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    If I Didn't Know Better

    This was good, but not one of Barbara Freethy's best books. The love story between Mia and Jeremy was really sweet, although impossibly fast (they fall in love in a week and engaged after three weeks). However, the underlying plot concerns art theft. This is minimized. Mia leaves the valuable painting (approx. 22 million dollars) loose in her kitchen, at which point the thief breaks into her kitchen, but fights with Jeremy and leaves without the painting. This is incredibly unbelievable. Everyone is very casual about this and goes their separate ways without the intervention of the police. This is really strange and thus there is no climax to the story. I wouldn't really recommend this although I really like Barbara Freethys books. All the others that I hve read have been a lot better than this.
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    Love the Callaway cousins!

    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 boxes. Jeremy grew up in Angel's Bay but hasn't substantially returned until now. After finding himself the full-time caregiver of a daughter he didn't know about, he seeks the calm of Angel's Bay to help his daughter heal. To help himself heal. He is also trying to determine his future as an injury on duty with the military has derailed his future. Neither comes to Angel's Bay expecting to find love but that's what they find - love that starts on the roof of a house. I loved coming back to the Angel's Bay setting and catching up with a few characters, and meeting a few more that hopefully the author will tell us more about in future stories. As with most Barbara Freethy stories, there is a mystery element to this story. Hidden paintings, disgruntled neighbors, and mysterious break-ins all lead Mia to wonder what was going on with her aunt. The mystery drives Mia and Jeremy apart until a pivotal time, when Jeremy finally allows reason to rule over emotion and reaches out to Mia at just the time to save her from danger. The only negative I had was that the ending felt rushed. I felt the story was moving along at a good clip, clues to the mystery were being exposed, the relationship between Mia and Jeremy was growing and then, boom, villain shows himself, a bit of danger and then the mystery is solved. A quick epilogue followed and the book was basically OVER. It felt very abrupt rather than having the culprit revealed more slowly. The ending just felt a bit different than previous Barbara Freethy novels. Despite the abrupt ending, the story was otherwise well developed and well written. I love the peek back into the San Francisco Callaway family and loved started to get to know the other Callaways and look forward to their stories.
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    Good

    Nice story however I find it hard to believe when characters fall in love less than a week. Would have liked the story line to develop over a period of time rather than everything happening in one week.
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    Easy read

    Easy to read. Entertaining light reading but slightly predictable outcome. Good for summer or while waiting at the airport because you can read a small amount and pick it up later to continue.
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    Light

    Light love story with little suspense, more love and the way it's written make u think so good so wow. Shirt and sweet.............
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