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All the Befores

(Magnolia Sound #3.5)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  395 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Susannah Westbrook never thought she'd find love again.

After a failed marriage, focusing on her children instead of her love life was the best thing to do. Now years later, she's content with her life. But when she meets Colton Hale, she decides that she wants to be more than just content—she's ready to take a chance on love once again.

After just a year of being together,
ebook, 157 pages
Published December 10th 2019
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Jessica Alcazar
Magnolia Sound makes me happy. Everything about it has always appealed to me. Every story in this series has been a great read. This one was no different. Altho it’s a novella, it was still full of charm and heart, perfectly developed and very satisfying. Susannah and Colton both got a second chance to get love right with this one and it was just *happy sigh*

If you’re new to Samantha Chase, this is a great story to start with but be prepared, you’ll want to read all about Magnolia Sound from
Sandy S
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date December 10, 2019

Susannah Westbrook never thought she'd find love again.

After a failed marriage, focusing on her children instead of her love life was the best thing to do. Now years later, she's content with her life. But when she meets Colton Hale, she decides that she wants to be more than just content—she's ready to take a chance on love once again.

After just a year of being together, Colton is ready to spend forever with Susannah—to give her the happily e
Lynn Lim
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Samantha Chase!!! I freaking loved this book for oh so many reasons. When I first read the blurb, I could not wait for it to hit my Kindle. As an experienced participant of the older generation, I LOVED seeing a book written about an older couple. In most of the romance novels I read I imagine my younger self, or even my son falling in love. This time I could almost see myself falling in love again. For this, Ms. Chase, I thank you.
OK, on to my review. I have been reading this series
Isha Coleman
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Colton and Susannah prove that there is no age limit for love. Chase takes a peek inside of a couple of bruised hearts and finds a few life lessons along the way. Susannah is right on the cusp of having it all. After years of regrets and learning what it means to be a mother. Susannah has found the man of her dreams and a life she adores. So why do her past mistakes continue to haunt her after all these years? Chase can make any story into a revelation. All the Befores takes on a couple with a b ...more
Rhonda Ziglar
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 PERFECTION STARS!! Love this book so much!!! Samantha Chase gives us readers perfection again with her writing. Susannah and Colton's story will touch all your emotion buttons and have you flipping pages. I read this book in one sitting and I know you will too. ...more
Jul 28, 2022 rated it it was amazing
He {Colton} shook his head again. "No, everything you're saying-all of your fears-that was a long time ago. That was before. You can't let the words of a man who walked away from the amazing family he had rule your thoughts, Susannah. He doesn't even deserve consideration of anything you do or say because he was wrong. So very wrong. You are everything that is good and sweet and pure in this world! I am honored that you think so highly of me-that you think I deserve so much. But all I want-all ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy partridge in a pear tree, who knew the chemistry and angst between a forty-something couple could be so delightful and delicious? Susannah Westbrook and Colton Hale have been dating for a year, in the midst of both of Susannah's children finding their soul mates, renovating the home her father left her and opening a new B&B in Magnolia Sound. Colton is ready to take the next step, but Susannah surprises him with her hesitancy.

I’ve loved all the stories about Ezekiel Westbrook's grandchildre
Erin Lewis
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Star Review of All The Befores  (Magnolia Sound #3.5) by Samantha Chase
Although only a short story Samantha Chase has certainly packed a lot in to this book. I love this series series and I was excited that Susannah Westbrook and Colton Hale we’re getting their own book.

This book can be read as a stand alone, but I recommend that you also one click the other books in the series as they are just as enjoyable.
Susannah has been happily focusing on raising her children after a failed marriage an
Kari Hansen
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ever since her devastating divorce Susannah had no interest in romance or relationships and did everything she could to ensure that her children had all the attention and love that she could give them. She couldn’t be happier that they have found their happy ever afters and are starting the next phase in her life but that didn’t mean she was prepared to have the same thing for herself.

Colton hasn’t had the best experiences when it comes to love but he knows that Susannah is his other half. He is
Patty Montoro
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Susannah whole world revolves around her children. She is single mom whose ex did a real number on her. She never really started dating till her kids were in college. It took years for Colton to get up the courage to approach Susannah. After one date he knew she was one for him. All Colton wants and need is Susannah. Susannah cannot get her ex's words out of her head. She is scared to start a new marriage. Her kids are moving on and she is set to open a B and B. Susannah had one failed marriage ...more
Pennie Morgan
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my! This one has all the feels and then add on some more to send it over the top. Susannah comes home to the Inn and finds Mallory but all she wants is to be alone...Colton has proposed marriage and she turned him down. This is the start of this emotional novella. She had a very bad first marriage and was left emotionally abused by it with many insecurities but once she has time and distance and her family (including Georgia) around her she finally gets some perspective and soon is willing to ...more
Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
Susannah has been there watch her children grow up, she has dealt with the death of grandfather and the rebuilding of the plantation house into a bed and breakfast. But with all of those milestones she has always put the family first, so when Colton pops the question, she ends up walking away as to not rock the boat. Will her children allow her to be second fiddle to their lives? Will she realize that she is entitled to her own HEA? With each and every book in the series, Susannah has kept every ...more
Jenn (YeahOrNeighReviews)
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta-arc
All the Befores gives me hope after divorce! I loved finally getting to read Susannah's story, and her reasoning behind the choices she makes. Colton on the other hand, needs to be cloned so I can have one of my own. He's such a kind, patient and loving person, that you can't help but fall for him. This was the perfect tale of finding your happily ever after, no matter what you've been through, and at any age. I loved it! ...more
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story!! I really enjoyed reading Susannah and Colton’s story. Two people in their early 40’s finding love after disappointments from the past gave me hopeful and light hearted feeling. This was a quick read but all the feels are there for a great story. It also has a bit of holiday magic that just adds to the romance of the story.
Ellen Anderson
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All the Befores

This book has it all. First loves, second chances and happily ever afters. Most importantly it has family and love.
Amanda Dicicco
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Idk if I like this series or not but I’m gonna keep on pushing through this series.
Patti Lucas
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All The Befores by Samantha Chase is a novella in the Magnolia Sound series. I really loved this story, it was filled with all the bittersweet and poignant moments I have come to love and expect in this series. That is truly what makes this an incredible story. Once again we get caught up on the lives of Mallory and Jake, Sam and Shelby, and Malcolm and Scarlett, it feels like coming home again. I love how the title in mentioned in the story in the most marvelous way. All The Befores is the stor ...more
Charlie B
Aug 18, 2021 rated it it was ok
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Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was unfortunately an average read for me. It just seemed to go on forever and not much happened. I was about to give up on this author but the preview for the next book looks quite good, so I’m going to give that one a go.
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great romantic story!
Oct 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Seem like a good book, but it failed to captivate me. I skip and skimmed and decided to give up.
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sweet novella at 150ish pages in this series! Excited to get caught up on this series.
Angela Reed
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: samantha-chase
Samantha Chase is the very essence of what a great writer is all about. The stories she writes are beyond amazing. I personally feel as if she knows what every reader is looking for in a book. She creates magic every time she puts pen to paper.

In All the Before we get the story I personally have been waiting for. Susannah and Colton's story. We have had Mallory and Sam's stories and have gotten to know her a little throughout the Magnolia Sound series. Now it is time for her story and what a phe
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh to be Susannah ...

What a fabulous book. My favorite Magnolia Sound to date (and that is saying a lot!)

So great to see Susannah and Colton's story take life ... and what a life it is. They're a bit more mature than most of the author's stories, which is great for for many of us who fit into that age bracket. Both Susannah and Colton are easily relatable. They’ve each had previous marriages and have grown to appreciate the friendship and romantic aspect of their relationship

Against the backdro
Debbie Hanson
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-review
All The Befores
Magnolia Sound #3.5
Samantha Chase

This is all time favourite Magnolia Sound story. Susannah and Colton have played such large roles throughout the series, I was stoked for them to get not only their own story but happy ever after. As an older couple the story dynamic was perfect, after reading so many books of people in their 20’s and 30’s, Samantha has created a beautiful story, with new perspective and I adored it.

After seeing Mallory and Sam find their happy ever afte
Anita Byars
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming & Exhilarating! Susannah Westbrook has been dating and falling for Colton Hale since she met him a little of a year ago. As her labor of love, her Bed and Breakfast, “Magnolia On The Sound” is about to be opened to the public. Susannah’s past insecurities and failure causes her to second guess the love, and the life, that she has made with Colton. So when he proposes to her, she not only turns him down but she also breaks up with him, even though she loves him.

Susannah struggles wi
Fly Girl Wickedcoolflight blogger
This novella took me by surprise. I’m not used to seeing Samantha write about older couples. I don’t mean old ladies in Red Hats, but it’s not new adult. These two are in their 40’s and the story is a sweet heart-wrenching, swoon-worthy romance about two people who’ve already had one failed marriage under their belts and are trying to figure out if they can make another marriage work.

Twins, Sam and Mallory’s mom, Susannah has worked for the last year on the house her Grandfather left her to make
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read, but a sweet addition to the series! Nice to read a story with mature characters, but still fun and romantic! Chase has become one of my favorites for small town family centered romances!
Mary L H
Samantha Chase takes us back to Magnolia Sound in All the Befores and gives us the perfect Christmas gift of Susannah and Colton's story. Having read many romances featuring young couples just starting out, it was refreshing to read about a couple in their forties who have loved and lost and are fighting for their second chance.

Susannah has been focused on raising a wonderful son and daughter and renovating the home she inherited from her grandfather into a B&B. Meeting and developing a relation
Donna Smith
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the world of romance there are so many genres. One that is overlooked is the “older” crowd. Those that are starting over or just haven’t found the one they really belong with. I adore that Samantha Chase has taken on the subject. Her writing is considerate to feelings and emotions all of the time but in this one I think she out did herself. Susannah has put her kids first after her marriage failed. Her needs became pretty much nonexistent until the kids are grown and she starts her next stage ...more
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Samantha Chase is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller of contemporary romance that’s hotter than sweet, sweeter than hot. She released her debut novel in 2011 and currently has more than seventy titles under her belt – including THE CHRISTMAS COTTAGE which was a Hallmark Christmas movie in 2017! She’s a Disney enthusiast who still happily listens to 80’s rock. When she’s not working on a new ...more

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  • And Then One Day (Magnolia Sound #4)
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love (Magnolia Sound #5)
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  • The Way the Story Goes (Magnolia Sound, #7)
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