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Ex-champion snowboarder Gage Watson got sued for negligence after the death of one of his fans. He is now a ski patrol and serves on the PEAK Rescue team in the mountains of Montana. The ex-prosecuting attorney kept a secret in the courtroom. Later she needed his help after her reckless brother went missing in the Glacier National Park. She wanted to help in the search effort, but he has no reason to trust her.
Number of Pages: 368
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Montana Rescue
Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the limelight as the second-youngest senator in the country. But she has a secret--one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track.
When Ella's brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park's most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn't so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he'll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother, a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain.
But old sparks relight as they search for the missing snowboarder--and suddenly, they are faced with emotions neither can deny. But when Ella's secret is revealed, can they learn to trust each other--even when disaster happens again?
Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Suspenceful, Christian RomanceJuly 19, 2017Helen MAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Don't for a minute think that God has forgotten about you or doesn't have your back. And don't base God's love or desire to help you on your opinion of yourself. Base it on who God says he is.
A Matter of Trust is book three in the Montana Rescue series written by Susan May Warren. This book centers on PEAK Rescue team member Gage Watson. Gage was a champion backcountry snowboarder who was forced to end his career after a fan was killed while following Gage down Outlaw Mountain. Since then he has been working as a ski patrol in Montana.
While at Outlaw Mountain Gage met a fan, Ella Blair. Ella was part of the legal team working for the dead fan's family. Now she has come to Montana to try to talk her brother, Ollie, out of dropping out of college to be a snowboarder. Ollie has been training and studying Gage's videos. Now he and his friend are going to snowboard Gage's route on Heaven's Peak. When Ella finds out she insists Gage go after them and she insists she goes with him.
Ella has brought along her friend, Brette. Brette is a freelance writer that is out to get any good story she can. While Gage and Ella are on the mountain, Brette meets the rest of the PEAK Rescue team members and realizes there are hero stories for each of them.
This is a great action packed story that is full of suspense right from the beginning and continues to the end. The story keep me reading to see if the snowboarders would be able to make the jumps without getting hurt. And if they could beat the weather conditions to safety. One of the things I enjoyed most about this story was reconnecting with the PEAK Rescue team. I also liked the theme of forgiveness in the story. Gage struggled with forgiveness when he learns more about the incident that changed his career.
This is a contemporary Christian romance story written in such a way it could be enjoyed by anyone. Written by award winning author, I think anyone who enjoys reading contemporary stories will enjoy this story. I really like reading Warren's stories and this series does not disappoint. While this is part of a series, and would be best read in order, it is not necessary as background is given from previous stories.
I am very thankful this story was available for review from Revell Publishing. This is my honest review.
JaquelynAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Love this seriesJuly 17, 2017JaquelynAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As usual when picking up a book by Susan May Warren, I was unable to put this book down. Believe me when I say my daughters tried to distract me, but it only worked for a minute here and there. A Matter of Trust is the third book in the Montana Rescue Series. I was blessed to read the other two in this series, but don't feel it's necessary to enjoy this book. That being said, Warren is my favorite author, so I totally suggest you read the other two. We meet Gage in the first book, as well as the other members of the PEAK Rescue team. They are an amazing and interesting group of people who save lives. This story follows Gage as he tries to figure out what he's meant to do with his life.
Gage was meant to be on a snowboard. His numerous awards and medals prove it. But one little mistake can change your life in a heartbeat. He was on top of the world one minute, and the next everything he loved was taken from him. Trying to figure out what his purpose is now, Gage joins the PEAK Rescue Team. Time has passed, but he still holds on to the anger and blame for of the death of another snowboarder. Gage has a chance to help rescue a kid who wants nothing more than to be just like him. Following Gage's world famous trail down a dangerous mountain, everyone worries the kid will get hurt and stuck up there. Only Gage has ridden this mountain, and knows just how dangerous it is. But what will he do about it?
Being a hero is no easy thing. Ella knows that Gage can do anything he sets his mind to, and she intends to set it on saving her brother. Asking such a favor from the man whose world she helped tear apart seems crazy. You can call her crazy, but she knows that Gage is a good man. Forcing her way in the rescue mission seemed like a good idea at the time, but Ella quickly learns she is in over her head. Danger is around every corner, and her being so close to Gage is bringing up all kinds of feeling on both sides. Can they find common ground and get the job done? Or will their lack of trust cause them both to fall?
It was so much fun reading his book. Warren transported me to the cold Montana mountains and I was shivering while waiting to see what would happen next. I loved getting to know more about Gage, who can resist a hunky snowboarder? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Contemporary Romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing. I was in no way forced to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Sherry5 Stars Out Of 5Heart pounding story!July 16, 2017SherryQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ok, first off I want to disclose that Susan May Warren is hands down, my favorite author. I love the way she creates characters that feel like friends, characters with real life, tough issues. And the insights from her faith that are shared through her characters often make me stop, reread, ponder and make notes.
A Matter of Trust is the third book in the Montana Rescue series. It is a fast paced heart pounding story full of risks and daring snowboarding adventures. It was great fun to read and learn about a sport of which I had no previous knowledge. Her beautiful description of the snowy mountains of Glacier National Park paint a vivid background for Gage and Ellas story.
Gage and Ella are flawed characters (as we all are) whose regrets, hurts and others expectations have kept them apart. Now circumstances have brought them together as they not only try to rescue Ellas brother but their relationship.
There are probably fewer times in this book than most of her others, where the characters faith is discussed, but it is there. And at the point where Ella tells Gage her biggest secret, I had no idea how their relationship could survive. But amazingly this is where we see a picture of what Gods grace to us looks like.
This is a wonderful, exciting, cant read fast enough book. All of the Montana Rescue books are excellent, I highly recommend them!
Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book. The opinions are entirely my own.
SemmieAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5What is a Hero?July 10, 2017SemmieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5** "Don't think for a minute that God has forgotten about you or doesn't have your back. And don't base God's love or desire to help you on your opinion of yourself. Base it on who God says he is." **
Just what is a hero? That's what Susan May Warren's "A Matter of Trust" asks again and again. Who is a hero? What makes someone a hero? And who deserves to be a hero?
PEAK Rescue member Gage Watson is rescuing skiers and saving lives in the mountains of Montana after a devastating fatality ended his career as a superstar snowboarder three years ago. But when Ella Blair, the woman who stole his heart but was partially responsible for taking his career away from him, walks back into his life, he knows there is going to be trouble.
When Ella's seemingly irresponsible brother, Ollie, decides to follow Gage's renowned and very dangerous ride down the mountain, Ella begs Gage to go find him. She is steeped in fear that Ollie, too, will meet a fatal ending.
What follows is an intense journey down a mountainside as Gage and Ella freeride down an insanely dangerous mountain -- dodging near blizzard conditions, avalanches, crevasses, high potential for injuries, and even wild animals.
Gage and Ella must learn to trust each other, as well as trust in God and his protection. They must overcome the bitterness of their past, and rely on each other. Will they be able to recover the relationship they had three years ago?
Warren's latest novel also circles around the story of Ella's journalist friend, Brette, and Ty, a fellow PEAK member who is still recovering from a helicopter crash. As each has secrets to hide, they find themselves growing closer to each other while keeping an eye on the rescue operation from PEAK's base of operation.
"A Matter of Trust" is an intense, action-packed dish with a side of romance -- but it's so much more than that. The concept of a hero and who makes a hero is a major theme running throughout the story. It also deals with so many other goodies, like the power of prayer; learning to trust God, time and time again; the importance of faith -- in God, one's self, and in others; dealing with how we hope people view us; the fact that we make mistakes, but thankfully God doesn't; what happens when we careen full speed into life; how fear can hold us back; that accidents do happen, and sometimes good can come out of those accidents; and God will always save us.
I loved this quote from Ella: "It reminds me of something my dad used to say. That God proved his love for us even before we asked for help, when we were still not only a mess but his enemies. We didn't trust him ... but he didn't let that stop him from saving us."
Susan May Warren never disappoints. She always does a great job developing and blending her characters, so much so that you wish you could hang out with them, having a slice of pizza and throwing some darts. And she always manages to perfectly blend the amount of romance with just the right amount of action. I can't wait for book #4!
Five stars out of five.
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Suspenseful adventureJuly 9, 2017An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I enjoy the occasional survivalist-type book, and chasing two amateur snowboarders down a massive, dangerous mountain--with the hopes of finding them before they kill themselves--definitely qualifies. I have not particularly enjoyed my experiences skiing, but the sport is much more enjoyable when experienced through a book.
Over all, it's a very well-balanced book, with intense, suspenseful adventure, romance, and spiritual themes of grace and forgiveness. I definitely recommend reading the other books in the series first, since there are a fair number of characters and complicated relationships, plus a series-long case that has yet to be solved.
Being as the next book doesn't come out for nearly six months, I'm not particularly thrilled with the way this book ended (with quite the teaser of an epilogue). However, it promises another exciting adventure to come! Perhaps the unclosed case will at last be solved . . .
Thank you Revell and NetGalley for proving a free e-book; I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.