I am a new christian romance author based in Sydney, Australia. After reading many christian romance books over the last 10 years I wrote my first novel, Second Chances, in 2011. Writing was never something I planned on doing, but once I started, I realised it was something I love to do! I live with my husband, two pre-school aged daughters.
Trust Me Twiceby Alison Stanley
Alana and Zac were best friends, until an incident on a school camp causes Alana to push Zac away. Ten years later, Alana returns to her home town and runs into Zac again. He is now a famous TV star and super-cute, but can she forgive him for hurting her? While stranded with him in the middle of a natural disaster, she must decide whether to trust Zac, and God,
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Alana and Zac were best friends, until an incident on a school camp causes Alana to push Zac away. Ten years later, Alana returns to her home town and runs into Zac again. He is now a famous TV star and super-cute, but can she forgive him for hurting her? While stranded with him in the middle of a natural disaster, she must decide whether to trust Zac, and God, again.
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This book was heartfelt and unique. I loved the ending! It is an amazing testimony about how the Lord fills in all th pieces to the puzzle, and I hope for a sequel! :)
Interestingly enough, I was recently contacted by Alison Stanley as she found out I was going to be reviewing one of her other books, Second Chances in a few weeks. She asked if I could read one of her other books, Trust Me Twice, and publish my review for that one first. What's interesting about this request is: 1. This is the first time I have actually been contacted by an author to review a different book I already had scheduled. I am curious as to how she found out, but am really excited that she did because this means someone is reading my musings, so that is a good thing! 2. I had actually finished reading the first book and was just about to publish the review when Ms. Stanley contacted me. I am a voracious reader, so I am actually weeks ahead in my reading. Since I have not had a chance to write any of my reviews yet, I figured what's one more book! So I readily accepted the invitation to read and I am so glad I did. Trust Me Twice is the story of two friends, Alana and Zac, born on the same day and actually grew up across the street from one another. Unfortunately, just as things were starting to develop, Zac and his family moved away. The good news though is that seven years later, he comes back with his family, a little bit older and a little bit different. Hoping to restart that friendship again, she ends up helping Zac redecorate his room. While it takes weeks to complete this project, Alana realizes that both her and Zac have grown up a bit and perhaps apart. He doesn't believe in God anymore and thinks she's a kid. He tries to explain himself, but like typical teenage boys can do, he stucks his foot in his mouth and didn't think before he spoke. God and church are really important to Alana, and she takes this all wrong and that's when things get progressively worse. Oh those teenage years! They were awful for me and I can so totally relate to the storyline so far. Clearly Alison remembers what it was like to be a teenager because the characters she crafted were entirely believable, right down to Alana's jealousy of the popular girls and the dialogue between Zac and the other teens on the school trip making fun of Alana. Such a huge betrayal of trust But that is where the relating stops. I never had a boyfriend while I was in school, so I didn't have to pine for one years and years later. But I know what it's like to be betrayed. Ironically, I have been attending a Bible Study Fellowship program and one of the things that we talked about is the fact that even though things don't always make sense in our lives and prayers are not always answered the way we want them to be, God really does have a plan for each and every one of us. What we need to remember is that He is the one that is driver's seat and we need to follow the path he is setting out for us. Trust Me Twice is a beautiful story that demonstrates how God doesn't always answer those prayers in the manner we want, but in the end, He does finally get us to the point we were asking for in the first place. While the journey He takes us on is not the most direct route, we eventually ends up in the exact spot we asked to be in. I don't want to reveal too much more about the story, but I would like to say that it does have some interesting curves in the road. Trust Me Twice by Alison Stanley is so aptly named and reminds all of us that we need to not only need to trust in ourselves, but we need to trust in God as well.
I love, love, love Christian Fiction. When Alison asked me if I would review Trust Me Twice I had to say yes, especially after seeing that it was a Christian Romance. I love reading about characters that have been struggling with their relationship with God, find peace in Him. Alison Stanley did a fabulous job of creating down to earth characters in a wonderful romance. Alana and Zac have been friends since birth, they even share a birthday. As small children they spent many hours playing with one another until the day that his family moves. When they become teenagers and Zac moves back, Alana begins to feel a strong attraction to Zac. They bond again as friends but then the high school pressures drive him away from his friendship with her, which leaves her broken hearted. Now that they are all grown up, Alana heads home for the holidays and who does she run into? Zac. After all those years apart, she finds that those feelings that were so well hidden are coming back like a flood, but she needs to figure out how to push back behind the wall she had built around them before her heart suffers once again.
Best friends Alana and Zac grew up together and were best friends until Zac moved away at age 7. He moved back into town as a teenager and Alana and Zac renewed their friendship. Alana felt more than friendship, but Zac wasn't on the same page, as Alana discovered when she overheard Zac talking while on an overnight school trip. Alana and Zac drifted apart and pursued their separate dreams until they became reacquainted while on visits back home to see their families. Can their friendship become more and develop into something Alana always dreamed of, or will past hurts and disappointments and current career challenges ruin any chance at romance? This is a very sweet book that I greatly enjoyed. Alana and Zac's relationship is characterized by wrong timing - she is ready for love, but he is not - then he is ready for love, but she is not - then back again. This question of right person at the wrong time lends credibility to the romance tale between Alana and Zac. Most romance stories are fairly predictable in that the main characters will eventually end up together, but this one offers some surprises along the journey. There are a lot of things to enjoy about this book. The characters are believable and realistic and the plot is very nice. I like the way the family stories intertwine with each other, along with the supporting characters. I am secretly hoping for a book two focusing on Karen's future story. I always enjoy books I learn something from, and although this book is fiction, I loved learning about life in Australia. It is interesting to note the different spellings of words and turns of speech. I also thought the drought/flood information was interesting. If you are a fan of sweet, clean, romance books, you will enjoy this book. If you are like me and always on the lookout for a new and upcoming author, give Alison Stanley a try and see if you like her writing as much as I did! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.