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Learning to Live

(Learning #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,443 ratings  ·  215 reviews
Being alive and living are not always the same.

Trudy Love is used to being on her own and has rarely been shown affection. Between growing up in foster care and her abusive boyfriend she has no idea what life can be. At 19 she goes through something no one should ever experience and is left alone once again. Six months later she moves to Mobile, Alabama where she meets
Paperback, 294 pages
Published August 28th 2013 by self
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LipSmackin' GoodBooks Bloggin' Bitches
I am the kind of reviewer that MUST begin writing all of the voices, emotions, and intense feelings I have after finishing the last page of the book I've just read. It is sad to say, but it must be said, that if there isn't a storm of craziness in my mind after I finish a book my followers can read in between the lines of my reviews and they can tell, with that being said this is SO FAR from that book, it is at the other end of the universe from that book. Now, I apologize for letting this crazy ...more
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Abandoned and left to starve. .. put into the system. .. loved, adored and treated like a child should be and then left again, not by anything that could be controlled. . back into Foster care.. shown affection by a man only to be treated like an unwanted possession. She is used, abused and almost killed..... this is the life the strikingly beautiful Trudy Love ( how cruelly ironic). How do you even function? Who do you trust when everyone that was suppose to love and care for you has left you ...more
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 It's Not Fair Stars

Not Fair. Yes, we know...Life is not fair. My mom said that to me All. The. Time. If you want fair, it comes to Dallas every Oct. That's the only Fair you can count on.

You want fair...go here. Unfortunately for Trudy, that was not an option. Trudy has had a hard life. Her parents died and she was left in foster care. Then her foster care mom died and left her to the system. When she ends up living with her boyfriend, life really gets unfair. No Ferris Wheels and Corny
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are completely my own.

I really loved this book. I’ll tell you that the Prologue is difficult to read because of the situation, but get through that and you know exactly who Trudy is and what she is made of. Tru is strong, passionate, and broken. Six months after tragedy strikes, 19 year old Trudy moves to Mobile, Alabama to start college.

In walks Jaxson. Yum! 21 year old Jax is a fraternity brother,
4.5 stars. this book blew me away to the point that I started to cry during the prologue. the reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the fact that I wanted to know more about her past. I felt so sorry for Trudy, but I'm glad she knows how to defend her self. I love how she was head strong. and how she over came everything. I loved the plot, love the characters even the secondary ones as well. the author did an amazing job telling this story. it was heart felt. I loved how Jax Coleman was protective ...more
Samantha Long
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I clearly felt the pain that Trudy went through, and the relationship between her and Jax was amazing.
Three Chicks
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars by Jen Skewes

Learning to Live is one of those books that completely sucks you in with the prologue. It is one of those books where you heart completely breaks for the main character right from the start and you know that it is going to be one heck of an emotional journey. And it certainly was emotional, heart breaking and beautiful all in one.

Trudy Love has had a horrible life growing up. She spent her life going from foster home to foster home. She finally found someone who loved her
Abby P.Cook
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love
Learning to Live by: R.D. Cole

In Learning to Live, we are introduced to Trudy Love, who from a young age has lived a rough life, making it hard to open her heart to love and trust. After experiencing such loss, she began taking steps to gain control over her life. She wanted to finally have the life she had always dreamed of having. While attending college, she meets Jaxon Coleman, who is determined to have Trudy in his life, and she's determined to keep him at bay.

Trudy starts off seeming

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This story has so much to tell and it kept me wanting more. As I neared the end of the book I hoped to have answers to so many questions and most were answered.

Trudy has had a difficult life. She has been forced to deal with neglectful parents, living between foster care and an abusive boyfriend.

She finds it difficult to trust because of her past and doesn't know if she will ever be able to love again. The one and only thing she ever did love...was taken away from her
Secretly Adorkable Readers
I just bought this book two days ago and it was amazing!

There is so much drama and a major turn pager. It is in alternate POV's of Trudy and Jax. Trudy is a lost soul just hanging on by a thread due to an abusive relationship causing a tragedy in her life. She then ups and leaves her past behind to start freshly new but then she runs into someone whose eyes bring back memories of the one person she misses everyday. She is determined to fight off her emotions but she is caught up in a sea of
Verna Loves Books
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most emotional and inspirational books I’ve read this year. This book was beyond amazing. As soon as I started it I didn’t want to put it down.

You can’t help but feel compassionate towards Trudy. She went through so much just within the beginning of the book. It was heart wrenching and will break you to shreds. I was a mess and angry all at the same time because of what she went through. I loved Trudy. She was such a strong and wonderful girl.

I was so in love with Trudy and
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Learning to Live by R.D. Cole

This was a gift for an honest review from the author and I am so glad that she gave me the opportunity to read her books. This book was absolutely spellbinding and I had to finish it in a sitting. The story is about Tru' strength and courage through loss and devastation. It is told from alternating POV's of Tru and Jaxon and I loved it.

Cole did an amazing job bringing the characters to life. I wept for Trudy and all that she has had to endure in her short life. To
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Learning to live is one of the most amazing stories I have read in 2014. I have to say that I am not sure why I did not hear about this book when it came out in 2013 because it is that amazing. I mean the way the story starts out you think okay another girl in trouble then something tragic happens to her and she moves on but there is so much more to this story that had me at the edge of my seat wondering holy eff what is going on here.

Trudy Love has not had the best of life. She lost her parents
My Book Friend
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Alright, I am honestly not giving anything away when I say that the traumatic experience that Trudy goes through happens literally in the first or second chapter- even within the first few pages. Immediately, I fell in love with this book because of what happened. It wasn't your typical book about a girl who at first is abused but overcomes that and.. you know how it goes, you probably have read the same types of stories a million times too.

Trudy was such an awesome character, and her pain was
Felecia Hickman- amaya
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ok breakout the tissues grab some chocolate and brace yourself for the emotionally draining and heart shattering journey of Tru Love.
When you are broken by events/circumstances that are not in your control. How do you learn to live again.

Trudy is a lost and broken soul when we meet her. This story will simply break your heart. She's failed by those who should live you unconditionally. Failed by a system that is support you when you have no one. She's taken in my her boyfriend. Someone she
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-4-5-stars
Wow you are definitely hooked on this story the minute you read the prologue!! This author really does a fantastic job because you can feel the sadness and all the other emotions the main character Tru goes through. I do love seeing a heroine bounce back and be strong after going through such a heavy ordeal and loved that she learned self defence and uses it on a deserving person ;) from the moment I read a few pages in Jaxs POV I knew I would love him. He was amazing right from the beginning ...more
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very moving! I cried several times.
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet is all I will say about Jax (swoon,swoon). No cheating which is always a plus.
Lydia H
Jun 22, 2013 marked it as to-read
Lustful Literature
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it

“Sometimes life can throw rocks big enough to leave cracks in your soul. You can either hide them or turn the cracks into something beautiful. Like a story.” ~ Author R.D. Cole

I started this book with that quote and I should have known I was in for a powerful, grab a tissue, and get ready experience. I almost have no words for what I just experienced. It was beautiful, it was amazing and I might have met one of the strongest women in book characters. This book also gave me
Tbird London
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is amazing. I am not really a huge fan of books about college, but this one had a maturity to it that you couldn’t help but fall in love with Tru and Jax and Jazz and the rest of the characters. Yes there are some hot scenes but this was not a book about love and romance alone, this was about surviving abuse, loss and overcoming the bad hand that life dealt you.

Trudy Love, AKA Tru to her friends (get it Tru Love) was abandoned by her parents at a young age. Drugs tore this family apart
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Stars: 5

Learning to Live is a beautiful story about heartbreak, pain, healing, and love. This book had me hooked from the start, I couldn't stop reading about Tru's unfortunate life and how strong she was to have the strength to move on from her terrible circumstances. I fell in love with each and every character and found myself dreading the end of the book because I knew I wouldn't be able to read anymore of Tru and Jax's
Yousra Bushehri
Rating: 3.5

I really enjoyed this book because (top three):

- Trudy Love is an imperfect realistic character. She basically had a shitty childhood and then had an even shittier boyfriend who was abusive and cruel and just scum. What I loved most about Tru is that she is able to grieve but she learns that, yes you're allowed to grieve the loss of a loved one, but you shouldn't make your life all about grieving. You are allowed to move on and live life and love, and grieve at the same time. She
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book broke my heart first as a women second as a Mom. In the beginning of this book we find a beaten Trudy Love, pregnant and in an abusive relationship with a drug addict. She was a foster child abandoned at 6 years old and tossed around the system until she was kicked out at 18. She is striving to make a better life. She has a scholarship and plans to take her baby and leave. When the boyfriend finds out he freaks and does the unthinkable. She wakes in the hospital no longer pregnant. ...more
Brittany Alexander
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I originally bought this book in paperback so I could take it to a signing in July to get it signed by the lovely R.D. Cole herself. I never read the synopsis, so when I picked it up to read it for a blog tour, I was blown away! Now when I get it signed, it’ll mean that much more to be, because this book was flipping fantastic!
Trudy Love was raised in different foster homes all her life. She never felt loved, except when she was with Ms. Freeman for a few years. When she turned eighteen, she
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
4/5 stars!

Trudy Love has always been alone. She grew up in foster care and the second she turned 18, they kicked her out. Trudy had no where to go, so her boyfriend, Brad offered her to stay with him. At first it wasn't bad, Trudy said. It got worse when he started doing drugs with his friend. It was just a slap here and there, but they turned unto fists. Trudy had hope, she wanted to go to college so she could support herself. She didn't want to be dependant. When her acceptance letter come in
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Learning to Live and just absolutely loved it. Trudy and Jax are so cute together, you just cannot help but fall in love with them. At the beginning you see Trudy in a bad relationship with Brad. He does a lot of drugs and he is very abusive. You find out that she is 8 months pregnant and is trying to leave to better herself and her baby. She accepts a scholarship but Brad finds out that she is leaving and just about beats her to death. Fast forward to 6 months later and you see ...more
Emma Edwards
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow ,,, this is one totally awesome book ,,, if you haven't read give it a go you'll not be disappointed.

Gripped from the very first moment I began to read every moment had me gripped wanting ,,, needing ,,, to read a little more to find out more about these characters and what has happened and what is about to happen ,,, I honestly didn't want to put it down at any moment ,,, at the same time the closer I got to the end of the book I knew that it would be finished soon and I didn't want it to
Jenni Fields-Hatfield
I have been a in a book slump for a few days. Constantly picking up a book that just doesn't quite wrap me up like I want to be. I wanted a book that has a little love, lots of romance, gives you butterflies and a has a handful of angst that keeps your mind alive. Then like magic - because I totally believe an ARC or a pre-ordered book arriving on your Kindle in the middle of the night is magic, controlled only by the magic book fairies of the world – Learning to Live by R.D. Cole arrived.

Sandy Grassini
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The thing I loved about this book was the fact that the author used both characters point of view. With each chapter we get to see the complete picture. We get to see what both are thinking and feeling with every turn of the page. The prologue of this book is very intense so it may be hard to read for some people, I would suggest 18 yrs or older. Once you get past what, Trudy goes through in those pages, you begin to see her new life begin as she picks up the pieces and moves to start her new ...more
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