If Not for You: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 2017 - Fiction - 384 pages
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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

 

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User Review  - jhoaglin - LibraryThing

Although this is outside my usual genre to read, I think those who like romance would like this book. It is a well developed story, and although it seemed fairly predictable, it was still pleasant to ... Read full review

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User Review  - ethel55 - LibraryThing

This is a perfectly nice, clean romance from Macomber. Beth Prudhomme finally stands up to her overbearing mother and moves to a town on the West Coast, where her aunt lives. She lands a job teaching ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
7
Section 3
19
Section 4
29
Section 5
37
Section 6
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Section 7
57
Section 8
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
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Section 38
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Section 39
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Section 40
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Section 41
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About the author (2017)

Debbie Macomber, the author of Sweet Tomorrows, A Girl's Guide to Moving On, Last One Home, Silver Linings, Love Letters, Mr. Miracle, Blossom Street Brides, and Rose Harbor in Bloom, is a leading voice in women's fiction. Ten of her novels have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and five of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, based on Macomber's Cedar Cove books. She has more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide.

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