Title: If You Keep Me
Author: Ciara Knight
Release Date: 10th 2020
Length: 171 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Defy the Dark Publishing, LLC
The world may be celebrating the end of WWII in 1945, but that doesn’t mean everything is merry and bright. Many are healing from their physical wounds as well as the unseen emotional devastation.
Rosie Bessler works all-hours to fill holiday orders while navigating life with her ex-soldier husband — turned stranger. With life’s realities and their ongoing debate over having children, keeping their woodworking business afloat, and finding financial security their marriage is anything but bliss.
Wounded warrior, Victor Bessler longs for a new beginning so he can forget his past. He returns to Rosie and the once peaceful Sugar Maple only to find that the effects of war have reached far beyond Europe. . His search for peace and love seems unattainable until an orphaned boy and his wife show him the true meaning of Christmas.
**** My Review ****
Each book has its own effect, because it is a kind of composition of pictures through words. This one definitely has such a unique and wonderful effect that while reading it, it seems to you that you are watching a movie that touches you deeply and stays in your mind long after you read the last words.
I’m not a fan of books that are related to war in any way, it’s too painful for me to read what one person is willing to do to another, in the name of some ultimate stupidity. But I read this book … faster than I thought. I cried, I was shocked, angry but also touched by the depth and beauty of this story. Victor and Rosie, two victims who suffered in the war, maybe not on the front lines, maybe not from a bullet, but from the cruelty that separates them, from the monstrous memories that have the power to break even the bravest heart. Victor and Rosie, marked by the cruelty of war, but strong enough to face their demons and unite to help a group of orphans.
This is the first book I read by this author and I must admit that I am really impressed by her writing style – complex and rich, with lots of metaphors and interesting language structures. And so much emotions… Post war struggles, miscarriages, hope and love…everything so perfectly intertwined in this story that will pull on your heart strings from the beginning to the end. On the other hand, it simply perfectly conveys and cherishes the spirit of Christmas – kindness, generosity and the need to be united and loved. How sometimes we should forget our problems and focus on others who are in need. The main characters of Victor and Rosie are described and portrayed quite masterfully, relatable and with skillful psychological subtleties.
Definitely, a lovely Christmas-themed novel with interesting characters and even more interesting storyline that will transport you into the post WWII world, filled with darkness and hope, love and loss. A story of two people overcoming darkness to find happiness. A story that every reader should read.
****About the Author****
Ciara is a USA Today and Amazon Bestselling and award-winning author of heartwarming, small-town contemporary and historical romances.
Her contemporary stories are hailed as “Hallmark movie-worthy.” The popular Sweetwater County series takes readers into a southern town filled with family trials, friendly competition, and community love.
Sugar Maple is a hit with town elders who ‘tar and southernize’ the unruly and sweet young high school friends reuniting after a decade away from home.
Ciara’s historical romances have topped the charts and Amazon reviewers say, “This is the best mail-order bride book I’ve read.” Fans of McKinnie Mail Order Brides series are taken on an adventure as the Civil War ends and seven sisters are left with no home, no family, no prospects. Their only hope is to become mail-order brides. Love on the Prairie is a USA Today bestseller and the place any reader should begin their journey of this epic series.
For more information on her books, to read excerpts, and learn more about the person behind the stories visit Ciara’s website at http://www.ciaraknight.com. You can also connect with Ciara on Twitter @ciaratknight, or “Like” her on Facebook (ciaraknightwrites).
All of Ciara’s books in reading order:
If You Keep Me (Prequel novella set in 1945)
If You Love Me
If You Adore Me
If You Cherish Me
If You Hold Me
If You Kiss Me
Winter in Sweetwater County
Spring in Sweetwater County
Summer in Sweetwater County
Fall In Sweetwater County
Christmas in Sweetwater County
Valentine’s Day in Sweetwater County
4th of July in Sweetwater County
Thanksgiving in Sweetwater County
Riverbend (A Novella)
In All My Wishes,
In All my Years
In All my Dreams
In All my Life
A Christmas Spark (A stand-alone related to Riverbend)
A Miracle Mountain Christmas
A Prospector’s Novel
McKinnie Mail Order Brides:
Love on the Prairie (USA Today Bestseller)
Love in the Rockies
Love on the Plains
Love on the Ranch
Love on the Sound
Love on the Border