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If I Didn't Know Better

(Callaways #9)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,861 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Mia Callaway thought she had the perfect guy and the perfect job…until she didn’t. After a run of bad luck, Mia is looking for an escape, so she agrees to go to Angel’s Bay to clean out her aunt’s house. She has no idea that the wounded soldier next door and his adorable, but also wounded, daughter are about to change her definition of perfect. Add in stolen art, a family ...more
Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Published August 26th 2015 by Fog City Publishing, LLC
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Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't get into this book. It was good enough to read in my free time but I wasn't super invested in it. The characters were so bland and 'perfect' for each other. And the dialogue was sometimes soul-crushing because it was so staccato and over-explanatory. Who talks like that? You'd probably have to read it to understand but I'm confident that me mentioning would 'break the glass' for you and that's all you would be able to think during the conversations. The storyline was good at firs ...more
Krista D.
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was probably my least favourite of the series. I found the family get-togethers overwhelming with names. There are so many kids and cousins, plus they are all married and pregnant and adopting and finding random children on the street...I was exhausted from all of the names by the end of chapter 1.

Mia and Jeremy's story itself was good and the mystery was interesting. The little girl healed way too quickly and perfectly, but I realize it's the nature of trying to solve a bunch of issues at
Eleanore June
Overly long. I never really connected/cared about the characters. Too much of a series book - you know, where hints are left around about the upcoming books and peeks at the many, many books that came before it.
The mystery was fine, if short.
Basically, if you love Freethy's books then I expect you'll love this one too. But as a stand alone about a "wounded hero" look elsewhere. Hero was far FAR too perfect/alpha. Just not for me.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
(Quote) Kindle Customer: “Trash...half way thru...turned it to soft porn...other reviews did not reveal the lack of morality especially with muddling in talk of angels and miracles...”

About sums it up...and they write it better.
Bette Hansen
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Loved this book. Great start to the Galloway Cousins spinoff. Lots of great new characters added to the series. A little suspense, a lot of romance and a great story make this a winner.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this in an afternoon and enjoyed it. Would be a great beach read. First one I've read by Freethy.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"If I Didn't Know Better" is written by Barbara Freethy, and it is the 9th book in The Callaways series. It can be read as a stand-alone book. It features Mia Callaway and Jeremy Holt.

Mia recently had some setbacks. She lost her job, her heart was broken, and her Aunt Carly recently died. Mia needs a change of scenery even if it's only for the summer. She decides to go Angel's Bay to clean out her aunt's home. Problem is, she's not able to get in her aunt's house, which leads to a cute-meet mome
Nancy Stopper
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
If I Didn't Know Better is the story of two people who have reached a fork in the road and have to decide which path to travel. Mia has recently left her job and her love behind and headed to Angel's Bay, the setting for another series of Barbara Freethy's books. She's there to clean out her beloved aunt's house, supposedly, but what she's really trying to do is find herself and I believe that she thinks that connecting with her aunt through her things that she might herself among the piles and ...more
Becky Claxon
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mia Callaway’s aunt Carly died in a boating accident. Someone had to go and clean out her house that was left to Mia’s mother. Mia was into art like her aunt, so she volunteered to go. Besides she had lost her job and found out what a jerk her lover was, so she needed time off. When she got to the house, the key didn’t work so she climbed a trellis to the roof as she saw a window open. The trellis fell and the window wouldn’t open so she was stuck. Her neighbor, Jeremy, who was renting next door ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mia Callaway's life is in a shambles: no job, a broken heart from a cheating man, and the loss of her dear Aunt Carly. Because her mother (who inherited the house) has broken her foot, Mia volunteers to go to Angel Bay to clean out Aunt Carly's house. Carly was an art collector and Mia use to work for a re-known art museum. Mia will be able to separate the treasures from the junk.
Jeremy is an injured military man (Delta) who has recently found out he has an 8 year old daughter. His daughter witn
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Mia Callaway volunteers to clean out her deceased aunt's house in Angel's Bay (CA) after a break-up and losing her job. Jeremy Holt, who until 2 months ago was a Delta soldier, grew up in Angel's Bay. He's brought his newly-discovered daughter here to heal after she witnessed her mother's death in a convenience store robbery. Jeremy and his daughter Ashlyn rent the house next to Mia's aunt's.

Sparks fly, even though neither Mia nor Jeremy know what their individual futures hold and both are reluc
Marsha Corley
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: I would not recommend this book.
With the advent of the "metoo" movement, I found Jeremy and Mia's first sexual encounter to be very disturbing. Jeremy tells Mia he wants to kiss her and "maybe more". She responds with "we shouldn't kiss or ...anything more". He continues by telling her she'd told him she had "unlocked" her cage and the "bird is free to fly". She responds with "not into your arms" and later "I don't want to be with you, Jeremy". Jeremy continues to press her and she admits she's tempted but "I don't want to mak ...more
Isha Coleman
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
The Callaways are a family that always pulls me back. I heard about Mia's story and knew I had to read it. Barbara Freethy delivers stories that supply variety and suspense that keeps her readers from getting too comfortable and her stories from being redundant. If I Didn't Know Better has adventure, mystery and at the center of it all is family. Mia's life has been headed in a downward spiral recently that leaves her doubting herself and the choices she has made. Needing to lick her wounds she ...more
Colleen's Conclusions
Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a continuation of the Callaway's. The series has now moved to the cousins. In this story Mia is getting over the lost of her job and a man she thought loved her. She's goes to clean out her aunt carly home who passed away. She is instantly introduced by the neighbor Jeremy who has to rescue her from the roof. So start this story where she gets to know Jeremy and his daughter Ashlyn. There is also some suspense. Sweet novel.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
Probably the worst written book I've read by her.
Chandru CS
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Good one from the author ... I really enjoyed while reading this book and I’ll recommend this book to all my friends.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 beach read
Pearl Powell
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was ok

Fair attempt at an exciting love story but overall it was below average. I enjoyed Ashlyns development but felt no excitement for Mia and Jeremy's relationship.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
After the separation from her boyfriend and the subsequent loss of her job, Mia Callaway agrees to clean out her recently deceased Aunt Carly's house in Angel's Bay. Her neighbour next door is wounded soldier Jeremy, who is trying his best to connect with the daughter he only just discovered he had. Both of them have to make decisions about their future, but can that future be together?
A nice plot, good storytelling and very likeable characters make this a good and entertaining book to read. Som
Natasha Ybarra
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mia lost her job that she didn't really enjoy because of a relationship she had with a married man (Mia thought he was divorced). Her aunt Carly died in an accident right around the same time. The family needed someone to go clean out Carly's house since she was an art collector and a pack rat. Mia felt this was the perfect opportunity for her to get away and figure out what her next move was going to be. Mia didn't count on the very attractive, single dad, Jeremy, living next door.
As Mia start
Gwen S.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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Marcia  Haskell
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Need to recover - can love help?

Mia and Jeremy’s story -he was a warrior - a delta force leader until an IED explosion injured his shoulder. He was worried about what he could do next when he learned that he had an 8 year old daughter whose mother had been murder. New priority became learning to be a father.

She had been betrayed by her boyfriend, and lost her job because he had been dishonest. They both had returned to Angels Bay for the summer, to recuperate and make decisions about the future.
Michelle  Brown
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lovely Story...

Nice Easy Read. Exactly what I expected and needed.

The characters were very easy to enjoy and root for. Jeremy was very nice and loved how he was trying so hard to be a good Dad.

Mia was a nice character as well. Liked how she stood for herself and her Aunt.

The only thing I found wrong with this story was Jeremy's Dad didn't get to meet his grand daughter or that him and Jeremy didn't get to a reasonably good place. Maybe that happens in another story but it kind of left me feeling
Terry Houchin
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved the Callaway series by Barbara Freethy so I knew I would enjoy this new Callaway cousins series.

If I Didn't Know Better is the first book of the Callaway Cousins Series. It was published in 2015 so the other three books in the series are already out. No reason to let the #1 in the series deter you from reading it.

This particular book is about Mia, one of the Callaway cousins. It is set in the fictitious town of Angel's Bay. It is full of suspense and plenty of romance. 

This book can be r
May 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
A bit disappointing. The mystery should have played a more significant part in the story and come in WAY earlier (like in chapter 2 not over halfway through the book)
Then there was a lack follow through with character development and the loose ends.

A majority of the story WAS subplot and the payoff fell flat because of the lack of build up.

Too much time was devoted to a subplot that resolved itself too quickly leaving what was supposed to be the main plot unsatisfying.

The ending was also anti
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing

The writing in this book is lovely-smooth, easy to read but not simplistic. While it begins like an ordinary genre romance, the reader is quickly introduced to some characters and situations that are much less melodramatic and therefore more believable than is usual. After getting absorbed by the likeable characters, though, the reader is thrown into a fascinating mystery A thoroughly interesting book.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story

This was my first book by this author and I wasn’t disappointed. It was a great standalone romance with likable characters. Mia travels to Angel’s Bay to clean out her beloved deceased aunt’s house and meets a handsome single father living next door. The story centers on them working on their own personal struggles and growing to trust each other and falling in love. Looking forward to reading other works by this author.
Jennifer Morefield
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got this audible book through bookbub on sale. I have enjoyed several of the books in this series. They are solidly good reads that are typical romances meaning that they are pretty predictable. One of the siblings in the Callaway family finds love and it's that story. Also, there is a bit of a mystery involved in each story. Fun and a solid read. Not a 5 which means love it to me. A definite 4 which means a solid like. Not my first Callaway but hopefully not my last.
This looked so promising.

Unfortunately it began with a whole slew of random characters, most of whom were totally irrelevant and who only served to confuse me. I liked Mia at first - she was nicely drawn - but the story became too bogged down in long pointless conversations that took the story nowhere.

In the end I was skimming through all the talking and at that point I realised I didn't really care enough about any character to continue.
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Barbara's love of writing developed out of a love of reading. Growing up in an all-boy neighborhood, she spent quite a bit of time reading through her mother's large library, many of which were romantic novels. After graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara, she went into Public Relations, but soon discovered that writing was her true passion.

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