This is the cover 🙂
Title: Cider Brook (Swift River Valley #3)
Author: Carla Neggers
Published: January 28th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA
*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 alone; but if you read it as a stand alone, your not going to know the characters as much as if you have read the other 2 books of the series, which is why it would be better if you read the first 2 books then this one (but that’s just me).
I’m not saying you’ll be soooooo confused that you can’t read this book at all if you haven’t read the other 2, because this book does a pretty dang good job catching you up to speed, so its not really a necessity to do that 🙂
I’m not gonna lie, but I actually read the first one, THEN this one, skipping the second book (which sucked because I never got to read the relationship build up between Noah and Penelope) but oh well, in this book, those 2 characters are distant and are barely said in this one (thank god because I would’ve hated myself for missing out on those characters if in this book their REALLY important 🙂
Anyway continuing with the summary, this book starts off with Samantha and trying to solve her treasure hunting case with a pirate, so she goes to Knights Bridge, Massachusetts because she’s heard that their are a lot of mysteries to be solved there.
But, when she’s their hiking, there’s a very bad storm (lightning, wind, you get the point), and she finds shelter at a mill.
When she’s their looking at her journal to find more clues on her pirate, there’s a fire (caused by the lightning of course) and all of a sudden, she’ being rescued by a good-looking, bad-boy firefighter!!
And Samantha didn’t expect that to start her stay…
Now she has everyone’s attention (other than the fact that she is the daughter of the world’s famous treasure hunter, and basically her whole family has something to do with exploring) 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 (as I mentioned before) who has returned to Knights Bridge (yes this is her second time, the first time she encountered Justin while investigating an abandoned cabin on a snowy day, but she doesn’t remember him because it was along time ago) to solve a 300-year-old mystery and salvage her good name.
Basically what happened was that Samantha used to work for Duncan who is Dylan’s father (from the first book you will get more information on this) and she was fired by Duncan because she didn’t tell him the entire truth about her treasure hunting because Duncan used to be a treasure hunter before he passed away from heart failure several years ago (tragic). Anyway, she still hasn’t gotten over that, so to “salvage her good name” she tries to solve this 300 year old mystery that NOBODY knows about, until she gets to Knights Bridge and starts to talk about it with everybody, and then all of a sudden EVERYBODY knows about it -_-.
When Justin saves Samantha he automatically remembers her. He’s the one who alerted her late mentor to her iffy past and got her fired (jerk). But just because he doesn’t trust her doesn’t mean he can resist her.
Samantha is everything he wants in a girl, she’s daring, determined, seized by wanderlust, everything that strong, and doesn’t take advantage of when people provide her with resources (since she came to Knights Bridge unprepared for the weather).
So yes, this book has a lot of detailed information about the 300 year old mystery, adventure, slow built relationship between Justin and Samantha, and the characters and the writing are well built, I fell in love with all of the characters 🙂
The only thing that I didn’t like about this book was that it had too many conversations, too much information and for a little while I would be like dozing off, but the cover, the characters, the relationship statuses, and the combination of the other stories into this one was enough to keep me going, and thank god I did, because this book was good 🙂
**Note to self: get the second book :)**
So, to read this book, the best thing to do if you ever encounter this book, is to read the first 2 in the series 🙂 So that you can get extra information on the relationship building for this book, because this book does include weddings 🙂
**Best recommended if read the first 2 books**