Cider Brook by Carla Neggers

Cider Brook (Swift River Valley, #3)Cider Brook by Carla Neggers

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.

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 late mentor to her iffy past and got her fired. But just because he doesn’t trust her doesn’t mean he can resist her. Samantha is daring, determined, seized by wanderlust—everything that strong, stoic Justin never knew he wanted. Until now…
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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 character in this story for the first two-thirds or so of the story. The way she is portrayed made me unsure if she were trustworthy or not and I had a difficult time warming up to her. There are also an abundance of other characters early on in the story and that made it hard for me to get to know any of them very personally.

What I did love about this story was the description. From the very first few pages, the author managed to capture my adventuresome spirit with her beautiful descriptions of New England and adequately make me feel like I was there.

The love story is slowly built and has a nice ending, not entirely expected.

This was a good book to read on an evening when the weather outside made me want to transport to somewhere else. I would recommend this to readers who like complex characters.

This review is based on a digital ARC from netgalley and the publisher.