Friday, March 3, 2017

If Not For You by Debbie Macomber

  • ISBN-10: 0553391968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553391961
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books 

  • Release Date ~ March 21, 2017


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.

If Not For You by  Debbie Macomber is a stand alone novel that I really enjoyed reading. I found it to be a relaxing and wonderful story. 

The beauty of Ms. Macomber's writing is her unique ability to spin an engaging romance story that soars off the pages of the book and comes to life for the reader. Her characters are realistic, slightly flawed but lovable. She also has a unique ability to bring her characters to life; to build realistic relationships between them while adding in romance and life challenges.  Ms. Macomber has done this superbly with this book!     

I highly recommend If Not For You and in case you are already starting to plan your summer reading ... add this one to your list. It's definitely Summer Romance Reading Worthy (or any time of the year)!

4.5 Stars 

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ballentine Books, Ms. Macomber and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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