If Not for You

If Not for YouIf Not for You by Debbie Macomber
Published by Ballantine Books on March 21st 2017
Pages: 368
ISBN: 0553391968
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Beth is a music teacher who recently moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon to live near her Aunt, Sunshine and to escape her controlling Mother. One night, her co-worker and friend, Nichole invites her to dinner with the intent of introducing her to her husband’s friend, Sam.

Neither Sam not Beth want to be set up. Sam has sworn off relationships and is not looking for a girlfriend. She agrees to the diner to appease his friend, Rocco. Beth is apprehensive but is talked into going by her Aunt. Their first impressions of each other are not very promising. Sam is an auto mechanic with long hair and a beard. Sam initially sees Beth as being quiet, reserved, and not like the women he meets in bars. Both decide to go their separate ways when fate steps in.

On the way home from the uncomfortable set up, Beth is hit by a teenager who is texting and not paying attention. Sam witnesses the accident and stays with her until help arrives. He then decides to go to the hospital where their mutual friends come to find out if she will be okay. As Beth has a long healing process ahead, Sam feels compelled to visit her in the hospital and both learn there is more to the other than meets the eye. They have a mutual love of music and learn they enjoy playing together.

As Beth and Sam get closer, the reader also learns about Beths’s Aunt Sunshine’s lost love and her strained relationship with her sister Ellie (Beth’s Mother).

Initially I really enjoyed this book. It was nice to see Nichole and Rocco again after reading their story in “A Girl’s guide to Moving on”. It was nice to see how their relationship had progressed and the friend’s they have made. But as the book got closer to then end, I began to fall a little out of love with this book. It fell from a 4 star read to a 3 star read for me. Why? The boy with the troubled past has been done before and I felt the conflict and resolution just did not feel right. Plus, the ending felt SO RUSHED. There is CONFLICT….then BOOM…they once again kiss and make up and BAM the book abruptly ends. Is it too much to ask for an epilogue? Is it too much to ask for a little bit more after the kiss and make up. The ending was so abrupt..as in SERIOUSLY????? it’s over just like that. I like these types of books. I really enjoy reading them. I hate the abrupt endings. If I could say one thing to the Author and/or Publishers it would be EPILOGUE. I’m sure these characters will show up in future books and we will get a glimpse of where they went from the end of this book but come on already…..I just wanted more..just a smidge more.


Received from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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