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More than just make-believe  Librarian Phoebe O'Dunn deals in stories, but her passion for history has taught her that happy endings are rare. Her life in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, is safe and uneventful...until she discovers the hidden room. Among its secrets is a cache of vintage clothing, including a spectacular gown-perfect for a gala masquerade in Boston. In theMore than just make-believe Librarian Phoebe O'Dunn deals in stories, but her passion for history has taught her that happy endings are rare. Her life in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, is safe and uneventful...until she discovers the hidden room. Among its secrets is a cache of vintage clothing, including a spectacular gown-perfect for a gala masquerade in Boston. In the guise of a princess, Phoebe is captivated by a handsome swashbuckler who's also adopted a more daring persona. Noah Kendrick's wealth has made him wary, especially of women: everybody wants something. When Noah and Phoebe meet again in Knights Bridge, at first neither recognizes the other. And neither one is sure they can trust the magic of the night they shared-until an unexpected threat prompts them to unmask their truest selves. After all, it takes more than just the right costume to live out your personal fairy tale. It takes heart...and the courage to be more than you ever dreamed....

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That Night on Thistle Lane Reviews

  • Brooke Banks
    2019-05-14 17:09

    I won a copy through a First Reads Giveaway.It was okay. I can see the appeal but it wasn't really for me. I was fine for an average 3 star rating til the end. Then I just sighed and rolled my eyes as the last reveal. Oh well. I think it's okay for what it is but I'm not a fan. I could have liked it more but it didn't work out that way. I recommend for romance lovers, for Carla Neggers fans, and for a quick, light, easy breezy read. It references classic old fashioned love stories and is clearly going for that type while being in modern times. If you're looking for fast pace or steamy scenes, I doubt this work since it's so chaste and sparse. There's two scenes, in the middle and end, that totally maybe two pages. Everything else is looks, thoughts, and a kind of kiss.That Night on Thistle Laneis a cotton candy book.A thing that brings back childhood and carnivals, where anything is possible and dreams come true. This cotton candy is spun on automatic following classic romance in a new age made from a few simple ingredients. It's light, fluffy and sweet (some would say cloyingly so). There's no substance just pure, unadulterated indulgence. As a balm for whatever has you feeling dejected crack open the package and escape into That Night on Thistle Lane. If it's your kind of thing, it works and is good. I just like a different flavor or coloring is all. I haven't read the previous book, Secrets of the Lost Summer. Oops! Well, fuck. I didn't realize this was a series when I entered the giveaway. It can be easily read and enjoyed without reading the first book, especially for those that like Carla Negger's work. Unfortunately, for me I think I should have been more careful. I have a feeling it would be more enjoyable if read in order, since that would give the reader background, history, and attachment to the characters and relationships. I think that would have helped me. Reading over the reviews for that book, it seems Secrets of the Lost Summer focused on the mystery while not delivering on the romance. While I feel That Night on Thistle Lane was more about the Ramen noodle love story of Phoebe than the mystery. The romance is fine if you're looking for the pure insta-love happily ever after story. Again, unfortunately, that's not really my kind of thing. When contained Characters are fleshed out, the setting is beautiful and a there's a few guffaws along the way. I liked how it kind of poked fun at itself. Realized how people would see fairy tale romance and how regular jaded people would look at it. Moments of "that only happens in romance novels" and "I'm not some character in a book" made me smirk. I found the mystery to be a veneer and merely a vehicle to get the characters moving. It didn't feel all that important. It wasn't the focus and it wasn't attention grabbing. True, I didn't guess the mystery person but I didn't really care. That was peripheral to the focus so the reveal didn't evoke any emotion or response to me. Pattern in Negger's Stories....?(view spoiler)[The reveal at the end of Pheobe's virginity after she sleeps with Noah bugs me. It was like this big moment that suppose to say “D'awwwww, she really loved him! She waited for the right guy and found true love and her first time was perfect.”.Bleh. Through out the book Noah is defending himself against being labeled as a playboy by everyone who knows his long list of ex-lovers. While Noah wonders if Phoebe is a virgin and realizes he should be smacked for that thought. Yet he keeps thinking it. Fantasizing about it. Then it's found out she's a virgin and it's like extra super special. He's so happy and honored. Bleh.It shouldn't have made a difference if she wasn't a virgin, so why does this all of a sudden pop up? Because of the surprise, it felt out of place. Like it was purposefully hidden to cause an important scene later with the reveal. Maybe everyone knew that from the first book but I didn't read Secrets of the Lost Summer. So reading it as a stand alone, it seems purposefully inflammatory to show how special and important saving yourself for the right person is. How it makes sex better or something. I've read only two of Negger's other works – the Sharpe & Donovan series. That's more up my alley since it focuses more on the mystery and is more suspenseful. In that series the main character was a novice to be a nun so I understand her choice and her character. That's the most nagging part to me. Phoebe saving herself for marriage originally and then for true love, it doesn’t fit with what I know about Phoebe and her character. That might be due to reading this book as a stand alone or maybe it was hidden in the first book. It just felt off and while it caused a response from me, I doubt my reaction is what the author was intending. So the scene failed for me for three reasons: 1. The question Why? is a puzzle to me. I don't see this as fit for Phoebe's character. It came out of left field and only left me confused. 2. I don't find “saving yourself” for marriage romantic or ideal or important or a worth while goal. 3. The idealized version of virgin sex depicted is unrealistic as well which just causes me to go discount the scene every time this comes up. Orgasms the first time with no pain or awkwardness or blood or anything besides perfection? *snort* *eyeroll* Since this kind of scene is a pet peeve, (which has in Sharpe & Donovan series as well) and Negger's work is average at best for me; I'm going to be more careful and hesitant to read another book from Carla Negger. 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  • Becky
    2019-05-01 23:43

    I was really hoping for more from this one. Even though the first book in the series didn't really do it for me, this one looked promising. There was a librarian involved! And a hidden sewing room! And old fashioned clothing, some of it patterned after dresses in movies! In the end, though, it left me with an overall feeling of...meh.Much like with the first in the series, while reading this one I kept feeling as if the novel was hovering on the edge of being pretty good but it just never quite got there. The characters stubbornly felt like characters throughout, not achieving the status of actual people to this reader. I just couldn't connect. The drama wasn't there (Seriously--I missed their first kiss. When it came up in Phoebe's thoughts, I actually had to page back and find it), and I never really bought into Phoebe and Noah's initial attraction, let alone their "love" for each other. I kept checking the progress bar on my ereader, and not in the yikes-how-will-they-resolve-this-in-the-time-that-is-left kind of way but in a jeesh-how-much-more-of-this-is-left fashion. The big reveal at the end wasn't, really. The characters figure it out behind the scenes, and I still didn't quite understand how they did it, and nor did I care all that much. It just ended up feeling a bit silly and anticlimactic. I actually found myself somewhat more interested in Brandon's (Phoebe's brother-in-law) love life than the main characters', but I'm pretty sure that was only because he was a former hockey player, and I'm just so darn glad that the season is back on track....

  • Karen
    2019-04-22 16:53

    Bleh. I didn't read the first in this series, but I clearly wasn't missing much since the couple from that book carried straight on through this one (their wedding seemed like a bigger event than THIS book's HEA). In fact, that was one of my complaints about this book-- it was just too darn crowded. There are no less than three (possibly four) romances cooking at the same time here, leaving little attention to devote to the main couple. Because there were so many of them, you don't really get a chance to know any of them well-- Phoebe's sister and her best friend felt largely interchangeable for most of the book, and while I definitely got that Dylan used to be in the NHL (which apparently equipped him to be a wunderkind later), I didn't know much more about him. I felt like I knew even LESS about Noah, who's supposedly the male lead of this title. And don't even get me started on the mysterious and weirdly all-knowing man who's been following Noah around. Or not. Maybe. Add to this a bi-coastal cast and multiple historical references, and you have a recipe for confusion.But... okay. The cast was a little large, and it was perhaps overstuffed with plot fragments, but those things are both forgivable. What I *couldn't* forgive was the apparent lack of an editor or copyeditor. The book was just... all over the place. There was unnecessary detail diarrhea stuck in every which way (and distracting mightily from already unclear scenes), frequent and ANNOYING continuity mistakes, contradictory events, and uneven pacing. Many scenes lacked any kind of segue, to the point that I was flipping back pages, trying to figure out how or why we'd just changed locations or where a certain character had appeared from.This book needed an editor, and it needed one BADLY. I won't be picking up this author again.

  • Mary Gramlich
    2019-05-04 17:10

    Does it always have to be a struggle to figure out who I am?Living in a small town and loving the life she leading has always been great for Phoebe O’Dunn. She has family, friends, her job at the library, and the history that comes alive around every corner.The window of opportunity to expand her life came with Phoebe discovers a secret room hidden in the attic of the library. Someone had been in that room and created works of fashion masterpieces that helped Phoebe see a world outside her immediate line of vision. Phoebe started to dream and hope again with thoughts of being a princess dancing on the arm of a swashbuckler looking to carry her off to his secret hideaway. When her swashbuckler Noah Kendrick materializes in her small town, Phoebe starts to hope that maybe her dreams may turn to reality. Noah is a brilliant entrepreneur, who is at a turning point in his life wondering if life in a small town may be his next great decision. Noah finds both Phoebe, and the eccentric people in her small town life fascinating and each day a new adventure.Life is not all idle days and easy going nights there is a man asking questions and lurking around asking questions and not providing answers. Was this person from Noah’s past, his company, or the scariest possibility was he after Phoebe. Noah knows that regardless of what anyone’s agenda may be, he is going to take care of Phoebe and make she understands the next choice in his life will involve her.Carla Neggers possesses the gift of writing great characters, interesting plots, and heart healing romance. This series has so many places to go and I am sure Ms. Neggers will write each book with a flair for the character’s intensity.

    2019-05-02 00:02

    That Night On Thistle Lane, was my first Carla Neggers novel so I really didn't know what to expect. I think the author did a good job with painting a beautiful picture in the reader's mind of small town life and I really liked the relationships between Phoebe and her mother and sisters. I appreciated the fact that even though Phoebe had her heart broken in the past she wasn't bitter at all. I mean, how many times has the whole scorned and angry, man hating woman character been done? She was totally content and happy with who she was and didn't need a man to complete her. However, the story itself was a bit mundane and seemed to drag at times. Also, I really didn't feel a strong connection between Noah and Phoebe. The interaction between the two was definetly lacking passion. I just didn't believe they were falling in love. I felt like the book started out ok and then just fizzled out. The pace was just a little too indolent and the plot a little too impuissant. In fact not really a book that is going to remain in the reader's mind when finished. Overall, not a bad book just not a very rivetting and memorable one.

  • Loretta
    2019-05-20 21:50

    We meet up again with the people who live in Knights Bridge. This time the focus in on Phoebe O'Dunn who is the librarian in this delightful town. She discovers a hidden attic in the library filled with exquisite sewn costumes out of several movies. Who sewed them and where did she go? She wears one of them to a masquerade in Boston and dances with a captivating swashbuckler. Not knowing who either other is, they meet up again in Knights Bridge and figure it all out, including the mystery woman's identity.

  • Triinu
    2019-05-11 16:45

    Tegemist on Swifti jõeoru romaani teise osaga (esimese osa pealkiri on “Kaotatud suve saladused”, Ersen, 2015).Raamatukoguhoidja Phoebe O’Dunni kirg ajaloo vastu on talle õpetanud, et õnnelikud lõpud on haruldased. Tema elu Knights Bridge’is on turvaline ja sündmustevaene, kuni ta avastab peidetud ruumi raamatukogu pööningul. Rohkem kirjutan blogis

  • Linda
    2019-04-24 19:49

    I just didn't get this book. I think maybe because I did not realize that it was the second in a series, maybe if I had read the first book it might have made some more sense. The story just kind of wandered around for a while without really going anywhere. I also had questions that were never answered. But, I have not read much Carla Neggers, so maybe if you love her other books then you will enjoy this.

  • Marge
    2019-04-24 17:04

    Mind numbing dialogue, constant repeating of storyline details, main characters act like they are in high school. The author believes readers forget from one page to the next what town they are in, every conversation or mental musing mentions Knightsbridge.

  • Kristen Lewendon
    2019-05-17 18:47

    After meeting Noah in the first book, I was hoping that he’d find hid forever in Knights Bridge just like his buddy Dylan did. I loved Phoebe from the very beginning She’s sweet and lovable, but she’s stubborn and takes too much on herself. I thought these two made an interesting pair, as they’ll always be challenging one another. I was also fascinated watching her sister’s possible reconciliation. There were a lot of different storylines happening during this book, but I thought they blended well together. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this little town.

  • Emily Flood
    2019-05-02 20:05

    This was a good continuation of the Knights Bridge series, we learn more about the families that live there, and the secret attic room in the Library. There are new romances blooming and old ones seeming to be rekindled. We hear talk of the upcoming wedding. Entrepreneurs are being cultivated in new business ventures. There is just a lot going on in this novel and I can’t wait to start the next book in the series, and I have never been known to read series.

  • Anne Blyth
    2019-04-26 19:05

    An engaging story with a mix of interesting characters and life in a small town as seen through the eyes of locals and big city billionaires. The characters are engaging and likeable, the intrigue as they research the history surrounding the library and a secret room adds another level to the story. I enjoyed this book.

  • Cindy
    2019-05-13 18:59

    Noah and PhoebeI really enjoyed this book about a billionaire going to a mascara party and finding his princess. They came from completely different backgrounds so had to figure out their relationship. A great story.

  • Ann
    2019-04-30 18:00

    Loved it a great story with a brilliant end.

  • Julie C-F
    2019-05-14 17:54

    This was a bit excruciating to read. I just hurried through to know the ending.

  • charmaine White
    2019-05-20 20:57

    GreatI've just bought books numbers 5 and 6. I'm really getting into this series.Really good stories and really interesting to.

  • Dhaverma
    2019-04-30 17:06

    Liked characters, plot and romance. However it was written a little funny and it wasn't very smooth reading. A lot of repeat/rehashing of stuff.

  • Candace
    2019-05-03 19:08

    Carla Neggers' novel, That Night on Thistle Lane, is a captivating romance and mystery novel that left me fulfilled and happy. Neggers wrote a wonderful novel that pulled at my heartstrings, had me laughing, and at times left me scratching my head trying to figure out the mystery. From the beginning of That Night on Thistle Lane, it was apparent to me that Carla Neggers was a New York Times Bestselling Author. She was able to create 3-dimensional characters in which I fell in love with, she designed a modern day mystery with a surprise twist, and she let readers eavesdrop on the unfolding love story of Phoebe and Noah.That Night on Thistle Lane is an intriguing story about Phoebe, a small town librarian and Noah, a wealthy young man trying to figure out what to do next in life. Neggers' novel starts when Phoebe finds herself in the middle of a mystery as she stumbles upon a secret sewing room in the attic of the library. As she is trying to figure out who inhabited the room years ago, Phoebe decides last minutes to attend a charity function out of town with one of the dresses she found in the room. At the Boston Masquerade, reserved Phoebe finds herself dancing with a mystery man as sparks ignite. However, they unexpectedly part ways before the night is over and Phoebe tells herself that she will never see him again. Fate has other ideas as Noah ends up dog sitting in Knights Bridge, Phoebe's sleepy little hometown. After several run ins, Phoebe and Noah realize who the other is and find themselves in the midst of a romance and mystery. One thing that I LOVED about That Night on Thistle Lane were the intriguing secondary characters. I enjoyed learning about the O'Dunn sisters just as much as I loved Phoebe. I believe my favorite sister was Maggie, the dreamer that left her husband in Boston and moved back to Knights Bridge with her two young sons. Maggie is tough, stubborn, and yet sensitive. I loved how Neggers allowed readers to get a glimpse at Maggie's broken marriage and then observe as it was pieced back together. It was obvious that Maggie and her estranged husband, Brandon, were still madly in love. However, life isn't easy and often throws curve balls. Neggers showed how even when you may think a part of your life is over, true love can still prevail. Brandon was a character that I really came to enjoy. When he was first introduced as the Pirate at the Masquerade Ball I had my doubts. However, Brandon soon proved that he was a good man and he would always love Maggie. It was refreshing to see that he would protect her sisters like his own- be it if he and Maggie were happy, estranged, or divorced. Brandon took it upon himself to be Phoebe's protector. That Night on Thistle Lane is the second book in the Swift River Valley series. The first book of this series is Secrets of the Lost Summer. When I began reading That Night on Thistle Lane I was unaware that it was part of a series. In fact, I didn't find out about the Swift River Valley series until after I had finished That Night on Thistle Lane. Let this be a lesson to readers: you do not have to read Secrets of the Lost Summer to enjoy Neggers' second novel. I feel that it really is stand alone and can be read with or without the first in the series. That being said, if you read That Night on Thistle Lane I believe you will want to read the rest of the series. I thoroughly enjoyed That Night on Thistle Lane and intend to go back and read the first part of the series. Word has it that Neggers' will be writing a third book in the Swift River Valley series and I will definitely be in line to read it! There are several characters that I am hoping that the third novel will be about and I'm sure I won't be disappointed! Carla Neggers', That Night on Thistle Lane is the perfect romance book to curl up with on these long, cold winter evenings. The only negative thing I can say is that I finished it WAY too soon, I wish that it would have kept going! Before reading this novel I was not aware of Carla Neggers or her work. However, she proved to me in That Night on Thistle Lane that she is a wonderful storyteller and I plan to read more from her! That Night on Thistle Lane is definitely a novel that I recommend to all romance lovers. Enjoy! *I was given a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review*

  • EsteeLTeng
    2019-04-21 16:50

    I guess that I just do not like the writing style so it kept me from enjoying the book.

  • Rhonda
    2019-04-28 18:06

    That Night on Thistle Lane by Carla Neggers 4 STARSI enjoyed being back in Knights Bridge,Mass. The story is fun,hint of mystery,couple of romances going on,good friendships and community. Thier is one love scene in it.Engaging plot and characters.Librarian Phoebe O'Dunn has found a secret room in the library that is full of old dresses,materials just like the person left it 40+ years ago. So far Phoebe is enjoying the secret and as not told even her sisters about it.Phoebe decided based on the old costumes that it would be fun to have a antique fashion show at the library.Her friend Olivia's fiance Dylan has bought a lot of tickets to a charity masked ball that is to benafit neonatal intensive care unit at a Boston hospital. Phoebe tells Oliva and Maggie that she has the dresses that will be perfect for them. They both try and get Phoebe to come but she refuses to do so.Dylan has made millions working with his friend Noah in his company that just went public a few months ago. Noah,Dylan and some of his buddies spent the last view days hiking and now they were going to a masked ball.Noah Kendrick is smart, graduated early from MIT. started his own company and now that he was worth billions and his company has gone public is not sure what he will do in the future especially now his best friend is moving from the west coast to a small town near Boston. He is tired of people liking him for his money. Hopes he does not get recongized at the charity event that Dylan is dragging him to. Then he sees her at the ball.Phoebe decides to go to the ball but does not let anyone know she is thier. Dylan asks her to dance and they do a few tims even kiss. Dylan sees someone he needs to figure who he is and why he has been following him. Dylan asks her to wait right thier for him. They have no idea who each of them is. Phoebe runs into her soon to be ex-brother in-law who recongizes her. Brandon agrees not to say a word to anyone that she is thier. When he finds she is leaving to drive back home alone tells her to call him if she has a problem on the way.Phoebe on her way out over hears a conversation that she figures is about her mystery man and wonders what that is about. The more she thinks on it the more she thinks he should know about it. Dylan is upset that his Princess is missing. He wished he had not left her alone at all. He is not going to leave it alone. Especially when he thinks that Oliva might know more that she saying about that.I enjoyed this book and the book before it with Dylan and Olivia story in it. Would love to read more books from Carla Neggers in the future.I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley.01/23/2013 PUB Harlequin HarlequinMIRA

  • Kathy Altman
    2019-04-21 16:04

    I admit it. I'm embarrassed. Carla Neggers has more than 60 books to her name, yet before That Night on Thistle Lane, I'd never read any of her work. Sheesh. A USA TODAY best-selling author writes five dozen novels in my favorite genre (romantic suspense rocks!) and it's taken me this long to find her? Good news is, I did find her (thanks to Joyce Lamb, curator of USA Today's Happy Ever After blog!). Better news is, Neggers' backlist will keep me enthralled for a nice, long, cozy while.That Night on Thistle Lane is the second installment in Neggers' Swift River Valley series. Against the backdrop of a picturesque New England town with a fascinating history and a gentle otherworldliness reminiscent of Brigadoon, the author spins a profound and surprising tale of discovery, disappointment, duty, old dreams and new love. The mysterious mood and vintage feel of the story reminds me of gothic greats like Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt and Daphne du Maurier — and in fact, these authors are mentioned in the book. (I couldn't help a little squeal of glee at the references to Moonspinners.)Let me entice you with the opening paragraph, which contains a subtle wealth of foreshadowing:Bumblebees hummed in the frothy catmint on the edge of the stone terrace, the only sound to disturb the hot New England summer afternoon. Phoebe O'Dunn watched a solo bee hover above a purple blossom, as if debating what to do, then dart past the green-painted bench where she was seated and disappear across the herb and flower gardens. None of its fellow bumblebees followed.According to Neggers, That Night on Thistle Lane and its predecessor (Secrets of the Lost Summer) aren't the intense, danger-laced thrillers she's famous for, yet there is a very real threat in Phoebe's hometown — more than one, actually — and how Phoebe and Noah deal with everything that jeopardizes the separate and satisfying lives they've built guarantees an engrossing read. Neggers' prose is seductive and evocative, the humor wry and engaging, the story's rhythm easy and alluring. Swift River Valley will definitely see me again.

  • Holly
    2019-04-25 17:49

    Oh, how I have missed Carla Neggers' writing! I haven't read one of her books in a long time, and I've missed them. She is so great at mixing suspense and romance, and her characterization is always fantastic. And That Night on Thistle Lane was not disappointing in those regards. I always end up loving her characters, because she develops them fully, gives them great dialogue, and brings out their personalities. In this second book in her Swift River Valley series, there are so many different characters. But they were all important to the story or the main ones in some way, and they all had their own depth. I loved the interactions between all of them, and I'm also glad that there was more than one story-line throughout the novel. The readers get to watch Phoebe and Noah fall in love even as they see the patching up of Brandon and Maggie, two other great additions to the already detailed story. I loved the sweet romance between Noah and Phoebe, and I loved the passionate and argumentative interactions between Maggie and Brandon. The different story-lines never felt like they were competing against each other for the spotlight; it all moved the tale along in such a wonderful way. Her books are always so richly detailed, too. I find myself transported to the Swift River Valley and its lush, green countryside and beautiful lakes. It has a history that was already developed in the first book, but even more unfolds as the plot thickens. However, I felt that they mystery was a little underwhelmed. It's not that suspenseful; it's more like a secret that's been lost for years. This book is more about the characters: Noah, Phoebe, Maggie, and Brandon. And it's more about finding the courage and strength to dream for more. And about the magic of discovering the one person you can't live without. That Night on Thistle Lane was a great addition to the series, and I seriously can't wait for more of these characters and their idyllic town of Knights Bridge. :)

  • Pam
    2019-05-12 20:57

    That Night on Thistle Lane is by Carla Neggers. It follows her book, Secrets of the Lost Summer.Phoebe O’Dunn, the director of the library, had found a secret room in the attic of the library. This room was a small sewing room and had the most beautiful dresses in it. The dresses would be perfect for her sisters who were going to a charity masquerade ball. Dylan McCaffrey had given his fiancé, Olivia Frost a half dozen tickets for the evening. She tried giving them to her sisters; but only Maggie accepted. Ava and Ruby were already busy and Phoebe declined. However, the three of them worked together to present Olivia and Maggie with the dresses, makeup and wigs. The two were going as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. It would be perfect. At the last minute, Phoebe decided to do something completely out of character; she went to the ball on her own dressed in a beautiful dark brown dress fit for someone about to board the Titanic. As she stood taking in the sights, a swashbuckler approached her for a dance. The dance was magical as she was held in his arms. However, afterwards he abruptly left her saying only he would be back. However, Phoebe didn’t wait, she left the ballroom. As she passed the cloakroom, she heard a man speaking into a cell phone. He said he had found him and watched him dancing. He would find the girl he was dancing with. The conversation sounded strange and a little threatening. Someway, she would get a note to the pirate. Her sister or Dylan McCaffrey would find out who he was and give him the note. Little did she know her fate was sealed as she had been dancing with Noah Kendrick, founder and past CEO of NAK, a high tech entertainment company. He had gone public with his company and was now a billionaire. Who has sewn the clothes in the sewing room? Why were they even there? What was meant by the man on the phone? What was he looking for? Was anyone in Knight’s Bridge in danger? As usual, Carla Neggers has written a fantastic book.

  • Angela Kinder
    2019-04-27 22:45

    3.5 stars.After reading the first Swift River Valley book, I was excited to read That Night on Thistle Lane, hoping it would be just as good as the first. It wasn't.Noah Kendrick, wanting to see what his friend and business partner Dylan is doing with the house he inherited in Knight's Bridge, decided to visit the area with his friend. In the process, he is donating a lot of money to a cause, in which they are holding a masquerade ball. He and Dylan go, dressed as swashbucklers. He sees this beautiful woman dressed in a Edwardian gown and dances with her, until he sees a mysterious man who has been tailing him since he left San Diego. When he comes back and sees his Edwardian princess gone, he can't get her off his mind.Librarian Phoebe wasn't going to the masquerade ball at first, but had a moment of courage and goes in this gorgeous Edwardian gown, complete with wig and hat, so as no one (not even her sisters or best friends) will recognize her. This sexy swashbuckler asks her to dance and she is clearly smitten. When he leaves and she decides to go home, she overhears this mysterious man talking on the phone about her and Noah (she just doesn't know she danced with Noah), and decides to head back over to the library where she found her dress days before. As she tries to find out who own this mysterious room, who she danced with, and who that mysterious man was, she finds herself falling in love with Noah.This one was okay. It wasn't great but it wasn't horrible. It was supposed to be mostly about Phoebe and Noah, but it hardly was. It focused on everyone else, but kept Phoebe and Noah strongly in the storyline. I could have cared less about Maggie and her problems. The ending wasn't as dramatic as it could have been (it had the promise of being so). I'll continue reading the series simply because I love Carla Neggers, but this wasn't a favorite of mine.

  • Anna
    2019-04-25 21:58

    I wanted so much to like this book. None of the pieces seemed to work out right. 1) One third of the book was about stuff happening. Two thirds of the book was talking about the stuff that happened. Event A happens. Phoebe discusses it with her friends. Then her friends talk about it amongst themselves. Then Noah talks about it with lawyer/mother figure Loretta (who disapproves of small Massachusetts towns, repeatedly and at length) and then Noah discusses it again with his new found bestie, Brandon. Then Event B happens and Event B is discussed at length. Then the book circles around to the Event A, talks about it again in case you somehow missed it the first time, before meandering off to Event C.2) There are great pains to set up the "mystery woman" and "mystery swashbuckler" from the charity event, but Phoebe and Noah figured it all out with no real difficulty, in a day or two, after everyone else figured it out first. I'm not one for manipulative games, but at least some innocent misunderstanding would have be fun!3) The big mystery didn't make sense. We're supposed to assume that Noah is being followed because of who he is, his money, his business, his previous relationships. Then we eventually find out that he's being investigated just in case HIS BEST FRIEND'S FIANCE'S FRIEND WITH WHOM NOAH HAD NO PREVIOUS CONNECTION might have accidentally found the hidden cache of clothes sewn by a now-famous costumer designer. The same costume designer who later admits that she'd assumed someone had found the cache years ago and given it away to the Salvation Army. A PI followed Noah around San Diego and Boston because a small town librarian he's never met MIGHT have found some stuff presumed lost in the last several decades. How does that make even the slightest bit of sense?

  • Kortney
    2019-04-21 17:54

    I was very excited to receive an ARC of Carla Neggers new book "That Night on Thistle Lane." I wasn't sure what to expect as I have only read one of her other books before this one. When I first started reading the book I was a little unsure if I was going to like it as the beginning was a little hard to get into and the chapters seemed a little to long. But as soon as I got past the first couple chapters I was hooked. The book starts of with the main character Phoebe discussing the fashion show with her sisters and friend Olivia that they are going to put on at the local library in Nights Bridge. From there you learn about a secret place in the attic of the library where she found when old hollywood type dresses that she thought the town should see and be part of the fashion show. The secret place she finds plays a big factor in the book as is used a lot through the book and even involves a little mystery. The other main character Noah becomes part of the book when Phoebe sneeks into a local charity ball put on by Dylan. I thought it was interesting how she initially has them meet not knowing each others name but just dancing. From the Charity Ball I really think the book took off it just took a while in my opinion to get there. It was nice to how she wrote in the characters from the last book Dylan and Olivia into the story and also she had another love story going on between Phoebe's sister Maggie and her husband Brandon. All in all I thought the book was great romance and mystery and the only reason I didn't give it higher than a 4 is due to I felt the chapters were a little to long for my liking in parts and also because it took me longer to get into the story. I am defiantly glad that I stuck with the book because I am interested to see who Carla will right about next in this series.

  • Michele
    2019-04-20 16:09

    This is the 2nd in this series about people in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts, a small close-knit town. The two books I have read mostly center on two families -- the first centered on the Frost family and this one on the O'Dunns.Phoebe O'Dunn is the town librarian and is scared of relationships after she was badly hurt years earlier. She has discovered a secret room in the library that houses vintage clothing and what looks like a sewing room. Part of the book centers around searching out who set up this room and made these clothes.In the room are beautiful vintage dresses, which Phoebe, her sister Maggie & Maggie's friend, Olivia, wear to a masquerade ball. Olivia is there with her rich finance, Dylan, and his even richer friend/business partner, Noah Kendrick. Noah dresses as a swashbuckler and is immediately drawn to Phoebe. As they dance, they both sense a strong attraction. However, neither knows who the other is and they both leave the ball separately not knowing each other's identities.As in the first book, the author does a good job of flushing out the characters, which (for the most part), you can't help but like. She also weaves in interesting mystery stories that, at first, do not seem to always relate to the main story. However, by the end, it all comes together and so far, the endings have been satisfying.My only complaint are the sexual encounters. I realize that for many people, these would be very mild. However, they are more than I care to read and I think they are so unnecessary to the story. On the plus side, there is no profanity.A fun story that makes me want to read more of this story.

  • CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
    2019-04-22 20:57

    Phoebe O’Dunn is the quintessential librarian and happy to be so. Running the Knights Bridge Public Library in small town USA is rewarding, if not exciting. When Phoebe discovers a cache of vintage items secreted away in an upstairs room, she immediately falls in love with a gown fit for a princess. On a whim, Phoebe dons the dress and attends a masquerade in Boston. Noah Kendrick has become wary of women and tired of their pandering to his fortune. When he dresses as a pirate and dances with a princess at a Boston masquerade, he is enchanted. Unfortunately, his princess disappears like Cinderella at midnight, without leaving even a shoe to help him discover her identity. Following his instincts, Noah decides to stay in Knights Bridge awhile longer to search her out. Phoebe never asked for adventure, but it seems to have found her. As she is drawn into an intrigue involving her fantasy pirate, she finds herself partnering with Noah to solve the mystery. Phoebe did not know what to expect from a wealthy man, but Noah is far more than she expected. Before they discover the truth, both will find more than they ever bargained for. Readers will enjoy this intriguing plot and its witty characters. However, the pace is sometimes a little on the slow side. I hope to see more novels set in Knights Bridge, though. It seems like the sort of small town where fairy tale endings happen every day. Kaitlin Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More - See more at:

  • Julie
    2019-04-22 15:52

    I won an advanced copy of "That Night on Thistle Lane" via Goodreads. I've read most of Carla Neggers suspense books and enjoy them as a Saturday read; this was my first romance-only book by the author, I don't read heavily in that genre. The writing was polished and top notch. There was a good balance of dialogue/description/activity which provided variety and kept my attention. The story flowed smoothly and created a pleasant ambiance. There were two critique-like thoughts I had at the end. One, the dialogue was not always consistent. Generally it felt like a real person might be talking and saying the words, however every now and then there was be a line or phrasing that seemed cumbersome/old or used only on paper. The other - the writing of the name of the town. A third of the way through the book I developed an irrational hatred of this town's name. It was written quite a bit. I may go back some time and take a sample count. I'll be paying attention to this with other authors now. I think the book would be a great summertime read on a lazy afternoon. Somehow, after reading, I felt I might be able to walk outside and enjoy the sun and a gentle breeze. Fortunately a firm grasp of reality prevented me from getting frostbite and hypothermia. Spoiler alert...... I never did find out what "night" the title might be referring to. I don't think there was one....As an aside, I loaned the copy to my mother over the holidays and she said: "It was cute! Do you have any more?" She finished it in 2 days, so that in itself is quite a recommendation.

  • Hsiau Wei
    2019-04-21 17:02

    This book tells the story of Phoebe, who is the eldest of the four O’Dunn girls and Nick Kendrick. Phoebe, due to her past history, refused to think about relationship and seems to be content with her life now. But things changed when she met Nick in a masquerade party. Nick on the other hand, is looking for new direction in his life is in town on invitation from Dylan and at last minute, decided to house sit for Dylan and Olivia when they went to San Diego, in order to find out the mystery of the stalker who have been following him all the way to Knight Bridge. When he was dancing with Phobe at the masquerade party, he has fallen hard without realizing the true identity of his companion. He has a hard time in convincing Phoebe on his feeling for her and her doubts so much so that he but to opt for leaving her in the end and letting her to make the call as to their relationship. This book is a sequel in the Knight Bridge series and it is rather nice to see the continuation of Dylan and Olivia’s story in this book. It is a real cozy to read about them again in this book. Phoebe is what I would term as a commitment phobic after the failure of her first love while I can see that Noah is restless because he is directionless after his company went public and he becomes instant billionaires. What more now that his closest Dylan has found Olivia and is moving away to Knight Bridge. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book very much and am looking forward to read book under the series.