Where Trust Lies, Return to the Canadian West Series #2   -     By: Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan
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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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764213180
ISBN-13: 9780764213182
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Series: Return to the Canadian West

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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!

Author Bio

Bestselling author Janette Oke is celebrated for her significant contribution to the Christian book industry. Her novels have sold more than 30 million copies, and she is the recipient of the ECPA President's Award, the CBA Life Impact Award, the Gold Medallion, and the Christy Award. Janette and her husband, Edward, live in Alberta, Canada.

Laurel Oke Logan
, daughter of Edward and Janette Oke, is the author of Janette Oke: A Heart for the Prairie, as well as the novels Dana's Valley and Where Courage Calls, cowritten with her mom. Laurel and her husband have six children and live near Indianapolis, Indiana.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love this series!
    May 7, 2015
    Gigi
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I fell in love with this series and other books by Janette Oke! They bring my imagination out like never before on how life was like in Western Canada back in the days.
  2. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Always a favourite author...
    April 20, 2015
    PennyMindingMom
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I grew up seeing books authored by Janette Oke on my mothers bookshelf. I knew that when Where Trust Lies arrived in my mailbox that this was a book my mother would truly enjoy reading so I gave it to her to read and review. She is an avid historical fiction reader and has been reading books by Janette Oke since the first one was released.

    Grannies C Review

    This is the second book in the Return to the Canadian West series written by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan, a dynamic mother daughter duo. It is a companion story to the Hallmark Channels When Calls the Heart TV series.

    Elizabeth (Beth) Thatcher returns home to Toronto after a year of teaching in Coal Valley. She has hasnt had time to unpack before she learns that her parents have planned a cruise for a family holiday. Beth doesnt want to but her father convinces her to so that she can reconnect with her mother and sisters.

    Events aboard the cruise require the Thatcher family to call on Jack Thornton for help. He is a Mountie who has feelings for Beth. Can he help the family find their missing daughter Julie? Will Beth find the happiness that she longs for or will she be called back to teaching in the Coal Valley?

    I find that the author makes it feel like you are aboard the cruise with the family living each day with them. The book was incredibly hard to put down that author kept you so intrigued that you had to know what was going to happen next.

    The book portrays family ties, romance, mystery and the love of God. It also has strong morals to guide you in life. The book demonstrates that in difficult times you can always rely on God to get you through.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants good wholesome reading that will keep you spellbound. I am looking forward to being able to read the next book in the series. I have read many of Janette Okes books and some of Laurel Oke Logan and have enjoyed each and every one.

    I received a complimentary copy of Where Trust Lies (Return to the Canadian West) by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan in exchange for this honest review by participating in the Bethany House Publishers blogger review program. I was not compensated for this review; all opinions are my own.
  3. Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Can I trust God even when I have doubts?
    April 13, 2015
    Marilyn
    Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the second book in the Return to the Canadian West series. I have not read the first one, Where Courage Calls, and had no problem understanding what was going on in this book. However, I have seen the move on Hallmark Channel of the first one. I would recommend reading it first, yet it is not necessary in following along in this one. It will however give you a better understanding of the history behind some things in this book.

    Beth Thatcher, has returned home after a year of teaching in a small Canadian town. Before she really has time to unpack she is swept away on a trip with the women of her family, a french guide, Mrs. Montclair and her daughter and their ladies maids. She is determined to make the best of this trip and try to get to know her family better. With letters and phone calls from Jarrick, someone she left in Coal Valley, she is torn about her feelings for him and the many questions her mother keeps asking. When her younger sister, Julie who is full of spunk and spontaneity meets some interesting people onboard ship their encounters keep you on your toes. Who can you actually trust and who is just out for their own desirers?

    When tragedy strikes will they be able to pull together as a family and let God's will be done no matter the outcome? What of Jarrick and Beth, can they have a future or is this trial just to much for trust?

    I enjoyed this book, I hope it to will be made into a movie, however usually the book is always better. I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest review. If you like good, clean, historical, mystery with a dash or romance you will enjoy this book.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love this new series!
    April 7, 2015
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Janette Oke holds a special place in my heart and on my bookshelf. Her books were the first ones I ever read in Christian fiction. As a teen, I was given the Canadian West series to read, as well as some of the other books she wrote. I was hooked from the moment I began reading. To this day, she is still one of my favorites and the Canadian West series is one that I still remember despite it being years since I've last read the series. Needless to say, I was very excited to continue on the journey with the Return to the Canadian West series. I had been looking forward to book #2 being released.

    The story picks up with Beth Thatcher and Jarrick. Beth takes a cruise with the women in her family and has to remind herself to be excited about the opportunity. Jarrick and Beth have to figure out a way to make the long distance work.

    I enjoy the Thatcher family. I was surprised to realize that the character I came to love the most was Mrs. Thatcher. There was one sweet, tender moment between Mrs. Thatcher and Beth that I just loved. Her conversation with her daughter, along with her father's advice, was a special moment in the book.

    The book has some suspense, romance, and wonderful family moments between the Thatcher family. They come face to face with having to choose whether they will give in to their fears or if they will hand their fears over to God.

    Now I'm hoping that book #3 comes out relatively soon and I don't have to wait a year to read it!

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    I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
  5. New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    My least favourite Janette Oke novel
    April 6, 2015
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I wanted to like Where Trust Lies, because its by Janette Oke. I think Ive bought, read and reread all her booksshe was one of the first Christian romance authors I ever read. But I was disappointed, even though I read and enjoyed the first in this Return to the Canadian West series, Where Courage Calls.

    Why? Well, the first reason was obvious: this wasnt set in the Canadian West. Beth Thatcher has returned to her family back East for the summer vacation, which meant this book didnt have any of the interesting characters featured in Where Courage Calls (although there are a couple of crossover characters). I didnt know when this was set: obviously it was immediately after Where Courage Calls and it was some time between the end of the Great War and the beginning of the Great Depression but when?

    Then, Im sad to say, there was the writing. It was slow. So slow that I put it down for a couple of months. The first three-quarters is basically a travelogue of the ladies on a cruise, and is as interesting as the last time you listened to someone you barely knew go on about their long holiday. And then we and then we and then we , with occasional family arguments to inject some semblance of conflict.

    Sure, Beth met some people along the way, but there was nothing engaging about either the travelogue, or Beths inner journey (which seemed to be centred around the fact her mother doesnt understand her). The plot really didnt get going until the last quarter, when the pace picked up considerably with the addition of some real conflict and tension, but it was all wound up too quickly, and everyone learned a valuable moral lesson and lived happily ever after.

    Added to the plot and character issues, the writing felt old-fashioned and awkward, with too many adverbs (she finally said playfully to her mother), redundancy (Beth thought to herself. Really? No one read her mind?), and the outlandish dialogue tags (she enthused, or directed Mrs Montclair).

    Overall, Where Trust Lies was a miss, and I dont know if I care enough about Beth to read the inevitable sequel.
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