If Not For Thee

If Not For Thee

With only three days to decide her fate, Margaret Main must make a choice: concede to the demands of her parents, or keep the vow she made to her beloved sister-in-law. The answer is simple, the solution less so. For to keep her word and her freedom, she must marry the only man she’s ever loved, with the knowledge he may never love her in return. Holdwell Estate is his hom...

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Title:If Not For Thee
Author:Amber Lynn Perry
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If Not For Thee Reviews

  • Sarah Monzon

    A great way to spend a few hours!

  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)

    This is a delightful Christmas Novella! A marriage of convenience between childhood friends brings unexpected outcome.

    Margaret wasn’t looking to get married, but it seemed that was the only way to keep her promise to her sister-in-law. Marcus had spent his youth avoiding the entanglement of love. But forces outside their control have brought them together. Is it possible for two people from different walks of life to find their happily-ever-after, or will well-meaning, busybody relations drive

    This is a delightful Christmas Novella! A marriage of convenience between childhood friends brings unexpected outcome.

    Margaret wasn’t looking to get married, but it seemed that was the only way to keep her promise to her sister-in-law. Marcus had spent his youth avoiding the entanglement of love. But forces outside their control have brought them together. Is it possible for two people from different walks of life to find their happily-ever-after, or will well-meaning, busybody relations drive a wedge between the tenuous relationship?

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent reading this light-hearted Christmas story. It is sure to warm your heart. I give this charming story 4.5 stars and I look forward to reading more of Amber Lynn Perry's stories in the future.

    (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

  • Dana Michael

    This may very well be my favorite thing Mrs. Perry has ever written. I am so in love with Marcus right now. He said the most romantic things I have ever heard. I was glad I was reading in bed or I would have swooned to the floor. This is a marriage of convenience and I don't know. I just have a thing for these kind of stories. It is well written. Even though it is a novella, it is complete. I felt satisfied with the ending and yes it was a HEA. I highly recommend this short, sweet and oh so swoo

    This may very well be my favorite thing Mrs. Perry has ever written. I am so in love with Marcus right now. He said the most romantic things I have ever heard. I was glad I was reading in bed or I would have swooned to the floor. This is a marriage of convenience and I don't know. I just have a thing for these kind of stories. It is well written. Even though it is a novella, it is complete. I felt satisfied with the ending and yes it was a HEA. I highly recommend this short, sweet and oh so swoony historical novella. Oh, I almost forgot. I love the fact the author sprinkles in historical facts throughout the story. Great Read!

    *I was given an advanced copy of the book. I wasn't required to leave a review.

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    What a sweet novella set in Colonial America! I liked that Margaret and Marcus already had a past friendship together so that when they are reunited they have a foundation to build on. What begins as a proposal of a marriage of convenience swiftly turns into more as attraction blooms and they realize that there is potential for romance. There is some angst as they work through their feelings and overcome their fears, and overall it was lovely watching them grow closer during a turbulent time in

    What a sweet novella set in Colonial America! I liked that Margaret and Marcus already had a past friendship together so that when they are reunited they have a foundation to build on. What begins as a proposal of a marriage of convenience swiftly turns into more as attraction blooms and they realize that there is potential for romance. There is some angst as they work through their feelings and overcome their fears, and overall it was lovely watching them grow closer during a turbulent time in our nation's history.

    (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  • Julie Carpenter

    Have you read any of the Daughters of His Kingdom books yet? I hadn't until I read this one. I have all the novels sitting waiting for me as I keep saying I'm going to read them. They were kindle freebies several months ago and I was super excited because I've been eyeing them for quite a while and friends had been reading and loving them. So of course I snagged them and haven't had time to read them yet. Life has been insanely busy this year and I just kept hoping at some point these would be a

    Have you read any of the Daughters of His Kingdom books yet? I hadn't until I read this one. I have all the novels sitting waiting for me as I keep saying I'm going to read them. They were kindle freebies several months ago and I was super excited because I've been eyeing them for quite a while and friends had been reading and loving them. So of course I snagged them and haven't had time to read them yet. Life has been insanely busy this year and I just kept hoping at some point these would be at the top of my list. Well, when I saw this novella pop up and heard it was a Christmas time one, and it was only $0.99...I bought it. I told myself if I bought it I was going to read it right away because I've been wanting to read these books and I just needed to stop everything and do it. I can tear through a novella fast, so I did! Luckily I had a little time that I could read it here and there. Believe me when I say that I didn't want to read it here and there throughout my day. I wanted to sit down, cancel everything and read it all right then!

    Margaret has loved Marcus her whole life. She feels beneath him in station but can't help the attraction and draw she feels towards him. Marcus knows she exists but is a little older than her and with so many other concerns in his life, plus the fact that he usually gravitates towards women of his own station he hasn't really noticed her. Until now, when he can't help but notice her. Their meeting after him being away for years was pretty fun and cute. Can I just say that I love stories about childhood crushes and friends who grow up and fall in love. Now Marcus and Margaret's reconnection in this story was not at all what they had planned for their lives but when marriage (and a fast unplanned marriage) is needed to protect your home or your life, what other choice do you have but someone who also needs the protection of marriage. I loved Adam, Margaret's cousin and all of his matchmaking. He was great!

    If you love historical fiction and sweet characters, sweet romance and a little angst thrown in, then I highly recommend this one. The walks, the horses, the peril, the meddling relatives, the love, the happily ever after moments and most especially the hero and heroine make this a read that I want to come back to again and again.

    Content: Clean. Some talk (thoughts) about the marriage bed (time period of the book wording) but nothing graphic, very well written.

    My own personal copy.

    Happy Reading!!!

  • Rachel McMillan

    A Christmas novella that is also set in Revolutionary era America and is a marriage of convenience story? THIS NOVELLA IS MY BIRTHDAY!!

    First, Perry is a thorough researcher and her passion and dedication to the period she holds in the palm of her talented hand shines through on every page she gifts us with . This is not a book, this is a canvas. She paints broadly and romantically and unexpectedly.

    Second, the characters are achingly real and so well developed. Margaret pricked at my heart while

    A Christmas novella that is also set in Revolutionary era America and is a marriage of convenience story? THIS NOVELLA IS MY BIRTHDAY!!

    First, Perry is a thorough researcher and her passion and dedication to the period she holds in the palm of her talented hand shines through on every page she gifts us with . This is not a book, this is a canvas. She paints broadly and romantically and unexpectedly.

    Second, the characters are achingly real and so well developed. Margaret pricked at my heart while Marcus made it soar. Together they created the type of intertwined music I want in my historical romances. Never once did their pure love fall into the realm of saccharine. I love love stories rooted in friendship and I found lots of sigh over here.

    Third, Perry's voice spins a deceptively accessible web-- while the trained writer's eye will recognize just how carefully each word fits in perfectly planned order.

    A lovely historical escape that proves Perry (again) one of the reigning voices in this era's oeuvre. A story snow-swept and heart clenching, I will return to again

  • Andrea Boyd

    Ladies, get you fans ready. You're going to need one while you read this sweet novella! Marriage of convenience stories remain my favorite and this one doesn't disappoint.

  • Susan Snodgrass

    Quick read and quite interesting, with nice characters. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more by this author.

  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    I am such a fan of this author and this series. The characters were so endearing and I could envision everything playing out like a movie. This one was less historical than the rest I've read but I loved the simple love story and the tender emotions. The author mentions a couple more novellas to come and I can't wait!

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