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If Not for You: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"[Narrator Khristine] Hvam will captivate listeners with her performance of Macomber's newest classic." (AudioFile)

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    "I loved this book, sorry to see it over."

    As a christian, I was happy to see the positive presentation of the bible. Thanks to Debbie

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    C. Wilson Michigan 03-31-17
    C. Wilson Michigan 03-31-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Excellent Story of Forgiveness"

    Very good story of Love and Grace. The speakers and readers voice was perfect for this story

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    Amazon Customer 04-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "If not for you"

    This was one of her best books ever. I listened to the book straight through.

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    Francesca J. Novak 04-21-17
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    "Almost didn't finish"

    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.

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    Little Sister Orange, TX 04-05-17
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    "Great Book!"

    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.

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    fun game. but they need to give more swords 03-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great story! "

    The only problem is after the story is over, I want more!!!!! It's another great book by a great author!

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    Not a lot of depth to the characters. Pretty simple. No surprises. I still enjoyed this series continuation.

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    Etta Mae 06-11-17
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    I enjoyed the book. I hope this will be a series. Love following the characters.

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    Lisa A Winchester Arlington, VA United States 04-10-17
    Lisa A Winchester Arlington, VA United States 04-10-17
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    "Most boring, predictable, slowest progressing book. Ever."

    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.

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    Kristina Koroluk 03-31-17 Member Since 2015
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    "First time Debbie Macomber reader"

    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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