Before I Knew

  • by Jamie Beck
  • Narrated by Siiri Scott
  • 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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.
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- Suzanne

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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- Rusty

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-22-2017
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio