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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.

©2017 Jamie Beck (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Good story/Bad narration

I love Jamie Beck books and the story was good. But the narrator was almost unbearable. Annoyingly dramatic narration.

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Heartwarming

I loved this book; I wasn't sure at first, but as I listened the story unfolded and my heart was warm. Would suggest this book to many.

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Kindle prime rip off

Only 2 chapters would download. Don't include this in kindle unlimited if you are going to pull moves like this. Will Probably cancel prime. Very misleading

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Snoozzzz.

Couldn't get past the second chapter. No hook, too many undefined characters, and vagie story line.

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I tried to like it.

I just could not connect with the main character. I could not get into the story. The narrator was good.

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Disappointed

The narrator’s reading drove me nuts, it sound fake and like she was just reading words. I had a very hard time finishing this book

Before I knew

I enjoy reading and listening to all books and don't know how to review a book just know that I love to read and listen at the same time.

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narrator detracts

I found it hard to enjoy what is probably a very good story due to the narration. Speeding playback helped but didn't solve all problems. That being said, the characters were sympathetic and interesting. I am looking forward to book 2, but may have to risk eye strain by reading the book instead of listening to the audio.

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Narration so poor I couldn't finish-Will read only

This review stops at the point of the mother's introduction and setup of character relationships. I just didn't find it engaging. I've like Jamie Beck's work so far.
I'll give it a try and see if it comes across better reading it on my own.

This narrator was terrible!

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Couldn’t finish

I have listened to so many audiobooks, but this one I couldn’t even finish. I tried four times, but the narration was so horrible I couldn’t focus enough to even pay attention to what was going on. I was very disappointed because I love love Jamie Beck’s books. I guess I am going to have to get the Kindle version and read it.

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  • Jennifer
  • 10-11-17

Not as good as usual

First off, I hope Siiri Scott as a narrator is a one off thing because I found her character’s voices to be quite grating. She put too much whine into the voices whenever the characters were angry or upset and it made them sound like young teenagers. I also thought her male voices in general just didn’t work.

Plot wise, it started out good. She laid the scene well and the characters interacted in a believable way. But the middle/end dragged on and I struggled to stay invested in the characters. It’s a good thing this wasn’t my first book by Jamie Beck- otherwise I doubt I would have listened to any of her other stories.

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  • Fleetwoodboy
  • 08-29-17

Cooking up a storm

A typical Jamie Beck romance . Good and slightly different story line that was always moving forward with no "filling in" from the side. Written with clever dialogue, which always puts her books on a higher level. For the true romantics this is a book not to be missed .