Meet Gentry Cabot from WHEN YOU KNEW
Greetings Gentry! Thanks so much for being here. I hear you are pretty busy nowadays with your new baby. Can you tell us a bit about him?
Colton (Colt) fills my heart with love and no small amount of fear of failure. He’s only three months old, and still very colicky, but I can’t stop holding, smelling, kissing, and cradling him. I don’t know much about being a mom yet, but I do know that I want him to feel loved and special, no matter how cranky he can be.
How has becoming a mom changed you?
Well, my carefree days are behind me, and my dating life, such as it was, is now non-existent. On the upside, instead of thinking about myself, almost all of my focus is on making sure he’s healthy, safe, and happy. In order to give him the security I never felt, I’m doing my best to fit in with my family and become a more responsible adult. It’s not easy, but I can’t afford to fail.
So to offer your son a deeper connection to your parents and siblings, you have decided to work for your family’s tea company. How is that going?
Not so well. I’ve had a bunch of fun jobs in my life, and I love photography and blogging. This corporate life is like an alien world. Worse, working for my mom is not helping our personal relationship. She’s a Type-A on steroids, and nothing I’ve ever done is good enough for her. I’m not sure how long I can keep showing up if I’m not making any progress with my family.
Despite hating having a nanny while you were growing up, you have hired a temporary nanny for Colt. There has got to be a story there.
I did resent my nannies. I watched my brother and sister and their stay-at-home mom having fun together across town. Meanwhile, my workaholic mom and dad stuck me alone with nannies who played games on their phone half of every day. I vowed not to inflict that on my son. But if I want to develop a stronger tie to my family for Colt’s sake, I need to work with them, which means I need help with Colt. I signed him up for daycare so he’d be with other kids, but daycare facilities aren’t equipped for kids with serious colic, plus he had an ear infection and fever the night before I had to go back to work. Luckily, Ian is in town for a while and can fill in the gap until Colt’s infection and colic subside enough to put him in daycare.
So Ian is smart, caring, and pretty much dedicates his whole life to helping others -- sounds a little too good to be true...what’s your take on the guy?
He is all of those things but, like the rest of us, he’s got some flaws. He can be pretty quick to judge others, especially if he thinks they are being wasteful or complaining about something that isn’t a life-or-death matter. I suppose it would be hard to have patience for complaints about a regular bad day after you’ve just returned home from helping people who’ve lost everything in a hurricane. But still, he needs to learn that not every minute of his life needs to be spent in the serious pursuit of a goal. He doesn’t play or laugh near enough, but I’m working on these things. I think he’s coming around.
Ian’s only planning to be in the States for two or three weeks and then it is another long trip abroad for him, possibly permanently. Doesn’t sound like there is a future with him...yet you can’t seem to help yourself from thinking about him. How do you think you’ll adjust when he’s gone?
I know, and in the beginning, I flirted mostly for my own amusement. Now I’m tracking down Colt’s dad, and hopefully he’ll be interested in helping me raise our son. Maybe we could even cobble together a family. I’m not sure. Honestly, I’m not much of a planner. I find that the best things in life often come around when you least expect it. I don’t know what will happen, but I also know I’m strong enough to handle whatever comes my way.
If there is one thing you could say to Ian without fear of judgment or rejection, what would it be?
I speak my mind pretty freely, so there isn’t much I haven’t said to him. I’m used to being judged negatively, too, so that doesn’t bother me much. Rejection—well, that’s harder. You’d think I’d be used to that, but it still hurts. I’ve never told a man I loved him, yet. That might be the place to start.
Thanks again for being with us today. We appreciate the time and good luck with Colt...and Ian!
Thanks for having me, and for the well wishes. I might need those!
(The Cabots #3)
by Jamie Beck
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 373 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2018 by Montlake Romance
An unlikely couple must decide what truly defines family.
Gentry Cabot’s rebellious life comes to a screeching halt when a one-night stand leads to a sobering new reality: motherhood. Exhausted and overwhelmed, the former wild child struggles to raise an infant on her own. After a lifetime of feeling like the odd Cabot out, Gentry knows that what her son needs most is family. For his sake, she plans to rebuild bridges with them, but first she needs a little help on the home front.
Humanitarian worker Ian Crawford has devoted his life to service. Forced to temporarily return stateside, he’s eager to head back to Haiti to expand the nonprofit he just founded in his late father’s honor. He can’t do that without money, so when Gentry offers a hefty paycheck for a short-term gig as a live-in nanny, he can’t afford to say no. Ian expects to deal with a barrage of privileged problems. What he doesn’t expect is how quickly being a makeshift father transforms him.
Despite his growing attachment to Gentry and her child, Ian still has his dreams, and Gentry wants a full-time dad for her son. When the baby’s father reenters the picture, will Gentry and Ian embrace the family they’ve formed or end up worlds apart?
Books in The Cabots Series
National bestselling author Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than one million copies. She’s a 2017 Booksellers’ Best Award finalist, and critics at Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist have respectively called her work “smart,” “uplifting,” and “entertaining.” In addition to writing, 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.
Fans can learn more about her on her website: www.jamiebeck.com, which includes a fun “Extras” page with photos, videos, and playlists. She also loves interacting with everyone at www.facebook.com/JamieBeckBooks.
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