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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (492 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carla Neggers Narrator: Susan Boyce Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Swift River Valley Series Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781482974676
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A wave of hope carries Oliva 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 in an inheritance he never counted on. It also holds the key to a generations-old lost treasure he can’t resist—any more than he can resist his new neighbor. Against this breathtaking landscape, Dylan and Olivia pursue love-buried secrets and discover a mystery wrapped in a love story—past and present.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Neggers spins a tale of stolen jewels, long-lost love, and other secrets in this engaging contemporary romance…Lovely descriptions of the countryside add plenty of New England charm.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Negger’s lush descriptions of a New England winter turning to spring serve as a lovely metaphor for Olivia and Dylan’s growing romance. This heartwarming tale is full of fascinating secondary characters and enhanced by plot threads involving the long-term effects of a flood valley, a search for stolen jewels, and long-ago passion.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A wealth of appealing, totally relatable characters (including well-matched protagonists), long-hidden secrets, and a lost treasure provide some delightful, heartfelt surprises in this cleverly plotted, well-researched, and beautifully described tale that rewards readers with an intriguing mystery as well as a deliciously satisfying romance.”

    Library Journal

  • “Susan Boyce lends a clear and expressive voice as narrator. She deftly moves from one main character to the other, bringing the nuances of their personalities to life in her dramatizations…Boyce’s adroit handling of pace and timing makes an intriguing plot even more seductive.”

    AudioFile

  • “Neggers captures readers’ attention with her usual flair and brilliance and gives us a romance, a mystery, and a lesson in history. She also presents breathtaking views of a real New England past and present, characters who stay with us long after we close the book, and more than the one romance. Her story will engage readers all the way through.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Serena Snead | 2/6/2014

    " Read this one in a day "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terric853 | 2/3/2014

    " Couldn't warm to any of the characters, although a plot twist made me cry at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 karen otto | 1/20/2014

    " Carla Neggars slightly shifts from the more suspensful to craft this delightful story of home: find it, return to it, treasure it.... I particularly thought the secondary characters were well-drawn, interesting and full of quirks that added a texture and depth to the overall experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Morris | 1/20/2014

    " I enjoyed this book but felt it moved a little slow. The author does a wonderful job of hiding the "secrets" until the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 12/26/2013

    " This was just a fun little read that I picked up from the return bin. I liked the summary on the back so I brought it home. One of the perks of circulation work, I suppose :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cyndi | 12/26/2013

    " I enjoyed this book however for those looking for a straight romance you may want to know - in my humble opinion- that the book had romantic elements but wasn't really a 'romance'. I enjoyed the multiple story lines and mystery going on. I am looking forward to future books in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo Ann Richey | 12/26/2013

    " I loved this book! The book had a great story within a story and kept me reading away. There is a twist in the book I did not see coming and it was a great surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosalie | 12/8/2013

    " I felt that the story was slow and I had a hard time keeping up with the present story and the past mystery. This was my first book by Carla Neggers. It was written well and I'll probably try another one of her books some time soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole Anderson | 11/1/2013

    " An entertaining book with a nice twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 deb22luvsbooks | 10/26/2013

    " A beautiful little love story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerstin | 10/1/2013

    " There were parts of the story where I didn't know where to put the information, but in the end it was tied together nicely. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vivian | 7/11/2013

    " I didn't finish the book cause I didn't like it. I ended up returning it to the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenn Harris | 7/1/2013

    " A fine combination treasure hunt and romance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oshila | 6/23/2013

    " A great book that had me hooked from the beginning. This different kind of mystery intrigued me and kept me flipping pages until the end. Looking forward to the next book of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/27/2012

    " I started reading Carla Negger's books a few years ago and haven't stopped. When I am need of a good quick book to read, I grab one of her books. Her books are page turners! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joy | 12/10/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aloha Salonen | 6/10/2012

    " Have never read anything by this author before. Will again as I really enjoyed this story. It moved along with just the right amount of mystery and romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 6/10/2012

    " History of the Swift River Valley wonderfully woven through this romance. A page turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 5/8/2012

    " Wow, was I impressed. The descriptions were perfection. Susan Boyce did a marvelous read. "

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About the Author
Author Carla Neggers

Carla Neggers is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than sixty contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. Her notable works include the New York Times bestseller Cider Brook. She is a founding member of the New England chapter of Romance Writers of America and has served as vice president of International Thriller Writers.

About the Narrator

Susan Boyce is an audiobook narrator and an actor who has worked onstage at Trinity Repertory Theater, Worcester Foothills Theater, the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, and every major ragtime and traditional jazz festival in the United States. She has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards.