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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Stand Alone is the fourth book in The Sola Series by Ruth Meyer. The story of Grace Neunaber and her children continues as they try to figure their lives out and make some heavy decisions that can make or break their lives. Grace was looking forward to her days as a grandmother, but fate seemed to be testing her every step of the way. Her son Jackson Williams was doing great and was anticipating getting to college when he received a painful injury playing football. An injury that might have just wiped out his dreams of getting into college with a football scholarship - he is left wondering what is he supposed to do now. His plans have to change so he has a decision to make. Is he going to be bitter about what has happened or is he going to take it as a challenge and meet it head-on?
This is the kind of novel that gives you a lot to think about and has you questioning how you have been spending your life. Don’t get me wrong, I was riveted and irrevocably invested in Grace's and Jackson’s stories and struggles, but they gave me much to think about. I could see myself in Jackson, how conflicted he was, how hard he was struggling to find his rhythm after the change in his life and then adjusting to it at his own pace. Grace was the best mother he could ask for; she was patient, understanding and always there to guide him through. As Christian fiction, the theme of faith is very strong, but it is as much about keeping faith with God as having faith in yourself and your abilities. This made the novel especially beautiful for me to read; it spoke to me and calmed me. Reading it was a wonderful experience.