When You Knew

When You Knew

by Jamie Beck
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When You Knew by Jamie Beck

An unlikely couple must decide what truly defines family.

Gentry Cabot’s rebellious life comes to a screeching halt when a one-night stand leads to a sobering new reality: motherhood. Exhausted and overwhelmed, the former wild child struggles to raise an infant on her own. After a lifetime of feeling like the odd Cabot out, Gentry knows that what her son needs most is family. For his sake, she plans to rebuild bridges with them, but first she needs a little help on the home front.

Humanitarian worker Ian Crawford has devoted his life to service. Forced to temporarily return stateside, he’s eager to head back to Haiti to expand the nonprofit he just founded in his late father’s honor. He can’t do that without money, so when Gentry offers a hefty paycheck for a short-term gig as a live-in nanny, he can’t afford to say no. Ian expects to deal with a barrage of privileged problems. What he doesn’t expect is how quickly being a makeshift father transforms him.

Despite his growing attachment to Gentry and her child, Ian still has his dreams, and Gentry wants a full-time dad for her son. When the baby’s father reenters the picture, will Gentry and Ian embrace the family they’ve formed or end up worlds apart?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503902503
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/26/2018
Series: Cabots Series , #3
Pages: 380
Sales rank: 237,451
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

National bestselling author Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than one million copies. She’s a 2017 Booksellers’ Best Award finalist, and critics at Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist have respectively called her work “smart,” “uplifting,” and “entertaining.” In addition to writing, 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 learn more about her on her website: www.jamiebeck.com, which includes a fun “Extras” page with photos, videos, and playlists. She also loves interacting with everyone at www.facebook.com/JamieBeckBooks.

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When You Knew 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
sbart84 22 days ago
Loved Gentry and Ian. Gentry is the third child in the Cabot family, the wild one and not the rule follower. She is now a single mom, raising Colt, a colicky baby while facing the demands of the family business. She wants to prove to her family that she has matured and can handle both. Ian is a humanitarian worker, and trying to raise funds for Haiti. He is only home temporarily when he meets Gentry. He has agreed to be the nanny for Colt. They both can't deny the chemistry between them but both have different dreams for their future. Loved how Gentry has matured and grown through out this series. Ian is just awesome all the way around. Always wanting to do the best, but so happy on his final decisions. It was great to catch up with the other members of the Cabot family, it's hard to say good bye. I highly recommend this book, part of series but can be read as a stand alone.
CRISSYM 25 days ago
This is the first book I've read in this series and it was a great romance read that was nicely written with an ending that will leave you pleased. I enjoyed the characters a lot. Ian and Gentry seemed so different but they were perfect for each other. Some parts of the story felt a little over the top and there were definitely times that I really felt a certain type of way about Ian's character but overall, he won me over and I enjoyed this book a lot. I look forward to reading the previous books in this series and other books from this author in the future.
CRISSYM 25 days ago
This is the first book I've read in this series and it was a great romance read that was nicely written with an ending that will leave you pleased. I enjoyed the characters a lot. Ian and Gentry seemed so different but they were perfect for each other. Some parts of the story felt a little over the top and there were definitely times that I really felt a certain type of way about Ian's character but overall, he won me over and I enjoyed this book a lot. I look forward to reading the previous books in this series and other books from this author in the future.
EileenAW 25 days ago
WOW!!! I loved, loved, loved When You Knew by the talented Jamie Beck, book three in her Cabots series. Ms. Beck truly knows how to create a wonderful and emotional story between two people questioning their life choices and paths. After a one-night stand, wild child Gentry Cabot has become a single mom of a beautiful but very colicky little boy. She is overwhelmed, exhausted, and struggling. Always feeling like the odd child out, Gentry recognizes that her son needs a family more than anything and plans to rebuild bridges with hers. Before that can happen she needs some help and Ian Crawford becomes her savior. Ian has been following in his father’s humanitarian footsteps, devoting his life to service by raising money to train and equip EMTs in Haiti while helping those in outlying areas. These two do not realize it but are more similar than different, despite their lives being worlds apart. Gentry wanted to fit in and be loved by her family. Doing whatever she needed to meet their expectations. Ian wanted to know what it would be like to live a normal life, not living up to his late father’s, and now his mother’s, expectations for him. Gentry liked working at Cabot’s Tea but it was not her passion; that was her photography and blog. These two ride an emotional roller coaster as they navigate the demands of the present and hopes for the future. Things do get more complicated when Gentry’s baby daddy reenter the picture and tries to fit into his son’s life. This wonderful and amazing story was an emotional read and I was easily able to visualize the story as it occurred. I totally loved these characters and didn’t want to put this book down. I especially loved catching up with Gentry’s half-siblings. Ms. Beck created fantastic characters, making them realistic, keeping the story fascinating, making me forget the world around me and not letting me go until I turned the last page, wanting more. I highly recommend this book to other readers and look forward to Ms. Beck’s next book as this is her last book in the Cabots series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
ljtljtljt 25 days ago
When You Knew by Jamie Beck, is about the trials and tribulations of the Cabot family. The primary focus of this story is on Gentry Cabot, her infant and colicky son Colton, and Ian Crawford, a humanitarian worker and EMT. Gentry is a single mom, working on a new launch for her family's tea company. She doesn't like her job very much, and would rather earn a living developing her amazing photography talent, while expanding her blog for new mothers. She meets Ian through her sister-in-law, and they share an immediate attraction. Ian is back home in Oregon after spending a lot of time helping the less fortunate in Haiti. He needs money to support himself, while finding sponsors to support his humanitarian efforts. He ends up becoming Colton's temporary nanny, which results in he and Gentry falling into longing and love. I liked this book and Ms. Beck does a terrific job of introducing and developing the characters. However, this story did not capture my attention in the same way that the earlier books did. I found the pace to be slow and the plot to be repetitive. This is the third book from the author's Cabots series and it can be read as a standalone. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Terri_C 25 days ago
I liked this book in the series better than the last. There wasn't as much doom and gloom and emotional lows as in the second book. It felt more like a romance. I loved Beck's portrayal of Gentry as she dealt with a baby with colic all by herself. The male character, Ian, comes to her door and she is in a ratty bathrobe with spit up and other related gross baby things adorning her body that hadn't seen the shower in days. I also loved the honesty of Gentry feeling so inadequate as a mother when other's seem to be able to handle her son and everyday life at thebetter than she does. Beck hits on the insecurities of all mothers. Gentry also has feelings of inadequacies and seclusion from her family. Ian helps her take huge steps in helping her deal with things. Unfortunately, as the "temporary nanny", he is falling in love with Gentry, her son and a way of life that he just doesn't believe he can take part in. He struggles with his own feelings of inadequacy and must come to terms with those before he can be a permanent part of anyone's life. The question is whether or not they can deal with their issues and heal themselves enough to have a life together.
BananaTricky 25 days ago
The third book in a series about the Cabot siblings and the Tea business they own and run with their father and his second wife. I read the first book and felt the angst was massively overdone, somehow I missed the second book but was lucky enough to be approved for an ARC of the third, which features the youngest daughter Gentry, half-sister to Hunter and Colby, the wild child, rebel and rule breaker. The book starts with Gentry as a single mother following a one-night stand in Napa with a man she knew only as 'Smith'. Her baby Colton is fractitious with colic and she isn't coping. When Hunter and his wife Sara pop round Sara thinks Colt might have a fever and calls an EMT she knows called Ian for a favour. Ian is a humanitarian aid worker in Haiti, only home to collect his possessions from his ex-fiancee's house before flying back to Haiti to continue to honour his father's legacy. He is frankly condescending towards this obviously wealthy young woman who is bemoaning her first world problems and seems unable to keep herself or her luxury apartment clean. His favourite refrain is that people in other parts of the world, like Haiti, have things a whole lot tougher than poor little rich girl Gentry. Nevertheless, Ian ends up helping Gentry by babysitting while she gets a night's sleep and tidying the apartment as well. When Gentry finds out that Colt has an ear infection and can't go to nursery as planned she is desperate to find a reliable nanny who would be willing to work for a few weeks and is able to start immediately. Ian is looking for short-term work to fund his flight back to Haiti so it seems like a match made in heaven - an EMT that Gentry already knows, who has proven he is good with children and can start immediately. At first Ian came across as very judgemental and preachy and my heart sank because I thought Gentry was going to be portrayed as the thoughtless rich woman who is brought to realise that her moral compass is skewed by a compassionate and selfless man. Ho boy, I thought, prepare to DNF. What actually transpires is something very different. And I loved the fact that Gentry calls Ian on his holier than thou attitude (I won't spoil how). Overall, I really enjoyed this book, although I felt that the resolution of Gentry's issues with her mother was overly simplistic and unrealistic, Gentry and Ian were a match made in heaven and I felt that they both exhibited emotional growth. I'm also not ashamed to admit that I cried, not once but twice while reading this book. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Bette313 25 days ago
Excellent book! I'll forever remember the main characters in this book. Each for different reasons but both Ian and Gentry are memorable. Ian is almost too perfect. A true humanitarian giving everything he has to those in need. Gentry is a former wild child now working hard to raise her child as a single mom while balancing the demands of her high pressure job in the family business. They both have demons that haunt them. These demons keep both of them from going after what they want. When Gentry's baby daddy shows up will Ian simply walk away or will he fight for what he wants. What about his dreams and desires. Can Gentry accept him as he is if he stays? This is a wonderfully done book and one I think everyone will enjoy. I recommend it.
KindleKat64 25 days ago
One of the main reasons I enjoy this series so much is because the characters are all so down to earth, flawed and real. Jamie always does a fantastic job with character development; allowing us to get to know them and understand why they are the way they are, while we are falling in love with them or wanting to kick them. Gentry and Ian are no exception and dare I say my favorites so far. They are perfectly imperfect yet perfect complements to each other. I adore them. Ian comes into Gentry's life just when she needs him the most and not for the first time. I loved the story line and felt every emotion Jamie poured into her words. It is very well written and just so dang good. Each book in this series always leaves me wanting more.
Susanmc81 25 days ago
This is the third installment of Jamie Beck’s The Cabots series. Books one and two dealt with siblings Colby and Hunter from patriarch Jed Cabot’s first marriage. Book three centers on free spirit Gentry, Colby and Hunter’s half-sister. Gentry had discovered in book two that she was pregnant from a one night stand from a trip to Napa. She had initially planned to let her brother and his wife, Sarah, raise the child, but decided she wanted to keep it. This book begins with a harried single mom Gentry trying to deal with a colicky and sick baby Colt. Sarah suggests that her friend Ian check out Colt. Because Colt is ill, he cannot go to daycare. Gentry asks Ian to act as a temporary nanny. Ian has followed in his humanitarian father’s footsteps. He is trying to raise money to set up volunteer EMT operations in Haiti. He needs some cash to buy a ticket back to Haiti, so he takes Gentry up on her offer. I loved Gentry. She comes across as this sarcastic tough girl, but she is really a sad lonely girl desperately wanting the love of her family. I liked Ian as well. He had similar issues in that his father pretty much ignored his wife and son in order to save the world. I really enjoyed the development of their love story and felt that this was a great ending to the series. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.
RachaelBrown 25 days ago
When You Knew is my favorite of the series! I really liked Gentry and her unconventional ways. Ian was the perfect match for her and Colt. I loved their special moments together and their playful relationship, especially the picnic by the lake. I enjoyed every moment of Gentry & Ian's emotional love story. I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary Advance Reader Copy from NetGalley.
PegGlover 25 days ago
When You Knew is a superbly-written, and highly emotional, novel. The author transported me into her story, captured my heart, and kept me turning the pages until the very end. I’ve read all three books in this series and I loved them all. When You Knew, however, I think is my favorite. If there are more books in this series, I’ll be reading them. Gentry Cabot felt like the black sheep of the family, the underachiever, the single mother who couldn’t juggle work and her infant son effectively. Ian the man she hired to help her, was the only person who truly believed in her and felt that she was competent. Ian Crawford was broke. He had spent money that he hadn’t planned on spending, to fly home and collect his things from his ex-fiancee’s house. He didn’t blame her for breaking up with him; he wasn’t good boyfriend material, considering that he was never home. Ian was a humanitarian, and most of his work took him away to foreign countries, like Haiti. When Gentry offered Ian a great salary and a place to stay in exchange for watching her colicky son, he took it. What he didn’t expect was to develop feelings for Gentry and her son Cole. So when the father of Cole, entered the picture, Ian knew that it was time to leave. He just didn’t think it would hurt so much. I was completely invested in Gentry and Ian’s lives. I welled up more than once reading this book. To say, that I was engrossed in the story is an understatement. I couldn’t put the book down. It’s a story about being true to oneself, letting go of other people’s expectations, and allowing yourself to be vulnerable again. I found this book to be thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, touching and humorous. I loved it and highly recommend giving it a read. This book gets five shining stars from me! Thank you, Montlake Romance and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
TerryL56 25 days ago
Gentry has always been the black sheep in her family and then she goes and gets pregnant from a one night stand, just to cement the point. When she sets to go back to work at the family business, her son gets sick and cannot go to the daycare, so she hires a nanny ... Ian, a humanitarian and EMT who is back in the states to raise funds to complete his fathers legacy. It doesn't take long for sparks to fly, but is the instant gratification worth the heartache later ... for both of them? I liked the fact that Gentry was the one with money and Ian was the one struggling for money. And also that Gentry didn't have a "perfect" baby ... he had problems like so many do. I didn't read the first 2 books and even though I got the drift of the relationship between the siblings, I think it would have been helpful to know that family dynamic from the previous books ... so I will have to go back and read them. I could just feel for Gentry trying to be accepted for who she is by her family and for Ian who thought he was pursuing his dream when in reality it was his father's dream. Gentry and Ian's journey is full of joyful and heartbreaking moments and shouldn't be missed. I received an ARC courtesy of Montlake Romance through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
ytcruz 25 days ago
Once again, Ms. Beck captures our attention with a book filled with imperfect people dealing with life’s ups and downs, while still giving us hope and faith in what life has to offer. This one belongs to Gentry Cabot and Ian Crawford. Gentry is the youngest of the Cabot children, the wild child and the one that feels she has never fit in her family. A family made of successful individuals and a mother that is not easy to please. A one nightstand creates a boy and Gentry has had to grow up. Ian is temporarily in town, aiming to gets funds and assistance for the mission in Haiti that was created by his Dad. At loose ends and needing to find a temporary job, he takes the position of a “manny/nanny” , taking care of baby Colton , while Gentry goes back to work. The story is filled with family dynamics and expectations . While both struggle with these expectations, a fragile relationship is formed. When decisions have to made as to whether to follow their dreams or the expectations put on them, the decisions are difficult. At times heartbreaking , it’s also a story about following ones the heart, doing the right thing and maybe finding love and happiness. Another winner from this talented author. I was entrusted this copy by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.