Image of All We Knew (The Cabots)


Image of All We Knew (The Cabots)

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.

What happens after the happily ever after, when nothing is turning out the way you thought it would? Sara’s dreams of a big cozy family falters when she and Hunter begin to struggle with infertility, and Hunter’s expectation of taking the helm of the family business turns into a fight he didn’t expect. The couple must decide if their commitment is to a vision of married life … or to each other. (MONTLAKE ROMANCE, Jan., 336 pp., $12.95)
Reviewed by: 
Nicola Onychuk