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Before I Knew: A Cabot Novel

Before I Knew: A Cabot Novel

Escrito por Jamie Beck

Narrado por Siiri Scott


Before I Knew: A Cabot Novel

Escrito por Jamie Beck

Narrado por Siiri Scott

valoraciones:
3.5/5 (5 valoraciones)
Longitud:
11 horas
Publicado:
Aug 22, 2017
ISBN:
9781536649215
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descripción

Author Jamie Beck returns with an engrossing series about family, friendship, and starting over. In this first Cabot novel, a legacy of secrets tests old friends seeking a second chance at life and love.

On the second anniversary of her husband's suicide, Colby Cabot-Baxter is ready to let go of her grief and the mistakes made during her turbulent marriage. Her fresh start comes in the form of A CertainTea, the restaurant she's set to open along Lake Sandy, Oregon, with help from her family. But when her executive chef quits just weeks before the grand opening, Colby is pressured to hire old family friend Alec Morgan. His award-winning reputation could generate buzz, but their friendship has withered since her husband's reckless dare cost Alec's brother his life.

Distracted by guilty secrets concerning the tragedy that changed his and Colby's lives, Alec self-destructed and lost his famed restaurant. With his career in tatters, he's determined to use this opportunity to redeem his reputation and to help the woman he's loved from afar find happiness again.

But secrets have a way of coming out. When Alec's do, they might destroy the new life he and Colby have rebuilt together.

Publicado:
Aug 22, 2017
ISBN:
9781536649215
Formato:
Audiolibro


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  • (4/5)
    Colby Cabot-Baxter is a widow who is making a big change in her life. Leaving her law career behind, she's opening a restaurant despite knowing little about the business. Enter Alec Morgan, her old neighbor and a chef extraordinaire, hired by her brother to help her. But the death of his younger brother Joe and the suicide of her husband are only two of the many issues between them. Despite this, she feels a growing attraction to Alec, not realizing that he's always been in love with her.There's a lot going on here. Both families are in a lot of turmoil from the events of the recent past and also the stresses of their new interactions. Alec is trying to reunite with his father who always favored Joe. Colby has always hidden the truth of her marriage from her family. And there's some setup for the next books in the series with Colby's brother and her half-sister. Ms. Beck does a nice job in juggling this engrossing story for the most part. I look forward to the next books in the series.
  • (4/5)
    The characters, the emotions, the trauma, drama, and everything in-between felt REAL. When Colby stood up to her opposition, you could feel her backbone strengthen, even as the aftershocks made her privately crumble. When Alec fought with the baggage he was dragging all this time, you could feel his white knuckled grip on life slacking or tightening. The friends and family they both deal with along the way felt like your family. They become a circle of friends you didn't want to let go come book's end, despite the troubles that plagued them along their journeys. You knew that whatever obstacle they encountered, they would find a way to overcome it. That doesn't mean their path to each other was lined in edible flowers , but then again the best things are always worth fighting for.

    In the end, it was a book that was much more than promised in the best ways possible. From the chemistry of the characters to the cutesy creative restaurant name, the emotional tug of war to the bigger issues like mental health and suicide that are worked in flawlessly, there's a little something for everyone.


    **copy received for review
  • (5/5)
    How do you recover from a tragedy? Or a second one a few short weeks later? Colby Cabot-Baxter is still trying to find out that answer. Her childhood friend, Joe, had welcomed her husband Mark with open arms. They became close friends & were together a lot. Mark dared Joe to jump off a cliff & Joe died while doing it. Overcome by grief & his illness, Mark took his own life. Now, 2 years later, Colby is ready to start living again. She's talked her father into backing her in a new restaurant & her brother hires Joe's brother Alec as the chef. Alec has come back to town to reconnect with his parents, mainly his mother. What follows is a long & winding journey of self discovery, grief, recovery, pain & happiness. Alec & Colby discover a chemistry that they try to fight, each for their own reasons. They both have to deal with family drama & reveal secrets before they can deal with the guilt. Ms. Beck has managed to give a realistic, painful portrayal of grief, mental illness & grief. I really enjoyed this emotional story.