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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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4 out of 5 stars
By MHelf on 09-26-17

Good story/Bad narration

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

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4 out of 5 stars
By Christine M on 02-19-18

A good start to this series

Would you listen to Before I Knew again? Why?

I might possibly...there are so many others I want to listen to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Before I Knew?

Where Colby goes to Mark's grave

What does Siiri Scott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Voices to all of the characters

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book, and I listened to most of it and read some of it. I did think there could have been more of a change in Alec and Colby's voice. At times, I wasn't sure who was speaking. Perhaps a male narrator would have been helpful since there were so many different characters to voice. I enjoyed the story and it was a good listen/read.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 10-11-17

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Fleetwoodboy on 08-29-17

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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