If I Didn't Know Better
Callaway Cousins #1
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The New York Times bestselling family series The Callaways continues with IF I DIDN'T KNOW BETTER, another heartwarming and page-turning romance by #1 NYT Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy.
Mia Callaway thought she had the perfect guy and the perfect job...until she didn't. After a run of bad luck, Mia is looking for an escape, so she agrees to go to Angel's Bay to clean out her aunt's house. She has no idea that the wounded soldier next door and his adorable, but also wounded, daughter are about to change her definition of perfect. Add in stolen art, a family secret, and a town where miracles can happen, and Mia's escape turns out to be the greatest adventure of her life.
Don't Miss Any of the Callaway Novels:
If I Didn’t Know Better #2
Tender Is The Night #2
Take Me Home #2.5 Callaway Novella
Closer To You #3
Once You're Mine #4
Can’t Let Go #5
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 #4.5 (A Callaway Wedding Novella)
All A Heart Needs #5
That Summer Night #6
When Shadows Fall #7
Somewhere Only We Know #8
PRAISE FOR BARBARA FREETHY NOVELS
"I love The Callaways! Heartwarming romance, intriguing suspense and sexy alpha heroes. What more could you want?" — NYT Bestselling Author Bella Andre
“I adore the Callaways, a family we’d all love to have. Each new book is a deft combination of emotion, suspense and family dynamics. A remarkable, compelling series!” USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara O’Neal
"A fabulous, page-turning combination of romance and intrigue. Fans of Nora Roberts and Elizabeth Lowell will love this book." — NYT Bestselling Author Kristin Hannah on Golden Lies
"Powerful and absorbing...sheer hold-your-breath suspense." —NYT Bestselling Author Karen Robards on Don’t Say A Word
"In the tradition of LaVyrle Spencer, gifted author Barbara Freethy creates an irresistible tale of family secrets, riveting adventure and heart- touching romance." — NYT Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs on Summer Secrets
“A warm and wonderful book about love, family and everything that’s important in life. Irresistible! I loved it!” — NYT Bestselling Author Susan Elizabeth Phillips on Ask Mariah
"This book has it all: heart, community, and characters who will remain with you long after the book has ended. A wonderful story." — NYT Bestselling Author Debbie Macomber on Suddenly One Summer
If I didn't know better
"If I Didn't Know Better" - Loved it!!! Angel Falls was my first time reading Barbara's books and I still love that town! I love this book!! Can't wait for the next Great Story!!
Loved the new Callaway cousins!
If I Didn't Know Better is the story of two people who have reached a fork in the road and have to decide which path to travel. Mia has recently left her job and her love behind and headed to Angel's Bay, the setting for another series of Barbara Freethy's books. She's there to clean out her beloved aunt's house, supposedly, but what she's really trying to do is find herself and I believe that she thinks that connecting with her aunt through her things that she might herself among the piles and boxes.
Jeremy grew up in Angel's Bay but hasn't substantially returned until now. After finding himself the full-time caregiver of a daughter he didn't know about, he seeks the calm of Angel's Bay to help his daughter heal. To help himself heal. He is also trying to determine his future as an injury on duty with the military has derailed his future. Neither comes to Angel's Bay expecting to find love but that's what they find - love that starts on the roof of a house.
I loved coming back to the Angel's Bay setting and catching up with a few characters, and meeting a few more that hopefully the author will tell us more about in future stories. As with most Barbara Freethy stories, there is a mystery element to this story. Hidden paintings, disgruntled neighbors, and mysterious break-ins all lead Mia to wonder what was going on with her aunt. The mystery drives Mia and Jeremy apart until a pivotal time, when Jeremy finally allows reason to rule over emotion and reaches out to Mia at just the time to save her from danger. The only negative I had was that the ending felt rushed. I felt the story was moving along at a good clip, clues to the mystery were being exposed, the relationship between Mia and Jeremy was growing and then, boom, villain shows himself, a bit of danger and then the mystery is solved. A quick epilogue followed and the book was basically OVER. It felt very abrupt rather than having the culprit revealed more slowly. The ending just felt a bit different than previous Barbara Freethy novels.
Despite the abrupt ending, the story was otherwise well developed and well written. I love the peek back into the San Francisco Callaway family and loved started to get to know the other Callaways and look forward to their stories.
If I didn't know better
This was a another great Calloway story! Love the characters and the suspense. Calloways always make you think of your own family and the support and love they have for each other! Can't wait for Kate's story.