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If Not for You: A Novel de Debbie Macomber
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If Not for You: A Novel (edició 2017)

de Debbie Macomber (Autor)

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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… (més)
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Títol:If Not for You: A Novel
Autors:Debbie Macomber (Autor)
Informació:Ballantine Books (2017), Edition: First Edition, 384 pages
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If Not for You by Debbie Macomber is a delightfully charming novel of new beginnings, healing and love. Although this latest installment is the third in the wonderfully heartwarming New Beginnings series, it can be read as a standalone.

Beth Prudhomme is fighting hard to reclaim her life from her overbearing mother and relocating to Portland, OR and a new job as a high school music teacher is a great start to her new life. She is very hesitant to accept her friend Nichole's invitation to meet her and her husband's friend, Sam Carney, but Beth's Aunt Sunshine convinces her to stretch her wings a little further. Unfortunately, the introduction is as uncomfortable as she feared and although Sam is a nice enough man, she knows the rough around the edges mechanic is not the man for her. Which makes it all the more surprising when Sam proves to be Beth's biggest comfort and source of support after she is involved in a serious car accident the same night as their blind date.

Sam is just as wary as Beth when his friend Rocco invites him to dinner to meet Beth. After having his heart broken years earlier, he does not have any interest in relationships or love. He has no interest in seeing her again but after witnessing the horrible collision, Sam just cannot seem to stay away from Beth's bedside.

Despite their inauspicious first meeting and their mutual conviction they have nothing in common, Sam and Beth are both amazed by how much they enjoy each other's company during Beth's rehabilitation from the car accident. They each look forward to spending time together and they are astonished by how easily conversation flows between them. Beth and Sam's relationship runs deeper than friendship but given Sam's aversion to dating, they do not discuss or think too deeply about what comes next for them.

In spite of the ease in which Sam and Beth fall into a relationship, not everything is roses and sunshine between them. Beth is still struggling to overcome her need to please her mother and avoidance of these issues only takes her so far in resolving their strained relationship. Beth also makes a mistake when she refuses to stand up to her domineering mother. Her mom is also quite insulting when she meets face to face with Sam, but fortunately, he does not allow her disparaging comments and haughty attitude affect their relationship. Instead, Sam's doubts and insecurities lead him to make an ill-thought out decision that has the potential to backfire on him. Beth is also guilty of putting together well-intentioned schemes that sometimes end with painful consequences for the people she loves the most.

If Not for You by Debbie Macomber is a sweet, clean romance that is the perfect example of the old adage, “don’t judge a book by its cover”. Despite the odds being against the very proper music teacher and the blue-collar mechanic, Beth and Sam are a surprisingly well-suited couple with plenty of chemistry. This lovely addition to the uplifting New Beginnings series is a mostly conflict-free love story with a great cast of characters, a couple of heartfelt reconciliations and a touching conclusion. ( )
  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
Beth has left her parents for an independent life away from them. In her mid-twenties, she has moved close to her aunt and found a job teaching music. A coworker has set her up with a friend, but the date didn’t go well. However, on their way home in separate cars, he sees her car being hit by another and rushes to her side. He is with her through her recovery from serious injuries, offering both emotional and physical help. They discover they are drawn to each other, but the road they travel is far from smooth. The tale is interesting and a quick, easy read. The flawed characters will likely produce mixed feelings in readers. Sometimes you will just want to shake some sense into them, and at other times you will feel sorry for them. The author does conclude with a happy ending, as expected, but leaves some story threads for the reader to flesh out in his or her own mind. ( )
  Maydacat | Sep 27, 2019 |
Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for approving me this book.

Review:

I did not realize that this was a series but it can be read as a stand alone. My first thought that came to mind when I finished this book was what a sweet love story. Then I quickly thought that although sweet, it was very complicated. At first glance Beth seems so simple and sweet, don't get me wrong, she is sweet but not simple and uncomplicated at all, boy does she have mommy issues. Sam seems gruff and rough but underneath that exterior he is nothing but depth and character. Their romance should be straightforward and easy but no, that is not going to happen. Their first "blind date" sets the course for the rest of the book and how they develop as a couple, or maybe not ( no spoilers here). Beth's Aunt Sunshine has got to be my favorite character in this book and her story is a bit of an interesting romantic sub-plot and my least favorite character is Beth's mother. I thought to myself a few times in this book when these two were interacting, run Beth run, do not move back to Chicago! The more I got to know Sam I quickly realized that his backstory will ultimately hold him back or let him move forward with Beth. Oh and Beth herself forces a few situations between characters in the book that made me think she could be a tiny bit like her mother. The history between Sunshine and Beth's mother was one of my favorite parts of this book , a bit of a love triangle there and who can resist that, not me!

Verdict:

This book was a nice way for me to spend a few afternoons. I liked the love story and the setting of the book. I would like to read the earlier books in this series as well as the next installment.This review was originally posted on Cindy's Book Binge ( )
  fictionalblonde | Apr 10, 2019 |
Nobody does realistic, down to earth, romance stories like Debbie Macomber. This is the third book in New Beginnings series and I have really enjoyed them. They are all about second chances and taking chances on life and love to have your new Beginning.

Beth Prudhomme is twenty five year old woman who has been smothered by her mother since birth. They are a well to do family and her mother thinks she knows what and who are best for Beth. Beth decides it is time to take control of her life and moves from Chicago to Portland where she will be closer to her Aunt Sunshine. She gets a job teaching music and becomes friends with Nichole, another teacher. When Nichole sets her up on a blind date with her friend, Sam, Beth gives in after her Aunt tells her that this could be the one. Beth and Sam do not hit it off. She is polished and a little uptight, Sam is rough around the edges, a mechanic with long hair, a beard and tattoos. When dinner is over, they cannot get to the door fast enough. On the way home, Beth is t-boned and Sam witnesses the accident. He jumps out of his truck to see if he can help and holds her hand until the EMS arrives. That sets the stage for their second chance. I was hooked and could not wait to see if Sam and Beth were going to get together. There are several storylines going on in this story involving Sunshine and her sister as well as a lost love, Nichole and Sam, Sam's baggage from a previous relationship as well as Beth's growing independence.

The characters are very well developed that you feel as if you know them. Beth has a huge heart and truly cares about others. She does not want to see anyone hurting and will do what she can to fix what she sees is the problem. Unfortunately, she tends to stick her nose in others people's business and sometimes the results are heart breaking. Sunshine is exactly what her name says. She is an artist who is loving, happy and wants the best for Beth. She has some regrets in her life that she wants to change. Sam is everything a male romantic hero is supposed to be. He is rough around the edges and not one to show his emotions. When he falls in love, he falls hard and will do whatever he can to make the other person happy. The book has everything. There is love, forgiveness, jealousy, unsuspecting emotions, and second chances. Yes, this is a feel good book, but it is a book that is totally believable. That is exactly what I want when I pick up a book by Debbie Macomber. If you are looking for a book to make you feel good, go through a range of emotions and root for the characters, then pick this one up. You will not be disappointed. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley. ( )
  Carlathelibrarian | Feb 5, 2019 |
Beth Prudhomme has moved from Chicago to Portland hoping to put some space between her and her overbearing mother, and to reconnect with her favorite aunt. Beth gets set up on a blind date wit Sam Carney by their friends Nichole and Rocco. The blind date does not go well and both of them leave dinner as soon as they can. While sitting at a red light Sam watches as Beth is broadsided while making a left hand turn by a young girl who was busy texting. Sam gets out his truck and runs to Beth and holds her hand and talks to her until medical help arrives. Sam visits Beth everyday in the hospital where they slowly start falling in love as they talk and get to know each other.

I got a copy of this book from Netgalley.com. ( )
  FaytheShattuck | May 23, 2018 |
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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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