Series: Return to the Canadian West, Book 2
Publication Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Where Trust Lies continues the story of Beth Thatcher, a young teacher who has survived her first year teaching school in a poverty stricken area of Western Canada referred to as Coal Valley. Beth learned a lot about herself during her year out west, and this novel has her returning home to Toronto at the end of the school year.
Prior to Beth’s departure, Jarrick Thornton, a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer stationed out west, declares his romantic interest. With no time to explore their mutual attraction, Beth and Jarrick must begin their courtship from a distance. To complicate their budding romance, Beth arrives home to find that she must leave on a cruise with her Mother and sisters for the next few weeks, putting Beth even farther away from her her young man.
The adventures begin when Beth’s sister, Julie, the slightly wild and more daring of the girls, befriends three young people from the States. They spend their time playing tennis, sightseeing, and indulging in a bit of slightly reckless behavior. Beth gets pulled along in to Julie’s outings, but she is never very comfortable with the rowdy crowd. Julie finally oversteps her boundaries and ends up in real trouble despite Beth’s warnings.
Julie’s problems draw the entire family together and serve to tighten Beth’s bond with Jarrick. The moral of this story might be that the family that prays together, stays together. The story does not support a great deal of growth in the characters, but it is a pleasant narrative that does engage the reader.
This book was an ARC copy from Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley.com. Many thanks for this opportunity to review the book. The book has been provided in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.