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(New Beginnings #3)

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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 A
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by Ballantine Books
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Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
Beth escapes her mother and moves to Portland, Oregon, where her aunt lives in order to live her own life. She gets a job as a teacher and is very excited to be independent without her mother hovering everyday. Her friend Nichole, a fellow teacher one day decides that Beth should meet up for a blind date with a guy Sam - who happens to be Nichole's husband's best friend. The date is a disaster, but what follows the rest is even more painful as Beth gets into a car accident in front of Sam and is ...more
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
There is nothing more fun than to read a story and get this feeling that you know the characters. You connect with them on more than one level. You realize that you have read about some of them before. That little touch of awareness creeps up.

Then it dawns on you. Some of these people we met in the author’s last book! And everything just blends together.

But that does not mean that you have to read the first book in order to enjoy this one. Not at all. This great story is a standalone. But it is
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Kathryn
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the prologue which whet my interest, and made me want to read on. A little drama goes a long way!

The contrast of characters in Sam and Beth was interesting but not really surprising. Sam might seem a little rough with his tattoo, long hair and strong language. But he is loved by a couple of children which is kind of telling. His values are good, although his head is a little mixed up as it turns out.

Beth is an only child with a mother who is a bit of a snob and rather controlling. Beth h
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Rebbie
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Beth and Sam meet up for a blind date, which doesn't go well. They dislike each other (they're total opposites) quite a bit. When Beth leaves the date, a teenager hits her car, and Sam immediately rushes in to help Beth.

He never leaves her side while she's recovering. Although that premise is most definitely romantic and pulls at the heart strings, I had a hard time blindly buying into the idea that Sam would act like a loyal boyfriend mere minutes after their crappy date ended. It just doesn't
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Judy Collins
Debbie Macomber returns following A Girl's Guide to Moving On (New Beginnings, #2) with her third in the New Beginning Series IF NOT FOR YOU a charming fun contemporary tale of unexpected romantic connections with Macomber’s own Hallmark signature style.

Second Chances. Fresh Beginnings. Self-discovery. Healing.

Set in Portland, Oregon, twenty-five-year-old Beth Prudhomme has escaped the clutches of her overbearing mother, moving to a new town to teach music, near her aunt.

As the book opens s
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Susan
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If Not For You


Debbie Macomber


Received from Netgalley


IF NOT FOR YOU is the third book in Debbie Macomber's New Beginnings series. It is the story of Beth Prudhomme who is twenty five and has been under her mother's thumb since the day she was born. She decides to take control of her life and moves from Chicago to Portland where she will be closer to her Aunt Sunshine. Shortly after she makes the big move, her friend Nichole sets her up on a blind date with her friend, Sam. Beth comes from money
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Amy
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I was provided with a copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I started out really enjoying the premise of this latest book by Debbie Macomber. It is the story of Beth and Sam, who start out as two opposites and find love through a series of life altering events.

We jump into the action rather quickly, which I enjoyed. I like how the two main characters are brought together by her car accident. Their relationship progressed from friendship to "dating" faster than I had an
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Cathy Daniel
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Hovered between 2 and 3 stars. Probably more 2 1/2 stars. This book would have been much better if Sunshine and Ellie were the main characters. Beth and Sam bored me and when I don't fall in love / connect with the main hero in a romance, it's over for me lol. I just didn't care for him or his contrived conflicts. And I hated how he kept calling Beth "babe". Beth was so clueless and insensitive and pushy towards the end, just like her mother! Really didn't like her at the end. Get this one from ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Nobody does realistic, down to earth, romance stories like Debbie Macomber. This is the third book in New Beginnings series and I have really enjoyed them. They are all about second chances and taking chances on life and love to have your new Beginning.

Beth Prudhomme is twenty five year old woman who has been smothered by her mother since birth. They are a well to do family and her mother thinks she knows what and who are best for Beth. Beth decides it is time to take control of her life and mov
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No Apology Book Reviews
A chore to read

I would like to thank Debbie Macomber, Ballantine Books, Random House, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Beth Prudhomme has moved to Portland, Oregon, to live near her Aunt Sunshine, because she got along far better with Sunshine than her parents in Chicago. Out from under her mother’s thumb, Beth is determined to become independent and cultivate a life for herself. Seizing new opportunities, she takes a job as a music teacher at the loc
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Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Debbie Macomber has created another sweet story as well as some wonderful, sweet, and quirky characters in If Not for You. I was surprised that over 1/2 of the novel is set in both hospital/rehab facilities, but it worked as did the age old romance formula, but with a twist. Girl gets boy, girl does something to lose boy, and girl gets boy back in the end.

Beth Prudhomme is a young Music teacher living in Portland, OR., finally escaping her overbearing and smothering mother. Her Aunt Sunshine (
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Sally906
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I enjoyed the book - Debbi Macomber is a comfort read author for me - but there was just too much nothing in the middle so over all a great start, a great finish but a bit blah in the middle.
Char (1RadReader59)
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing

How do you know when it’s time to cut the apron strings? When it comes to growing up? What’s healthy and what’s not? Well, I am sure Beth Prudhomme was asking herself the same question at twenty-five years old. “When do I wing my mother.”
You see Ellie Prudhomme thought she had every right to dictate every moment of every day of every year that was her daughter’s life. From who to date, what to wear, and where to go to school. She didn’t even have friends. The one thing she did do and she loved
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Ema
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Maybe I'm at the point where I've read too many Macomber novels, but this one just didn't quite sit right with me. I expect to be completely absorbed by her books, but instead I found myself rolling my eyes.
 
The conflicts between Sam and Beth felt really juvenile. I never had any doubt about whether they'd stay together. Sam acts like a grumpy bear and Beth takes it all in stride. And, spoiler alert, he has another woman's name tattooed across his chest. He is portrayed as kind of a playboy, but
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Samantha
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The first thing I want to say is that if you read, A Girl's Guide to Moving On, some of the characters show up in this book. Had I known that from reading the other reviews, I would have moved this up through my TBR pile faster.

Beth left behind her gentile and privileged upbringing in Chicago, to move to Portland, Or to live with her hippyesque aunt, Sunshine. Determined to get out from under her mom's thumb, she embarks on an adventure to find herself. A teacher at a local high school, she get
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Linda
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I think of Debbie Macomber I think of Hallmark Christmas movies. That was until I read “A Girls Guide to Moving On”, the 2nd book in her New Beginnings Series. That’s when I learned she also writes stories with a more serious theme. “If Not for You” is the 3rd in this series, and it has a realistic story that really grabs at your heart.
Ms. Macomber creates a word that is easily visualized. I love her characters, they are well developed, with good backstories. They aren’t millionaires, the
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Dixie-Lee Campbell
Loved this dynamic book. The words wrapped around my heart like angel wings.

It was a book I could not put down ... but sleep overtook me and choice was taken away !!! Riddled ... there is more than one emotional romance storyline happening here ... stirring from the past ... and unfolding in the present ... and moving forward .... a roller coast ride at times kept me gripping on to what might happen next.

When this book is released I am definitely getting this book for my Mom to read ... she wi
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Jackie Lane
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This third book in Debbie Macomber's New Beginnings, is just that, new beginnings.

Beth Prudhomme has moved from Chicago to get away from her controlling mother and found a job as a teacher in Portland, Oregon, where Beth teaches music in the local high school.

One of Beth's, Nicole friends invites her to dinner as a setup for a blind date with her husband, Rocco's best friend, Sam Carney.

As you'd expect, things did not go well between Beth and Sam and they scurry out of the dinner as soon as it i
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~Mandi~
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
If Not For You
Debbie Macomber

This was a very heart warming double romance. Beth and Sam are from two completely different backgrounds. Beth comes from a wealthy family and Sam is a mechanic. They meet on a blind date and they both can't get away from the other quick enough.
But after Sam witnesses Beth get in an accident and he spends time with her while she recovers, he falls for her.
Meanwhile Beth's aunt Sunshine has loved and lost. She was never able to move on from her first love. And with
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Ezinwanyi
3.5 stars.
This book was in the usual Debbie Macomber style. A nice contemporary romance with ordinary and relatable characters. While you may not love the characters, they typically remind me of people I know. It’s like watching a Saturday afternoon show on Lifetime. In fact, this one would make a good movie.

Beth Prudhomme and Sam Carney were set up on a blind date by mutual friends (Nichole and Rocco from Book 2: A Girl's Guide to Moving On). A dinner at Nichole's house and boy, that first dinn
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Didi
This third entry to Debbie Macomber's New Beginnings series is actually a sweet story about forgiveness, healing and moving forward. Only somehow the delivery of it just fell flat for me.

It's a slow-paced story told alternately between the main characters and - later on - a secondary. I like the earlier part of the story where Rocco and his stepson Owen (from A Girl's Guide to Moving On) made some appearance and help liven up the introduction of the characters. The following story development w
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Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)


I read this book as part of my trying-new-authors adventure, it isn’t the kind of book I would normally be drawn to, but you don’t know if you don’t try right? Well I tried and although this book was okay, I am not in a rush to read more books by Debbie Macomber. It was cute but as we Brits like to say…not my cup of tea.

When thinking about this book, I was struck by the first thing that occurred to me and I believe contributed to why I was unimpressed with it. There was no sex, not even a hint
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Pamela
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars - Only because of the writing. The story - I just couldn't connect to these characters. They were boring and sometimes childish. The sub-plot and characters had some good moments, but just didn't hold it for me.
I have read many DM books over the years, and have liked them, but this one was too religious for me.
Sam goes to the hospital and she makes him read from the Bible when he is clearly uncomfortable! Pushy!! She hardly even knows him yet! Not for me.

**Thank you to the publisher an
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Cecelia
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Beth Prudhomme and Sam Carney initially meet, there is NO chemistry between them. Beth is a gently bred, upper-class woman. No way does she have the time or desire to date an uneducated mechanic. Sam is not interested in Beth. After all, they have nothing in common and they have to struggle to have a decent conversation. But, due to a traumatic event, Beth’s life drastically changes. Sam was there for her when she initially gets hurt – and her opinion of him changes a lot.
Sam is used to dat
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Sue
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
You can always depend on Debbie Macomber to give you a good story to take your mind off everything else going on around you. That said, this was not my favorite story by her but it was a fun satisfying read. Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

As the book begins, Beth meets Sam on a blind date. They are total opposites - Beth is a music teacher and very prim and proper. Sam is a mechanic with long hair and beard. The blind date doesn't go well and its apparent th
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Ruby
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Judging a book... you have heard the phrase more times and have memorized its meaning, however, what happens when a gruff, but handsome mechanic rescues you from yourself?! This second in Debbie Macomber's new series is a prefect example of looking on the outside and not digging deeper. When Beth first meets Sam, her first thought isn't a good one. He is rough, lower class, and well. he's a mechanic. Sam feels she is rich, snooty, and rather shallow. Maybe the first date was all they needed to r ...more
 Gigi Ann
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts...

As always I like a good clean romantic story, and Debbie Macomber never disappoints. As a master storyteller Ms. Macomber introduces her intriguing characters. She is attuned to her readers and infuses her characters with compassion and frailties that make them even more real.

Debbie Macomber has a way with words that wind together into delightfully "feel good" stories, and this was a delightful story of family, friends and changes. This is a comfort read, and there are no big surpr
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Suzanne
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, romance
Beth moves away from home to escape her controlling mother and live a life of her own. What I liked the most about this book is the message of hope. Characters aren't evil - many of them have been hurt in the past and have issues to overcome, but they work through their problems. Beth is a sweet heroine, and I liked how she progressed to being able to stand up to her mother. Sunshine, Beth's aunt, is another good character, who was disappointed early in life but did not let that stop her and her ...more
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Another great book by Debbie, I can't get enough of her books!
Sharon Mariampillai
This was an enjoyable read. This is the third book in a series, but I am reading them out of order. This book is well-written. I am a fan of Debbie Macomber and how she writes her stories. Beth moved to Portland to get away from her mother. She goes on a blind date with Sam. Sam and Beth were really different. Then Beth got into a car crash, and Sam stayed by her side. Beth is driven and wanted to be independent. Sam is caring, and is the kind of man who stand by you. However, he does make some ...more
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