Reviews - What do customers think about Learning to Trust?
Great read Jul 2, 2008
This is a great read. Especially for someone discovering themselves and coming out later in life.
Trust me Nov 22, 2007
Since other's have given good synopsis of this book, I'm not gonna recreate the wheel here. Suffice it to say that this is a really good book especially for any of us who have been hurt in the past it helps to see it through the eyes of another.
Though technically a sequel to "Download", it is not necessary to read that one first as the focus is on two completely different characters and their budding relationship. At times comical and at others poignant this book is a real page turner - one I couldn't put down and read in one sitting.
Learning To Trust Oct 25, 2007
I really enjoyed this book in two days. Could not put it down. The characters are beautifully written and the story is very emotional. I found myself getting frustrated about one character and was crying a chapter later. Lovely story.
Promising effort, but ultimately confusing and uneven Sep 17, 2007
This book was decent, but sometimes confusing. I'll attempt to speak in generalities as to not give plot away. The set-up and plot were interesting enough, though perhaps not articulated as clearly as they could have been. For instance, a big deal was made of there not being any hint of nepotism in their place of work, but a similar standard was not applied to close friendships. That Taryn didn't want others to know, initially, that Anne was her aunt was understandable. But why was it ok for Jace to be godmother to Anne's children? Was there a formal policy, or was it all driven by personal choice? This book was a good effort, but sometimes seemed inconsistent in the details.
The contrasts in Jace's personality were compelling. That she was drawn to Taryn was clear, and vice versa. But their inner voice wasn't as well expressed, and sometimes their actions were jarring. Perhaps this is a product of the editing process from online to print form, as another reviewer complained about. Also, I don't think each of the players took the proper amount of responsiblity for the hurt, etc. that their actions caused. The good thing was that it was all pretty consistent with the back ground and characterization, but often the characters were saying one thing in one paragraph, then suddenly doing another, and I felt like I had to work too hard as a reader to suspend my disbelief, or justify their actions to myself based on what had been stated in another context previously, rather than just going along with the flow.
There were some interesting points made about the effects that our upbringing can have on us, and the personal demons we have to wrestle with. And everything worked out in the end, in a believable way. I liked how slowly the relationship developed, how the players involved had real fears that were actually addressed. But I ended up being a tad too frustrated at the self-destructiveness of the characters, with no real consequences. I was also worried that we'd get a Mary Sue at one point, but the author didn't go there, and the character worked. Fortunately, one of the book's themes is forgiveness, even when you're justified in your pique, and thus allows for acceptance.
In the grand scheme of things, relative to other reads, I'd likely assess it a 2.5 stars, but a solid effort, and I look forward to what this author can do with a bit more writing experience, so I'll concede the 3.
A good story about reaching out to people Feb 16, 2007
How often do you put yourself out there and trust that someone will not hurt you? How much hurt is acceptable for you to finally say enough is enough, never again? When is it OK to decide that living your life alone and not trusting someone else with your emotions is the way you should go? That is the premise at the heart of Learning to Trust.
Jace Xanthos is a highly respected college administrator, but her private life isn't very successful. Though she has close friends, Jace has never allowed herself to become involved with anyone romantically. She claims it's because she's been busy building a career, but the truth goes back to her childhood and the cruelest of possible rejections. Jace has taught herself that the best way to keep from being hurt emotionally is to just not trust anyone. Taryn Murphy, the new graduate assistant, has been hurt also, but she buries her feelings in superficial relationships and anger. They are brought together by Taryn's aunt who is Jace's best friend and assistant, so they can't help but find their personal and professional lives start to entwine. As they interact with Anne's family, they discover a mutual attraction, which it appears that neither of them wants nor believes in. They are crippled in their interactions because each one refuses to believe what the other one says or does. When people cannot trust, it's easy to misunderstand situations and this is a problem between Jace and Taryn. They battle constantly to find common ground for a professional relationship, a friendship and maybe, if they can finally open up to each other, something more.
Learning to Trust is a book that most people can relate to. We've been there.