All We Knew

All We Knew

by Jamie Beck

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All We Knew by Jamie Beck

For Hunter and Sara, getting married was easy. It’s staying together that’s the true test of love…

Hunter Cabot deeply loves two things: the international tea company he’s helped his father build, and his wife, Sara. From the moment he first saw her wide smile on their college campus years ago, Hunter fell hard. Yet now, with other family members pushing to sell the thriving business and Sara grieving their failure to start a family, he’s suddenly facing the crushing loss of both.

The relentless ambition that Sara once admired in Hunter is now driving them apart. Each missed doctor’s appointment, neglected dinner date, and family squabble accentuates their differing priorities. Still, Sara struggles to create the home life they’d envisioned, until unsettling developments—both personal and professional—push them to the breaking point.

When love is put to the ultimate test, can Hunter and Sara stop fighting each other long enough to fight for their marriage?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542049030
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Series: Cabots Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 564,840
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

National bestselling author Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than one million copies. In addition to being named a 2017 Booksellers’ Best Award finalist, her books have also hit Heavy.com’s Top 10 Romance Novels of 2015 and been selected as a Woman’s World Book Club pick. Critics at Kirkus, Publishers Weekly (including a starred review), and Booklist have alternatively called her work “smart,” “uplifting,” and “entertaining.” In addition to writing novels, she enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking, and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family.

Fans can sign up for her newsletter at www.jamiebeck.com, which includes a fun extras page with photos, videos, and playlists. She also loves interacting with everyone on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JamieBeckBooks).

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All We Knew 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
All We Knew by Jamie Beck, is about the trials and tribulations of the Cabot family. The primary focus of this story is on Hunter Cabot and his wife Sara Daly Cabot. They met in college and fourteen years later, they are still madly in love. I was able to identify with the couple's struggle with infertility, as well as the many pressures that arise as an executive in the corporate workplace. This is the second book from the author's Cabots series and it can be enjoyed as a standalone. Hunter is the CFO of his family's successful international tea company, with the dream of taking over the reigns at the time of his father's retirement. Hunter never thought he would be fighting for his marriage or his job at this time in his life. Sara had no idea that getting pregnant would be so difficult, so with her dream of having a family fading, she immerses herself in other things, which includes being a thorn in Hunter's side at times. This is a well-conceived novel with an engaging plot and nicely-defined characters. I found Sara and Hunter to be intelligent and real, and I admired how they supported each other through both thick and thin. Due to great descriptive writing, I was able to engross myself in Hunter's stepmother's antagonistic nastiness, his father's dormancy, and his stepsister's lack of accountability. Overall, this is an exciting and slightly emotional novel that twists and turns in all the right places. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
FlattLinesNoodle More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't want a man like Hunter Cabot? He adores his wife Sara and has since the moment they met. He is hard-working and just wants to provide for his family, both current and in future generations. I felt for Sara, desperately wanting a family and putting her body through the wringer to have a child, being disappointed time after time. Unfortunately, they don't quite see eye to eye on realizing their dreams. It's eye-opening to see how a couple walking down the same path can ever go down different paths alone. I was rooting for the Cabots, but was wondering if they would ever find a way to make the couple both individually happy, and happy together.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
Jamie Beck is a great author and I've read her books before. I felt this wasn't quite up to her norm. Aside from tackling some very difficult issues which she did so well, the book lacked for me. The characters weren't likable, I did like Hunter's father. The man of few words and dealing with his illness was an excellent portrayal of exactly how unpredictable that disease can be. That was perfect. While I understand fully what it's like to be unable to conceive, I thought Sarah was totally over the top. Hunter was selfish and self centered and Gentry..... was Gentry. There was just too much going on to fully appreciate this story's plot line. I felt she threw too many things into the story, I found them distracting. Again, she writes well and some of that translates well so that's a huge plus. The dialogue, redundant. Those two have been married for 14 years and their problem? Failure to communicate. On both ends. Leave out the crazy family crap and her family and the rest of it. The story boiled down to the two of them. Wrapped up a little too tidy for me also,but that's ok. Leading into Gentry's story was a good loop. **arc from NetGalley and Montlake in exchange for an honest review**
Unde-the-pages More than 1 year ago
So, usually in a romance book, the main characters meet, they fall I love and, if we’re lucky, we get a proposal in the end. Well, in this book we got none of that because they already did it all. Hunter Cabot and Sara have been happily married for years. They fell in love in college and their relationship has been close to perfect until they try to have a baby but can’t. They have been trying for two years but luck has not been on their side and that is starting to take its toll on their marriage. On top of that, Hunter is focused on getting to the top of his family’s company and being the CEO. With that, Sara is falling into a lonely world that, if not crushed, will be the death of their marriage. I have so many things to say about this book that I don’t even know where to start. This book got me so bad! Babies and pregnancies always get to me and this one was intense! I was five chapters in and I had to take a look at the last one to see how things would end because I just couldn’t take it anymore! Regarding the story, it is a sad one because of their struggle to get pregnant. Sara’s pain was the worst for me to deal with! But things weren’t so bad: Hunter actually makes the effort to fix their marriage and to make Sara happy. The robe Is that he’s not doing the right things. Sara needs love, attention, and, most important, his time. But he spends most of his time in the company and she will never understand how the company always comes first for him. Don’t get the wrong idea! They love each other like they did back in college, they’re still each other’s soulmates but they’re having problems because of the failed pregnancies and the company. Honestly, it is a really normal and relatable storyline because every couple struggles with something! Besides the story, I also loved the characters! Even though Hunter is pretty focused on the company, he has no eyes for any other woman except Sara. She’s the love of his life, the most beautiful woman he has ever seen and the best thing that ever happened to him. I honestly loved their love. I loved how he always defended her when was necessary, It was honestly humbling how much he loved her. And she loved him just as much! Overall, I think this is an unforgettable story! It is one of those stories that stays with you! Thank you Montlake Romance for the ARC!
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
I loved, loved, loved All We Knew by the amazing Jamie Beck, book two in her Cabots series. Ms. Beck truly knows how to create a wonderful and emotional story between two people deeply in love but having reached a point where flaws can no longer be overlooked as they are eroding the love they have one another. Warning: do not read this book without tissues nearby. Hunter loved Sara from the day he met here but he also loved Cabot Tea, the company his dad founded and where Hunter worked his way up as he learned the company. Hunter needed structure and order, but most of all he needed Sara’s love and trust. Sara wanted to be a mom and have a family like the one she remembers growing up in more than anything in the world. However, for some unknown reason her body betrayed this wish and refused to grant this wish, even through IVF. Sara needed to find something to focus on and found it at Angel House, a place for displaced women and children. There she found a purpose for her life and a fulfillment, even if she became too attached to the residents. As Hunter focuses more on keeping the company from being sold Sara feels left out and distant from him, even taken for granted. Were the ties that held their marriage together fraying and sending Sara on a downward spiral? Another factor in all of this upheaval for them is Gentry’s, Hunter’s half-sister, unexpected pregnancy, initial decision to give the baby to Hunter and Sara, and later to change her mind. Sara and Hunter need to find a way to put their love and marriage back on track without feeling taken for granted. I really loved reading this book and had trouble putting this book down. Ms. Beck is a wonderful story teller, drawing me in and not letting go until I read the last page. I highly recommend this book to other readers and can’t wait to read the next book in this series, Gentry’s story. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read book 1 of this Cabot series I was very excited to read Hunter and Sara's story. It is laid out in book 1 that they are struggling with fertility, Sara is taking massive doses of hormones and upset over their losses all compounded by the fact that Hunter is a workaholic caught in a whirlwind of drama at his family's company. So many times in this book I wanted to reach and hug Sara and then turn around and punch Hunter. While we get a detailed history of Hunter, the Cabot family and business empire and you sympathize with him wanting to keep what's always been promised to him I couldn't help but have anger over him repeating his father's mistakes of the past with his first two children and first wife. I guess the point of that is that Hunter was close to his father and the business and didn't sympathize with his mother's side. Now with an evil and conniving stepmother trying to get his father to sell the business out from under Hunter he feels he can do nothing but fight their every move. In the meantime, Sara is alone, lost and feeling shoved out of Hunter's life never to be anything but second best to his mistress- the family company. Sara is sweet and kind and has had enough as far as carrying the marriage alone on her back. Her getting involved with Angel House has opened up her heart in a way that she never dreamed and she knows it would do the same to Hunter yet he has blinders on to everything but the company. Hunter and Sara's fertility struggle was heartbreaking but not the root of their marital problems. Hunter of course would like to blame that as the reason everything is crumpling but in fact it's simply getting married and neglecting the other party whether that be through devotion to a job, children or the pursuit thereof or even friends and not keeping your partner first and fulfilled. I think every marriage suffers this and has to decide are we going to dig in deep and fix this or throw up our hands and quit. This story was easy to relate to and a great read. Looking forward to more of the Cabots.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing, raw and emotional journey unlike any romance I've read. One of the big differences is that we already start our with our couple, Hunter & Sara, married. They have been trying unsuccessfully to have a baby thorough IVF, so naturally there is a great deal of stress on their marriage. Add to that the changes being brought up at the family business Hunter runs with his father and things are quite strained for these two people who clearly love each other. Can Sara and Hunter weather the storm and whatever fate has in store for them? Or is this all a bit too much even for the strongest of marriages. This was a beautifully written story by Jamie Beck that was so heartbreaking at times and so uplifting at others my motions went on a heck of an incredible ride. Can't wait for Gentry's book!!
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
All We knew is a captivating novel about family secrets, lies, and broken promises. This is also a novel about the power of forgiveness and how it can soften and heal even the hardest of hearts. Sara Cabot longed to have children. But after years of trying to get pregnant, even with the help of medical intervention, motherhood, remained just a dream for her. Sara and Hunter both felt that their relationship was a strong one. They thought that they would be able to weather just about anything, but when Sara’s desire to become pregnant became an obsession, and Hunter’s passion for the family business came before Sara, a wedge was driven between them. The characters in this book are well-developed and intriguing. Sara was my favorite; her loving personality won me over right from the start. Hunter, however, took a bit longer. Although Hunter loved Sara and tried to please her, his strong desire to succeed, had him placing his work before his wife’s needs, again and again. This book has wonderful lessons, woven seamlessly, into the fabric of the story, giving the novel depth and meaning. Some of the thoughtful topics covered in this book are forgiveness, empathy, compassion, and compromise. One of the hardest things for a person to do is to see themselves in a clear, honest, light. But, when they do, anything is possible. Thank you, Montlake Romance and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
All We knew is a captivating novel about family secrets, lies, and broken promises. This is also a novel about the power of forgiveness and how it can soften and heal even the hardest of hearts. Sara Cabot longed to have children. But after years of trying to get pregnant, even with the help of medical intervention, motherhood, remained just a dream for her. Sara and Hunter both felt that their relationship was a strong one. They thought that they would be able to weather just about anything, but when Sara’s desire to become pregnant became an obsession, and Hunter’s passion for the family business came before Sara, a wedge was driven between them. The characters in this book are well-developed and intriguing. Sara was my favorite; her loving personality won me over right from the start. Hunter, however, took a bit longer. Although Hunter loved Sara and tried to please her, his strong desire to succeed, had him placing his work before his wife’s needs, again and again. This book has wonderful lessons, woven seamlessly, into the fabric of the story, giving the novel depth and meaning. Some of the thoughtful topics covered in this book are forgiveness, empathy, compassion, and compromise. One of the hardest things for a person to do is to see themselves in a clear, honest, light. But, when they do, anything is possible. Thank you, Montlake Romance and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
All We Knew is a wonderfully crafted story of a couple's emotional journey through the highs and lows of the struggle with infertility. Never is the love between Sara and Hunter questioned. They've been together for 14 years but never have they been tested the way they are being tested now. First the infertility which is breaking apart Sara's dreams then Hunter who has put his heart and soul into the family tea import business discovers that his father is entertaining a buyout offer he's furious. Putting his full attention behind keeping the business in the family he seems to be missing the distance that is growing between himself and Sara. Will he realize what is happening in time? An incredible book and one I recommend to everyone.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed book 1 in this series , and was looking forward to Sara’s and Hunter’s story. I have to confess I have mixed feeling about this book. The best part of this story is that it is well written.The author presents to the reader not only the struggles and effects infertility has on the couple but also family dynamics , especially when it involves step -mother, step-sisters, as well as the interactions between everyone . She also gives us a glimpse at a home for women trying to overcome domestic abuse and/or drug use. All that said, I didn’t find Sara or Hunter to be the most likable characters. They were both a tad self -centered and unwillingly to see each other’s point of view. The angst got tiresome and repetitive. From personal experience I what they were dealing with, but somehow they didn’t seem to want to move forward. It wasn’t until the last 20% of the book, that I finally got to like them a little bit. For me , it was more of a 3.5 star. I want to point out , that I have a great deal of respect for the author, and know that writing any story, especially one like this one, takes a great deal of time, research and dedication. I was gifted this copy by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.
RachaelBrown More than 1 year ago
All We Knew follows Hunter and Sara through their struggles and tough, life-changing decisions as they try to overcome marital problems, as well as family turmoil. This story is different than the majority of books that I read since the couple is already married, but I still enjoyed it. Jamie Beck did a great job of capturing Hunter & Sara's emotional journey as they try to save their marriage. I look forward to the next book in The Cabots series to see how Gentry's story unfolds. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary Advance Reader Copy.