ALL WE KNEW
The second in Beck’s The Cabots series works better as women’s fiction than a traditional romance — but it does work. This Cabot couple is luckier than most people: they have a relationship to envy, supportive family and a lifestyle of moderate wealth. But they’ve reached a point in their marriage where their expectations are not panning out, and their individual desperations come into conflict. Told in alternating points of view, Sara’s voice rings a little truer but it’s a fitting device to tell the story of two people who have come apart, and how they find their way back together. There’s a touch of The Gift of the Magi in Hunter and Sara’s search for grace. Readers may find the main characters a touch one-dimensional, and the characterization would benefit from more action and less introspection.