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If Not for You
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If Not for You


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
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages
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    If Not for You Reviews

  • Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
    Apr 17, 2017

    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...

  • Chris  Carroll
    Mar 02, 2017

    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...

  • Kathryn
    Mar 12, 2017

    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...

  • Rebbie
    Jan 06, 2017

    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...

  • Judy Collins
    Mar 20, 2017

    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 ...

  • Susan
    Mar 28, 2017

    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...

  • Amy
    Jan 06, 2017

    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,...

  • Cathy Daniel
    Mar 25, 2017

    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...

  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    Apr 03, 2017

    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...

  • ~Mandi~
    Mar 24, 2017

    If Not For YouDebbie MacomberThis was a very heart warming double romance. Beth and Sam are from two completely different backgrounds. Beth comes from a wealthy family and Sam is a mechanic. They meet...