Where Trust Lies / by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan. (Return to the Canadian West, 2) 7.13.2015

Bethany House ISBN 9780764213182

Adult Rating: 5

Beth Thatcher loved the year she spent teaching in the Canadian West and hopes that she will be called to return and continue teaching. In particular, she has grown close to Jarrick, a Canadian Mountie who has stolen her heart. Family obligations call her home, so as a dutiful daughter, she returns only to find her mother has planned an extended steamship tour for the women of the family to take place almost immediately. Beth is tired, emotionally and physically, and would like nothing more than a long rest, but, of course, she agrees to this trip her formidable mother has planned.

Set in the 1930’s, there are so many facets to this book by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan. While they are traveling, Beth grows to love and understand her mother in a way that she had never experienced. The reader gets a glimpse of the many cultural changes happening at this time and the difficulty for Christians to respond to these changes in a mature and godly way. Some examples would be the change in dress and hair styles for women as well as the new independence females were being offered.

Although the novel begins as a simple story depicting family, travel, and a little romance, the reader will find real substance–even excitement in the form of danger and challenges–in the latter part of the book. A Christ-like life is demonstrated by Beth, her mother, and Jarrick, each acting out their Christianity in different ways. Where Trust Lies is highly recommended for any library.

Ceil Carey, CLJ

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