If You Believe

If You Believe

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by Kristin Hannah
     
 

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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....  See more details below

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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....

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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.”
—LUANNE RICE

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449148372
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1993
Pages:
371
Sales rank:
68,774
Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.01(d)

Meet the Author

Kristin Hannah is the bestselling author of many novels, including On Mystic Lake, Angel Falls, Summer Island, Distant Shores, Between Sisters, and The Things We Do for Love. She lives with her husband and son in the Pacific Northwest.

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If You Believe 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
mytwocents310 More than 1 year ago
I back tracked for this book and most of Kristin Hannah's older books after first discovering her contemporary novels. (Firefly Lane, and most recently Winter Garden). "If you Believe" was a very offbeat story, rather simple in nature, but rewarding in the end. If you can get past the maddening name of one of the main characters and the slow, confusing beginning, it grows on you and demands your committment to finding out how it will end. Kristin Hannah has a way of putting you in the surroundings and it was kind of relaxing to exist in the quiet, lay back life on a 19th century farm. It's a story of survival of the soul and second chances. It was also interesting to note the subtle changes in her writting style over the years. I would definitely recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, like most of Kristin Hannah's books, is a very good read. I enjoyed it so much that it was hard to put it down.
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THIS IS MY FIRST KRISTIN HANNAH BOOK. TERRIFIC STORY WITH THOROUGH CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. WOULD MAKE AN OUTSTANDING MOVIE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kristin Hannah's characters have sparked an interest in me before, but Mariah Throckmorton was incredibly real to me. The authors ability to relate this characters needs, both emotionally and physically was incredible.