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.
©2017 Debbie Macomber (P)2017 Random House Audio
"[Narrator Khristine] Hvam will captivate listeners with her performance of Macomber's newest classic." (AudioFile)
Most boring, predictable, slowest progressing book EVER. I do not know who these people are that gave this book such a great review. Mind boggling.
The only problem is after the story is over, I want more!!!!! It's another great book by a great author!
Something where the characters have a little more life and aren't cut from a cookie cutter of romance novels.
Every sentence ends on a drawn out downswing. It was like she was trying to put more drama into an already boring read. She was awful.
Probably all of them.
Just terrible. Characters were not believable. Story was not believable. What hospital allows a visitor at 10 in the evening? Then he goes on and plays his guitar! Really? The story was just getting too silly for me.
I was bored for most of book but then the story picked up toward the end. Narrator was really good and gave the characters personality. At times I wanted to shake a few characters but glad I finished the book because the ending had a message.
I love Debbie Macomber and probably have read every book she has written. This is an interesting story, the characters are believable and the narration is wonderful. I really enjoyed it.
Honestly, wasn't a fan. One of the turn offs was the Bible being Incorporated into the book. I've never read anything by the author previously so I was unaware. I also felt the story dragged in certain parts, didn't develop other parts, such as the character of the Mom. And, the ending was incredibly unrealistic. I felt it had the core of a good story without the grit or passion needed. I doubt I will be reading Macomber again.
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