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January 9, 2020
Trust by Daines L. Reed was the Written in Melanin Book Club pick for January 2020. You can hear the full discussion of the book on the Written in Melanin Podcast, episode 10. This is the type of book I wouldn’t have picked out for myself, simply because I tend to drift more toward YA, New Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Sci-fi type books — and this book is not that! 😂
This book will make you introspective — let me just lead with that. Ruth is the main character and she’s struggling, both financially and within her marriage. Her only refuge is the book club that she has with her coworkers once a month, but there’s more to this book club than meets the eye, and these women are coming together to change their lives.
The author did an amazing job making this book relatable. All the women in this book sound like they could easily be a friend, aunt, cousin, or grandmother. The situations they face and the problems they deal with are things that anyone could understand and empathize with. The whole story feels like it could have been overheard in a waiting line.
This book gets under your skin, into your head, and these characters make their way into your heart. It touches on the aspects of money, family, work, and self-care and it makes the reader introspective — not in a bad way, but in the way where you look at your life and examine how your thinking is different from the women in the book — or if it even is different. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good story about people not afraid to face themselves, break cycles and change their futures.
Spoilers after this! If you haven’t read the book, now would be a good place to stop.
If you’re looking to revisit the sisterhood and depth that Terry McMillan ushered forth with Waiting to Exhale, then look no further than Trust by Daines L. Reed. This tale explores the lives of Black women as they struggle to find financial – and emotional – stability despite the odds.
Ruth is in an abusive marriage with a sick husband.
Cynthia is overweight, stressed out caring for her mother, and only wants to find a good man to settle down and have a family with.
Irene has two grown kids who she can’t manage to get out of her checkbook.
Tamara is a fresh widow who had her happily ever after snatched from her by cancer.
Julene is a hard worker who can’t get her stay-at-home baby daddy to marry her.
These are just a few of the women that we encounter in this story and they all share a joint problem — they’re broke. These are not affluent women. These are women who live paycheck to paycheck — who know every trick in the book to work the system — who can stretch a penny into five dollars if they need to.
They come together to not only read books, but to start a trust fund of sorts with each other. They add money into their “book club funds” and once a year, each member gets a payout. By saving their money through the book club, they are holding each other accountable, but as Julene points out, they’re taking the first step to building wealth for their future generations. With Julene acting as the catalyst for their change, these women decide to take their financial futures into their own hands — they won’t be caught in a grave with nothing left for their children.
I truly enjoyed this book and the way Daines L. Reed encouraged the reader to look deeper at what might be holding one back from the life you want to lead.
- Ruth, our primary heroine, is struggling to survive an abusive marriage. The author did a wonderful job of portraying how such an existence weighs on a person over time, without belittling the character.
- Every dream sequence knocked me off my feet! Truly well done.
- The book allowed me to come face-to-face with the ways I have been my own worst enemy. I can’t imagine a better outcome than making your readers think!
I recommend this book to anyone who is longing to read more works about black women coming together to uplift one another out of despair. You won’t regret it.
The sequel to Trust is out and it’s called Good Morning Beautiful. In the first book, Ruth was our protagonist, but we met Cynthia. She was one of my favorite characters — maybe because she embodies hope and a desire for happiness so much — and the second book focuses on her. I haven’t read it myself yet, but I doubt this author would ever disappoint!
Grab a copy of it from Amazon.
That’s my two cents on this book — spend it how you like!
Until next time, may your days be lovely and your books interesting.
This review was written by LaKase — a founding member of the Written In Melanin Book Club and the other half of the Melanin Chat. She is a powerful writer with a wonderful sense of humor and great taste in books. You can find her on the interwebs at:
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