Published by Entangled: Select Otherworld on November 16th 2015
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He made a promise he intends to keep...
Three years ago, AmberBenedict 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?"
A very short read, really, about an admirable woman who finds herself alone in not giving up on her man when everyone is gloomily depressed about his odds being alive – and has readily given up on him.
I’ve always thought that the length worked against this story; while I loved reading about the very real hardships military families face, I couldn’t understand why why Kale’s parents and the town were so willing to give up on him when his girlfriend wasn’t. A little more context perhaps, or a bit more of a backstory would have functioned nicely here.