If I Didn't Know Better

If I Didn't Know Better

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by Barbara Freethy
     
 

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The New York Times bestselling family series The Callaways continues with the first book in the Callaway Cousins Series, 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,

Overview

The New York Times bestselling family series The Callaways continues with the first book in the Callaway Cousins Series, 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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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!" Barbara O'Neal, author of How to Bake a Perfect Life.

"Once I start reading a Callaway novel, I can't put it down. Fast-paced action, a poignant love story and a tantalizing mystery in every book!" USA Today Bestselling Author Christie Ridgway

"A beautifully written story, fans of Barbara’s Angel’s Bay series will be happy to know the search leads them to Angel’s Bay where we get to check in with some old friends." The Book Momster

"A very touching story that shows the power of love and how much it can heal." All Night Books

"I loved Aiden and Sara’s story! Barbara manages to write so effortlessly, blending their stories together, so we learn where they have come from to get where they are now. Barbara manages to give us a good glimpse of the rest of the family too, without taking away from Aiden and Sara’s story, leaving us with a little bit of mystery to be followed up on." Harlequin Junkie for ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS

Barbara manages to weave a perfect romance filled with laughter, love, a lot of heat, and just the right amount of suspense. I highly recommend So This is Love to anyone looking for a sexy romance with characters you will love! Harlequin Junkie for SO THIS IS LOVE

"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 for 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 for Summer Secrets

"Barbara Freethy brings a tender poignancy to mainstream romantic fiction." Romantic Times for Daniel's Gift

"Freethy’s story-telling ability is top-notch.” Romantic Times for Don't Say A Word

"BETWEEN NOW AND FOREVER is a beautifully written story. Fans of Barbara’s Angel’s Bay series will be happy to know the search leads them to Angel’s Bay where we get to check in with some old friends." The Book Momster Blog

"A very touching story that shows the power of love and how much it can heal." All Night Books for BETWEEN NOW AND FOREVER

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780996115438
Publisher:
Hyde Street Press
Publication date:
01/04/2016
Series:
Callaways Series , #9
Pages:
323
Sales rank:
116,163
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of 41 novels ranging from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Traditionally published for many years, Barbara opened her own publishing company in 2011 and has since sold over 5 million copies of her books. Nineteen of her titles have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists. In July of 2014, Barbara was named the Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) Bestselling Author of ALL TIME! She was also the first Indie Author to sell over 1 million copies at both Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

An author known for writing emotional stories about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary situations, Barbara has received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and has also received six nominations for the RITA for Best Single Title Contemporary Romance from Romance Writers of America. She has won the honor twice for her novels Daniel's Gift and The Way Back Home. Barbara recently launched a new contemporary series, The Callaways, featuring a family born to "serve and protect". For more information, visit Barbara's website at www.barbarafreethy.com

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If I Didn't Know Better 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this in a day, it was that good. Her characters are real and have baggage. It a wonderful of how love can take you by surprise and heal wounds. I very much enjoyed reading mia and Jeremy's story. His daughter Ashlyn came through her own trauma. Going to buy the next one in the series and look forward to more to come! Loved revisiting Angel's Bay again as well. It was nice to catch up with new friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved how Mia and Jeremy got thrown together as neighbors and how she bonded with his new-found daughter. Mia learns about herself as she remembers the love she had for her crazy aunt who brings her to follow her dreams.
tabprince More than 1 year ago
LOVE IT!! Couldn't put it down!! Read in one day!! Great book #9 of the Calloways
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this
book-addictSR More than 1 year ago
Barbara has given us another fantastic Calloway story. I have enjoyed all of the books in this series and it seems the stories just keep getting better and better. This book allows us to travel to Angels Bay and catch up with all the folks there while getting to know Mia and Jeremy better. I have enjoyed reading this book and the chemistry between Mia and Jeremy is off the charts. This is a story of how sometimes in life you come to a crossroad and have to decide which road to follow. Some are not as easy as the other but the reward at the end is really great. This is a sweet story that will make you laugh out loud, cry and read faster in times of suspense. I am looking forward to more stories about the Calloway family and hope we get to visit Angels Bay again. I would recommend this series by Barbara Freethy. They are romance mixed with suspense and will keep your attention all the way thru. Thanks again Barbara for another great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Barbara Freethy never disappoints. This is another romance with a bit of mystery thrown in for good measure. The story is well thought out and the characters are well developed.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
The Callaways are a family that always pulls me back. I heard about Mia's story and knew I had to read it. Barbara Freethy delivers stories that supply variety and suspense that keeps her readers from getting too comfortable and her stories from being redundant. If I Didn't Know Better has adventure, mystery and at the center of it all is family. Mia's life has been headed in a downward spiral recently that leaves her doubting herself and the choices she has made. Needing to lick her wounds she takes on a task for her mother that places her in the path of a wounded soldier and his equally broken daughter. It seemed like divine intervention brought Jeremy, Ash and Mia together at just the right time. If I Didn't Know Better is a story of healing that brings the hope, family and emotion along for the ride.
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Mia ' s addition was exciting and fun. All in Angels Cove.
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What an amazing book. 290 pages, all about family and finding love.
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BrandyJB More than 1 year ago
Great book Loved being back in Angel's Bay. A Must read!!! Mystery, Intrigue and some romance and a wonderful little girl, and some mending of old relationships make this an all time hit highly recommend this book!!!!
deeeee More than 1 year ago
Mia Callaway's life is in a shambles: no job, a broken heart from a cheating man, and the loss of her dear Aunt Carly. Because her mother (who inherited the house) has broken her foot, Mia volunteers to go to Angel Bay to clean out Aunt Carly's house. Carly was an art collector and Mia use to work for a re-known art museum. Mia will be able to separate the treasures from the junk. Jeremy is an injured military man (Delta) who has recently found out he has an 8 year old daughter. His daughter witnessed the death of her mother and the trauma of living in foster care for a month when she is suddenly united with a father she doesn't know. Through all of this, Ash has shut-down, shut out her father, and basically quit talking. Jeremy is at his wit's end and has tried several things, including counseling, but Ash just isn't responding. Aunt Carly's house is beside the house Jeremy is renting in Angel Bay. His first sight of Mia is of Mia stuck on her aunt's roof because she can't unlock the door. Jeremy helps Mia down and the three of them share a meal together while she waits for the locksmith to come. Ash really seems to gravitate to Mia and a friendship is formed. One thing leads to another and Mia and Jeremy agree to a summer fling. Ash begins to warm up to Mia but continues to shy away from Jeremy until Carly's studio is vandalized and they call the police to investigate. When Ash sees the police car, she absolutely loses it and for the first time turns to her dad for comfort. I love the Callaways and the people of Angel Bay who welcome Jeremy, Ash, and Mia to town with open arms. It's a lovely read with some mystery thrown in for good measure.
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
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.
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