What was going on? Was she allowing herself to think too much of this little town? Or just the people in it She blushed as she remembered how her heart had sped up as Joe had sat next to her Carly Richards is on the run For the last two years, she's skipped from town to town, ducking her dangerous and wellinformed exfiance every few weeks, never settling anywhere for long With the death of her parents, Carly's vulnerability made her trust a man with an attractive facade, now that same man tracked her across the country, always nipping at her heels, preventing her from reaching out to anyone other than her God Now she's in Montana, and surely that is far enough away from Texas and her abusive past that she can rest But her emotional scars are reluctant to heal, and Carly resists the friendliness of those in the small town she lights upon, especially handsome farmer Joe Baird Without a car and money, though, she has little choice but to dig in and begin building back up her savings so she can run once Caught in the circumstances, the kind people around her begin to creep into her softening heart God is at work, and she has to trust him to not only take care of her, but care for the people she is learning to love Carly must learn The Price of Trust


10 thoughts on “The Price of Trust

  1. Teric Darken Teric Darken says:

    An intricate tapestry of fear, faith, mystery, and down-home goodness, author Amanda Stephan has interwoven these elements and offers us The Price of Trust. The thread of fear crosses the strand of faith as Carly Richards attempts to outrun the long-arm of her abusive ex-fiance. And the mystery builds while the abuser’s cohorts trail Ms. Richards into a small Montana town filled with down-home goodness. Love is waiting in the wings there, but will Carly’s torn and tattered heart be trusting enough to receive it?

    I find author Amanda Stephan’s style of storytelling refreshing within these pages: her plot delivering the reader to the sweet simplicities of life amidst a hectic world, and her prose reminding us that the basics of life is what life is really all about- faith, hope, and love… and a tree is known by the fruit that it bears.

    Teric Darken
    3/6/11
    Author: K – I – L – L FM 100 / U-TURN KiLLuR
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  2. Steve Groll Steve Groll says:

    It isn’t often that I want to read a novel that is not a fantasy/science fiction, but from the first few sample pages that I read on Amazon, I was hooked on Amanda Stephan’s “The Price of Trust.” The main character, Carly, had been on the run from her rich, powerful, abusive former fiancé, Ian, for two years. No matter where she went, he always found her. The story begins with Carly’s car giving up and dying in a small out of the way American town. No money, no car, and tired of running, she stays. Relying on her faith in God, she is able to find a job and a place to stay with the owners of a mom-and-pop hardware store. Frightened and wary, she slowly learns to trust and love the people of her new community while always living with the sure knowledge that the monsters of her past will eventually show up and destroy her and possibly those she has come to love. I felt the material that focused on her new relationship with Joe, could have been shortened to pace the story better. However, the exciting encounters with Ian’s henchmen did ratchet up the suspense and kept you wondering when, Ian, or one of his bullyboys would pop up and drag her away from her new life and force her back to her miserable existence of pain and suffering, or worse, kill her and anyone who dared to love her. I recommend this book as both a Christian romance and a suspense story. I especially recommend it to young men and women as an example of how a Godly relationship can bring real joy to a marriage. Steve Groll author ~ “Beyond the Dead Forest”


  3. Toni Nelson Toni Nelson says:

    How Sweet It Is!

    Author, Amanda Stephen writes her first novel, The Price Of Trust as if her work has already reached the top of the New York bestsellers list!
    Carly Richards the main character is on the run. Now that sentence alone is a powerful one considering this book is characterized as a Christian Romance. Why is Carly on the run? Did she break the law? Is she running from something or someone?
    Carly’s old clunker of a car finally comes to rest in a quaint town in Montana. This is where Carly finds a piece of heaven in the town’s people, her church and a handsome farmer by the name of Joe Baird. Love does start to blossom with Joe but will it last? Will Carly’s past destroy all hope for a brighter future in someone she has grown to love and trust? You will have to read the book yourself to find out Carly’s fate… As for this first time author, I am anticipating the release of her next novel.


  4. Anastasia Watson Anastasia Watson says:

    I just finished this book and absolutely loved it. It pulled me in from the first page and I could not put it down! The characters were genuine, very realistic, and very likable. The blend of mystery, suspense, and romance was perfect. It kept my interest throughout the entire book, and I was always rallying behind the main character. I would guess the author to be experienced in writing and creating characters, because the book flowed so well, and was so interesting. There were no unanswered questions at the end, which always makes me happy. I would love to read more from this amazing Christian author!


  5. Aileen Stewart Aileen Stewart says:

    Amanda Stephan has managed to take equal parts faith, intrigue, humor, and love and turn them into a delicious recipe called The Price of Trust. This enchanting story of a frightened and lonely young woman fleeing an abusive ex fiancee kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. The journey the main character Carly undertakes with the Lord turns her from a terrified victim into a confident, stand-your-ground, loved, and cherished woman. If you are looking for a christian romance with lots of spice and zest thrown in for good measure, then look no further than this book.


  6. Kathie Truitt Kathie Truitt says:

    I really liked this book. First of all, it's romance without being sappy. The main character is on the run so you have a bit of suspense thrown in and just the fact that it's set out west made for a really entertaining story. I enjoyed this so much that I am hoping Ms. Stephan will spin off other books based on different characters in the book. In a nutshell, I think Amanda Stephan is one of the best Christian Romance novelists.


  7. Darlene Darlene says:

    I loved this book! The Price of Trust is exactly my type of book! Ms. Stephan did an awesome job. In my humble opinion, she combined just the right combination of intrique, romance and drama. Her unwillingness to compromise the gospel was refreshing! I am really looking forward to her next book!


  8. Theresa Franklin Theresa Franklin says:

    The Price of Trust
    By Amanda Stephen
    • ISBN-10: 1616630477
    • ISBN-13: 978-1616630478


    I saw the interesting cover of this book in an email and then read the back cover material. Here is just part of it: Carly Richards is on the run. For the last two years, she's skipped from town to town, ducking her dangerous and well-informed ex-fiancé every few weeks, never settling anywhere for long. With the death of her parents, Carly's vulnerability made her trust a man with an attractive facade, now that same man tracked her across the country, always nipping at her heels, preventing her from reaching out to anyone other than her God. Now she's in Montana, and surely that is far enough away from Texas and her abusive past that she can rest. But her emotional scars are reluctant to heal,
    I immediately wrote Amanda and told her that I had to have the book. When you can wrap mystery and romance in one package, I’m there. The Price of Trust didn’t let me down. I was intrigued from the first page and the closer I got to the end, the more I was hooked. The last 50 pages cost me a night’s sleep. I simply couldn’t sleep without knowing what happened—so I stayed up most of the night.
    Make no mistake, this book is not the soft ‘boy sees girl across the room, stars twinkle, and bells ring and they live happily ever after’. This story shows us that bad things do happen to good, Godly people. We are not isolated from tragedy in our lives. The difference is not in what happens to us, but how we handle it.
    The story’s main character, Carly, is a good example of how Christian’s ought to act when faced with crisis in their lives—with one exception. Carly has been making her own decisions about the solving the problem, instead of relying on God to take care of it. She learns to trust God, her instinct and trustworthy friends.
    Amanda did a great job with this book. Through good, clean literature and a great story, she teaches the plan of salvation, trusting in God, and surrounding yourself with Christians who will stand beside you in a crisis. I highly recommend this book.
    I am giving it five stars only because that is all I can give. Thanks Amanda. Keep them coming.


  9. Yvonne Pat Yvonne Pat says:

    With amazing creative dexterity, Amanda Stephan draws her readers into a story of intrigue, faith and a love which overcomes evil against tremendous odds, in her first novel, “The Price of Trust”. The book is aptly titled and this is revealed as the story unfolds. The delightful trusting heroine, Carly is duped by an abusive, possessive ex-boss, who lures her into his web by dangling money and the promise of a life of luxury when he asks her to marry him. Left all alone after the death of her father who has cared for her after her mother succumbed to illness some little while before, it is understandable how Carly could fall for Ian’s treacherous charms.
    When she realises that she could be in danger she flees for her life from this man and for months, this lonely frightened young girl is forced to keep changing her address and her identity to evade Ian and the watchdogs he sends out to find her. Tired of running, she is content to settle in the sleepy backwater town where her ancient motor car finally dies on her.
    Her character as a praying Christian with a strong faith in God to take care of her shines through in the several situations where uncertainty and the menace of being stalked is ever present. I particularly liked the way in which Stephan interjects prayer throughout her story, reinforcing for the reader how important it is to have a faith which manifests itself in constant dialogue with the Heavenly Father for guidance, protection and direction.
    Carly’s faith is rewarded when she is welcomed into the hearts of the townspeople. An elderly couple offer her a job with accommodation, the members of the church she attends with religious faithfulness are warm and loving and soon she is introduced to a leading family with whom her fortunes become inextricably bound.
    This is a delightfully written story. The cut and thrust of the chase, the fear which at times is palpable, the suspense building to a crescendo, plus a believable love affair that provides the foundation on which Carly develops confidence to stand up to her tormentor, are the right blend for a great novel.


  10. Laura Laura says:

    Carly Richards (aka Carly Adams or “Red”) has been on the run for two years from her abusive ex-fiance, a man that her father didn’t actually approve of. It seems that no matter where she goes, he tracks her down. This time, however, she finds herself stranded in a small town in Montana without a vehicle. Her parents are deceased, so she is on her own except for God, whom she trusts to care for her.

    Carly lands a job at a local hardware store run by Sam and Sue. Since they can’t pay much for wages, they offer her a tiny apartment above the store. Sue, the match-making romantic, tries to hook her up with Joe Baird. Because of her past with Ian, her ex-fiance, Carly finds it difficult to trust men. God has other plans for her that she’s not so sure of. Can she trust God in this area of her life?

    Amanda does a great job of instilling suspense, danger, jealousies, humor, and romance in her debut novel. Not only is Carly wondering if or when Ian will trap her, Amanda had me wondering, too, as Ian didn’t take no for an answer when it came to the end of their relationship! Kept me reading continuously to figure out the source of Ian’s information of where she was, what she was doing, with whom she was associating with, and what he planned to do about it and when.

    I liked the fact that Amanda isn’t afraid to have the heroine praying throughout her situations. She has Carly surrounded by a lot of praying Christians that help her through the circumstances she finds herself in.

    I would have liked to have seen a few more insidious incidences to up the ante of suspense a little more. Other than that, great job!

    This book was provided by Amanda in exchange for my honest review.