All a Heart Needs - Barbara Freethy

All a Heart Needs

By Barbara Freethy

  • Release Date: 2014-02-27
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 254 Ratings


In ALL A HEART NEEDS, the fifth book in the Callaway Series, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy delivers an emotional, heartwarming romance as well as a tantalizing mystery. 
Sean Callaway is the black sheep of the Callaway clan, the sibling who refused to follow in the family tradition of firefighting. Instead, he lives his life in music. On the outside, he's a free-spirited rock star, but on the inside, Sean is haunted by the death of a childhood friend, a tragedy no one knows he witnessed. He's kept the secret for twenty years. But nothing stays hidden forever…
Jessica Schilling, a young widow, moved to San Francisco to reunite her six-year-old stepson with his long-lost identical twin brother, Brandon. She rents a house just around the corner from the Callaways, and while cleaning out the garage for the previous owner Jessica stumbles upon a very old secret—one that someone might just be willing to kill to keep.
Suddenly, Sean is thrust back into the past. He's forced to face his most disturbing memories, not only to solve the riddle of the tragedy that ripped his life apart, but also to save the woman he loves…


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

The Callaway Cousins
If I Didn’t Know Better (#1)
Tender Is the Night (#2)
Take Me Home (Callaway Novella)
Closer to You (#3)
Once You’re Mine (#4)
Can’t Let Go (#5) 
Secrets We Keep (#6)

Praise for Barbara Freethy Novels: 

"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

“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 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

"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

"A page-turner that engages your mind while it tugs at your heartstrings...Don’t Say A Word has made me a Barbara Freethy fan for life!" — NYT Bestselling Author Diane Chamberlain on Don’t Say a Word

"If you love nail-biting suspense and heartbreaking emotion, Silent Run belongs on the top of your to-be-bought list. I could not turn the pages fast enough." — NYT Bestselling Author Mariah Stewart on Silent Run


  • path to a relationship is wonderfully done

    By glhince
    Dancing about again in the Callaways, All a Heart Needs has a twist from the ‘fire obsessed’ family, Sean is dancing to a different drummer, as he works to keep his own issues at bay. Another fire investigation, this one of a twenty year duration is at play in this story as well, and Sean is most affected by the aftermath. Jessica has moved to the area: we first met her in the last book, her child Kyle is Brandon’s identical twin. She wants the two brothers to get to know one another, and the Callaways are more than welcoming. The house she is moving in to happens to house the nexus of Sean’s issues with fires. But the house hides secrets and Jessica and Sean are going to find the answers. At this point, I’m rather over the fire investigations / issues: while it’s a unique thread to tie some action together, I’ve reached the point that they are feeling old and overwhelming to me. BUT – the connection between the characters as they work through their issues and start on their own path to a relationship is wonderfully done, and redeems the whole plot for me. I’m reading these more for the romance, connection and development of the family and the individual character’s relationships. And Jessica and Sean do not fail to impress: there is a palpable connection that both characters are fighting, even as it becomes apparent to everyone that they are meant to be. Welcomed into the boisterous, sometimes meddling but always good-intentioned Callaways family does wonders for both Jessica and Kyle. Moments to check in with other members of the family as Jessica adjusts to finally feeling a part of a family. Yet, she and Sean have a connection that is more sensual and sexual than in earlier installments, making this one steamy read. I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for a Novel Publicity tour event. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
  • Great book!!

    By Starrlight23
    This was another great book in the Callaway series. In this book Barbara takes us through the lives of Jessica and Sean.They had previously met during the last book Between Now and Forever and seemed to have formed a connection.I knew that wasn't going to be the last we heard from Jessica.The relationship that Jessica and Sean forms is one you'll want to read about. We find out why Sean didn't become a firefighter like most of his family. We also found out why his relationship with his father Jack has been strained. You will not be able to put this book down once you start reading it. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next.