If Not for You : New Beginnings (Macomber)

  • by Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by Khristine Hvam
  • Series: New Beginnings (Macomber)
  • 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

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

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- fun game. but they need to give more swords

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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- Kristina Koroluk

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio