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Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite
Discover the path to true friendship and financial independence in Trust by Daines L. Reed. Ruth Gentry may live with her husband, but she has lived in a suspended state of separation since her grown daughter was young. Now a grandmother to a teen and wife in-name-only to an abusive drunk, Ruth constantly prays for her life to change and her marriage to end, but knows that it would take a miracle. With no money to leave and no other option in sight, Ruth feels that her prayers may be too much for even God to handle; until the night her husband tries to kill her. Now, Ruth must find a way for everything to work out, starting with a divorce. Always one to hold her pains and fears close, Ruth learns to share everything with her only friends with whom she works and attends book club and church. For the first time in her life, Ruth has confidants and companions to help support her as she makes a major life transition. Only, no one knows just how many miracles can occur when a group of friends gets together to read novels. Each woman must learn an important lesson; how to trust. But trust means so much more than any one of the overwhelmed women of the book club first thought. Now they have a mission. Will Ruth be able to rebuild her life after living stagnantly for so long? Will the book club be able to help her with becoming financially independent?
A woman fighting to rebuild her life learns how to become financially free in the dramatic debut novel Trust by Daines L. Reed. Ruth Gentry has always struggled with money. Living in the poorer area of a Georgian town, she has often wondered how white families seem to be able to hold onto their money; not just day-to-day, but for generations. What she discovers can revolutionize how families of all ethnicities handle their money and live their lives. The main character's story was so inspirational; leaving her husband after so many years of an abusive and loveless marriage, and forging out on her own was heartwarming. Making friends and discovering how to enjoy life while still having a healthy sense of money was even more inspiring. I was impressed with the author's ability to draw one into the story, and appreciated how she wove her story around such an important, life-changing subject. The sou-sou pot was brilliantly explained. I would recommend Trust to those that need an extra boost to get them out of a toxic relationship or those who are curious about how to get out of debt and leave a financial legacy behind for future generations. I loved this novel.