When Shadows Fall - Barbara Freethy

When Shadows Fall

By Barbara Freethy

  • Release Date: 2014-09-18
  • Genre: Contemporary
  • Size: 761.04 KB
Score: 4.5
From 98 Ratings

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Olivia Bennett is a biographer, a narrator of lives far more interesting than her own. When she volunteers to write down the memories of Eleanor Callaway, an elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer's, she gets caught up in a compelling story of a great love and a terrible secret. Suddenly, she is no longer a spectator but an investigator, and in her quest for the truth, she not only finds herself at odds with Eleanor's sexy and very protective grandson Colton Callaway, but she also discovers a more personal connection to Eleanor's past.

Colton is a firefighter, a man used to going after what he wants and getting it. He pushes the limits, takes chances, and is willing to risk everything to save a life, especially if that life belongs to his grandmother.

As Olivia and Colton stir up the smoldering embers of the past, they soon come to realize that the greatest danger may not come from those who want to protect their secrets, but from each other. Because the one thing neither of them has ever been willing to risk is their heart.

Also Available in the Callaway Series:
NOBODY BUT YOU (Callaway Wedding Novella)

Callaway Cousins
TAKE ME HOME (Callaway Novella)


"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!" -- Barbara O'Neal, author of How to Bake a Perfect Life.

"Once I start reading a Callaway novel, I can't put it down. Fast-paced action, a poignant love story and a tantalizing mystery in every book!" -- USA Today Bestselling Author Christie Ridgway

"I loved Aiden and Sara’s story! Barbara manages to give us a good glimpse of the rest of the family too, without taking away from Aiden and Sara’s story, leaving us with a little bit of mystery to be followed up on." Harlequin Junkie for ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS

Barbara manages to weave a perfect romance filled with laughter, love, a lot of heat, and just the right amount of suspense. I highly recommend So This is Love to anyone looking for a sexy romance with characters you will love! Harlequin Junkie for SO THIS IS LOVE

"BETWEEN NOW AND FOREVER is a beautifully written story. Fans of Barbara’s Angel’s Bay series will be happy to know the search leads them to Angel’s Bay where we get to check in with some old friends." The Book Momster Blog

"A very touching story that shows the power of love and how much it can heal." All Night Books for BETWEEN NOW AND FOREVER

"I love the Callaways and FALLING FOR A STRANGER makes me love their family even more." All Night Books

"I really love the Callaways and am looking forward to reading about the rest of the family and unraveling the grandparents’ secret which we’re learning a little more about in each new book. If you’re looking for a great feel good read with a bit of action and mystery, this book is for you!" The Book Momster


  • possibly my favorite of the series.

    By glhince
    As the series winds to an end, the long-hinted at but unrevealed secret held by Eleanor Callaway, matron of the clan has been dancing at the edges of the story, hinted at but yet unspoken. Olivia is fascinated with family, and the relationships that form the base of the Callaway family’s strength are intertwined in ways that make a Gordian knot jealous. Without the benefit of her own family relationships, Olivia’s determination to learn about the dynamics as she details lives for the biographies she writes are full of honest detail, no issue or secret stays covered for long. Eleanor has held a secret for years, but with age her health and mental capacity have started to fail, and Alzheimer’s is starting to rear its ugly head. Colton Callaway is Ellie’s grandson, and is not at all happy with Olivia’s arrival. Fortunately, while his grandfather needs to leave Ellie for a bit, Colton is on leave from the fire department after an injury, and he is willing and able to step into the role of Ellie’s protector. Olivia was wonderful: determined, caring and surprisingly good at coaxing Ellie’s memory back to task as she slowly reveals her life and the series of safe houses and transport that she and others offered to victims of domestic violence. Colt, on the other hand was a jerk. Gorgeous and a Callaway, I don’t think anyone ever challenged him or his authority in his life, until Olivia. He’s controlling and patronizing, and while he’s got an ‘idea’ of what Olivia’s writing style is, for some reason he thinks that her purpose is to expose and shame his grandmother. Colt and Olivia are thrown together frequently, well, he actually dogs her footsteps like a puppy, but the time together allows him to see that even Olivia has secrets, and it forces him to actually look to his own life. Colt is controlling in every aspect of his life BUT his own reaction to what he believes are expectations of the family. He went into firefighting because it was the family ‘thing’ and he’s good at it for the same reason. But, his heart really isn’t in it, even though he’s not strong enough to step away to find his own purpose. So, he controls everything else that he can, with an iron fist. I wasn’t completely on board with their romance, mostly because I never had that moment of redemption for Colt, that I felt he so desperately needed. Olivia’s own personal story is directly affected by the secret that Ellie and the ladies in her drama group have held for half a century, and the unraveling of that secret and the revelations that it brought for Olivia, and her handling of Colt and his overbearing yet insecure behaviors was cleverly drawn and portrayed. What emerges is the sense that the Callaways were born to a family dedicated to protect: with both Ellie’s quest with her drama ladies and the family tradition of firefighting, they have chosen to help and protect those who don’t always have the ability to overcome tragic circumstances. A lovely revelation of Ellie with a solid character in Olivia and a romance that brings yet another Callaway into the growth they needed, this was possibly my favorite of the series. I received an eBook copy of the title from the author via Novel Publicity for purpose of honest review for a blog event. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
  • Not my favorite Callaway story

    By yesthattoo
    Fun to read but, for me, not as as good as the others. Colton didn't have quite enough texture to him. So much plot was focused on the mystery that the chemistry between Colton and Olivia got lost.
  • ❤️ Love The Callaways series

    By jentinerv
    The story of Colton and Olivia was exciting, suspenseful, and so much intrigue. I could not put the book down, I needed to know what happened next. I can't wait for #8 with Burkes story and still be able to here what is going on with the other family members. Just AWESOME!!!!