I can say with honesty that I have never been disappointed by a Nordwell book, and this is no exception.
Earning His Trust was a sweet, charming second-chance novella that made my heart hurt and crack along with the characters. One of the reasons this book appealed to me so much was I could see myself in the characters.
At one point or another in my own life, I have been both Evin and Ben. Evin was sent adrift by Ben's seeming defection when they were young and in college after their years-long relationship ended with Ben's departure for medical school. Evin went on to find a new love with his future husband, but tragedy struck just as Evin thought he was getting his happy-ever-after. Widowed with a new baby, Evin is exhausted, grief-stricken, and in need of a steady support system and a friend. He has people who care for them, but they have their own lives and can't be there for him 100% of the time.
Ben went on to finish medical school and is a doctor, fulfilling his own dreams--but he's lonely. He regrets breaking it off with Evin, and when fate drops them in each other's paths, Ben takes the chance and reaches out to Evin. One of the biggest selling points for this book was the fact that they were friends first before they were ever boyfriends and Ben, after a few hiccups, steps back into that role in Evin's life. I like how they reconnect, and as they do, I can tell that neither of them was ready for each other back in their college days. If Ben hadn't broken it off with Evin back in college, they wouldn't have lasted. They needed to age, to grow up so more, both of them. Reconnecting now as adults with responsibilities and mature personalities was a joy and made me smile.
I kept expecting a horrific blow-up in regards to the way Ben broke up with Evin back in the day, and while there were some arguments and angry words, the dreaded screaming and volcanic eruption of blame never happened. The renewal of their relationship was gradual, a delicate slow burn, and I loved how the book ended. It felt real, felt natural, and I put the book down with a happy sigh and a smile.