Secrets of the Lost Summer by Carla Neggers (audio)

Title:  Secrets of the Lost Summer

Author:  Carla Neggers

Narrator:  Susan Boyce

Genre:  Romance

Published:  2012 – AudioGO

(9 cds – 10 hrs. 13 min.)

Synopsis: A wave of hope carries Olivia 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 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.

My take:  Secrets of the Lost Summer is the first book by Carla Neggers that I’ve read and I won’t hesitate to pick up another. I like her style. She fleshed out her characters in a rather minimalist way that worked for me. I understood them without having to learn every little detail. I like that.

I also liked the mystery and love story that connects the past to the present. It made me smile while listening. Speaking of listening, Susan Boyce’s narration is rather even (some might say flat) – to the point that in the beginning my mind wandered a bit. Once I was used to listening to her voice, that issue cleared up. I enjoyed her the most when she voiced the older women characters. But overall she did a fine job.

The theme that stood out most for me is one of people finding the courage to reach for their dreams – no matter how small or large the dream might be. Sometimes it’s just finding the courage to do what’s right when the possibility of pursuing a dream is impossible.

Recommended to fans of the author and readers who enjoy a quiet mystery/love story.

Source: AudioGO; Audiobook Jukebox

Disclosure:  See sidebar. I was not compensated for my review.

10 thoughts on “Secrets of the Lost Summer by Carla Neggers (audio)

  1. It seems like many of us are listening to far more audio books this summer. We can enjoy doing other things while listening. I even listen to them at work when I an doing certain things that don’t require much focus.


    • Diane, yes and I love most of the audiobooks I’ve listened to! I drove 3.5 hours yesterday and loved listening to the beginning of Beautiful Ruins.


  2. I love Carla’s books.. You will love all her books, I have this one on my tbr shelf. Just have not got around to reading it yet.. I have piles of books to read..


  3. I haven’t read anything by this author, but I might have to try this one on audio, if I get the chance. It sounds like a very gentle and interesting story, and I love the way you’ve described it here. Very nice review today. I enjoyed it!


  4. I’ve often thought of picking up something by this author. I’m glad that in the end you did like the narrator. When their voice annoys me I really let it get in the way of enjoying the audio.


  5. I’ve read a few of Carla’s books and really enjoyed them. I think my favorite was The Angel. I met her in 2008 at a book signing and she was so nice. There were only two of us there and she spent an hour talking to us!


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