If I Didn't Know Better - Barbara Freethy

If I Didn't Know Better

Author: Barbara Freethy

  • Publication Date: 2015-08-26
  • Category: Contemporary
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 293 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

"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


  • A sweet love story

    By Coyotecactus
    A sweet love story about finding your true love when you least expect it. The author did an awesome job of making you feel the hope for true love. Can’t wait to read more.
  • A sweet love story

    By 1 Banker
    I enjoyed reading Mia & Jeremy’s love story. It had a lot of holes in the plot, but overall the characters were likable & you couldn’t help being involved with them. I could suspend believability until we got to the part of stopping a fight between 2 warriors trained to be fighting machines by spraying them with water! Really??? But up to then, it was a pretty good book.
  • If I didn’t know better

    By Debelton
    I really liked this book until the female character displayed a total lack of ethics in releasing the art thief allowing him to accept employment with a security firm. Turning a criminal loose to prey on others does not absolve one of responsibility. That action was a total contradiction to the tone of the book making the character spineless and immoral. I will not be reading any other books by this author.
  • Couldn’t finish it

    By 11tms69
    This was really slow and I couldn’t finish it. The story line wasn’t there.
  • If I Didn’t Know Better

    By kickin it kate
    Really liked this book- story line wasn’t totally predictable like many others. Had a little mystery mixed with the romantic story. Characters were believable and setting description was beautiful.
  • 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.