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If You Believe [Mass Market Paperback]

Kristin Hannah
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Dec 4 1993
Mad Dog Stone was a carefree drifter who wandered onto lonely, frightened Mariah Throckmorton's apple farm, in search of a few days' work. But he also managed to disturb her peace of mind and stir the hot, passionate emotions she tried so hard to hide. Theirs was a love born against all odds, impossible to count on, impossible to hold....

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Old Rass Throckmorton hires Matt "Mad Dog" Stone to help with the harvest of 1894, hoping that he is an honest, steady man who will remain on the Washington State farm and take care of Rass's 34-year-old daughter, Mariah, after Rass is gone. But Mad Dog is a fighter, a womanizer and a would-be writer who constantly drifts--not someone who can help fiesty Mariah overcome loneliness and the trauma of an abusive relationship that still haunts her--until they fall in love. Mariah, Mad Dog, Rass and an adolescent runaway, Jake, stitch together a patchwork family from the scraps of their damaged lives as they make peace with their pasts and prepare for a cold winter. But when Rass dies, the remaining three must make difficult decisions that test the strength of their values as well as that of their relationships. Hannah ( The Enchantment ) writes with candor, tenderness and vivid detail. Her characters are endearing and admirable--notably Mariah, who despite her dark past, retains her sharp wit and strong convictions.
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“Beautiful and uplifting . . . Will bring both tears and laughter.”
Romantic Times

“Hannah is superb at delving into her main characters’ psyches and delineating nuances of feeling.”
—The Washington Post Book World

“She writes of love with compassion and conviction.”

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4.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared... July 18 2001
By A Customer
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This book is hard to read. Ever seen the movie 'The Blue Lagoon'? Especially late at night? It left me with a hollow feeling, a sadness that echoed into the depths of my very soul. This book is about 2 people in their mid-thirties who fall in love against their wills. Its painful to read because of the depth of emotion, the heroine's relationship with her father and Mad Dog, as well as his relationship with his son, whom he doesn't know is related. Make any sense? ...Anyway, if I could go back in time I wouldn't have read this book. It left me with a bittersweet taste in my mouth - a compelling tale, but I think I'll stick to lighter reads from now on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you Believe Dec 3 2011
By Karen
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved it, really made me re-think my relationship with my dad. One of her best books in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Firefly Lane May 25 2011
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This was one of the best books I have evere read!!If you have girlfriends and you have been through good times and bad it will put your memories in perspective. It will make you laugh and cry. But most importantly it makes you think you should live each day to the fullest. Live Like You Are Dying!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a healing tale July 16 2001
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This is a book about finding, forgiving, loving and letting go. The characters aren't perfect, but all have good qualities. There isn't the usual falling into each others arms and living happily ever after. They work at theirs lives and fight for a chance to love. Ms.Hannah gives a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You will believe!!! April 29 2001
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I encountered Kristin Hannah a couple of months ago when I read the book, ANGEL FALLS: a nice book with a somewhat ... plot. I thought ANGLE FALLS was well-written with some beautiful prose, so I gave Kristin another shot with ON MYSTIC LAKE; it blew me away. ON MYSTIC LAKE is her best by far, but IF YOU BELIEVE comes mighty close. For those of you who are not familiar with Kristin Hannah, IF YOU BELIEVE is one of her earlier novels, and I can tell why she has been a productive writer and storyteller for the last ten years. IF YOU BELIEVE is a simple story about a woman, Mariah Throckmorton, who is hiding from a past that's filled with hurt, and her colorful, intelligent father. They live on a beautiful, secluded farm that happens to be graced with few visitors. Mad Dog Stone is a drifter who wanders by to find a meal and a place to sleep. Mad Dog becomes enthralled with Mariah, and wants to find out more about this simple, but beautiful woman. Lonely people are thrust together and the emotions fester until they become a full-blown hurricane. The plot works, the chemistry between the characters is wonderful, and couple that with the mystery of the landscape; you've got yourself an excellent book. Kristin Hannah will be a mainstay on my bookshelf for a long time. I only regret that I didn't discover this wonderful writer earlier. Blow the dust off your favorite book list, get your best pen out, and slowly write IF YOU BELIEVE at the top of the list; you won't be dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put this book down. Feb. 15 2001
By Bastet
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This was the first novel I had ever read by Kristin Hannah. I loved it from page one. Once I had finished this book, I ran to the book store and purchased everything she had published. This was 1993. Now it is 2001 and I look forward to each and every new book she puts forth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing love story Oct. 17 2000
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If You Believe is one great love story by Kristin Hannah. This is the fourth book of hers that I have read and I simply cannot read her books fast enough! This book is incredibly emotional and it pulls you right into the character's world with such intensity, that you will definitely need a box of Kleenex handy!
Hannah has the talent of making her characters come alive with such depth and emotion. You feel their struggles, their losses and their loves. You feel their fear and you understand it all. Hannah writes with such emotion that you cannot but help becoming lost in the story line. She once again has you so connected to the characters, that you feel that you know them and this what endears readers to her. Hannah does not write your typical mush and gush romance novel - the love and romance is more real, down-earth and believable. Her heroines all seem to face reality-based challenges, which anyone can relate to, as well as to overcoming those challenges.
Hannah's writing is laced not only with depth filled emotions, but also with a unique sensitivity that touches the reader at a level most other authors never come close to. She manages to weave her magic from the very beginning and the reader is gently released from that magic web at the very end, with a very deep sigh! But her story will linger with you for days. As with all of her books - you want a sequel!
What more can I say? Kristin Hannah has fast become one of my favorite authors and her stories will leave you thinking, pondering and wondering as well as feeling good! This book is definitely a keeper and wish I could rate it with more than 5 stars! Angel Falls, On Mystic Lake and Home Again are others by Hannah, which I have read and fell in love with!
This is a story of love and hope eternal which I could not put down until I finished it. On to the next Hannah book!
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