Tuesday, October 6, 2020

ARC Review: Regaining Trust by Nell Iris

From The Blurb:
When workaholic Lawrence Weller walks in on the aftermath of his fiancé Frankie cheating on him, his world shatters. Frankie’s the love of his life, the only person he’s ever trusted, and the betrayal leaves him devastated. 
Franklin Ennis makes a huge mistake he regrets deeply before it’s even over. He pleads for a second chance, willing to do whatever it takes to save their relationship. 
A love that deep doesn’t just stop, so Lawrence agrees to try. But mistakes don’t happen in a vacuum. Are they both willing to own up to their part? Will their love be enough to repair what was crushed? Can trust once broken be rebuilt?

Karen's rating: 




It's official, I am in a reading slump... 

Seriously both this book and the previous audio book that I listened to have gotten rave reviews from the rest of the community and I have to say they're not wrong, but for some reason I'm just not feeling it. 

So before I go any further I just want to say if cheating/infidelity is a hard limit for you...this is very probably not the book for you. 

"Regaining Trust" is the ultimate in second chance stories and begs the reader to ask themselves the question..."If my partner cheated on me, could I truly forgive them and trust them ever again?" this is the dilemma that Lawrence faces when he returns home unexpectedly early one evening. 

Lawrence and Frankie are engaged and very deeply in love and as anyone who's ever been in love can tell you...just because your partner made a mistake or did something stupid, you don't stop loving them. 

I actually requested this book for review because of the subject, while much of my circumstances were different I've been in Lawrence's shoes and I made the choice that was right for me and over 35 years later and in a different relationship I know that I did what was right for me, but I wanted to see where Lawrence's path would go. Second chances are something that I truly believe in. I'm not saying that they should be given to every one, every time, but there are times when giving forgiveness to someone else also means forgiving yourself because whether we like it or not any relationship takes two...two to make it and two to break it. 

"Regaining Trust" deals with what many would consider to be the ultimate betrayal in a relationship and looking at how and if it's possible for a relationship to come back from it. 

I think the thing that I appreciated the most about this story was that there was a second chance for this relationship so often we see stories that are suppose to be about the ultimate love and then this happens and it's all over with everyone going their separate way and finding someone else to have their second chance with and while that may often be the case this one begs the question...does it always have to be the case? because if you love someone truly love someone...if they're your soulmate and they make a mistake does that mean the love just stops? 

As much as I wanted to absolutely love this story and there was much about it that I really appreciated I think for me the biggest issue was the fact that as a reader I came into an already established relationship at what was essentially the worst moment and if I'd been given some time to get to know the characters and see their bond grow and develop into the kind of love that could endure what happened my connection to both the story and the characters would have been much stronger. 

Overall though this was a sweet and endearing story with a message to share and a heartwarming and hopeful message for anyone who's ever made a mistake that they truly regret. 

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An ARC of "Regaining Trust" was graciously provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.




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