Monday, December 31, 2012

Blog Tour: If You Believe In Me by Natalie J. Damschroder Review and Giveaway

Hi Guys!! Today I am taking part in the If You Believe in Me Blog Tour organized by Entangled Publishing. I have my review and an ebook giveaway on my stop!!

  •  Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Flirt)
  • Publication date: 12/19/2012
  • eBook provided by the publisher for review
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Three years ago, Amber Benedict fell in love with Kale Riker and pledged to wait for him to return from military service. 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 the Rikers have given him up for dead. Now the entire town is set on convincing Amber to let go of a dead man and move on.

Amber is certain Kale is still alive and on his way home, but can she hold out against an entire town pushing her to give up on love?

My Thoughts

This is a great holiday novella. No one has heard from Kale in six months, and three months ago his parents were told he is missing. The whole town has given up hope of Kale returning, but Amber refuses to believe it. She is convinced that he will come home even when everyone tells her to give up or gives her sympathetic looks. Even his parents are trying to move on. I thought this was a sweet and touching story about love and hope.

Amber is a sweet girl. We learn about her and Kale's past and how some of their holiday traditions have started. Such as the week before Christmas dinner at his parents house. Amber owns her own little shop in town and is close with Kale's parents. Her best friend is her cousin Rina. While everyone else has given up hope of Kale returning, Amber refuses to believe he can really be gone. You can tell how much she loves him. You can feel her aching need for him to be there with her and you can also feel her anger at everyone for giving up hope, especially his own parents. It takes her a while to understand that it hurts more to hold on, then to let go, but she's not ready to let go yet.

We go through the week and also get to go back to memories from the past few years. A polar plunge, her and Kale playing Santa and an Elf, and dinner with his parents. We get a feel for the sweet relationship they had and it makes you want so badly for a Christmas miracle of them being together. When everyone has lost hope, it's hard to hang on, but love is a force stronger than anything. This short story packed a lot of emotion, but was sweet and touching! Though I read it during the holidays, I think it's a fantastic quick read for any time of year.

Natalie J. Damschroder has published eight romance novels (with four more on their way!), seven novellas, and fourteen short stories. She lives in Mechanicsburg, PA with her husband and two lovely daughters.
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  1. OK. I'll be honest, that cover doesn't do much for me. Whenever I see covers like the one above, I'm instantly repelled from reading the book because I expect it to be shallow and really stupid. I'm really glad that you enjoyed this novella, Amy. I love books with a holiday feel to it and this one seems like an interesting one. It sounds like a really cute read and just from reading your review, I'm hoping that Kale and Amber are brought back together! Great review, Amy and thank you for the giveaway! :)

    1. This book is really anything but shallow and stupid. It is filled with love and hope and determination. I was a very great book.

  2. Amber sounds like a good mc, and glad you enjoyed. (not entering contest)
    Happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  3. I agree with Nick, I really dislike this cover. It definitely turns me off. But the novella itself sounds really great! It sounds sweet, and the flashbacks and romance I'm sure would melt my heart. This book seems like a perfect thing to pick up during the holiday season.

    Fantastic review Amy! <3

  4. Haha I love holiday theme books as a concept but I'm not sure how much I would like them. I guess it might be ok and kind of cute as a novella. Also, I'm with Nick on this one, the cover is very cliché--I feel like it's similar to every other cover with a shirtless guy. >.<

    1. Yeah, the cover is a bit cliche, but it was a great novella.

  5. Sounds like a great holiday find. I love holiday books too.


    1. This was a really touching one. It is a super quick read too.

  6. I tried to comment early this morning, but my iPod wouldn't let me. I just wanted to say thank you for hosting the first stop on the If You Believe in Me blog tour. I'm so glad you liked the novella!

    Happy New Year to everyone!

    1. It was my pleasure. I actually wasn't originally on the tour, but since I had my review all ready I joined at the last minute. I loved the characters and how even for a short story, we get to know so much of their history.

  7. This one definitely sounds like something I would like.

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