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cover75434-mediumIf You Believe in Me

by Natalie J. Damschroder

Three years ago, Amber Benedict fell in love with Kale Riker and pledged to wait for him to return from the military. Even though she rarely hears from him, she’s steadfast in her belief: he’s coming home to her, and soon. Then the government tells Kale’s family that he’s missing in action, and they have given him up for dead.

Kale Riker has been away from civilization and Amber for three long years. He’s been promised he can retire his commission when he completes his current mission, but now he’s seriously wounded and facing a long recovery. Worse still, security risks force a communications blackout, leaving him no way to let Amber know he’s alive.

Can Amber hold out against an entire town pushing her to give up on love while Kale fights to get back home to her before Christmas?

If You Believe in Me is a very short read, but packed full of holiday hope.  It’s all about Amber refusing to give up on Kale coming home, even when everyone says she should.

I love how Amber doesn’t let people push her into feeling something she doesn’t.  They are doing it with good intentions but that just makes it that much harder to stand up to them.

But because it is so short I feel just a little cheated at the ending and want another chapter or two to expand on Kale’s homecoming.  It’s a small thing and I definitely feel good about the story I got – it’s just that we spent all those pages getting to that point it would be nice to bask in it just a bit more 🙂

Overall, If You Believe in Me is definitely a great read to get you in the Christmas spirit.


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