Friday, March 27, 2015

Where Trust Lies

Do you enjoy reading historical fiction? I have finished the second book in the Return to the Canadian West series by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan.  I reviewed the first book called Where Courage Calls here.

About the book:
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?

A companion story to Hallmark Channel's When Calls the Heart TV series!

My thoughts:
I found this book to be much different from the first in the series because now Beth is at home with her family.  She ends up taking a cruise with her mother and sisters.  She is glad for the time to be with them but also misses her time in Coal Valley and wonders if she will be asked to return there to teach again.  

I found the sisters to be very different from one another. They had an interesting relationship in how they interacted with one another, their mother, and others on the ship. 

Beth tries to maintain a relationship with Jarrick who she met in the previous book.  They write letters and talk by phone when they are able, but Beth isn't sure how long this will last.

I enjoyed this book overall. At some points I felt it moved slowly though.  I am not familiar with the areas mentioned so I found it hard to stay focused at certain points.  Some mention is made to Coal Valley and the people there; it is clear Beth wants to return and experiences a totally different life there than on the ship with her family.  

You can read more hereThis book was sent to me by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.  Thank you.

Have a day of blessings!

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