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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.”
“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.”
I loved it, really made me re-think my relationship with my dad. One of her best books in my opinion.Published on Dec 3 2011 by Karen
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. Read morePublished on May 25 2011 by Charlene
This is a book about finding, forgiving, loving and letting go. The characters aren't perfect, but all have good qualities. Read morePublished on July 16 2001 by K. A. Martin
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2001 by Bastet
I believe Hannah is one of the best romance writers around today. "If You Believe" is the 3rd book by Kristin Hannah I've read in the past 2 weeks and she climbed to the... Read morePublished on July 22 2000 by Kay Lewis
I truly enjoyed the story of Mariah and Mad Dog, as they find that love is not always where we seek to find it. Read morePublished on June 4 2000 by Debbie Wyant