Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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?

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆☆
4.5 stars
M/F Rekindling Romance
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This is a story that is wrought with emotion. I cried more than once during this book and it was an emotional rollercoaster.

Hunter and Sara have been married for a while and are ready for their next adventure. Sara's desire to be a mom is overwhelming for her. Unfortunately, they are met with infertility. It's crushing for both of them, but Sara is much more outwardly upset about the outcomes.

Meanwhile, Hunter is trying to figure out why his father is going back on a promise to keep their business in the family. He's frustrated, hurt, and only knows that his legacy is in jeopardy.

Throw in Hunter's crazy family dynamic, and Sara can't help but be the calming voice for all. The dynamic between Hunter and Sara is strained throughout this story and it's like watching a car wreck, but unable to look away.

When Sara finds something that she's passionate about, she throws herself in to it. However, disappointment is again shadowing her life.

Hunter is under more and more pressure to keep his company in the family, but his father becomes ill and then it's a struggle to show loyalty to his father or ensure that the company stays in the family. His dad's new wife and daughter, Gentry, throw in their own drama and you can't help but feel sorry for Hunter. His family is a mess.

Feelings are hurt, people taken for granted, and lives are upended. This book puts you through an emotional ringer and in the end, it's up to Sara and Hunter to figure out whether or not love truly is enough. Sometimes, love just isn't enough.

I hope that Gentry gets a book, as she seems to need some grounding. This was an emotional read, but it was well developed and kept you on your toes.

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
This book was a true and honest look at relationships and how, at times, love does not conquer all. I thought the emotions portrayed by both Hunter and Sara were genuine and real. Each person had a unique view of how others’ behavior affected them, yet not seeming to realize that their behavior could be hurtful to the other.

Seeing Hunter and Sara work through their problems, the realness of it all, came through loud and clear.

4.5 stars of moving, emotional, and complicated real life

This is the second book in the series. I would definitely recommend that you read them in order, as you will understand the family dynamics better, and meet Hunter and Sara before the story focusses on them. It is also a very good emotional read about Colby's past, present, and future.

What Ms. Beck has a great talent for as a writer, is getting under the skin of the lead characters, and laying their emotions open to the reader. Every layer gets unpeeled and somehow neither Hunter nor Sara come out on the right or wrong side. They just have such a different viewpoint and have lost the ability to empathise with the other. They are protective, nurturing, and clearly love each other, but somehow they have lost the ability to communicate their own needs, wants, and desires. It is beautifully written, and deeply saddening as their difficulties pile up and start to bury them.

All of the family members matter in these books, both in the family tea business and their relationships, and have significant impact on how the stories progress. The exchanges can be really valuable, but also really painful. After reading the book, I was quite relieved not to have such complicated interactions with my kin!

At the heart of this book is a love story between two people which has lasted fourteen years, and as it hits a really rough patch, they need to dig deep, and work at continuing to be a loving, happy couple. The struggle is real, the resolution is hard won on both sides, and the outcome is perfect. Thank you, Ms. Beck.

Also Available in the Cabot Series

Book 1
Buy Links

Amazon US  ~  Amazon UK  ~  Amazon Au  ~  Amazon Ca
~  Available with KindleUnlimited  ~

For reviews & more info, check out our Before I Knew post.

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.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of All We Knew (Cabot #2) by Jamie Beck to read and review.

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