Thursday, March 19, 2015

Let's Go On a Cruise

Where Trust Lies
Janette Oke & Laurel Oke Logan
Return to the Canadian West #2

She loves her friends and students in the West, but family obligations have called her home. Where
does she truly belong?
After a year of teaching in the Canadian West, Beth Thatcher returns home to her family. She barely has time to settle in before her mother announces plans for a family holiday--a luxurious steamship tour along the eastern coast of Canada and the United States. Hoping to reconnect with her mother and her sisters, Beth agrees to join them, but she quickly realizes that things have changed since she went away, and renewing their close bond is going to be more challenging than she expected. 

There's one special thing to look forward to--letters and telephone calls from Jarrick, the Mountie who has stolen her heart. The distance between them is almost too much to bear. But can she give her heart to Jarrick when it will mean saying good-bye to her family once again--and possibly forever? And will she still want to live in the western wilds after the steamship tour opens up a world of people and places she never imagined?

Then comes a great test of Beth's faith. Someone in her family has trusted the wrong person, and suddenly everything Beth knows and loves is toppled. Torn between her family and her dreams, will Beth finally discover where her heart truly belongs?

Walking into this book I thought that it was going to be a sequel that kind of picks up in the same general setting. I was thinking we were going to see Beth in another (or maybe the same) small, rural town teaching with her cute Mountie somewhere in the region. For this reason I found the whole book disappointing. To be fair, I realized my mopey-colored glasses about halfway through the book. I finished, and reread it without my expectations. Whole lot better!

Where Trust Lies picks up where it is actually most logical, Summer Break. We spent a whole novel learning about Beth as she got to grow up away from her family, and now we get to see how she interacts with them after her life changing experiences. I thought it did wonderful things developing her as a character.

Beth and the Handsome Mountie are official now. While she is on her summer break, on a cruise no less, he is still doing whatever it is that Mounties do. We still get pretty swell interaction between him and Beth in the form of telegrams and letters being sent. They are fairly regular in their correspondence, and it is  so cute! I really enjoy reading letters in books, it breaks up the boring monotony of the typical setup.

Totally a worthwhile read for fans of Janette Oke.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. Don’t forget to click on the cover to read an excerpt.

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