When I heard that the book Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan was being released, I was eager to get an opportunity to read and review it. The second book in the Return to the Canadian West series and a companion to the earlier release, Where Courage Calls, the book continues Beth Thatcher's story after she completes her year of teaching in the Canadian West. Beth returns home to her family with many stories to tell and lots to catch up on! She's awaiting the possibility of being asked to return and teach another year and also beginning a long distance courtship with Jarrick, the Canadian Mountie who she's grown to care for. Unexpectedly, she finds herself swept into a whirlwind family vacation aboard a steamship. As Beth and her family travel along the coast of Canada and the United States, she adjusts to new relationships with her mother and sisters and encounters a variety of new situations - all the while keeping her teaching and Jarrick close in her heart and mind.
This book was obviously very different from the first novel in terms of the setting and characters. The reader experienced more interactions between Beth and her family. Beth also spent quite a bit of time trying to live her life in the present, not wishing to be somewhere else with somewhere else. The book ended with an extremely serious situation that caused Beth and her family a great deal of anguish and soul searching. I appreciated this book and how it continued to develop Beth's character. I have to say I am hoping that Beth chooses to return to teaching (and Jarrick) and am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for this review; all opinions are my own.