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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dafina; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758265379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758265371
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,354,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was an amazing read from start to finish.
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I was so glad when Dawn finally opened her eyes to what was going on and to see the way things really were.
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I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fast paced read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donnica Carter VINE VOICE on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Dawn and Reginald are a middle-class couple living in Augusta, GA with their twins, R.J. and Cheyenne. R.J. has autism and Dawn spends most of her time, outside of being a librarian, focused on making sure he is comfortable and interacting. Reginald is a landscaper and really wants Dawn to just quit her job and stay at home. It was not until her college soror, Sasha, stops in town and wants to visit, that Dawn is then somewhat embarrassed by her modest lifestyle. Their life was shaken up almost immediately. Dawn is then forced to fight for her family. She was not, however,prepared for Sasha's conniving tricks. With their lives twisted upside down,will Dawn and Reginald make it? Will Sasha's games come to light?

Octavia knows how to weave a tale. The realness of the characters helps you to invest in their story. I had to put this book down several times from being so upset. I was screaming at Dawn, hoping she would do what I said. She definitely "should have known better". It was a quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Octavia leaves you wanting more and I can not wait to see if we hear from these characters again. I recommend this book for those wanting a quick, engaging read.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

Donnica Carter
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lovely Lady on November 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I did enjoy this book as it was a quick read. I must admit I read Ms. Octavia's previous book, "His First Wife" and in this new book, she makes reference to the characters Kerry and Jamison from the previous book. That was a bit confusing because how that book ended and the storyline being told in this book is quite different. However, this new book was good and easy to follow, but make no mistake you will want to shake some good sense into Dawn and Reginald after a while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Coissiere "The Tough Critic" VINE VOICE on December 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
Dawn, a devoted wife and mother, puts her family first. She does not make any qualms about being a part of a not-so-wealthy working class family. It was not until Dawn's college roommate, Sasha, called to say she was coming for a visit that Dawn started to wonder if she could have had more than what she had settled for. In Grace Octavia's Should Have Known Better, Dawn will have to endure some things in order to realize the truth about who she is and what she is capable of when she puts her mind to it.

Dawn and Reginald are parents to 10 year-old twins, R.J. and Cheyenne. Dawn works in a small local branch library and Reginald runs his own landscaping business. Dawn is very supportive of Reginald, but one would not say the same thing about him of her. Reginald is the type of man who prefers his wife at home, taking care of the children and the household necessities. Dawn needs to work to feel like she is doing something to add to their lifestyle. In all honesty, if she did not work their bills would be stacked to the ceiling. She never complains about her situation; she just deals with it the best way she can.

Dawn's world is jostled the moment Sasha shows up at her door. Reginald does not care for Sasha, however, for Dawn's sake he tries to tolerate her. Reginald's actions towards Sasha could be interpreted as a person who is jealous. Sasha works for CNN and while Reginald is admiring what Sasha has, she is observing what Dawn has. Poor unsuspecting Dawn does not see all of what is really going on right before her eyes. Everything that used to be very clear seems hazy and obscured. What could the presence of an old friend do to a husband who had a devoted wife?

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By Christina on January 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
Almost took off work to finish reading... just that good. I wonder if there is a part. Will look up more from this author.
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By Love2Read on November 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Grace Octavia is one of the best authors out there... this book was so orginal even though the subject matter wasn't. She made me fall in love with Dawn and I really felt her pain. It was so real the way she dealt with her adversity and it made me wonder if I could have handled all she went through. I did feel a little man bashing going on... A J Holmes was the only positive male in the book but he held it down! And I love me some TJ Holmes so the metaphor was great! Bravo Ms. Octavia and I hope you are getting the recognition you deserve. Your voice is original and refreshing and all of your books are so well written.
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By Diane m curry burns on July 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
First I was liking this book, but when the heroine began to act stupid and fail to see the handwriting on the wall, I almost convinced myself to just abandon the book. Glad I didn't. It turned out to be worth the effort. I plan to read more books by this author. I read a sample of His First Wife and intend to make it my next read. I give Should Have Known Better 5 stars!
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By Shoppnmama on September 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Should Have Know Better was a very good read one that
I really enjoyed.

I was so glad when Dawn finally opened her eyes to what was going on and to see the way things really were.

Should Have Know Better is right!!! I guess when you learn better you do better.

What a wake up call it took for Dawn to learn.
I was almost wondering if she was really going to get it.

The book didn't really end the way I thought, but over all it is a must read !!
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