Book Review-Where Trust Lies

17 Mar

trSynopsis: Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan is the second book in the Return to the Canadian West series. The book picks up where the first book left off as Beth Thatcher returns to her family home after a year of teaching in the Canadian West.  She arrives home hoping for a time of rest and relaxation, only to find her family has planned an elaborate vacation-a tour down the Canadian and American coastline via steamship.  While this isn’t exactly how Beth wanted to spend the summer, she decides to make the best of it.  After all, it’s more time spent reconnecting with her mother and sisters, and there is the promise that her father will try to meet up with them once they reach Florida after his business trip is complete.

As the trip progresses, Beth tries to enjoy the sites and sounds of the trip, and cherishes every letter and call she receives from Jarrick at the various stops.  Soon however, she becomes concerned with the company her younger sister is keeping.  The more modern girls seem to have a disconcerting affect on Julie’s attitude, and Beth worries as Julie seems to be pulled further from family, and more towards her friends.  Can Julie’s new friends be trusted?  Will Beth’s new relationship with Jarrick continue to blossom, and is it what God wants for the both of them?  And, will Beth receive an invitation to return to the school she loves out west?

My Thoughts: I previously read and reviewed book one of this series (which I really enjoyed.)  I have to admit this second book took some time to get into however.  I really enjoyed all the characters from Coal Valley, and they really don’t have much of a place in this book as this story focusses on Beth and her family.  It was kind of disappointing to leave that setting and the beginning of Beth and Jarrick’s relationship. and a steamship and the lives of the privileged didn’t seem as interesting a storyline. Overall, I did enjoy the book, but I am really hoping book three (I am assuming there will be one!) will bring the story back to Coal Valley.  As always, these authors write very well, and there is a good plot twist later in the story, so it is worth reading, but wasn’t as good as the first one for me.

Disclaimer: I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for my unbiased review.  Thank you Bethany House!



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