Thursday, October 10, 2019

Stand Alone

Grace Neunaber has entered a new phase of life. With two grandchildren and her second child college-bound, she's rethinking what to do with her quiet days while the kids are at school. But she's not the only one with decisions to make.

Thanks to a football injury, Jackson Williams' college plans have been turned upside down. His confidence and ego have been shattered along with his dream of a football scholarship. Yet he's challenged to grow both by his accident and by his best friend, Sam.

With so many uncertainties for the whole family, Grace will have to muster her self-confidence in the face of change. And Jackson will have to choose what kind of person he wants to become--a man who shirks responsibility and caves to circumstance or a man who stands up for what's right when life knocks him down. Even when it means standing alone.

My thoughts: This is the first book I have read by Ruth, which left me feeling a bit at a disadvantage, since it would of been good to read the previous books before diving in to this story! That said, after a little bit, I felt like I had a good feel for what had happened in the previous books that lead up to this one. Despite jumping in mid series, I was able to enjoy this book, since Grace and her family are presented with different challenges as they move to the next stage in life.
I enjoyed getting to know the kids, especially Jackson and the decisions that are before him as he finishes high school and deals with a sports related injury. I also feel like Grace's choice to go back to school will resonate with a lot of readers.
This is a delightful book about family and the different seasons that we go through with raising one. I look forward to reading more of Ruth's books!
I received this book from Just Read tours. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.

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