If I Didn't Know Better - Barbara Freethy

If I Didn't Know Better

Artist Barbara Freethy

  • Release Date: 2015-08-26
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 132 Ratings


Mia Callaway thought she had the perfect guy and the perfect job...until she didn't. After a run of bad luck, Mia is looking for an escape, so she agrees to go to Angel's Bay to clean out her aunt's house. She has no idea that the wounded soldier next door and his adorable, but also wounded, daughter are about to change her definition of perfect. Add in stolen art, a family secret, and a town where miracles can happen, and Mia's escape turns out to be the greatest adventure of her life. 

The New York Times bestselling family series The Callaways continues with IF I DIDN'T KNOW BETTER, another heartwarming and page-turning romance by #1 NYT Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy.

Don't Miss Any of the Callaway Novels: 

If I Didn’t Know Better #2
Tender Is The Night #2
Take Me Home #2.5 Callaway Novella
Closer To You #3 
Once You're Mine #4
Can’t Let Go #5
Secrets We Keep #6 - Coming Soon!

On A Night Like This #1
So This Is Love #2
Falling For A Stranger #3
Between Now and Forever #4
Nobody But You #4.5 (A Callaway Wedding Novella)
All A Heart Needs #5
That Summer Night #6
When Shadows Fall #7
Somewhere Only We Know #8


"I love The Callaways! Heartwarming romance, intriguing suspense and sexy alpha heroes. What more could you want?" — NYT Bestselling Author Bella Andre

“I adore the Callaways, a family we’d all love to have. Each new book is a deft combination of emotion, suspense and family dynamics. A remarkable, compelling series!” USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara O’Neal

"A fabulous, page-turning combination of romance and intrigue. Fans of Nora Roberts and Elizabeth Lowell will love this book." — NYT Bestselling Author Kristin Hannah on Golden Lies

"Powerful and absorbing...sheer hold-your-breath suspense." —NYT Bestselling Author Karen Robards on Don’t Say A Word

"In the tradition of LaVyrle Spencer, gifted author Barbara Freethy creates an irresistible tale of family secrets, riveting adventure and heart- touching romance." — NYT Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs on Summer Secrets

“A warm and wonderful book about love, family and everything that’s important in life. Irresistible! I loved it!” — NYT Bestselling Author Susan Elizabeth Phillips on Ask Mariah

"This book has it all: heart, community, and characters who will remain with you long after the book has ended. A wonderful story." — NYT Bestselling Author Debbie Macomber on Suddenly One Summer


  • If I didn’t know better

    By beaches1971
    Awesome read, !!
  • If I didn’t know better

    By IPMPH
    A sad but happily ever after book that holds your interest.
  • Fabulous!!!!

    Loved loved loved this story. Really a great read. I couldn’t put it down. Love is in the air.
  • If I didn't know better

    By jk(9
    I did enjoy most of the book. Thought the ending was not realistic.
  • Good read

    By ledoss
    Sweet story. Nothing deep and soul searching, just a good simple easy story. Good read.
  • Touching love story

    By Boating Mom
    I loved reading Mia Callaway's story. She's recently lost her job and her boyfriend, so she heads to Angel's Bay to clean out her Aunt Carly's house and decide what to do with her life. Jeremy is an ex-Army guy who was injured in the line of duty. While on medical leave, he received a call that he had an 8yr old daughter he never knew about and that her mother had been killed. So Jeremy takes Ashlyn and heads to his hometown, Angel's Bay. He thinks it will be a place where they can both heal and get to know each other. Mia meets Jeremy after getting stuck on her roof and finds out they'll be neighbors. Ashlyn takes to Mia right away. Their friendship keeps Mia and Jeremy in constant contact. This was a sweet love story between Jeremy and Mia. But the love they both had for Ashlyn was very touching. I also enjoyed the mystery surrounding the paintings found at her Aunt's house. As always, Barbara Freethy draws you into the life of the characters and makes you wish you were a Callaway too! I'd recommend this book to everyone!
  • Loved it!

    By Grinandstampit
    Loved reading Mia's story. As well as having mystery, intrigue and deception it was full of emotion. Another great Callaway family read. Highly recommend this book.
  • Heart warming, tender love story, with a bit of mystery

    By goofysandra
    I love the Callaway Series and this one was fantastic. This is a heart warming, tender love story. There's romance, mystery and fun. I loved Mia and Jeremy and Ashlyn, Jeremy's daughter. My heart ached for what Ashlyn had gone through. It was heart warming to watch her come out of her protective shell and trust her Daddy, Jeremy. This book will mess with your emotions. I laughed and even cried a couple of times. My heart was breaking for what Ashlyn had gone through. There is just enough mystery and intrigue to keep you guessing. The romance between Mia and Jeremy is sweet and tender. I felt their connection and even though it takes place over a short period of time, it felt right. Looking forward to the next one in the series
  • If I didn't know better

    By Dlk090$
    This was a another great Calloway story! Love the characters and the suspense. Calloways always make you think of your own family and the support and love they have for each other! Can't wait for Kate's story.
  • Loved the new Callaway cousins!

    By AllRomanceReader
    If I Didn't Know Better is the story of two people who have reached a fork in the road and have to decide which path to travel. Mia has recently left her job and her love behind and headed to Angel's Bay, the setting for another series of Barbara Freethy's books. She's there to clean out her beloved aunt's house, supposedly, but what she's really trying to do is find herself and I believe that she thinks that connecting with her aunt through her things that she might herself among the piles and boxes. Jeremy grew up in Angel's Bay but hasn't substantially returned until now. After finding himself the full-time caregiver of a daughter he didn't know about, he seeks the calm of Angel's Bay to help his daughter heal. To help himself heal. He is also trying to determine his future as an injury on duty with the military has derailed his future. Neither comes to Angel's Bay expecting to find love but that's what they find - love that starts on the roof of a house. I loved coming back to the Angel's Bay setting and catching up with a few characters, and meeting a few more that hopefully the author will tell us more about in future stories. As with most Barbara Freethy stories, there is a mystery element to this story. Hidden paintings, disgruntled neighbors, and mysterious break-ins all lead Mia to wonder what was going on with her aunt. The mystery drives Mia and Jeremy apart until a pivotal time, when Jeremy finally allows reason to rule over emotion and reaches out to Mia at just the time to save her from danger. The only negative I had was that the ending felt rushed. I felt the story was moving along at a good clip, clues to the mystery were being exposed, the relationship between Mia and Jeremy was growing and then, boom, villain shows himself, a bit of danger and then the mystery is solved. A quick epilogue followed and the book was basically OVER. It felt very abrupt rather than having the culprit revealed more slowly. The ending just felt a bit different than previous Barbara Freethy novels. Despite the abrupt ending, the story was otherwise well developed and well written. I love the peek back into the San Francisco Callaway family and loved started to get to know the other Callaways and look forward to their stories.