A Few Good Men meets Scandal in The Ones We Trust by Kimberly Belle. An intense drama about a military family seeking the truth about the death of their son
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The Ones We Trust by Kimberly Belle Book Review & GIVEAWAY!

The Ones We Trust by Kimberly Belle Book Review & GIVEAWAY!

I received this book for free from TLC Book Tours for review consideration, opinions expressed are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links as indicated by an asterisk. Purchases from these links provides a small commission to me at no extra cost to you.

The Ones We Trust Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

“A moving and evocative exploration of grief and guilt in the wake of one family’s devastating loss.

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.”

My Thoughts:

I read Kimberly Belle’s debut novel The Last Breath and could not put the book down. Kimberly’s writing reminds me of my favorite author Diane Chamberlain. The Last Breath’s characters are so real and relatable, I feel like a part of their lives and am somehow changed by their story.

When I saw that Kimberly’s second book, The Ones We Trust, was out on a TLC Book Tour, I jumped at the chance to review it. I hoped I’d love it as much as The Last Breath, so question is, did I? 

Well, in case you didn’t notice the 5-star rating at the top of the post, I absolutely loved The Ones We Trust! Kimberly does it again and gave me a reading experience where I felt mom Jean Armstrong’s overwhelming  angst as she tries to piece together how her son, Zach, was killed. I actually was getting too emotionally involved and had to distance myself from Jean, like me, the mother of three sons before I completely lost it. I can’t read when I’m bawling and I just had to keep reading and know what happened!

Gabe was another swoon worthy leading male character, handsome, strong yet vulnerable. His life is shattered when his brother Zach dies during the war alongside his other brother, Nick. Can he trust the Army’s story about how Zach died? Can he put back the pieces of his family’s life?

Abigail’s career is shattered after she trusts the word of someone she shouldn’t. Together, their determined quest for the truth takes them on a journey they won’t soon forget. Will Gabe and Abigail be able to overcome their personal demons? Are the people they love most worthy of their trust? Will Gabe and Abigail be able to handle the truth?

A Few Good Men meets Scandal in this intense drama about a military family who is seeking the truth about the death of their beloved son and brother, killed during war. Moving, poignant and intense, The Ones We Trust gave me a book hangover. My heart still aches for the characters and the military families they represent who lose loved ones, emotionally and physically, fighting for our freedom. With two 5-star books already, Kimberly Belle is becoming a must read author for me, I can’t wait to see what kind of drama she has in store for me next.


Washington, DC and surrounding areas

Tour Schedule:

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Tuesday, July 28th: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Wednesday, July 29th: Life is Story
Thursday, July 30th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Monday, August 3rd: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Tuesday, August 4thMom’s Small Victories
Thursday, August 6thKritter’s Ramblings
Friday, August 7thRomancing the Book – review & interview
Monday, August 10thBooks and Spoons
Monday, August 10thJust One More Chapter
Tuesday, August 11thJorie Loves a Story – author guest post
Wednesday, August 12thBibliotica
Friday, August 14thFrom the TBR Pile – review and author Q&A
Monday, August 17thFeminist Reflections
Wednesday, August 19thRead Love Blog – author guest post
Thursday, August 20thThe World As I See It


Aren’t we lucky? TLC Book Tours and Author Kimberly Belle are each giving a Mom’s Small Victories’ reader a copy of this fabulous book! That means I get to giveaway two copies of The Ones We Trust! Be sure to read Terms and Conditions for each giveaway and thank them for their generosity! I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

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What military or political dramas have you enjoyed? Who are your must read authors?



  1. This sounds like a really good book judging by your review. I always love finding new books to add to my to-read list. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and hosting a giveaway.

  2. The title of this book says it all. Sounds like a very intense and emotional read full of suspense with lots of twists 🙂

  3. Thanks for this emotional and memorable giveaway. Your review was excellent and gave me a great deal of insight into the characters and the story.

  4. Hi Tanya, thanks for letting me know there was an international giveaway!
    The book looks hard to read, regarding the plot I mean, but I trust your opinion. I didn’t know the author, so I’ll write her name down to look for both books (in case I don’t win, haha).

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