Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review: Secrets of the Lost Summer by Carla Neggers

Secrets of the Lost Summer
Publish Date: January 31, 2012
Mass Market Paperback {p.344}
Genre: Contemporary
Series: Swift River Valley #1
Source: Personal Library
Olivia Frost, Dylan McCaffrey
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 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 long-buried secrets and discover a mystery wrapped in a love story; past and present.

The storyline is interesting enough to keep you occupied with the book. Which is great because the romance between Olivia and Dylan was somewhat lacking. Both are likable characters on their own, the just weren't that interesting as a couple.

Olivia's family has its issues. Said issues were never really addressed, just kinda passed over. By the end of the book, I still felt like I was missing something when it came to Olivia's sister and mother.

The parts of the book that went back into the past to tell the story of Grace, Olivia's elderly friend, I somewhat skipped over. That part just never really held my interest. The best parts of the book were Olivia's interactions with her friend from Boston, Marilyn. I was always hoping for more scenes of those two, because that was the only real "action" of the story. I wanted Olivia to get a backbone and stand up to Marilyn, but it never happened. I just kept waiting, and waiting...


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