All We Knew: The Cabots, Book 2 (Unabridged)
by Jamie Beck
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For Hunter and Sara, getting married was easy. It's staying together that's the true test of love... Hunter Cabot deeply loves two things: the international tea company he's helped his father build, and his wife, Sara. From the moment he first saw her wide smile on their college campus years ago, Hunter fell hard. Yet now, with other family members pushing to sell the thriving business and Sara grieving their failure to start a family, he's suddenly facing the crushing loss of both. The relentless ambition that Sara once admired in Hunter is now driving them apart. Each missed doctor's appointment, neglected dinner date, and family squabble accentuates their differing priorities. Still, Sara struggles to create the home life they'd envisioned, until unsettling developments - both personal and professional - push them to the breaking point. When love is put to the ultimate test, can Hunter and Sara stop fighting each other long enough to fight for their marriage?
A very unique book in this genre
This is a very unique book for this genre. It is about a couple who have been married for a long time, and are going through married-couple issues, as opposed to two people just getting to know each other, and all of those early-in-the-relationship issues.
While it is a well-written, interesting story, it is not a very uplifting tale. It is very angsty, with characters who have strained relationships and are going through hardships and heartbreak. Perhaps it hit too close to home for me to really enjoy it, because I had a lot of similar issues in my marriage, and reading it was a little like reliving my own problems. Hunter and Sara make a lot of mistakes, and as an observer, you can see how easily things could be fixed if they just talked to each other (a recognizable problem!) It didn't keep them from getting their HEA, of course, although I would have liked seeing a little bit more of the work they would have had to put into their relationship between the end of the last chapter and the prologue.
Not my favorite of Jamie Beck's books, but well worth reading. I'm assuming the next book in the series is about Gentry, and I'm looking forward to seeing how the series continues.