If Not for You

If Not for You Review

An emotionally stirring novel that shows how obstacles can be overcome, differences can be strengths, and sometimes a choice can seem wrong even though it s absolutely right

If not for her loving but controlling parents, Beth Prudhomme might never have taken charge of her life and moved from her native Chicago to Portland, Oregon, where she s reconnected with her spirited Aunt Sunshine and found a job as a high school music teacher. If not for her friend Nichole, Beth would never have met Sam Carney, although first impressions have left Beth with serious doubts. Sam is everything Beth is not and her parents worst nightmare: a tattooed auto mechanic who s rough around the edges. Reserved and smart as a whip, Beth isn t exactly Sam s usual beer-drinking, pool-playing type of woman, either.

But if not for an awkward setup one evening, Beth might never have left early and been involved in a car crash. And if not for Sam who witnessed the terrifying ordeal, rushed to her aid, and stayed with her until help arrived Beth might have been all alone, or worse. Yet as events play out, Sam feels compelled to check on Beth almost daily at the hospital even bringing his guitar to play songs to lift her spirits. Soon their unlikely friendship evolves into an intense attraction that surprises them both.

Before long, Beth's strong-willed mother, Ellie, blows into town spouting harsh opinions, especially about Sam, and reopening old wounds with Sunshine. When shocking secrets from Sam s past are revealed, Beth struggles to reconcile her feelings. But when Beth goes a step too far, she risks losing the man and the life she s come to love.

Title:If Not for You
Edition Language:English

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  • Beth escapes her mother and moves to Portland, Oregon, where her aunt lives in order to live her own life. She gets a job as a teacher and is very excited to be independent without her mother hovering...

  • There is nothing more fun than to read a story and get this feeling that you know the characters. You connect with them on more than one level. You realize that you have read about some of them before...

  • I loved the prologue which whet my interest, and made me want to read on. A little drama goes a long way!The contrast of characters in Sam and Beth was interesting but not really surprising. Sam might...

  • Beth and Sam meet up for a blind date, which doesn't go well. They dislike each other (they're total opposites) quite a bit. When Beth leaves the date, a teenager hits her car, and Sam immediately rus...

  • Debbie Macomber returns following A Girl's Guide to Moving On (New Beginnings, #2) with her third in the New Beginning Series IF NOT FOR YOU a charming fun contemporary tale of unexpected romantic ...

  • If Not For YouDebbie MacomberReceived from Netgalley IF NOT FOR YOU is the third book in Debbie Macomber's New Beginnings series. It is the story of Beth Prudhomme who is twenty five and has been unde...

  • I was provided with a copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I started out really enjoying the premise of this latest book by Debbie Macomber. It is the story of Beth and Sam,...

  • Hovered between 2 and 3 stars. Probably more 2 1/2 stars. This book would have been much better if Sunshine and Ellie were the main characters. Beth and Sam bored me and when I don't fall in love / co...

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  • Nobody does realistic, down to earth, romance stories like Debbie Macomber. This is the third book in New Beginnings series and I have really enjoyed them. They are all about second chances and taking...