If Not for You (New Beginnings, #3)
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.

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If Not for You (New Beginnings, #3) Reviews

  • 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 under her mother's thumb since the day she was born. She decides to take control of her li...

  • Char (1RadReader59)
    Mar 28, 2017

    Char (1RadReader59)

    How do you know when it’s time to cut the apron strings? When it comes to growing up? What’s healthy and what’s not? Well, I am sure Beth Prudhomme was asking herself the same question at twenty-five years old. “When do I wing my mother.” You see Ellie Prudhom...

  • Betty
    Mar 28, 2017


    Romance is not my preferred reading, however, Debbie Macomber books are usually good. I found this one predictable and at times uninteresting. Like all her books the characters are important. Beth Prudhomme and Sam Carney met on a blind date. Leaving the date Beth is severely injured i...

  • Cathy Daniel
    Mar 25, 2017

    Cathy Daniel

    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 / connect with the main hero in a romance, it's over for me lol. I just didn't care for hi...

  • ~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 on a blind date and they both can't get away from the other quick enough. But after S...

  • Under the Covers Book Blog
    Mar 22, 2017

    Under the Covers Book Blog

    I read this book as part of my trying-new-authors adventure, it isn't the kind of book I would normally be drawn to, but you don't know if you don't try right? Well I tried and although this book was okay, I am not in a rush to read more books by Debbie Macomber. It was cute but as we...

  • Amanda
    Mar 21, 2017


    Originally published at Desert Island Book ReviewsEarlier this week, Debbie Macomber released her newest novel, If Not For You. I've enjoyed the lightness of some of her books before and in the middle of trying to read heavier literature and An Army at Dawn (a Pulitzer non-fiction winn...

  • Christi Snow
    Mar 21, 2017

    Christi Snow

    My Review:When I first began this book I wasn't sure I would be able to make it through it. Beth has a serious issue in that she's a complete pushover. Letting her mother control everything about her life until the age of 25...I just can't fathom that and even hearing about it after th...

  • Judy Collins
    Mar 20, 2017

    Judy Collins

    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 connections with Macomber’s own Hallmark signature style. Second Chances. Fresh B...

  • Rebekah Crain
    Mar 16, 2017

    Rebekah Crain

    3.5 out of 5 starsIn the past I've found myself quite enjoying Debbie Macomber's books. She tells feel good stories where the romance is sweet without being too sexy. They're the kind of books you can relax with and find yourself becoming fully submerged in the comfortable predictabili...