Review: If Not For You by Debbie Macomber

If Not For You by Debbie Macomber
Series: New Beginnings (# 3)
Release Date: March 21, 2017
Publisher: Ballantine
Pages: 368
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



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.


Review:  If Not for You by Debbie Macomber is a sensational story.  Immediately she drew me into the tale. Realistic, entertaining, and believable. A story of love, forgiveness, and healing. A family torn to pieces over a relationship, is brought to life. Two sisters who need to forgive and move forward, a daughter who needs to live her own life, not her mother’s, and a man who needs to let go of his past and move forward.

The title If Not for You is perfect. It’s exactly the theme the novel portrays. If Not for You…neither one of the characters would be able to move on with their past. Anger, sadness, and regret. The book was one emotional journey after another. Debbie Macomber has a way with words. I felt every emotion as though it were my own. Each character had to deal with their issues on their own in their own time. It could take thirty years, or a month. But once they decided they were ready to let go…the healing process was beautiful.

Sam is a man who let a woman steal his heart and take away his soul. He created a beautiful yet smart daughter. But he can’t be a part of her life. The mother made sure of that. It’s because of that, that Sam won’t let any woman near his heart. Little did he know a plain woman like Beth would steal it and take him captive.

Beth is a woman who let her mother rule her entire life. She was done with that. Leaving behind her parents, she sets off on her own. Once there, she found a job and friends. Plus, her Aunt Sunshine is awesome. Soon, her whole life will change. One terrible blind date set up…and an accident later, Beth would be falling in love with Sam.

But that’s not all. If Not for You also has two sisters who have fallen for the same guy. Because of that they both ended up not taking to the other one. The damage was done…and one sister’s love life was destroyed forever. It will take a common interest before these two to reunite…and even then it will take a miracle.

Overall, If Not for You is the most interesting piece of literature that I have ever read. Sad, hilarious, and well-written. These characters had a way of tugging at my heart. Their tales combined made for one powerful read. I highly recommend this to all.