the book that frustrated me like crazy, but you know, every book needs to have those parts to make the book interesting right?? So, let me give you a short summary;

Cider Brook can be either the 3rd book in the Sweet River Valley series, or, you can read it as a stand
Feb 28, 2014 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
Peggy Kralka
Mar 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Did not like this one! Hard to follow and boring to read.
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Cider Brook is the third novel in Neggers's Swift River Valley series. Readers who liked the earlier books will be pleased to see many familiar characters appear in this one. Olivia Frost, heroine of Secrets of the Lost Summer (Book 1) welcomes Samantha to The Farm at Carriage Hill, and Dylan McCaffrey consults with Justin often about the house the Sloans are building for Olivia and Dylan, who are planning a December wedding. Phoebe and Noah are scheduled to return from their honeymoon
☕ Kimberly
Feb 17, 2014 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
I think this is my favorite book of this series. There is just something about Carla Neggers' books that draws me in from the start. Maybe it's her beautifully crafted imagery, where I feel like I'm there in Knights Bridge with these characters, where I can easily picture the cool waters of the Quabbin and the changing scenery. Maybe it's her well-developed characters, where they all have their own personalities and it's easy to tell them apart. Maybe it's how she mixes mystery plus romance to c ...more
Stacy Sabala
Jan 24, 2014 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
Jan 16, 2014 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
Suspense Magazine
Jul 21, 2014 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
Kari Anderson
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
From Goodreads:
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 and salvage her good name. Justin remembers her well. He's the one who alerted her
Jan 24, 2014 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
L.M. 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
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2014
I have really been enjoying this series so far. Cider Brook is the third in this series about Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. A clue in a painting has led Samantha to investigate the possibility of pirate treasure in an old cider mill in the town. The problem is that she was fired by Dylan McCaffery's father a few months before he died. She has tremendous guilt about it and is hoping to slip in and out of the town unseen. Who knew that lightning would cause a fire and trap her inside the old cide ...more
Allyson Abu-hajar
Apr 19, 2014 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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Swift River Valley (8 books)
  • Secrets of the Lost Summer (Swift River Valley, #1)
  • That Night on Thistle Lane (Swift River Valley, #2)
  • Echo Lake (Swift River Valley, #4)
  • A Knights Bridge Christmas (Swift River Valley, #5)
  • The Spring at Moss Hill (Swift River Valley, #6)
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