by Alice Wootson

August 2002
ISBN: 1-58314-250-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Arabesque Books
Mass Market Paperback

I have to confess, it is not often that I am shocked by a book. Having read numerous romance novels, I can count on one hand the novels that truly surprised me. Alice Wooston`s book Trust in Me is a novel that first shocked me and then made me think. How often does a romance novel make you think about society, justice, and your own opinion? I had trouble reviewing this novel not because I didn`t like it but because the romance seemed to take a back seat to the social issues. This is a romance but it also seems to be a social statement.

Linda Durand is a criminal convicted of a drug charges; she has spent almost three years in prison. Having been released on parole, all Linda wants is a second chance. She soon discovers that second chances are hard to come by. Leaving prison with nothing, Linda must depend up her public defender who helps her find a place to live and an interview for a job at the local community center.

Avery Washington runs the community center and there is nothing he hates more than drugs. He lost a brother to them and has seen too many of the neighborhood children lose to that monster. He is reluctant to give Linda a chance but he desperately needs someone to run the center`s new computer center and there is no one else. He agrees to give Linda a two week trial to see how things work out.

Linda and Avery have a very tumultuous relationship in this book. Avery has trouble coming to terms with Linda`s crime and feels unable to trust her. Linda ended up in prison because of the last man she fell in love with, and has no interest in falling in love again. Linda and Avery must each come to terms with Linda`s conviction and all that surrounds it.

Ms. Wooston`s novel is an interesting look at the life of a felon as they return to society. Today, society often forgets those we put in prison and are unwilling to give them a chance after they have served their time. This novel opened my eyes to the plight of the female parolee and how difficult it is for them to return to society. Every woman should read this novel, not only for the sweet and endearing love story, but for the true to life look at a section of society most of us want to forget.

Reviewed in September 2002 by Jen.

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