All a Heart Needs (Callaways, #5)
Book 5, The Callaways
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In ALL A HEART NEEDS, the fifth book in the Callaway Series, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy delivers an emotional, heartwarming romance as well as a tantalizing mystery.
Sean Callaway is the black sheep of the Callaway clan, the sibling who refused to follow in the family tradition of firefighting. Instead, he lives his life in music. On the outside, he's a free-spirited rock star, but on the inside, Sean is haunted by the death of a childhood friend, a tragedy no one knows he witnessed. He's kept the secret for twenty years. But nothing stays hidden forever…
Jessica Schilling, a young widow, moved to San Francisco to reunite her six-year-old stepson with his long-lost identical twin brother, Brandon. She rents a house just around the corner from the Callaways, and while cleaning out the garage for the previous owner Jessica stumbles upon a very old secret—one that someone might just be willing to kill to keep.
Suddenly, Sean is thrust back into the past. He's forced to face his most disturbing memories, not only to solve the riddle of the tragedy that ripped his life apart, but also to save the woman he loves…
ALSO AVAILABLE in the CALLAWAY SERIES:
On A Night Like This (#1)
So This Is Love (#2)
Falling For A Stranger (#3)
Between Now And Forever (#4)
Nobody But You (A Callaway Wedding Novella)
Praise for Barbara Freethy Novels:
"Freethy has a gift for creating complex characters." Library Journal
"Barbara Freethy is a master storyteller with a gift for spinning tales about ordinary people in extraordinary situations and drawing readers into their lives.” Romance Reviews Today
"Freethy’s skillful plotting and gift for creating sympathetic characters will ensure that few dry eyes will be left at the end of the story.” Publishers Weekly on The Way Back Home
“Freethy skillfully keeps the reader on the hook, and her tantalizing and believable tale has it all– romance, adventure, and mystery.” Booklist on Summer Secrets
This was another great book in the Callaway series. In this book Barbara takes us through the lives of Jessica and Sean.They had previously met during the last book Between Now and Forever and seemed to have formed a connection.I knew that wasn't going to be the last we heard from Jessica.The relationship that Jessica and Sean forms is one you'll want to read about. We find out why Sean didn't become a firefighter like most of his family. We also found out why his relationship with his father Jack has been strained. You will not be able to put this book down once you start reading it. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next.
path to a relationship is wonderfully done
Dancing about again in the Callaways, All a Heart Needs has a twist from the ‘fire obsessed’ family, Sean is dancing to a different drummer, as he works to keep his own issues at bay. Another fire investigation, this one of a twenty year duration is at play in this story as well, and Sean is most affected by the aftermath.
Jessica has moved to the area: we first met her in the last book, her child Kyle is Brandon’s identical twin. She wants the two brothers to get to know one another, and the Callaways are more than welcoming. The house she is moving in to happens to house the nexus of Sean’s issues with fires. But the house hides secrets and Jessica and Sean are going to find the answers.
At this point, I’m rather over the fire investigations / issues: while it’s a unique thread to tie some action together, I’ve reached the point that they are feeling old and overwhelming to me. BUT – the connection between the characters as they work through their issues and start on their own path to a relationship is wonderfully done, and redeems the whole plot for me. I’m reading these more for the romance, connection and development of the family and the individual character’s relationships.
And Jessica and Sean do not fail to impress: there is a palpable connection that both characters are fighting, even as it becomes apparent to everyone that they are meant to be. Welcomed into the boisterous, sometimes meddling but always good-intentioned Callaways family does wonders for both Jessica and Kyle. Moments to check in with other members of the family as Jessica adjusts to finally feeling a part of a family. Yet, she and Sean have a connection that is more sensual and sexual than in earlier installments, making this one steamy read.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for a Novel Publicity tour event. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.