Before I Knew (The Cabots, #1) by Jamie Beck

Before I Knew (The Cabots, #1)

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 al...

Details Before I Knew (The Cabots, #1)

TitleBefore I Knew (The Cabots, #1)
Release DateAug 22nd, 2017
PublisherMontlake Romance
GenreRomance, Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Did Not Finish, Contemporary

Reviews Before I Knew (The Cabots, #1)

  • Jacob Proffitt
    This book contains everything you need to know to build a lasting relationship. Just take everything the characters do, and don't do that. I finished this with equal parts masochism and delight. I'm ashamed to admit that the delight was anticipation of being able to vent my wrath on a deserving target. I don't like what that says about me, so I'm rethinking how much vitriol I want to indulge.Colby and Alec spend the entire novel vying for biggest...
  • Amy
    Before I Knew is the first in a new series following the Cabot family. It’s billed as a romance and it most certainly is, but this wasn’t the lighthearted read I was expecting it to be and unfortunately I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped because of this. I like to escape with a romance as a break from the dark thrillers that make up the majority of my TBR and since much of this one deals with heavy, depressing topics it wasn’t quite ...
  • Alison
    The Cabot and the Morgans were friends and neighbours for thirty years until a stupid dare left Joe Morgan dead, shortly afterwards Colby Cabot's husband Mark killed himself over his part in the dare, devastated by his role in the death of his best friend and unable to deal with the guilt. Mark was bi-polar and Colby suffers from the knowledge that she kept his diagnosis from her family, she also worries that his illness may have been a contribut...
  • Bette Hansen
    What a fantastic first book in a brand new series. It's highly emotional and deals with issues that arise a horrible tragedy strikes. Colby Cabot Baxter and Alec Morgan's lives were both changed by the tragedy but now they are both looking for fresh starts. Their journey to happiness is painful and emotional and the past needs to be dealt with. It can't be until all the secrets are revealed. Will they be brave enough to face the past in order to ...
  • Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
    Here I go again, in the minority about a story. Unfortunately, Before I Knew just didn't do it for me. It was so heavy, such a downer that I couldn't find my way through to the end with any kind of joy, any kind of excitement, any kind of anything positive. It's not horribly written or anything, it's just that it's such a dreary, down on themselves kind of story that I could not connect with it or any of the characters.Colby has lost her husband ...
  • vicki zimmerman
    Waaaay too muchI hate dropping a story midway through. I always try to stick with it til the bitter end, no matter what. I made an exception in this case.Before I Knew, is apparently part of a series. Not wanting to offend any hardcover fans, let me just say, for me, this book is not worth the time it takes to read. Over 5 hours is, to me, way and above too long for a simple romance. Way too much back and forth, and round and round, in what shoul...
  • Irene
    4 Heartfelt StarsBefore I Knew by Jamie Beck was an emotional and heartfelt read.They storyline was well written, it was easy to follow and hard to put down.Watching Colby and Alec come together was both heartwarming and painful. They both had painful pasts that they needed to deal with so they could find true happiness.These two were easy to love and I really enjoyed reading their story.Before I Knew is a lovely start to the Cabot Series by Jami...
  • Wendy'sThoughts
    3 Complicated Stars* * *Wow... This was a lot to take in. We have two families who are on opposite sides of a serious tragedy. This main issue colors everything and everyone. After us learning this multi-layered tragedy involving so many, we are set up for the main part of the story...The goal for our gal is to make the restaurant she has worked so hard to be a reality... the best it can be. Unfortunately, that means the money partner brings in a...
  • Jeanne Felfe
    Before I Knew was my companion on a recent airline trip and thank goodness. The time flew as I did.I thoroughly enjoyed this realistic love story. Lately I've been turned off by the plethora of so-called romance books where the sex is more important than the relationship. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Before I Knew dove into the relationship head-long and kept it interesting from start to finish. There was just enough sexual tension to ...
  • Book Lover
    The Morgans and Cabots live next door to each other. Joe Morgan and Colby Cabot were best friends growing up. When Colby married Mark Baxter, Joe welcomed him with opened arms and the three spent a lot of time together. When Joe died after a dare issued by Mark, it tore the families apart. Mark, dealing with issues of his own, feeling overwhelmed with guilt, commits suicide. Fast-forward two years. Colby is still reeling from the past. Her marria...
  • Carolyn's
    Jamie Beck has a style of writing that always draws you in to the dynamics of a family making you their own personal cheerleader. Before I Knew lays the foundation of the Cabot series which will provide lots love, heartbreak, drama, and hopefully healing.Two years after the tragic loss of Joe Morgan and Mark Baxter, the gaping whole remains in both the Morgan and Cabot families. Secrets held by both Mark's wife, Colby Cabot-Baxter and Joe's broth...
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    I received a free copy of this book from BookSparks for an honest review. After reading and enjoying a lot of suspense books lately I was ready for a change. Before I Knew came along at the right time. Colby was widowed two years ago and is now ready to move on from her grief and start some new ventures in her life. She has decided to open a restaurant and her childhood friend Alec has been hired as the new chef. Alec is also ready to make change...
  • Caro
    Well, this was lovely.We have Colby and Alec, they’ve known each other for years, but sadly they are torn apart because of some horrible tragedies. My heart really hurt for these two, they were in such a difficult situation, so much that it held them back from moving on, even with each other.I felt it was great they were both willing to move on from that tragedy and I hated Alec’s dad for not allowing him to do that. I get the grief, but that...
  • Jean
    Before I knew is an emotional story about loss and starting over. It has been two years since Colby Cabot-Baxter watched her husband, Mark commit suicide. She is ready for a new start with opening a new restaurant. Her old friend Alec Morgan is dealing with his own regrets about his part in both his brother's accident and Mark's suicide. He is now getting a second chance at making amends with Colby, his family and his reputation as an award-winni...
  • Jenny
    Well-written story about love and forgivenessI enjoyed this story and the main characters. I liked that the characters gained emotional intelligence and didn’t dilly dally with making amends once they recognized there was a need for them. Good coverage of familial relationships.
  • D.M.
    Jamie Beck is one of my favourite authors, and I'm always excited when she brings out a new book. Before I knew is the start of a new series, The Cabots. Books dealing with grief are not my favourite, especially when it is one of the main themes in a story. However, with this said I still enjoyed this book. It has a lot going on, and the story was really interesting.Colby Cabot-Baxter lost her husband 2 years ago and has never recovered. It's not...
  • Beverly
    BEFORE I KNEW is an exceptional first book in Jamie Beck's new series THE CABOT'S. I was heartbroken before the end of chapter one and relished my heart being mended as Ms Beck wove her magic throughout the remainder of the story.Jamie Beck has a knack for being able to pull a reader into her stories with potent plot lines and magnificently strong, yet flawed characters. These characteristics are certainly present in BEFORE I KNEW and each enhanc...
  • Mary
    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. An emotional and heart wrenching story from the first page to the last. Ms. Beck brought together well developed characters that told a story in a heartfelt and compelling manner.The character of Colby is one of a woman trying to find her place in the world after the tragic death of one of her closest childhood friends and her husband's suicide. Her emotional state is fragil...
  • Emily
    I greatly enjoyed reading this book, especially as a beach read of which it was perfect for. The writing style was great and the plot moved along at a good clip. I'm a sucker for long-pined for romances so this was very easy for me to get into.The story was clearly present day but the exact dates didn't weigh on the plotline and I liked that I could read it and be completely absorbed in it without wondering about dates. It just didn't matter. So ...
  • Janga
    4.5 Stars Before I Knew is the first book in the Cabot series. It is also the first book I have read by Jamie Beck. It will not be the last. Beck’s complex characters and perfectly paced, layered plot made this an excellent read. Colby and Alec are likeable characters, credibly flawed and dealing with wounds inflicted by people they love. These are characters in whom I believe and for whom I root without reservation. Their story is one of the b...
  • Cathy
    Standing OvationI confess I read other reviews before I read this book and was nervous before opening the first chapter. I am a fan of Ms. Beck's books and writing style and while this book was a different storyline approach for her, she did an excellent job in writing this couple's story. Just because a story involves two people struggling with shared bad memories it does not make the book a bad read. I did not feel weighed down by the storyline...
  • Sydney
    I was thoroughly disappointed in this book. I found it in the trending this week section hoping for a good read and ended up with a flop. The book was whiny and uninteresting. It also heavily featured the author's voice rather than writing so I can feel the characters voices. Even having this be the first book in the series there were several times I thought to myself while reading "that character would never say that". Other than the author's ov...
  • Jessie
    This isn't usually my type of book, it's been a while since I've read a romance. I started off heavily judging the characters and their drama, but by the end of the book I couldn't wait to start the second in the series! Jamie Beck deals with some difficult issues in this book such as mental illness, suicide and grief. These subjects are treated with dignity and respect and are not used as cheap plot devices. While I enjoyed the romance angle of ...
  • Lisa Aiello
    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest reviewThere are so many romance books out there that follow the same path, but every now and then you get one that has something special, that makes it just a little different...and this is one of those stories. This was real, and emotional, and heartfelt. These characters rang true and hit a spot in my heart. The personal struggles these two faced and the journey they took together w...
  • Melissa Pollard
    As usual Jamie doesn't disappoint. I loved the story of Alec and Colby. The characters were well developed and the history between was well written and drew you in. To develop the Characters the story was a little dark in places talking about suicide of Colby ex husband and death of Alec's brother but this made you feel more in sync with them both and understand where they were coming from. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I woul...
  • Falguni Kothari
    I love books with cooks. This one was a sweet romance that put a smile on my face. But that wasn't all it was. It was also about mental health and what it can do to a person, to a family, to a marriage. Sometimes, it's not only the people afflicted who carry the scars.Highly recommended.
  • Tami
    This touched on the topics of mental illness, suicide. and emotional abuse just to name a few of the family struggles. Good book.This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
  • Chris Conley
    This has the makings of an interesting series. I liked this first book. Characters who conceal basic truths usually annoy me to no end but, in the cases of Alec and Colby, the secrets make a bit of sense. I am curious to see what the next book holds.
  • Vikki Vaught
    My MusingsThis book has some great moments and I enjoyed it for the most part. It has a great ending.Happy ☺reading 📚!