Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Book Review: If Not For You by Debbie Macomber

Title:  If Not For You
Author:  Debbie Macomber
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Ballantine Books/Random House
Release Date:  March 21, 2017

From the Back Cover:

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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My Review:

Another new book by Debbie Macomber... and she never seems to disappoint me!  Her ability to pull the reader directly into a story to really get to KNOW her characters is nothing short of amazing.

Beth Prudhomme is a twenty five year old high school music teacher who finds it necessary to move from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in order to escape the control and interference of her mother.  A blind date with handsome, hunky Sam goes from bad to worse when it ends up with a car crash where Beth is seriously injured.  But then things get better and a beautiful new relationship develops between the two of them.  Add in the artsy Aunt Sunshine, friends Rocco and Nichole, a cute little boy named Owen who follows Sam around with his cussing jar, and numerous other characters, and you have a delightful, romantic story that flows with all the warmth, sincerity, humor and emotional drama you can muster in one novel!

This was a delightful quick read... the kind of book that could cause a sunburn if you''re reading it on the beach.  You just can't stop turning those pages to apply fresh sunscreen!

I would heartily recommend this book to people looking for a clean romance with tingles.

*Disclosure:  A complimentary copy was provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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About the Author:

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 990 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Sixteen of these novels hit the number one spot.

In 2016, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include A Girl’s Guide to Moving On (February), Sweet Tomorrows (August), and Twelve Days of Christmas (October) and an adult coloring book, The World of Debbie Macomber: Come Home To Color (April). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.

Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.

Macomber owns two businesses in Port Orchard, WA, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove Series. These include The Grey House CafĂ©, formerly the Victorian Rose Tea Room, featured in the Cedar Cove Series, and A Good Yarn Shop, introduced in her popular Blossom Street novels. They are located on the Village Square campus, which also serves as Debbie’s corporate headquarters.

She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington and winter in Florida.


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