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.