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If You Must Know

(Potomac Point #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  5,723 ratings  ·  475 reviews
Life turns upside down for two sisters in Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jamie Beck’s emotional novel about how secrets and differences can break—or bind—a family.

Sisters Amanda Foster and Erin Turner have little in common except the childhood bedroom they once shared and the certainty each feels that her way of life is best. Amanda follows the rules—at the school
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2020 by Montlake Romance
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Jamie Beck I'm so sorry for the delay in answering this question. I am just seeing it now and am not sure why I didn't get a notification. In any case, the answe…moreI'm so sorry for the delay in answering this question. I am just seeing it now and am not sure why I didn't get a notification. In any case, the answer is no. While the future books set in the same town might have "cameo" appearances of some characters, they deal with different families and story lines. I'm sorry if you felt this story was unfinished. I'd hoped readers would take away that both sisters were well on their way to a better relationship with each other and themselves, and that Erin and Eli were a solid couple, and Amanda was strong enough to be on her own (or find a healthier relationship in the future). :-) (less)

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Jamie Beck
Feb 25, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
***Note from the author***

Thank you for considering reading and reviewing my next novel, IF YOU MUST KNOW. This book is special to me because it’s my first foray into writing mainstream fiction. When I decided to pivot away from romance, my goal was to craft something entertaining and a bit escapist while also maintaining some heart. Like most of my previous books, this one involves a complicated family. But while many family stories trade in material secrets or substantial betrayals, I’ve chose
Theresa Alan
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy novels told by two different friends or, in this case, sisters, who aren’t great at being friends. Amanda was always jealous that Erin was, from her point of view, their father’s favorite. Erin wished she could have basked in her mother’s acceptance like the good student Amanda.

It’s almost a year after their father’s death that Amanda and Erin face crises in their respective relationships at the same time they’re concerned that their mother isn’t doing well. Hoping their mom isn’t facin
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

They grew up as sisters distanced by their own style of seeing and acting out life. Amanda followed the rules, lived for the rewards of being the perfect daughter, wife and mother-to-be. Then her life took a shocking and painful spin out of control. Erin lives a Bohemian lifestyle, more colorful, more visionary than her black and white sister. Their differences caused tension in their family, but now as adults, deceit, loss and betrayal may be what brings them to a new unders
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-2020, jun-20
If You Must Know, by Jamie Beck, is an enjoyable novel about two sisters that are completely different. When tragedy and betrayal occur within the family this forces them to become closer.
Their relationship gradually changes as the story progresses, at times both heart-warming and heart-breaking.
I enjoyed that the story is told from each sister's point of view.
A well-told, realistic story about family dynamics.
I look forward to the next book in this series.

Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Rom
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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IF YOU MUST KNOW (Potomac Point Book #1) by Jamie Beck is her latest contemporary Women’s fiction and the start of a new series. Ms. Beck has written an emotional and realistic story with dysfunctional family members in upheaval that I found difficult to put down.

Amanda and Erin Turner are sisters that have gone about life differently and have never felt close. They lead separate lives as adults. Amanda was the middle child and alw
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The story is set in small- town Potomac Point, and is centered on two sisters who couldn’t be more different from each other.

Amanda who is pregnant, a teacher, a perfect daughter and wife whose life is suddenly shattered when her husband leaves her for another woman. Erin is a free spirit who lives a Bohemian lifestyle and follows her heart in matters of the love and family.

This is a character driven story about strong women, complex family dynamics and sibling rivalry. Overall, I enjoyed a gr
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If You Must Know is women fiction book that follows lives of two sisters Amanda and Erin, when they lives implode after certain things come to light. These two are very different. Amanda is married one, kindergarten teacher, the introvert, always doing the right thing. On the other hand Erin is free spirited, yoga instructor, taking life how it comes, tells it like it is. The whole family is dealing with still fresh loss of their father. But everything is worse when Amanda finds out that her hus ...more
Hiba Ibrahim
I think I'm one of the few that wasn't crazy about the book. Some parts were good but I just couldn't get behind the two main characters. It felt inauthentic to me. I was bored for most of the book and only completed the book because I wanted to know how the author would wrap it up. It's in between a chick lit and a drama and fell short on both counts
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2020; Montlake Romance

If You Must Know is Jamie Beck's first novel that is labeled as "women's fiction"/general fiction. She is more known for her contemporary romance. I have not read any other of her books, so I am not sure how they compare to one another. However, this novel seemed like a contemporary romance to me. Two sisters, who are also pitted as rivals, are both going through romantic strife that brings them closer. I thought this was an okay novel, but will not be cont
Very enjoyable read!
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love, betrayal, sisterhood, family...this books has it all. And it's fantastic. IF YOU MUST KNOW was my First Read selection and my first Jamie Beck book. It won't be my last because I whipped through this very enjoyable and entertaining story. It was perfect. Exactly what I needed in the moment. Loved it.
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-ebooks
4.5/ 5 stars

If You Must Know is the first book in the Potomac Point series. It can be read as a standalone.

I would categorize this book as Women's Fiction. The book is a family drama with some romance.

There are two female narrators who are sisters: Amanda and Erin (1st person POVs).

These sisters could not be any more different. Amanda is married and pregnant. She is a nursery school teacher. She likes everything tidy and organized. She thinks things through carefully.

Erin is a yoga teacher. And
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absorbing, hopeful, and bittersweet!

If You Must Know is a heartwarming, engaging tale set in the small-town of Potomac Point that takes us into the lives of two main characters. Erin, a free spirit who is fun-loving and kind but often impulsive and reckless, and Amanda, a straightlaced, happily married, pregnant teacher whose idyllic world is suddenly shattered when her husband runs off with another woman and all of her mother’s savings.

The writing is smooth and fluid. The characterization is we
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Families are a complicated mess, but when the chips are down those differences disappear and you find out who really has your back.  

The Foster family is truly a unique family with diverse personalities.  Amanda and Erin approach life differently.  Amanda seems very uptight and perhaps she feels like she needs to be perfect.  Erin is the wild child and lives life as it comes.  Erin didn't feel like she fit into her family except with her dad.  Nancy, the mom, is much like Amanda and that causes
Sarah Prendergast (lifeandbookswithme)
If You Must Know by Jamie Beck - 2.5 stars - Amazon Publishing
A special thanks for @amazonpublishing sending me this ARC in the mail. Sisters Amanda and Erin have never gotten along. They live extremely different lives and don’t seem to have much in common. Their father passes away suddenly after a stroke, leaving them to sort out their new family dynamic without him. In the midst of their grief, they come together to support each other and their mother. Amanda’s perfect marriage is upended when
LianaReads blog
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you must know is a great story about two sisters and their mother that are trying to support each other through some very difficult situations. The suspense kept me on edge at all times and I enjoyed the point of view of each character and their so different life story. The deceitful husband, the thought decisions that Amanda has to take to protect her unborn child, the mental health issues raised by their mother and the finding her way in life of Erin , all together made for a great few hour ...more
Sally Kilpatrick
Amanda's perfect marriage isn't so perfect.

Erin's happy-go-lucky life can't continue as such indefinitely.

If you must know is a story of two sisters who can't seem to get along for all of the reasons that families have difficulty functioning. It takes two tragedies--the death of their father and the betrayal of Amanda's husband--for the two sisters to reconcile. Along the way they help their grief-stricken mother as well.

I enjoyed reading about how these two sisters come together when the going
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
When devastating truths are revealed, a family leans on one another, breaking down walls between them and seeking their perfect revenge.

Amanda Foster thought she had the perfect life.
A loving and devoted husband.
A home to grow old in.
And a baby on the way.
But one phone call and letter, changes everything.
I won't go into what is revealed, but I will say I hated Lyle with a passion. Each page his name appeared on had my blood boiling. What was even maddening was how Amanda initially handled this
Aimee Crant-oksa
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If You Must Know by Jamie Beck was my first book by her and not a typical romance book. This was the author’s first foray into fiction. I will definitely read this author again as I enjoyed her writing style, characters and overall theme of the book.
At the heart of the book is the relationships involving the Turner Family. Sisters Amanda and Erin love each other, but do not see eye to eye on life and have not been as close as sisters can be. Add in their relationships individually and with their
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is my first book Jamie Beck that I have read and it was a good read. I like books about family relationships.

Two sisters, Amanda and Erin. The sisters were total opposites of each other, who had totally different lives, Amanda married and Erin a kind of free spirit who lives life on the edge , but when push comes to shove the sisters come together and do what they can to look after their mother and help each other when Amanda who is pregnant and whose husband has left her for another women
Adele Buck
Aug 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Nope. Could not get into this. Chapter 1 is in the POV of one sister who apparently confuses being brand-conscious with having a personality and is clearly being gaslit by her even more horrible husband. I wanted to spend no more minutes with her. DNF.
E-Reader Addict
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Jamie Beck is queen of the dramatic family/framily saga (such as the St. James and The Cabots series, and the Sanctuary Sound series). And there’s not much I love more than a multi-book series full of complicated relationships and drama! So I was really looking forward to this new Potomac Point series. But as I have discovered, sometimes the first book in a new Ms. Beck series isn’t necessarily the best one.

After a series of...let’s call them misfortunes...involving the men in their lives, the
Pj Ausdenmore
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once I began reading this book I was unable to put it down. In fact, I didn't finish it until almost 3:00 AM. Beck draws readers into the heart of a family that has been fractured but still has love at its core. I found the dynamic between sisters Amanda and Erin to be most compelling but each sister's relationship with their mother was also filled with peaks and valleys as were the lingering effects of their relationships with their late father. With unexpected revelations and challenges in eac ...more
Jeeves Reads Romance
Solid but kinda slow

Let me start off by saying that if you're a fan of Jamie Beck's romances... this isn't that. If You Must Know is very much women's fiction with little to no romance. Her writing always has a serious tone to it, so that wasn't unexpected here, but without the added elements of romance, this just had a sort of dry, slow feel for me. It's still well done and if you're a fan of women's fiction then it may work better for you, but definitely don't expect it to be like her past wor
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-books-read
This is a Netgalley ARC review. All opinions are solely my own

If You Must Know by Jamie Beck is book one of her new series Potomac Point. This book is a departure from her previous series because it is more of a contemporary women’s fiction and there is not an overtly romantic plotline. This is something the author addresses in a post on her Goodreads page. For me it made no difference. This book was everything I wanted!!

“There ought to be a warning anytime you wake up on a day that will forever
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story more than I expected to when I first started reading it. Not a romance, not necessarily a thriller but definitely a bit suspenseful. Three women, all enduring the loss of someone they loved, or they liked, or perhaps they could live with out (in a roundabout way). When you've lived your life with expectations of each other, or maybe lack of expectations, can you find a way to band together to make it through some definite hardships, deaths, losses, and come out the other sid ...more
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story are told from Amanda and Erin point of view. Amanda wanted everything to be perfect and tidy while Erin is a free spirit and quite messy lol They are complete opposite from each other.

I hate how Amanda and her mom treated Erin. Treating her like she don't belong to their family like asdfghjkl that hurts af! But yeah this thing did happen in real life so this story feels realistic.

Something bad happened to their family and it makes them getting closer to each other. Finally they unde
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
2-2.5 stars. Very slow start that continued that way most of the book. Potential characters that just didn’t seem to develop. Ending got interesting, so there’s hope for the next in the series.
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I featured this one as my Can’t Wait Wednesday pick a few weeks back and I picked it as my First Reads in Amazon when it came up to choose from. I’m happy that it turned out to be a good as I was hoping it would be.

If You Must Know is a story of a family who is still reeling from the loss of their patriarch William, Amanda and Erin’s father. Their mother’s grief is debilitating and these two very different young women are each are going through their grief and other problems as well.

I adored t
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Ok, but not great story about 2 sisters and their mother. I will probably read the next book just to see how things progress.
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