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Peek Inside If You Believe in Me

Kale Riker has been away from civilization and Amber Benedict for three long years. Now he’s seriously wounded and facing a long recovery. And 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

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He made a promise he intends to keep...

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?


"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." --XPresso Reads

"This was a short, sweet read that left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside." --Tink Magoo is Bad at Reviews, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622668694
Release Date: Nov 16, 2015
Page Count: 79
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary, holiday romances, military/men in uniform
Tropes: girl next door, overcoming odds, reunited lovers

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By Carrie October 15, 2015

Amber and Kale fell in love before Kale went off to serve in the military. The two had plans to marry when Kale came home from his service. When months go by without hearing from Kale though everyone including Kale's parents tell Amber she needs to finally let go and move on but Amber refuses to giv ...more

By Tink Magoo is bad at reviews February 15, 2017

This was a short, sweet read that left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

Like cocoa on a freezing day or a hug when you're feeling sad.

The perfect little pick me up inbetween longer reads ...more

By Donna November 18, 2015

Kindly provided with an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review......

Oh this was one sweet read. Its a real feel good story. Its set around Christmas time and is the Story of Amber and Kale.

Kale has been away for 3 years in the forces and EVERY-ONE except Amber believes he's dead.....oh y ...more

By Angie November 09, 2015

Although this was a short novella, it was perfectly paced and developed as if it was 100 pages longer. I liked how the author revealed their story by going back and forth with flashbacks. The story jumps right into the pain and hope Amber feels about her boyfriend Kale. Childhood friends who finally ...more

By Jen November 06, 2015

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Note: This ebook was provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

If You Believe in Me is a short Christmas story from Natalie J. Damschroder and is a really quick read that I think can be finished in less than half an hour. A ...more

By Christi December 23, 2012

My Review:
Seriously, read that story description. You know going into this that it's going to be an emotional book and it totally was, and I loved it. The chapters go back and forth between Amber, who's trying to keep the faith that Kale is coming back to her, and Kale, who is doing everything in a ...more


By Amy January 15, 2013

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 ...more

By Char (1RadReader59) December 17, 2015

This was a nice feel good Christmas story. Based around a couple who grew up in the same town and were in the same circles. When Kale Riker had finally gotten the nerve up to ask Amber Benedict out on a date it was not what either ever expected.
You see that night Kale ended up sitting with her as ...more

By Romantic Reads and Such November 02, 2015

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 th ...more

By Elle December 07, 2015

I am a sucker for the "lost love, I have faith romances" and this one was so sweet.

Amber Benedict fell in love with Kale Riker, but when Kale is declared missing in action and everyone else is laying him to rest and moving on she refuses to believe he's gone.

Kale was sent on ultra-super top secret m ...more

By Lillian November 15, 2015

How long do you wait before moving on? Amber has been waiting 3 years for Kale to come home, he has been MIA overseas she has never given up always knowing that he will be home soon. Kale has been seriously injured and he is on the way home he just doesn't realize that his family thinks he is dead. ...more

By Bette December 14, 2015

A fantastic short sweet read. Loved the determination Kale had to get back to Amber by Christmas Eve and Amber's unwavering belief that Kale would return to her. Even the fact that his parents and everyone else in their small town believed him dead, Amber would not accept it and kept her faith. Defi ...more

By Angel November 04, 2015

Amber loved Kale, but nobody had heard from him and he was declared MIA.
This was an excellent novella, telling all in this one story. and through it all Amber remained true to her belief in herself. I loved the characters, the overall story and the plot. I highly recommend.
**I received an ARC of th ...more

By Natalie December 15, 2015

Although this was a short story, there was so much crunched into this book but comfortably so. You have loss, love, stength, and determination.

I loved this story because no matter what Amber never gave up regardless of what everyone said. Although she knew she may never see Kale again she still hel ...more

By M.J. December 26, 2012

One of the best books I read this year! Loved the anticipation, the superstitions, the unwavering faith and love. Absolutely loved it. ...more

By Trixiter June 29, 2013

A good heartwarming story! ...more

By Karen December 24, 2012

Satisfying, quick read. Loved the military hero and his devotion to get back home to be with the heroine. ...more

By Chris January 26, 2013

4.5 stars A deeply emotional tale with a holiday theme. Full review coming soon to ...more

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Natalie J. Damschroder

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Natalie J. Damschroder

Natalie J. Damschroder is an award-winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance—Love with a Shot of Adrenaline. She sold her first book in 1999, and 2016 saw the publication of her 23rd novel. She grew up in Massachusetts and loves the New England Patriots more than anything. (Except her family. And writing and reading. And popcorn.) When she's not writing, revising, proofreading, or promoting her work, she works as a freelance editor and proofreader. She and her husband have two daughters, one of whom is also a novelist. (The other one prefers math. Smart kid. Practical.) You can learn more about her and her books at

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