Somewhere Only We Know

Somewhere Only We Know

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by Barbara Freethy

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#1 NY Times Bestselling Author delivers a romantic, emotional and suspenseful novel in SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW.

Firefighter Burke Callaway has been living in the shadows since the tragic death of his fiancée. He had no interest in coming out of the dark, until the beautiful and unpredictable Maddie came back to town.

Maddie Heller is the ultimate free


#1 NY Times Bestselling Author delivers a romantic, emotional and suspenseful novel in SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW.

Firefighter Burke Callaway has been living in the shadows since the tragic death of his fiancée. He had no interest in coming out of the dark, until the beautiful and unpredictable Maddie came back to town.

Maddie Heller is the ultimate free spirit, her love of life and cooking taking her all over the globe, and only a few people know that her easy smile covers a personal tragedy. With a new job offer in San Francisco, Maddie thinks it might be time to stay in one place, especially when she runs into Burke again.

Burke was the handsome, sexy hero of her youth who could do no wrong. Maddie was the pretty, fun-loving girl of his youth who loved to break the rules. They were opposites in every way, but there was always a connection. It was just never the right time or the right place—until maybe now.

But their budding love story suddenly takes a dangerous turn, and a series of escalating incidents makes them realize that falling in love might not just be scary but also deadly.

Don't miss any of the titles in Barbara's NYT Bestselling Series: The Callaways!

On A Night Like This (#1)

So This Is Love (#2)

Falling For A Stranger (#3)

Between Now And Forever (#4)

All A Heart Needs (#5)

That Summer Night (#6)

When Shadows Fall (#7)

Somewhere Only We Know (#8)

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

Hyde Street Press
Publication date:
Callaways Series , #8
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Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(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

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Somewhere Only We Know (Callaways #8) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
JenniferSchultheisJS More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Somewhere Only We Know. The story is well written, the characters are fully developed, and the storyline captured my attention from the very beginning. Two opposites come together at the right time, and take a chance on a relationship. It's a good thing they finally got their chance with each other, because they are definitely meant to be. Barbara Freethy is an excellent author, and I'm sure I don't have to tell you that. Any story from her is a must read and Somewhere Only We Know, is no exception. Loved the characters, the suspense, and the emotions coming through the pages. Five stars for Burke and Maddy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book by Barbara Freethy. No one but Barbara can combine mystery intrique, twists, turns, romance the way she does. I highly recommend this book and the whole series for those who enjoy a great reading experience.I have read every book written by this talented author and not one book has disappointed me all are exceptional!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It blows my mind that an author can write 8 books in a series, over so much time, and still managed to not only grab my attention, but keep me intrigued, wanting to learn more about a character who only skimmed the surface in the other books. And to be able to do this without conflicting with past stories, but manage to tie them all together? And then to give an opening to another series? Brilliance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book on the oldest did not disappoint. Love this series
reenieIl More than 1 year ago
Another wounder full book by Barbara Freethy. Burke story was amazing and too the point about him.It was passionate caring loving just truly amazing. Great job on a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the Callaway series. Cannot wait to read about the Callaway cousins!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoy reading the Callaways series - look forward to the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Burke and Maddie's story even though i figured "it" out. Just gotta fall in love with a family like the Callaways. It is 7:30 am..what did I do all night? Read Barbara Freethy. Always enjoy her writing and books..ready for the next book,,lol
rosie47 More than 1 year ago
Once again this author has hit a home run with this book. It is a marvelous series and I can'tell wait for more Callaways!
Sweetpea53 More than 1 year ago
Worth the wait....... I have read all the previous Callaway family books and have been patiently (maybe not so!) waiting for Burke's story. We have seen him as the oldest in the clan carrying a load of grief on his shoulders. He lost a fiance' in a tragic way and he has watched all his siblings find their true loves all the while mourning his loss. Along comes Maddie, a free spirit who is the opposite of Burke's brooding personality. Maddie and Burke have a past.. not of the romantic kind but their paths have crossed numerous times since high school. They try to deny their feelings as they are thrown together once again,  but as the story moves on, we are caught up in an unfolding mystery and we see how they bring out the best in each other.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the callaway clan
Kris_Kringle More than 1 year ago
Finally, Burke's turn at love!  Loved this book!  I enjoyed the give and take between Burke and Maddie.  Both had issues to resolve. This has been a great series and Burke's story was great!!
Catdad More than 1 year ago
Finally Burke's story! I love mysteries and this story did not disappoint! Very entertaining and heart warming story. I love all the Callaways and look forward to reading about the extended family in the rest of the series. If you haven't read this series yet, you should!  A great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best Callaway book yet.  Burke is amazing. And Maddie is a hysterically funny free spirit that you can't help but fall in love with. From start to finish it held my interest.  But the best part was knowing that there were still Callaways left and that Burke isn't necessarily the last of them lol.  We also have the Coulters of Chicago ¿. So there hopefully is going to be many more of Barbara's books and characters to fall in love with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful. Burk and Maddie's story was just that. I know we waited a long time to read Burk's story but it was so worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read but i knew who the villian was right off the bat
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Mary Provost More than 1 year ago
Light, emotional, but good story...once again Barbara Freethy doesn't disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great writing
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JulieGB More than 1 year ago
Burke Callaway lost his fiancé three years ago in a car wreck. Even though he was working that night, a fellow coworker is accusing him of murdering her.  As if that isn’t enough to deal with, he is literally knocked into Maddie Heller, an acquaintance from his past. Maddie’s free spirit always contradicted Burke’s methodical, always-planned-out life. Fortunately, Maddie is just what Burke needs at this point in his life.  I loved Maddie’s carefree spirit, and I think she was the perfect balance for Burke. This has become my favorite coupling of all the Callaways. Ms. Freethy knows how to find the perfect mate for each of the Callaway siblings. Even if they aren’t compatible, they still work out. I can’t wait to continue reading this series with each of the cousins. 
gaele More than 1 year ago
The series wraps up with Burke Callaway, the eldest brother. We’ve seen glimpses of him through the story, but his own personal pain around the loss of his fiancé have kept him in mourning and removed a bit from the family as they explore love. He’s dedicated to work and his family, with the priorities switching as needed. Another firefighter, he’s been stoic and mired in his own feelings about Leanne’s death, as things were not all roses between them before she died.  Maddie is Leanne’s twin, on her own path with the grief and guilt over her twin’s loss, she has been avoiding emotions through action:  ticking off items on the bucket list she and her sister made as teens. Now, back in San Francisco, events have turned and Maddie is in need of a helping hand.  These two are familiar with one another, but both are mired in their own grief and guilt. Slowly Burke’s emotional armor starts to fall, as  Maddie’s more carefree façade and easy-going nature start to work on him. But when the person responsible for Leanne’s death reappears to threaten Maddie, things start to take a turn toward their coming together.  The development of these two characters was nicely done, but I often had problems with the dialogue: rapid fire, it often felt like quizzing  before a test as Freethy used their conversations to provide information that instantly spurned new questions and more information. It didn’t feel organic or even viable as a ‘we are getting to know one another in the now’ sort of way, and there was quite a bit of information  delivered in this way, not all of it sticking as important for readers. As a device to keep the questions about the perpetrator circling, it worked fairly well, even though I had figured out who was the bad guy early on.  A series that captured each of the Callaways at their worst and working to their best, the suspense and daily dramas kept this story and  the series moving forward nicely. Perfect for fans of more suspenseful romances, the Callaways are a great family to get to know.  I received an eBook copy of the title from the author for purpose of honest review with a Novel Publicity tour event. I was not compensated  for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Burke is the responsible older brother. He adores his family and loves his job. However, he has never gotten over the tragic lost of his fiancee. Feeling responsible and brokenhearted, he refuses to give his heart. Maddie feels guilt for her twin sister's death. Why her sister and not her? She lives her life to the fullest for the sister who died so young. Burke and Maddie are both existing, not living when they cross paths. Maddie, down on her luck needs a helping hand and Burke is right there for her. Can these two grieving people find a second chance with each other? Or will a hidden enemy tragically end their second chance before it's even began? Barbara Freethy had me on the edge of my seat with this story. There were twists and turns I never saw coming. A MUST READ!!