From the day they were born, 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 of Oakley and runs into Zac again. He is now a famous TV star and super-cute, but can she forgive him for hurting her all those years ago? While stranded alone with him in the middle of a natural disaster, she is forced to decide whether she will open her heart and trust him again.
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Trust Me Twice is a lovely coming of age story which blossoms into a reconnection of two people who were best friends from the moment they breathed their first breaths.
Alana and Zac did everything together growing up. They each felt as welcome in the other’s home as they did in their own.
One of the most charming scenes builds around Zac’s request of Alana to help him organize and decorate his room. He has seen hers, and it’s design convinces Zac that this is what he needs to do. Alana arrives as scheduled on a Saturday morning at Zac’s, and he is still asleep. Alana sits comfortably in the kitchen with Zac’s mom waiting patiently for him to appear. The sense of camaraderie between Alana and Zac’s mother lends an air of safety and security and a mutual respect.
Alana and Zac grow up, and Alana follows her dream of interior design and moves away. But not before Zac has hurt her deeply. Ten years pass, and Alana returns to her home town and is soon confronted with Zac, the handsome TV star.
When a natural disaster hits and the storm strands them alone in Alana’s parents’ home, the two begin to consider their past and if they have a future together.
This is my first read of an Alison Stanley book, and I quickly came to appreciate her character development — real, down-to-earth people, her use of dialogue in interesting circumstances — a scene where Alana and Zac pass notes under a down, and her ability to draw you almost from the beginning.
A quick read, Trust Me Twice is suitable for tween girls to read and for anyone who wants to engage in a story showing that God has a time for each of us, but in His own time and His own way.
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For those of you who are not familiar with Alison Stanley, a little introduction from Alison’s website:
I am a working mum, living in the West of Sydney, Australia, with my husband and two young daughters. In my spare time I write and self-publish inspirational romance books for adults and teens. I released my first novel, ‘Second Chances’, in Jan 2012, and my second, ‘Trust Me Twice’, in Feb 2013. I am now working on my third book, to be released later this year.
My passion for writing has grown out of a love for reading. I enjoy a wide range of authors, both Christian and secular. I also enjoy playing music, exploring new holiday destinations, planning home renovation projects (and sometimes attempting them), and viewing the world through the eyes of my children.