The third installment of Debbie Macomber's New Beginnings series is the story of Beth Prudhomme, a single woman who has spent her life trying to please her controlling parents. One day, she decides to leave her past behind and move from Chicago to Portland, Oregon where her peaceful Aunt Sunshine resides. When Beth accepts a job at the local high school as a music teacher, she begins to feel connected to her new community.
Hoping to jump start her romantic life, she agrees to be setup by her friend Nichole. But Sam Carney is not like the typical guy Beth usually dates. A tattooed mechanic, he seems a bit rough around the edges. When a freak accident leaves Beth seriously injured, it's Sam who arrives on the scene and stays by her side until help arrives. As Beth slowly recovers, Sam becomes her constant companion nurturing her back to health.
Beth's new life seems to be heading in the right direction until her mother Ellie breezes into town. As expected, Ellie disapproves of Sam causing friction among the family. Even Aunt Sunshine gets involved in the mix which drives a wedge between the sisters. When some unsettling news of Sam's past surfaces, Beth questions whether her relationship with him will last.
If Not For You is a feel-good story filled with recurring characters, a hometown atmosphere, and a budding romance that tears at your heartstrings. Macomber delivers what the reader has come to expect, an unforgettable tale with compassion and love.