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If You Must Know Absorbing, hopeful, and bittersweet If You Must Know is a heartwarming, engaging tale set in the small town of Potomac Point that takes us into the lives of two main characters Erin, a free spirit who is fun loving and kind but often impulsive and reckless, and Amanda, a straightlaced, happily married, pregnant teacher whose idyllic world is suddenly shattered when her husband runs off with another woman and all of her mother s savings.The writing is smooth and fluid The characterization is we Absorbing, hopeful, and bittersweet If You Must Know is a heartwarming, engaging tale set in the small town of Potomac Point that takes us into the lives of two main characters Erin, a free spirit who is fun loving and kind but often impulsive and reckless, and Amanda, a straightlaced, happily married, pregnant teacher whose idyllic world is suddenly shattered when her husband runs off with another woman and all of her mother s savings.The writing is smooth and fluid The characterization is well developed with an intriguing cast of characters, including two generations of strong, determined women who must learn to support forgive and embrace the future And the plot is a delightful blend of heart, hope, angst, grief, drama and love.If You Must Know is, ultimately, a story about family dynamics, heartbreak, secrets, friendship, loss, dreams, regrets, romance, contentment, sibling rivalry, discovering one s true self, and the complex relationship between sisters It s a sweet, tender, emotional tale that does a lovely job of reminding us that no matter how challenging life might often seem things always seem to work themselves out in the end.Thank you toPublishing for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review I enjoy novels told by two different friends or, in this case, sisters, who aren t great at being friends Amanda was always jealous that Erin was, from her point of view, their father s favorite Erin wished she could have basked in her mother s acceptance like the good student Amanda It s almost a year after their father s death that Amanda and Erin face crises in their respective relationships at the same time they re concerned that their mother isn t doing well Hoping their mom isn t facin I enjoy novels told by two different friends or, in this case, sisters, who aren t great at being friends Amanda was always jealous that Erin was, from her point of view, their father s favorite Erin wished she could have basked in her mother s acceptance like the good student Amanda It s almost a year after their father s death that Amanda and Erin face crises in their respective relationships at the same time they re concerned that their mother isn t doing well Hoping their mom isn t facing dementia, they have to overcome their differences to ensure their mom is safe, which meansthan making sure she doesn t leave something cooking on the stove and burning the house down She had trusted a family member with a significant amount of money, and it appears this person might not be trustworthy, which devastates the whole family emotionally but will wipe their mother out financially This was a completely adequately done novel, but I feel ambivalent about it For some reason I just didn t feel passionate about the writing, and I m not sure what was missing for me to getexcited Obviously not every book is one you re going to try to force your friends and family to read, though this was fun enough Life Turns Upside Down For Two Sisters In Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Jamie Beck S Emotional Novel About How Secrets And Differences Can Break Or Bind A FamilySisters Amanda Foster And Erin Turner Have Little In Common Except The Childhood Bedroom They Once Shared And The Certainty Each Feels That Her Way Of Life Is Best Amanda Follows The Rules At The School Where She Works In Her Community And As A Picture Perfect Daughter, Wife, And Mother To Be Erin Follows Her Heart In Love And Otherwise Living A Bohemian Lifestyle On A Shoestring Budget And Honoring Her Late Father S Memory With A Passion For Music And Her Fledgling Bath Products BusinessThe Sisters Are Content Leading Separate But Happy Lives In Their Hometown Of Potomac Point Until Everything Is Upended By Lies That Force Them To Confront Unsettling Truths About Their Family, Themselves, And Each Other For Sisters As Different As These Two, Building Trust Doesn T Come Easily Especially With One Secret Still Between Them But It May Be The Only Way To Save Their Family Check out all of my reviews at YOU MUST KNOW Potomac Point Book 1 by Jamie Beck is her latest contemporary Women s fiction and the start of a new series Ms Beck has written an emotional and realistic story with dysfunctional family members in upheaval that I found difficult to put down.Amanda and Erin Turner are sisters that have gone about life differently and have never felt close They lead separate lives as adults Amanda was the middle child and alw Check out all of my reviews at YOU MUST KNOW Potomac Point Book 1 by Jamie Beck is her latest contemporary Women s fiction and the start of a new series Ms Beck has written an emotional and realistic story with dysfunctional family members in upheaval that I found difficult to put down.Amanda and Erin Turner are sisters that have gone about life differently and have never felt close They lead separate lives as adults Amanda was the middle child and always wanted to please by being perfect and was closest with her mother Amanda followed her plan and went to college, got married and is now expecting her first child While Erin was the baby of the family and always felt different and was closest to her father Erin has always led a bohemian life and while she teaches yoga and makes her own soaps and scrubs has never really worried beyond the current day.Suddenly everything changes Amanda finds out her marriage is not as perfect as she believed Amanda s mother loaned her husband the majority of her dad s death benefits for a business deal and he has taken off As these secrets are being kept, Erin moves home to help with her mother s inability to take care of herself Erin does not know if it is because of her mother s continued grief over losing her husband a year ago or the stress of the missing money Suddenly all three women are together again and must deal with unsettling truths about themselves and their family I loved the different and difficult family relationships The characters and emotions were to me believable because having grown up in a large family I could relate to all their character traits Ms Beck has written a complex and fully fleshed sister to sister relationship that had to evolve from childhood hurts and misunderstandings to grow and help each other in the present Amanda and Erin s mother s past also played a large role in the present family dynamics I enjoyed this first book in the series and I will be looking forward to RATING 2.5 STARS2020 Montlake RomanceIf You Must Know is Jamie Beck s first novel that is labeled as women s fiction general fiction She isknown for her contemporary romance I have not read any other of her books, so I am not sure how they compare to one another However, this novel seemed like a contemporary romance to me Two sisters, who are also pitted as rivals, are both going through romantic strife that brings them closer I thought this was an okay novel, but will not be cont RATING 2.5 STARS2020 Montlake RomanceIf You Must Know is Jamie Beck s first novel that is labeled as women s fiction general fiction She isknown for her contemporary romance I have not read any other of her books, so I am not sure how they compare to one another However, this novel seemed like a contemporary romance to me Two sisters, who are also pitted as rivals, are both going through romantic strife that brings them closer I thought this was an okay novel, but will not be continuing the series I might read a future series if it is like Robin Carr, Susan Wiggs or Mariah Stewart I will be trying Beck s contemporary romance novel, The Memory of YouI received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own If You Must Know is women fiction book that follows lives of two sisters Amanda and Erin, when they lives implode after certain things come to light These two are very different Amanda is married one, kindergarten teacher, the introvert, always doing the right thing On the other hand Erin is free spirited, yoga instructor, taking life how it comes, tells it like it is The whole family is dealing with still fresh loss of their father But everything is worse when Amanda finds out that her hus If You Must Know is women fiction book that follows lives of two sisters Amanda and Erin, when they lives implode after certain things come to light These two are very different Amanda is married one, kindergarten teacher, the introvert, always doing the right thing On the other hand Erin is free spirited, yoga instructor, taking life how it comes, tells it like it is The whole family is dealing with still fresh loss of their father But everything is worse when Amanda finds out that her husband is having an affair Erin love life is no better after her ex boyfriend steals her valuable music records They all have to come to terms with all the trouble they are facing individually and together as a family Pros good writing pace of the story interesting story line Erin and Amanda opposites makes for good points of view from both sides family relationships I am glad that Amanda and Erin worked on their issues and sister bondCons ending isof happy for now which is subjective thing that I didn t like very much besides main issues with Amanda s husband nothing really resolved with certainty, which again can be my subjective thing I am left curious did I miss what is going on with their mother health I am unhappy how relationship between Erin and her mother is dealt with, through out the book she is awful to her and than everything is good in one sentence very little romance Overall, this is a solid novel It is a first in a series and I am not sure which characters will next book be about but Potomac Point is excellent small town setting I read this author before and her work now it reminds me of the transition that Kristan Higgins did years ago I m excited for what is to come 3,5 starsThanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion Love, betrayal, sisterhood, familythis books has it all And it s fantastic IF YOU MUST KNOW was my First Read selection and my first Jamie Beck book It won t be my last because I whipped through this very enjoyable and entertaining story It was perfect Exactly what I needed in the moment Loved it. 4.5 5 starsIf You Must Know is the first book in the Potomac Point series It can be read as a standalone.I would categorize this book as Women s Fiction The book is a family drama with some romance.There are two female narrators who are sisters Amanda and Erin 1st person POVs.These sisters could not be anydifferent Amanda is married and pregnant She is a nursery school teacher She likes everything tidy and organized She thinks things through carefully.Erin is a yoga teacher And 4.5 5 starsIf You Must Know is the first book in the Potomac Point series It can be read as a standalone.I would categorize this book as Women s Fiction The book is a family drama with some romance.There are two female narrators who are sisters Amanda and Erin 1st person POVs.These sisters could not be anydifferent Amanda is married and pregnant She is a nursery school teacher She likes everything tidy and organized She thinks things through carefully.Erin is a yoga teacher And has an Etsy business She is the complete opposite of her sister She is carefree, spontaneous, disorganized and messy.I found the beginning to be very strong Each sister had an interesting story I was equally invested in both narrators.Honestly this book was not what I was expecting at all For some reason I thought that this book was a contemporary romance And that it would be sexy It was nothing like that This was an emotional and compelling read that focused on two sisters and their dynamic with their widowed mother.There was a lot happening with this family And I could not put this book down.There were definitely a few things that happened to each sister that I saw coming And there were a few reactions especially from Amanda and the mom that just made me roll my eyes But other than that I really enjoyed this book a lot.I m not exactly sure if book two has any connection to this book maybe just where the stories take place But I did not recognize the name of the woman who is the narrator of book two.This book does not end in a cliffhanger and can be read as a standalone.Thanks to netgalley and Montlake Romance for allowing me to read this book My Rating 3.5 StarsThey grew up as sisters distanced by their own style of seeing and acting out life Amanda followed the rules, lived for the rewards of being the perfect daughter, wife and mother to be Then her life took a shocking and painful spin out of control Erin lives a Bohemian lifestyle,colorful,visionary than her black and white sister Their differences caused tension in their family, but now as adults, deceit, loss and betrayal may be what brings them to a new unders My Rating 3.5 StarsThey grew up as sisters distanced by their own style of seeing and acting out life Amanda followed the rules, lived for the rewards of being the perfect daughter, wife and mother to be Then her life took a shocking and painful spin out of control Erin lives a Bohemian lifestyle,colorful,visionary than her black and white sister Their differences caused tension in their family, but now as adults, deceit, loss and betrayal may be what brings them to a new understanding and acceptance Family secrets, petty jealousies and selfishness mark this tale of two sisters who may find they havein common than DNA IF YOU MUST KNOW by Jamie Beck has all of the makings of a truly deep and soul level read, one that readers could say, that s me or I know someone like that, but for me, it fell short.I m not sure if it was the portrayal of the mother, as being feeble at a young age, even before she did seem to have problems or perhaps the whining of Amanda, who quite frankly, put me off really enjoying the powerful message of this tale Instead, I felt her own insular ideals of the perfect life made her less real to me.Erin had her share of ups and downs, too, but her break up with her boyfriend seemed almost too contrived, too convenient, other than that, she made this story for me.Not a fast paced read, filled with heavy angst and surface resolutions, but not a lot of growth for all of the characters This just missed the mark for me in the family saga department.I received a complimentary ARC edition from Montlake Romance This is my honest and voluntary review.Series Potomac Point Book 1Publisher Montlake Romance June 1, 2020 Publication Date June 1, 2020Genre Women s Fiction Family SagaPrint Length 362 pagesAvailable fromBarnes NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow If You Must Know, by Jamie Beck, is an enjoyable novel about two sisters that are completely different When tragedy and betrayal occur within the family this forces them to become closer.Their relationship gradually changes as the story progresses, at times both heart warming and heart breaking.I enjoyed that the story is told from each sister s point of view.A well told, realistic story about family dynamics.I look forward to the next book in this series.Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Rom If You Must Know, by Jamie Beck, is an enjoyable novel about two sisters that are completely different When tragedy and betrayal occur within the family this forces them to become closer.Their relationship gradually changes as the story progresses, at times both heart warming and heart breaking.I enjoyed that the story is told from each sister s point of view.A well told, realistic story about family dynamics.I look forward to the next book in this series.Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for an arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review

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