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Book Review – Between Now and Forever by Barbara Freethy

Published October 29, 2013 by The Book Momster

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Continuing the Callaway series, this book focuses on Nicole and Ryan, currently separated after growing apart after their son’s autism diagnosis. After Brandon is kidnapped, they come together to search for him and end up finding their way back to each other as well. A beautifully written story, fans of Barbara’s Angel’s Bay series will be happy to know the search leads them to Angel’s Bay where we get to check in with some old friends.  While this book can be read as a standalone, I think you will appreciate the story more if you’ve read the first three books and seen more of the struggle Nicole and Ryan faced before the beginning of this story.  Also ongoing in this series is a secret between the Callaway grandparents – this book mentions it, but not a lot of forward movement on that storyline.   We also catch up with the couples from the previous books in the series and my only comment is – SPOILER ALERT – couldn’t the epilogue have ended with us at least knowing if Sara and Aiden had a boy or girl??  Sigh – I’m not a patient person so I guess I have to wait to the next book to find out.  Speaking of, this book did a wonderful job of setting up Sean’s story and I enjoyed his part of this book.

Overall, fans of Barbara will not be disappointed with this story.  This book reminded me a lot of my favorite book by Barbara, Daniel’s Gift. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

Review – Falling For a Stranger by Barbara Freethy

Published July 28, 2013 by The Book Momster

fallingstrangerRATING – 4 of 5 Stars

I have read all of Barbara’s books except one (I will eventually read that one too).  I have yet to not like one of them.  Barbara Freethy knows how to tell a fantastic story and this one is no exception.  Falling For a Stranger is the story of Drew and Ria.  Drew is in the Coast Guard and met Ria at an island getaway.  They have one night and then she “dies” in a boating accident.  Fast forward and Drew sees her from afar in San Francisco and confronts her.  Despite everything, Drew can’t walk away from her and vows to help her.  I’m not going into more detail because I don’t want to spoil the book.

I really love the Callaways and am looking forward to reading about the rest of the family and unraveling the grandparents’ secret which we’re learning a little more about in each new book. One of the greatest parts of this story is making you believe in love at first sight. If you’re looking for a great feel good read with a bit of action and mystery, this book is for you!

That said – this is number 3 in the series.  Technically, you could read this standalone, but the minor storyline with Sara and Aiden in this book will mean more if you’ve read the others first.

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