Review of 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. (Goodreads)


I have read many books by this author and I have liked them all.  This is a feel good book and a book about love coming in mysterious ways.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Beth is strong willed, she had to be to break away from her mother.  She is making it on her own, but sometimes she gets lonely. Sam is a good guy, but a little rough around the edges.  But he has a big heart and has lots of love to give.  Will Beth and Sam be willing to take a chance and have a happily ever after?

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  She is very talented in her descriptive writing and she created scenes in my head that kept propelling me along to read more pages.  She took everyday people and gave them a unique love story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written women’s contemporary.  I am looking forward to reading the first two books in this series.  You can never go wrong reading a book by Debbie Macomber.

I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group–Ballentine for the opportunity to read and review this book.

4 thoughts on “Review of If Not For You

  1. I have this novel to read, somehow I keep getting it mix up with THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT and read it. Now I need to read this one. I lost my March list and I feel that I have another book out on the 28th but can’t remember which one. Something I read when I first got it.

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