Where Trust Lies

Where Trust Lies

by Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan

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ISBN-13: 9780764213182
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Series: Return to the Canadian West Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 115,097
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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, Where Courage Calls, and Where Trust Lies, which she co-wrote with her mom. Laurel's growing family includes six children, their spouses, and three grandsons.

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Where Trust Lies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan is the second book in the Return to the Canadian West series. Beth Thatcher is returning home for the summer after spending the year teaching in Coal Valley. She does not know if she will be asked to teach again in Coal Valley and is going to miss her friends and students. On the way to the train station Jack Thornton, a mountie, tells Beth how he feels about her. He would like to write and call her (the start of their courtship). Beth reciprocates Jack's (she calls him Jarrick) feelings and looks forward to hearing from him soon. Upon arriving home Beth finds out that the family (the female members of the family) are planning a vacation. They are going to take a boat from Quebec to Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Boston, New York, and then to Florida. Mrs. Thatcher (Priscilla), Margret (Beth's older, married sister), J.W. (Margret's son), Julie (Beth's younger sister), Emma (the maid), Miss Bernard (the nanny), and Beth embark on the adventure. Mrs. Montclair and her daughter, Victoria are also going along on the trip. Mr. Thatcher has hired Monsieur Emile Laurant to act as their guide and chaperone on the trip (he is also handling the money and itinerary). Mr. Thatcher and Mr. Montclair are going to South America on business. Where Trust Lies is an excellent book. It was interesting to find out more about Beth's family. Her sister, Julie is very young, nave, but determined to make her own decisions (like her friends, cutting her hair, buying inappropriate clothes). I also enjoyed Beth's deepening romance with Jack. I am a big fan of Janette Oke and have read all of her books. I am a now a new fan of her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan! I look forward to the next book in the series!!!
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan is the second book in the Return to the Canadian West series. Beth Thatcher is returning home for the summer after spending the year teaching in Coal Valley. She does not know if she will be asked to teach again in Coal Valley and is going to miss her friends and students. On the way to the train station Jack Thornton, a mountie, tells Beth how he feels about her. He would like to write and call her (the start of their courtship). Beth reciprocates Jack's (she calls him Jarrick) feelings and looks forward to hearing from him soon. Upon arriving home Beth finds out that the family (the female members of the family) are planning a vacation. They are going to take a boat from Quebec to Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Boston, New York, and then to Florida. Mrs. Thatcher (Priscilla), Margret (Beth's older, married sister), J.W. (Margret's son), Julie (Beth's younger sister), Emma (the maid), Miss Bernard (the nanny), and Beth embark on the adventure. Mrs. Montclair and her daughter, Victoria are also going along on the trip. Mr. Thatcher has hired Monsieur Emile Laurant to act as their guide and chaperone on the trip (he is also handling the money and itinerary). Mr. Thatcher and Mr. Montclair are going to South America on business. Where Trust Lies is a very good book. I was disappointed, though, that it did not take place in Coal Valley. It was interesting to find out more about Beth's family. Her sister, Julie is very young, naïve, but determined to make her own decisions (like her friends, cutting her hair, buying inappropriate clothes). I enjoyed Beth's deepening romance with Jack. I am a big fan of Janette Oke and have read all of her books. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I look forward to the next book in the series, and I hope it will take place in Coal Valley. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 23 days ago
good book
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Return to the Canadian West series. I really enjoyed this story. I love the closeness between Beth and Jarrick even though most of their interaction in this book is by letters. Beth needs to come home for the summer and her mom wants the family to go on a long cruise. This way they can get closer to each other before everyone starts to leave the nest.there is romance and some fun and intrigue. Very well written. I received this book from bookfun.org for a fair and honest opinion.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
If God is Good, Why Do I Hurt So Bad is a book about dealing with grief. The author dealt with the death of his son. The way the book is written though it can be used for any type of grief- death, dealing with cancer, suffering,loss,and pain. It is a book of encouragement. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
Beth Thatcher returns home for a summer vacation from her teaching job in the improvised mining town of Coal Valley. She loves her job, the people, and the children, but looks forward to rest and quite time with her family. She also has growing affections for a Mountie serving in the area name Jarrick Thorton. Was he the “one”? They agree to keep in touch during the summer, getting to know each other better. She hasn’t even unpacked when it becomes apparent there will be no rest or quite time! Her family wants to whisk her off on a 6 week cruise stopping at all the big cities from Canada to the U.S., ending in New York City! She wants to decline but her family won’t hear of it. Her father promises to relay mail or telegrams from Jarrick and the school about her teaching position the coming year. She does look forward to reconnecting with her family, especially her younger sister Julie. This requires Beth to tag along on the many activities youthful Julie enjoys. As if that isn’t exhausting enough, her sister becomes involved with some “modern” friends on the trip. Beth has reservations but doesn’t want to be judgmental. Julie is too stubborn to listens to her sister’s concerns, so Beth makes sure she keeps an eye on her. The trip is anything but dull! The family is confronted with numerous surprises and even tragedy. The book was fun and enjoyable to read. I learned a great deal about travel during that era, especially by ship. To me there was much hardship in spite of the fact that the Thatchers were wealthy and had first class accommodations. I had stark realization of the hardship dealing with emergencies when away from home without our modern day technology! I was on pins and needles! I thoroughly enjoyed the first book of the Return to the Canadian West Series, Where Courage Calls. You will want to read the first book, but this can be read as a standalone. A very enjoyable book, but of course you can never go wrong with Janet Oke! I am looking forward to the next one! I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Where Trust Lies was a very surprising book for me. I have not read a book from author Janette Oak in a while and this was also co-authored with her daughter. The cover is absolutely beautiful and I so want to visit Canada now. This is the second in the series but it can be read as a standalone. This story does not focus so much on the romance between Beth Thatcher and her Mountie, but on Beth’s family and primarily her relationships with her mother and sisters. The Thatcher family have decided since Beth is back from her teaching position that the women will take a cruise around Canada and the USA. Beth at first is dismayed by the whole idea but as she is on the trip she does grow closer to her family. We along with the Thatcher’s get a glimpse of the different ports in Canada and wait expectantly with Beth for news from Jarrick, the Mountie, either by letter, telegraph, or phone. However, not everyone is as they seem on this cruise and things do begin to take a turn for the frightening. This is stated as a companion story to the Hallmark TV series, When Calls the Heart, which I just may have to start watching. I received a copy for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Where Trust Lies, the second book in the Return to the Canadian West series, continues the story of Beth Thatcher. I highly recommend reading this series in order for a greater understanding and enjoyment of the characters and their stories. Where Trust Lies is beautifully written, and I really enjoyed Beth and Jarrick’s blossoming romance. I also enjoyed the surprising twists and turns of the story line. The steamship setting of this story is quite different from the rugged west setting of Book 1. While I enjoyed this seafaring adventure, I do hope to revisit the mining town of Coal Valley and its special residents in the next book! I received a complimentary copy of Where Trust Lies through The Book Club Network. I appreciate the opportunity to read this book and share my honest opinion.
PennyMindingMom More than 1 year ago
I grew up seeing books authored by Janette Oke on my mother’s 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. “Grannie’s 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 Channel’s “When Calls the Heart” TV series. Elizabeth (Beth) Thatcher returns home to Toronto after a year of teaching in Coal Valley. She has hasn’t had time to unpack before she learns that her parents have planned a cruise for a family holiday.  Beth doesn’t 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 Oke’s 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.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
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.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
An event filled cruise The description of "Where Trust Lies" from above is sufficient to explain the plot of this book. This is my first Janet Oke book. It was very different from what I expected.  The co-authors have done an outstanding job of researching the geographical locale, scenery and the landscape described throughout the cruise. I've been to many of the places described, and it was a trip back in time reading about those particular locations. That was definitely a high point for me.  I'm unclear as to the time frame during which this book took place, whether it is at the end of WWI or WWII. All that I could glean from the story was that some men had missed combat duty, and the descriptions of the women's clothing and hats which did little to lead me to the correct era. Characters were varied, some more developed than others. The Thatcher family is a wealthy family with servants, and their family interactions and relationships are very formal. Mother and sisters refer to one another as "darling." They are a close-knit family, very loving and caring of one another. I felt that the characters held one another at arms length at times, most likely a trait in wealthy families. Their love for one another was clear, but concerns about one anothers' reactions arose quite frequently. The plot was creative and very descriptive, but moved slowly until the last few pages. I wasn't sure the book would end satisfactorily. I enjoyed the book as far as the storyline goes, but it felt more Victorian than 20th century, and a faster pace would have kept my attention more adequately. This won't stop me from reading additional books by these authors. I would like to read one of Ms. Oke's earlier books as a comparison to this book. I would also like to read the prequel to this book in order to determine background information that may have influenced my reactions to this particular book. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Book Fun and Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
This book is not exactly what I expected. I was a little disappointed. It was a slow read. There were many places where I was bored. It seemed too long on the cruise. Too many details that just didn't hold my interest. This is the second book in the series, I did not realize that at first. It doesn't really seem to matter, but it makes me wonder if I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the first book. The books isn't bad, it was just more of a light read, not much depth to the story. I really enjoy books by Oke, but this fell short, in my opinion. I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.
rkokes More than 1 year ago
Synopsis: Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan is the second book in the Return to the Canadian West series. The book picks up where the first book left off as Beth Thatcher returns to her family home after a year of teaching in the Canadian West.  She arrives home hoping for a time of rest and relaxation, only to find her family has planned an elaborate vacation-a tour down the Canadian and American coastline via steamship.  While this isn’t exactly how Beth wanted to spend the summer, she decides to make the best of it.  After all, it’s more time spent reconnecting with her mother and sisters, and there is the promise that her father will try to meet up with them once they reach Florida after his business trip is complete. As the trip progresses, Beth tries to enjoy the sites and sounds of the trip, and cherishes every letter and call she receives from Jarrick at the various stops.  Soon however, she becomes concerned with the company her younger sister is keeping.  The more modern girls seem to have a disconcerting affect on Julie’s attitude, and Beth worries as Julie seems to be pulled further from family, and more towards her friends.  Can Julie’s new friends be trusted?  Will Beth’s new relationship with Jarrick continue to blossom, and is it what God wants for the both of them?  And, will Beth receive an invitation to return to the school she loves out west? My Thoughts: I previously read and reviewed book one of this series (which I really enjoyed.)  I have to admit this second book took some time to get into however.  I really enjoyed all the characters from Coal Valley, and they really don’t have much of a place in this book as this story focusses on Beth and her family.  It was kind of disappointing to leave that setting and the beginning of Beth and Jarrick’s relationship. and a steamship and the lives of the privileged didn’t seem as interesting a storyline. Overall, I did enjoy the book, but I am really hoping book three (I am assuming there will be one!) will bring the story back to Coal Valley.  As always, these authors write very well, and there is a good plot twist later in the story, so it is worth reading, but wasn’t as good as the first one for me. Disclaimer: I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for my unbiased review.  Thank you Bethany House!  
4Gazpacho More than 1 year ago
Where Trust Lies is the second book in the Return to the Canadian West series. Book 1 was Where Courage Calls. The protagonist of both books is Beth Thatcher who had rejected a life of ease to attend college and then choose to teach in the Canadian West where life was more about a roof over your head and food in your belly than shopping excursions in an upscale store and the latest fashions. That was in book 1. In book 2, Beth has returned home for summer vacation after completing her first year of teaching.  There had always been a gulf between Beth and her mother and youngest sister, Julie. She had hopes she could somehow close that gap over the summer. When she arrived home, she found her family preparing to go on a 6-week cruise from Toronto to the St. Laurence River and on to the east coast, finally moving into the United States before returning. At first she was reluctant to go on the trip, but her father challenged her to get to know her mother as adult to adult, rather than as a daughter to a mother. But Beth had another reason to hesitate. In her year away from home Beth had attracted a suitor--Jarrick "Jack" Thornton, an officer in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He was stationed out west and Coal Valley, where Beth taught, was part of his jurisdiction. He requested they keep in touch over the summer to become more acquainted with each other. She agreed to write.  When Jarrick learned of this opportunity to travel with her family, he urged Beth to go. They could keep in contact with each other through letters, phone calls and telegrams. So it was decided that Beth would go, albeit a little reluctantly. Not only was Beth's mother and two sisters going, but so were little JW and his nanny, her mother's best friend, Mrs. Montclair, her daughter and their maid, and their own tour guide Emile Laurant. Close quarters, differing interests, the rapid pace of events, and personality conflicts kept the pot bubbling with tension and interest. At the apex of the story, Julie was abducted, throwing the small circle of family and friends into turmoil and onto their knees in prayer. None of them were ever the same again. It was so good to read another of Janette Oke's books again. I have already read nearly all the books she's written. Like the first book in this series, her voice is distinct and heart felt. Where the focus is usually historical fiction of the Canadian west, this book explores the historical east. Building community is one of Oke's writing talents; in this book that legacy continues but within the tight circle of friends and family on the cruise. Writing in tandem with her daughter allows for the sense of contemporary issues as well. The new voice brings with it freshness that nevertheless blends well with the familiar Oke memes. Mother and daughter make a fine writing team. Another reason I enjoy reading this author's books is that faith in God is nearly always faith in action. It is the driving force for many of her characters' actions, yet not portrayed as if these men and women who loved God could do no wrong. It is their inner struggles that brings life to every individual and makes them real to us. The reader can't help but empathize with people whose faith is neither great nor less than their own. We falter where they falter, and gain courage from the same God these characters draw courage. There's no preaching here, only life lessons and hope.  Finally, the authors write with humor, keen observation of various personalities amidst the conflicts and employ some fairly intense suspense. There is an undercurrent of romance, especially when Jarrick rushes to Beth's side at the height of the frightening events of Julie's abduction, and a strong sense of more to come at the book's end. Events do resolve, so there is not a cliff-hanger, although not all threads in this book are settled. It seems that there must be at least one more book in this series to come. The issue of trust, dealt with all throughout the book, is not yet completely finalized. I'm looking forward to reading more.  Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Bethany House for their blogging program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have looked forward to reading Where Trust Lies since I read the first book in the Return to the Canadian West serious Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan. As much as I wanted to be enthralled in Where Trust Lies I was somewhat disappointed in the slow plot and its predictability. Where Trust Lies continues the story of Elizabeth Thatcher who returns home for the summer after teaching one year in Coal Valley. She embarks on a steamship tour with her mothers and sisters. During the journey, Elizabeth encounters new acquantainces and new perspectives about her family relationships while weighing her feelings for Jarrick, the Mountie she left behind in Coal Valley. I like how Elizabeth’s relationship with Jarrick matured in this second novel and how she works through disappointments and setbacks as the story progresses. I was less enamored by the supporting characters in this novel which mainly comprise Elizabeth’s mother and sisters. While the relationship struggles between the women of this novel were realistic and believable, it became monotonous reading after a while.  Julie, Elizabeth’s sister seemed to be the star of all the drama in the novel, which is okay, but as she is not the main character, her escapades didn’t draw me in as much. I liked how Mrs. Thatcher was portrayed throughout the book, and how she and Elizabeth come to a deeper understanding of each other’s inherent strength by the end of the novel. Overall, I didn’t dislike Where Trust Lies but I can’t unreservedly recommend it as a compelling sequel to Where Courage Calls. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan for my candid review.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan is the second book of the Return to the Canadian West Series. If fully lives up to the standards set in book one, Where Courage Calls, with its realistic characters, spiritual growth, and intriguing plot.  To my delight, the story was placed in an entirely different setting—a cruise along the eastern coast of Canada and the United States. The authors give vivid descriptions of the places on the trip as well as interesting facts about Canada’s history. Many of the characters were new to the series. Each one of them had a distinct personality, a few of which clashed throughout the story. Beth definitely grew in this novel. True to life, she did not grow only in one way, but in several. I especially appreciated the way she grew in her relationship with her mother. Despite the fact that Jarrick was hundreds of miles away, Beth and Jarrick’s romance blossomed during the tour as they grew to understand and know each other more than ever before. Tying it all together is the bit of action at the end. Unlike many other books, the climax is drawn out to make it more interesting and bring the characters together. As a whole, Where Trust Lies is a very well written novel with vibrant characters and a plot that makes me want to reread it. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
I was THRILLED when I discovered Janette Oke was writing the first book in this series - Where Courage Calls! Anyone who watched the wonderful movie Hallmark put out a few years ago knows that - while it was supposed to be based on her first book in the Canadian West series - it was done a bit differently. I'll admit that it's an intriguing idea - but true fans of Janette Oke's work were more than a little surprised... or at least I was. Then Janette and her daughter Laurel decided to write a novel about the adventures of the character from Hallmark's movie - and IT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER! It bore certain resemblances to the film but, true to Janette's staggering talent, it was SO MUCH BETTER! Where Trust Lies is no different in that way! Janette Oke is a tremendous writer and it's clear her daughter has inherited that talent as well! Since I don't watch the series (we haven't had cable for several years) I know nothing about whether or not this story lines up with what is going on but Bethany House proclaims it as a companion to the series so there must be some similar events going on there. I refuse to give anything away but I have to commend Janette on her ability to write such emotional scenes. Who will Beth choose... What will Beth choose? Even in an age where trains cross so much more of the country, there is much that remains untamed and wild.  You will agonize right along with Beth as she tries to decide between her family and her students and friend back West - not to mention a certain Mountie who has stolen her heart... How would you decide? I'm not sure I could... 
PamlaK More than 1 year ago
Usually I just enjoy clean romances for the feel good feelings however, this one actually reminded me of a few truths in life. One, is that I need to live in the moment and enjoy that moment because all too soon it will have passed. Two, I need to NOT assume how well I know someone.  It would be worth my time to spend time getting to know my family members better, really listen to them. Three, I need to honor my Mother and Father by listening to their advice.  They have already felt and experienced much of what I have not and they can save me from making a lot of mistakes, finding what my true strengths and dreams are.  While this book was a lovely read with situations that are applicable to things happening in today’s world. I felt that I learned more of the Father’s love for me and how if I depended on Him no matter what then I would not be facing anything alone.  Melville is quoted in the book and I found it to be an excellent quote. “For the scene of suffering is a scene of joy when the suffering is past; and the silent reminiscence of hardships departed is sweeter than the presence of delight.” I was also delighted when I discovered that Janette Oke’s stories are the base for some of my all time favorite television movies and series on Hallmark channel!  I highly recommend all of Mrs Oke’s and her daughter’s books.  Let’s bring back worthwhile stories that honor the Lord and entertain. I received a copy of the book free from Bethany House to review.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan, © 2015 Return to the Canadian West, Book 2 Elizabeth Thatcher, "Beth," is returning home to Toronto following a school term teaching children of Coal Valley, Alberta, in the West. Beth is considering a relationship left behind, and whether she will be asked to return to teach a new term. Upon arriving home, she learns her father has purchased tickets for his family to enjoy a steamship cruise during the summer with his business partner's family, the Montclairs. Where Trust Lies is the story of their summer and centers around Beth's younger sister, Julie, who previously traveled to visit Beth during the school year. She appears to be envious of Beth and her independence among the mining community families. The people Julie is friendly with on the cruise lack honesty and deem self being paramount more than values, so different to her known way of life. A summer away may have been too long to abide temperament and adjustment necessary to enjoy the intent of the trip ~ to be together as family, seeing the sites their father had wanted for them earlier while establishing their business. Beth and Julie's older sister Margret, has her young toddler, and their mother, not completely aware of Julie's exploration antics, wishes her husband were there to take care of them. Seasonal shopping at ports, dressing for dinner, as Beth promises to be the older sister chaperone to go along. Between "loyalty" to her new friends, or being with her family, Julie may find that her ideas of restrictions are instead protection. The end seemed rushing, before Book 3 in the series to see what autumn brings; Julie reaching where trust lies, and Beth's desired return to the Canadian West. ***Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for sending a review copy of Book 2 in the Return to the Canadian West series, Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Reading a book by Janette Oke is like catching up on the lives of old friends. Her books are some of the first Christian fiction I read and I've been drawn to them ever since. When her daughter Laurel began writing with her the storylines only got stronger. The two of them combined are a beautiful compliment to the story that is being told. Where Trust Lies is book two in the Return to the Canadian West series. Beth has returned home after spending the last school year teaching in the Canadian wilderness. If you read book one you know that Beth has become smitten with a Canadian Mountie named Jarrick. Beth is looking forward to corresponding with him over the summer break and possibly returning to Coal Valley to teach in the new school year. But upon arriving home Beth discovers her mother and sisters have other plans for her. The women of the Thatcher family are scheduled to go on a six-week cruise. Once on the cruise Beth's younger head-strong sister Julie befriends a new crowd of young people that include two flappers. While the family has misgivings about these new people in Julie's life, they are a trusting lot and decide to give them a chance. They soon learn that you must be careful in whom you trust. If you are a fan of the original Canadian West series or if you've enjoyed the When Calls the Heart TV series then you are sure to enjoy this companion story. All of the elements worth reading about are here. The story contains a budding romance, a bit of mystery and intrigue and above all a deep abiding faith in God. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a second book in a series, unfortunately, I have not had the pleasure of reading the first book. I feel that it would have been helpful to read Where Courage Calls before this one. There was a lot of back story that it took me some time to get up to speed on. Beth has returned home after spending a school year teaching in a small Canadian town. She wants to rest and relax, but finds her family has other plans. A cruise is the plan. Beth reluctantly joins her mother and sisters. The trip becomes more than anyone bargained for. The book tells of a families journey, not only physical, but emotional as well. The family's bond is taxed and strained. The book is about learning the cost of freedom and the consequences of decisions. While there is a hint of romance, the bulk of it would have happened in the first book. Beth is determine to study God's will and her desire to be with Jarrick.  The romance is long distance, mainly through letters and telephone conversations. I enjoyed this book and I hope to read the first at some point. I would like to know how the relationship began and the events that led the characters to this point. This book is a clean read with a strong Christian theme.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
The latest in the Return to the Canadian West series, Where Trust Lies is the second novel in this second series about the Canadian West and the women – and families – who were willing to follow the Lord’s leading rather than the norm of ladies of the turn of 19th to the 20th century. It can be read as a standalone book, as I have not read the first in this series and was easy to follow with the background provided. Janette Oke and her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan have penned an inspiring, amazing story of women continually learning how to listen for God’s direction and following it – and what can happen when they attempt to go their own way. Beth Thatcher had spent a year teaching in what many might have considered the wilds of western Canada in Coal Valley then returned home to spend the summer with her family. Left behind is a man who she met and has strong feelings for, Mountie Jarrick Thornton, a dream of what life could be like with him, and the classroom that she dearly wants to return to in the fall. It is almost a culture shock to be back home again, with what she now sees as luxuries after her life in Coal Valley, where baths are still in iron tubs filled with heated water from the stove, heat comes from the coal stove, and carpet does not cover hewn floors. Back home, where her mother, sisters, and nephew eagerly await her to begin a family vacation via ship and rail to where they will cruise down the Atlantic coast to Florida. Whew! SO not what Beth wanted to do, desiring a few days to rest, but she complied with her family’s desire for her to make this trip. Her father helped arrange to have any mail (such as from Jarrick) or telegrams (offering her the position of teaching for another year) forwarded to their next port of call. As she spent time with her mother’s friend and daughter, her elder and younger sister, and the new friends that her younger sister Julie joined, Beth learned more about herself and her priorities. She attempted to connect with each of them on their “turf”, and enjoy the company of each in spite of their differences. Then the unthinkable happens to a family member who may have trusted the wrong people, and the other family members learn – or relearn – about putting their trust in their heavenly Father to meet all their needs. Beth learns tremendous life lessons through circumstances and beloved family members, and through it all, she chooses to allow the Lord to lead her in making decisions for her near future. What an amazing family! When a crisis occurs, they pull together with God at the center, the One they believe in. Janette Oke and daughter Logan have written beautifully together to show each member of the Thatcher family, as well as Jarrick Thornton, as works of art brought to life. There is strength in each of the Thatcher women as encouraged by Beth’s father, William. Each of his and Priscilla’s daughters have made choices for the lives, with Beth’s being the most unconventional. I could easily connect with Beth, and over time, Priscilla. The story line was thoroughly plotted and executed with excellence. There were surprises that delighted this reader, as well as intrigue and twists that, while not entirely unanticipated, had depth, uncertainties and challenges that kept me riveted to the pages. The Thatcher family could not be the same again – and this reader had to learn anew from the spiritual lessons that await the discerning Christian. I highly recommend Where Trust Lies to adults of any age and teens who appreciate Christian historical fiction from the early 20th century, fans of Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan, and those who enjoy the elements of suspense and romance woven into the novel. With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Micaiah14 More than 1 year ago
Where Trust Lies (Return to the Canadian West #2) By: Janette Oke Rating: 3.5 Ages: 14/15 and up (girls) 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? I have to say that Where Trust Lies was a bit of a disappointing sequel to Where Courage Calls, which I enjoyed and liked. I'm not sure what it was exactly. It's hard to put my finger on just what it was - but I didn't enjoy it all that well. I personally would have preferred the sequel to Where Courage Calls to have gone in another direction. I didn't like the way Beth hid things from her mother and family, and never did end up telling them exactly what happened in Coal Valley in the whole trial with Mr. Grant. I can see why she would want to keep that from them (her mother) - she would probably not let her go back. But I really didn't like the keeping secrets. And then there were secrets about Julie's new friends, and nearly lying to get out from telling all... I know that the consequences might have been larger, but honesty is always the best route. I did, however, like the fact that Beth's relationship with her mother did end up greatly improving. It was also sweet how Jarrick travelled such a long ways to be by Beth's side. Another thing that slightly bothered me were some remarks made throughout the book (only around three or so), that I wouldn't say were crude, but just were a little uncomfortable. This book did, however keep me guessing! I was not positively certain who the person was that one of Beth's family members wrongly puts their trust in - I was guessing between three-ish characters. And finally I thought that I had narrowed it down to who it might really be... But then one character kept me questioning - all of the things that he/she said didn't add up. Should I suspect...? I was glad, though, that what happened in the ending totally changed Beth's younger sister, Julie. She was so naïve before...and now I think she's learned a very important lesson that will stay with her for many, many, many years to come! Overall, it was disappointing, but not terrible. It wasn't one of Janette Oke's best novels, but I'll still be interested in the next book. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The feelings expressed herein are entirely my own.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
"She's probably assuming I've come to discuss the cruise.  Oh, Heavenly Father, please help me find the right words.  Please help me find the right words.  Please help Mother to understand."    Travel is so exciting to me and I have always longed to visit Canada and I was able to take a little trip through the incredibly descriptive words of the authors.  I actually imagined I was there with the characters and the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes were amazing.  The cruise also carried them through some of the New England states and New York City.   These are also places I would love to visit.            The characters and family dynamics were believable and lovable while some, of course, were irritating.  In other words, they behaved just like our own families.  I found myself laughing and crying with the characters.   Beth, Julie, and Margret tickled me and reminded me greatly of my own three precious daughters in their interactions.           I have been reading Janette Oke's books since I was a young teenager and they never fail to please me.   It only adds to the attraction for me that Janette's daughter, Laurel, has joined with her in writing these engaging books.   Oh my, this book has certainly filled me with a renewed desire for a Canadian cruise and adding the New England states would be like frosting on the cake.            5 Stars for this book.   Readers will likely enjoy the mystery and suspense of this story as I did.   I love when romance has mystery and suspense mixed with it.  Thank you, ladies, for a wonderful book to occupy my mind on a snow-filled week in Virginia.            I received a kindle version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.