Monday, August 10, 2015

The Ones We Trust by Kimberly Belle

The Ones We Trust

When former DC journalist Abigail Wolff attempts to rehabilitate her career, she finds herself at the heart of a US army cover-up involving the death of a soldier in Afghanistan—with unspeakable emotional consequences for one family. As the story of what happened comes to light, Abigail will do anything to write it.

The more evidence she stumbles upon in the case, the fewer people it seems she can trust, including her own father, a retired army general. And she certainly never expected to fall in love with the slain soldier’s brother, Gabe, a bitter man struggling to hold his family together. The investigation eventually leads her to an impossible choice, one of unrelenting sacrifice to protect those she loves.

Beyond the buried truths and betrayals, questions of family loyalty and redemption, Abigail’s search is, most of all, a desperate grasp at carrying on and coping—and seeking hope in the impossible.

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Mira (July 28, 2015)
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It's been a week now since I finished this book and I still struggle to put into words my thoughts.  The problem is that I have much to say but feel I would give too much of the story away if I let loose.  Suffice to say that I absolutely LOVED this book!  

Kimberly Belle has a writing style that I like.  The plot here was interesting and not overly political.  The story was realistic and believable, I was totally captivated here and read this book in 2 days - I was so invested here that I had to find out what was going on.  With the seriousness of the story the times of comical relief were welcomed and needed (the ping pong balls were a hoot).

Abigail is a very likeable character, right from the very first chapter I connected and wanted to keep on reading.  She is gutsy, brave, compassionate and the seeker of truth.  Overcoming tragic events she is just starting to get her groove back, but still gun shy.  But her hand is forced and she has no choice once she starts digging.  I liked her drive and determination for the truth, even when family might be involved.

It wasn't just Abigail's character that was developed nicely but also that of Gabe, you could feel his struggles at losing a brother and the frustrations of not knowing the truth.  His mother, though not as predominately focused on here, but in what little time she was included it wasn't hard to know her and her feelings.

I loved the ending, it finished off nicely.  Here is where I really want to say more, as a mom of 4 boys the closer I got to the end the more emotional it became for me.  There was one scene that just stayed with me for days afterwards. The author writes with such feeling that it was like I was there, a part of this story.

In regards to profanity, I'm not a big fan of it.  I tend to avoid books laced in it (as well as movies), with books it is easier to tone out.   What I am getting at here is that yes there are a few times profanity is used, not a huge amount I could count on one hand the amount of times used.  My big problem with it is how it's used, does it goes with the story.  In The Ones We Trust the very few times used it was in the right context, the substitution of a 'fluff' word would have stood out more disrupting the flow of story.  And this story flowed along perfectly with no jagged edges poking out.


Secrets are a sneaky little seed.  You can hide them, you can bury them, you can disguise them and cover them up.  But then, just when you think your secret has rotted away and decayed into nothing, it stirs back to life.  It sprouts roots and stems, crawls its way through the mud and muck, growing and climbing and bursting through the surface, blooming for everyone to see.  That's the lesson here.  The truth always come out eventually.


I reviewed Kimberly Belle's debut The Last Breath last year, she now stands as one of those authors whose future books will automatically be added to my reading list.  Thank you to TLC Tours for allowing me to review this for them.  Tomorrow I have to privilege of hosting a guest post with the author.


Purchase Links

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K.Belle headshotKimberly Belle grew up in Eastern Tennessee, in a small town nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians. A graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, Kimberly lived for over a decade in the Netherlands and has worked in marketing and fundraising for various nonprofits.

 She’s the author of two novels, THE LAST BREATH and THE ONES WE TRUST (August 2015). She divides her time between Atlanta and Amsterdam.


Keep up with Kimberly:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


Kimberly Belle’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, July 28th: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Wednesday, July 29th: Life is Story
Thursday, July 30th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Tuesday, August 4th: Mom’s Small Victories
Thursday, August 6th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Friday, August 7th: Romancing the Book – review & interview
Monday, August 10th: Books and Spoons
Monday, August 10th: Just One More Chapter
Tuesday, August 11th: Just One More Chapter – author guest post
Tuesday, August 11th: Jorie Loves a Story – author guest post
Wednesday, August 12th: Bibliotica
Friday, August 14th: From the TBR Pile – review and author Q&A
Monday, August 17th: Feminist Reflections
Wednesday, August 19th: Read Love Blog – author guest post
Thursday, August 20th: The World As I See It


  1. It can be a real struggle to articulate the reasons a book resonates with me at times but that is often a sign of a really great book for me - there is something intangible about it.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  2. Sounds really good!! What POV is it written in?