Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley (Received to Review)
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Book Description: Beth Thatcher returns home from her first year as a schoolteacher in the mining town of Coal Valley and steps into a whole different world. Her life back among her wealthy Eastern family is a stark contrast to her primitive life in the West, and Beth isn't sure where she belongs anymore.
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 U.S. Wishing to reconnect with her mother and sister, Beth agrees to go but quickly finds herself at odds with her mother's expectations. After enjoying complete freedom in the western wilds, Beth isn't sure what to make of her mother's ongoing efforts to direct her life--and her heart.
Beth keeps in touch with her Mountie beau, Jarrick, even as young men more of her station catch her eye. Is she ready to fully give her heart to Jarrick, knowing it will mean saying good-bye to her family and her life of privilege once again? And when Beth trusts the wrong person, will Jarrick be able to help her despite the distance between them?
My thoughts: This is a second book in a series, unfortunately, I have not had the pleasure of reading the first book. I feel that it would have been helpful to read Where Courage Calls before this one. There was a lot of back story that it took me some time to get up to speed on.
Beth has returned home after spending a school year teaching in a small Canadian town. She wants to rest and relax, but finds her family has other plans. A cruise is the plan. Beth reluctantly joins her mother and sisters.
The trip becomes more than anyone bargained for. The book tells of a families journey, not only physical, but emotional as well. The family's bond is taxed and strained. The book is about learning the cost of freedom and the consequences of decisions.
While there is a hint of romance, the bulk of it would have happened in the first book. Beth is determine to study God's will and her desire to be with Jarrick. The romance is long distance, mainly through letters and telephone conversations.
I enjoyed this book and I hope to read the first at some point. I would like to know how the relationship began and the events that led the characters to this point. This book is a clean read with a strong Christian theme.