#BookReview- If You Must Know by Jamie Beck #WomensFic @writerjamiebeck

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 family.

Sisters 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 business.

The 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.


Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than two million copies. She is a two-time Booksellers’ Best Award finalist, a National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and critics at Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist have respectively called her work “smart,” “uplifting,” and “entertaining.” In addition to writing novels, she enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family.

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My Review

Pregnant, in love with her handsome husband and owner of her dream home, Amanda Foster believes she has the world by the tail- that is until he disappears on a so-called business trip, taking her mother’s life savings with him. And then she learns of his affair.

Erin Foster puts out a confident, take-no-crap attitude, but in reality she deeply mourns the loss of her father and the emotional distance between herself and the rest of her family. A messy breakup convinces her it’s time to make some changes in her life.

When Erin and Amanda’s mother has a series of accidents caused by stress, the sisters pull together to watch over her, get back the stolen money, and see that justice is served.

This is a well written story on family dynamics. Sometimes, life knocks us down, as Amanda learned, and the family we take for granted are the only ones we can truly count on to have our backs.

The characters are multi-dimensional and though the plotline went a little over the top, it was believable because of their reactions.

An enjoyable read!

“I voluntarily read an ARC of this book which was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.”

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  1. Nice review, Jacquie.

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    1. Thanks, Mary. It’s gardening and reading time- my two favorite hobbies 🙂

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author says:

        Great review, Jacquie:) The plot reminds me of a soap opera, whuch I used to love.

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        1. Lol, it would make a great soap 😊

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  2. Teri Polen says:

    This sounds intriguing. I like the contrast between the sisters, and those secrets will get you every time.

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    1. It’s probably a good thing I’d make a lousy poker player 🙂

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  3. Mae Clair says:

    Congratulations to the author on the great review. I like books that involve family dynamics. It sounds intriguing.

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    1. I quite like the women’s fiction genre. It has family at its heart- my kind of books 🙂

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  4. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    I love secrets in books! Great review Jacquie!

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    1. She has a teaser at the back for the second in the series set in the same town, so I think I need to buy it 😊


  5. Thanks for the mindful review, Jacquie. I got a kick out of the Simpson’s GIF. Best to Jamie. Hugs to you both.

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    1. Thanks, Teagan 🙂 It took me the longest time to figure out how to add them to my posts, lol


  6. This sounds so interesting, wonderful review. 💕

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    1. Family dynamics are interesting. There’s a lot of competition between siblings, even if it is subconscious.


  7. This sounds lovely, Jacquie. I like books about family supporting family.

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    1. Me too. I just picked up another of her books to read. I really enjoy her writing style.

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