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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Echo Lake: A Swift River Valley Novel by Carla Neggers - Book Review

About The Book:

In snowy Swift River Valley, unexpected romance is just around the corner….
Heather Sloan has landed her dream job—the renovation of Vic Scarlatti's stately 1912 country home overlooking the icy waters of Echo Lake in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. It's the perfect project for the family business, but for once, Heather is in charge.
Diplomatic Security Service agent Brody Hancock left Knights Bridge at eighteen, a few steps ahead of arrest and the wrath of Heather's older brothers. Though Brody had never planned to return, Vic, a retired diplomat and friend, needs his help.
Staying at Vic's guest house makes it impossible to avoid running into a Sloan at every turn—especially Heather. Seeing her again has affected Brody more than he wants to admit. But Heather is wary of Brody's sudden interest in her, and she suspects there's more to his homecoming than he's letting on….
Set against the scenic backdrop of a New England winter, Echo Lake is a captivating tale of family, friends and the possibility of new love.

My Thoughts:

I am a big fan of Carla Neggers' writing having enjoyed her "Sharpe and Donovan" series. However, "Echo Lake" is the first book in her "Swift River Valley" series that I have read and it took me a little while to catch up with all the established characters.  But once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed the family relationships and dramatic intrigue that was included in this romantic and suspenseful tale.

While it would be helpful to have read the previous books in this series, readers can quickly catch up (as I did) with the backstory of the Sloan family (gotta love those protective brothers and their feisty little sister!). The romance between Heather and Brody is lively and keeps the storyline moving along at a nice pace, and will keep the reader invested in their story to the very end. I also enjoyed the winter-time setting of this story - just right for this time of year!

I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy contemporary romance with a touch of mystery.

About The Author:

Carla Neggers

Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 novels of contemporary romance and romantic suspense, including her popular Sharpe & Donovan and Swift River Valley series. Her books have been translated into 24 languages and sold in over 30 countries. Carla is always plotting her next adventure--whether in life or for one of her novels. A frequent traveler to Ireland, she lives with her family in New England.

Check out her website at www.carlaneggers.com

My thanks to Nancy Berland Public Relations for supplying the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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