If Not for You

If Not for You

A Novel

Book - 2017
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Debbie Macomber has written an emotionally stirring novel that shows how 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.

Praise for If Not for You

"[An] uplifting and deliciously romantic tale with vibrant characters and a wide range of emotions." --RT Book Reviews

"A heartwarming story of forgiveness and unexpected love." --Harlequin Junkie

"A fun, sweet read." --Publishers Weekly
Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, 2017
Edition: Ballantine Books mass market edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780553391985
Branch Call Number: Pbk MAC
Characteristics: 421 pages ; 18 cm


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Oct 05, 2017

Peaceful, what I expected. Glad that the ending wasn't marriage and a baby this time.

Sep 17, 2017

As usual, another great novel from Debbie Macomber!

Jul 01, 2017

I loved this book and would highly recommend it to Debbie Macomber fans! Subject matter was interesting with a different romantic twist which held my interest throughout!

May 01, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. I would definitely recommend it.

Apr 23, 2017

Her books are always entertaining. Great characters alot of fun to read.

Apr 06, 2017


Apr 05, 2017

Enjoyed this book. Even though it is called a "stand alone" by the author, I was glad I read the other two beforehand.

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