If Not For You – Debbie Macomber Book Review

If not for her loving but controlling parents, Beth might never have taken charge of her life. If not for her friend Nichole, Beth would never have met Sam Carney – a tattooed mechanic who is her conservative parents’ worst nightmare. And if not for Sam – who witnessed a terrible accident and rushed to her aid – Beth might have never survived and fallen in love. Yet there are skeletons in Sam’s closet that prevent him from ever trusting a woman again. Will he be able to overcome his past and fight for love?

We don’t have a pedigree, but we have big hearts, determination, and guts. The Carney family is grounded and there’s a lot of love.”

Book Review

For all those of you who have been on a blind date, you can sympathise with the characters when their blind date turns awkward. Their blind date, however, does lead to a romance albeit in a different way. The novel describes a love that slowly grows over a period of time, including all the misconceptions that a new romance does experience.

I felt like Sam and Beth acted like children most of the book. If something did not go their way, they pouted, closed off and asked that maybe the other person shouldn’t call them again? Really, you have been seeing each other for a month and when one cancelled plans for a reason you think they shouldn’t call you again? Who, the hell does that?

This novel was slow going for me. As I tried to pinpoint what I did not like about it, I thought about the writing style. The voice of Macomber appears too strongly for me. She explains too much instead of leaving it to the reader to use their own experience to decipher the characters’ experiences. As a result, the story did not flow easily; and the author’s voice distracted me from enjoying the budding romance between Beth and Sam. Is this Macomber’s writing style? I cannot remember and would need to read another of her novel’s soon in order to verify whether it is.

I hated Beth, I really did. There is a difference between growing up sheltered and insensitive. That woman, unless it came to her, failed to count other peoples feelings, especially when she would consistently butt into their lives. What’s worse? She would dig up old wounds, ones that she had no business of sticking her nose in and not for one moment consider how that might affect the person she is screwing over.

If you can see past the writing style in this novel, this book is a perfect quick read to while away a lazy afternoon.


About the Author

ddd771bde5b0a8166cafd9db53f4d247Debbie Macomber is a no. 1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In addition to fiction, Debbie has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works; and two acclaimed children’s books. The beloved and bestselling Cedar Cove series became Hallmark Channel’s first dramatic scripted television series, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove , which was ranked as the top program on US cable TV when it debuted in summer 2013. Hallmark has also produced many successful films based on Debbie’s bestselling Christmas novels.

Debbie Macomber owns her own tea room, and a yarn store, A Good Yarn, named after the shop featured in her popular Blossom Street novels. She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie lives with her husband in Port Orchard, Washington (the town on which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and they winter in Florida.

%d bloggers like this: