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.
The first book in this series is Where Courage Calls. Beth (Elizabeth) Thatcher has just graduated from college and has been offered a teaching position in Coal Valley (a mining town). Beth feels she is called to teach their by God. Beth comes from a well-to-do family that lives in Toronto, Canada. Beth expects life to be different in Coal Valley, but she is not prepared for just how different it will be. Beth is shocked to arrive and find out that there is no electricity or running water in the boarding house where she will be staying. Beth has never had to do her own laundry, cook food, clean, or even make a cup of tea. Where Courage Calls has romance, mystery, and Faith. A lovely book. Both books are available for sale on Amazon.com.
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