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Before I Knew Audiobook

Before I Knew: The Cabots, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Author Jamie Beck returns with an engrossing series about family, friendship, and starting over. In this first Cabot novel, a legacy of secrets tests old friends seeking a second chance at life and love.

On the second anniversary of her husband's suicide, Colby Cabot-Baxter is ready to let go of her grief and the mistakes made during her turbulent marriage. Her fresh start comes in the form of A CertainTea, the restaurant she's set to open along Lake Sandy, Oregon, with help from her family. But when her executive chef quits just weeks before the grand opening, Colby is pressured to hire old family friend Alec Morgan. His award-winning reputation could generate buzz, but their friendship has withered since her husband's reckless dare cost Alec's brother his life.

Distracted by guilty secrets concerning the tragedy that changed his and Colby's lives, Alec self-destructed and lost his famed restaurant. With his career in tatters, he's determined to use this opportunity to redeem his reputation and to help the woman he's loved from afar find happiness again.

But secrets have a way of coming out. When Alec's do, they might destroy the new life he and Colby have rebuilt together.

©2017 Jamie Beck (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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    Jennifer 11/10/2017
    Jennifer 11/10/2017
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    "Not as good as usual"

    First off, I hope Siiri Scott as a narrator is a one off thing because I found her character’s voices to be quite grating. She put too much whine into the voices whenever the characters were angry or upset and it made them sound like young teenagers. I also thought her male voices in general just didn’t work.

    Plot wise, it started out good. She laid the scene well and the characters interacted in a believable way. But the middle/end dragged on and I struggled to stay invested in the characters. It’s a good thing this wasn’t my first book by Jamie Beck- otherwise I doubt I would have listened to any of her other stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fleetwoodboy 29/08/2017
    Fleetwoodboy 29/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Cooking up a storm"

    A typical Jamie Beck romance . Good and slightly different story line that was always moving forward with no "filling in" from the side. Written with clever dialogue, which always puts her books on a higher level. For the true romantics this is a book not to be missed .

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    Aurora, CO
    21/11/17
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    "Book was good, narrator not"

    The story was a little slow and awkward in spots, but good. The narrator sounded like there was anger most of the time, like rhe voices were forced and not smooth. Disappointed.

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  • Suzanne
    20/11/17
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    "Another great book by Jamie Beck."

    This was another really good read. I got the audio version and the reader/narrator, Siiri Scott, did a very good job. I am looking forward to the next book, as well as others by Jamie Beck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rusty
    Georgia
    04/11/17
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    "Hopelessly Annoying"

    Contrary to the book's description, Colby was not ready to move on with her life. Rather than seek counseling to resolve the heart-breaking death of her mentally ill husband or her feelings of abandonment following her parent's divorce, Colby seemed to wallow in misery.

    While Colby's dream of opening her own business was commendable, she did not try working in a restaurant or take any food service classes before taking the leap. As an intelligent 30+ year old woman who was smart enough to graduate from law school, Colby seemed hopelessly naïve and easily manipulated by her family.

    Likewise, Alec (early 30s) was a stereotypical, temperamental chef who bullied and degraded his kitchen staff, believed that food had to be unpronounceable to be edible and who desperately needed his Neanderthal father's approval. Alec was arrogant and cruel one moment, pathetic and groveling the next - totally unappealing to anyone not in high school.

    When Colby and Alec started having sex before sharing their feelings or thoughts, I totally lost interest. I find it difficult to become engaged with characters who don't like themselves or make no effort to get professional help when obviously needed, particularly when finances are not an issue.

    I gave up listening about two thirds into Before I Knew - life is just too short to waste time - but I fervently hope that Colby and Alec eventually learned that the best way to heal from emotional pain is to help others in need.

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  • PamO
    03/11/17
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    "Secrets and the damage they can do."

    This is an engaging story that mixes tragedy with hope. The heroine Colby is a young widow who’s husband Mark committed suicide after suffering from bipolar disorder. The hero Alec is her childhood friend, who’s brother Joe was a friend of of the heroine and her husband Mark and died as a result of a dare by Mark( confused yet?)
    I know! This book starts out with a LOT of death. Then the rest of the book is the way all the parties are handling, or not handling, their grief.
    Oh.., and don’t forget some spousal abuse thrown in for good measure.
    In the midst of this we have the widow trying to open a restaurant, and the brother trying to be her chef, and of course falling in love in the process. But the baggage! Oh my gosh. They could open a luggage store.
    I made this book sound depressing but actually it isn’t. There are some very funny supporting characters, like the heroines Mom, and I love all of her scenes.
    I like the way the author resolves the issues. Everything’s not perfect, but there’s still an HEA. Hey, this is a romance after all! I WANT my HEA!!

    Overall I would say the underlying theme of this book is that secrets cause more damage than the original problem.

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  • Kans
    14/10/17
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    "Not As Good!"

    I enjoy Jamie Beck and have read all of her books. I was excited to see there was a new one out and a series too. Personally it just wasn't as captivating as her others have been for me. Perhaps Book 2 will be better.

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  • Babbs
    14/10/17
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    "Just okay"

    The book opens with a bang. Colby is forced to watch her husband commit suicide. She blames herself.
    Alec Joe’s older brother blames himself for his brother’s accidental death after Joe dies with taking a foolish dare. This occurs after they’ve had a fight the previous evening.
    Mr. Morgan Joe’s dad blames Mark and Colby for his son’s death and becomes a angry bully with his family. It goes on on on with everyone blaming themselves or someone else rather than the two dead people.
    These characters could only be product of a female writer as Alec came off too emotional. It became tiring listening to all the lies and deception Colby and Alec engaged in.
    The guilt was over the top. At some point you want Alec to man up and Colby to pull her big girl panties and be open honest and deal with issues.
    Mark had mental issues she agreed with him to hide from everyone then she’s surprised her won’t get medical help to deal with his bipolar disorder.
    Joes was a adrenaline junky and lived life to appease that addiction. Two self centered people who caused a lot of dust up with their demise.
    Book was ok, just tiring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Savannah
    28/09/17
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    "Narration May Have Ruined It"

    I love Jamie Beck. She is one of my favorite romance authors. While this isn't my favorite story of hers, it was still a great story...from what I could tell. I will need to go back and read it on my own because the narration almost ruined it for me. Her inflections seemed all wrong which made the intentions of some of the conversations seem different than what I believe the author was aiming for. I recommend buying the kindle version or paperback.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MHelf
    Oregon
    26/09/17
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    "Good story/Bad narration"

    I love Jamie Beck books and the story was good. But the narrator was almost unbearable. Annoyingly dramatic narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nicole Unverferth
    07/09/17
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    "Heartwarming"

    I loved this book; I wasn't sure at first, but as I listened the story unfolded and my heart was warm. Would suggest this book to many.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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