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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: White Rose Publishing (November 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611161983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611161984
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,808,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teresa E. Snyder on December 19, 2012
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What's not to love about this book? It's true love (high school sweethearts) given a second chance after 17 years. Plus a duck named Rufus! Love and forgiveness - with trust issues thrown it - best describes this book. Don't be fooled into thinking its going to be predictable. Sure, there were a few things I saw coming, but there were just as many that went a completely different direction. I also felt the connection between Quentin and Amy. Quick - because you want to keep reading to see how it all ends - easy, feel good book! I hope the author writes more books just like this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Iola on July 5, 2013
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Amy Walsh has returned to her home town of Goose Bay, Washington, for the first time in seventeen years, covering maternity leave for the English and journalism teacher. One of her brightest students is Shayna Macmillan, who she finds is the daughter of Quentin Macmillian, the high school sweetheart who abandoned her with no explanation and married his beautiful best friend instead. Shayna has been paired with Bradley Baxter for a journalism assignment, and her father is angry when he finds out--angry enough to visit the teacher and demand she change the assignments. He's shocked when he realises the teacher is Amy Welsh, his one-time love.

The Amazon blurb says: "When Amy Welsh returns to Goose Bay as a substitute teacher, she has no intention of seeing Quentin Macmillan, the man who once left her waiting in the rain clutching her suitcase and dreaming of becoming his wife. Seventeen years later, his teenage daughter shows up in Amy's class with plans to reunite her widowed father with the woman he has always loved."

Don't you love it when the blurb gives away half the plot? I actually hadn't read the blurb before reading the book, so I thought best part about the novel was trying to work out the motivation for Shayna's actions, because they didn't seem in character. When the big reveal came at the end, it was a surprise to me, and it explained Shayna's actions nicely. But it won't be a surprise to anyone who's read the blurb.

Amy is thirty-four going on eighteen, and I'm wasn't convinced she had the emotional distance to see Quentin as the man he is today rather than the boy he was seventeen years ago.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Bayne on February 7, 2013
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Amy and Quentin have been apart for 17 long years, and when she returns to her hometown she really wants to know what went wrong so long ago. This is a classic reunion story with all the emotional elements to keep you turning pages. Not to mention a very cute pet duck. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Marvin on December 22, 2012
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A sweet contemporary, No Substitute delivers a lovely story about first loves and forgiveness. Set on the lovely Whidbey Island, in the fictional town of Goose Bay, young teacher Amy returns to town hoping that if she runs into her first love--the one who broke her heart--she will be able to see once and for all he was just a silly teenage dream.
Susan Diane Johnson does a nice job of entertaining the reader with a light-hearted story while letting some heart-touching truths give unexpected depth. You can anticipate a happily ever after, but you'll still be surprised by the way this story ends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Narelle Atkins on December 6, 2012
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I really enjoyed reading 'No Substitute', a fun and light hearted reunion romance between childhood sweethearts Amy and Quentin. Amy returns to Goose Bay, hoping to get past her teenage infatuation with Quentin once and for all. She never knew the real reason why their teen romance ended and Quentin married someone else so soon after she left town. Quentin's teenage daughter is in Amy's class, and she sets in motion a plan to push her father and Amy together.

Amy and Quentin are fascinating characters who deal with situations that challenge their faith. Amy grows in her faith as she rediscovers Goose Bay and her love for Quentin. He is a lovable hero who is doing his best to raise his teen daughter on his own. We see Quentin's faith in action and his willingness to forgive in difficult and challenging situations. A very cute duck named Rufus also features in the story, set in Washington State. I highly recommend this book to those looking for an entertaining and inspiring Christian romance with a forgiveness theme.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By klynnbenn on May 25, 2013
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I gave this book 4 stars for one reason--too much time spent on Amy's thoughts and personal introspection, and not enough dialogue and interaction between Amy and Quentin. It was a cute story with a cute duck thrown in for good measure. Also, not overly impressed with the fact that Quentin was willing to hurt the girl he loved so much to be so chivalrous toward his friend Karen. I won't say why so as not to spoil the story. The author made him sound so wonderful regarding this issue, but I feel it was sort of cowardly in a way. Don't think this is one that I would ever read again. Happy reading and God bless!
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No Substitute is the second book by Susan Diane Johnson that I have read. Loved them both. This book is well written with well developed characters including Rufus the duck. I really enjoyed reading this wonderful and lighthearted romance story that includes trust, forgiveness, betrayal, faith and love.
Amy Walsh and Quentin MacMillian were teenagers in love and planned to tun away and get married. She waited and waited for him to pick her up but he never came. Heart broken she left town the next day with her parents. After 17 years she returns to Goose Bay to be a substitute teacher and discovers Quentin's daughter is in her class. One reason to come back was to end her feelings for Quentin and move on with her life. However his daughter has plans to get her widowed father and Amy back together. They find that they do still care of each other.
Quentin whose wife passed away is trying to be the best father he can to his daughter Shayna. He wants to tell Amy why he left her waiting all those years ago and explain why he married so soon after they broke up.
There is a lot going on in this story that I haven't touched on as I do not want to reveal to much.
I recommend this book.

I received this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.

Review posted by Donna McGinnis
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