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Title: Where Trust Lies
Author: Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan
First Published: Jan 2015
Published By: Bethany House
Format Read: ARC Ebook, Kobo
Genre: Christian/Inspirational Fiction, Historical Fiction, Canadian Fiction
Read: Feb 5 2015
I received an eBook
ARC of Where Trust Lies by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan, from the publisher
Bethany House, in return for an honest review.
Where Trust Lies is the second book in the Return to the
Canadian West series. The first book (which I have yet to read) follows a young
Ontario woman named Elizabeth who travels to a small mining town in Alberta, to
teach. This second book in the series begins at the end of her teaching year,
as she returns home to her family in Toronto for the summer. Her departure from
Coal Valley was very bitter sweet as she had to leave behind a Mountie named
Jarrick who she has begun a relationship with. Upon returning home Elizabeth learns
that she is about to embark on a cruise on the St. Lawrence with her Mother,
two sisters, nephew and family friends, thus putting even more miles in between
her and Jarrick. While on the cruise Elizabeth juggles trying to understand her
overprotective mother, while trying to reign in her spirited younger sister
Julie, who has befriended some questionable shipmates.
I knew that I would like this story once I learned that it
not only is it historical fiction, but it is set in Canada. It is my goal this
year to read more books set in Canada and by Canadian authors. Where Trust Lies
takes its readers on a cross country journey beginning in Alberta to Ontario,
Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. The cruise also
brings the Thatcher and Montclair families to a few states in the US as well. I
enjoyed this part of the book very much. The descriptions of each port they
stopped in was beautiful. I learned of several places I hadn’t heard of before
and it made me long to take a cruise or vacation of my own. As a result this
lead me to do some research into the places the characters in this book
visited. This also helped me to paint a picture of the setting in my head, so
to speak. My one problem, however was the lack of description of the brief time
spend in Toronto. While on their stop in Halifax, Elizabeth is surprised as to
how short the tress were in that city. This was due to the Halifax explosion
that happened several years before the novel took place. I was surprised that
the characters didn’t know much about this disaster. Especially considering
that Elizabeth was an educated teacher. I wondered if this was due to their
select sheltering of their wealthy standing. Another point this brought up was
the way technology has advanced the way we receive information now as compared
to that of the time this book was set it. This would make for a great book club
Where Trust Lies, at its heart is about the relationships
between mothers and daughters and sisters. What makes it even more special is
that this book is written by a mother and daughter writing duo: Janette Oke and
Laurel Oke Logan. Elizabeth wants her mother to understand and support her
relationship with Jarrick and she seeks to understand better why she is as
overprotective as she is. Although some differences, the woman are more similar
than she realizes. Set in a time when women are starting to take their own
paths in life and dismiss the old fashioned rules of their elders, younger
sister Julie longs for independence. An example of the changing of times that
stayed with me, was that a woman couldn’t even cut their own hair without the
authorization of their family, more specifically their father. However this I
attribute to the fact that they come from a wealthy and religious family.
Elizabeth takes it upon herself to chaperone Julie as she befriends two flapper
sisters: Janis and Penny and a young man named Nick. There were times when I
felt as if the older sister was a bit of a wet blanket, so to speak. Or as Nick
puts it “a flat tire”. It would have been interesting (in my opinion) to have
seen things more from Julie’s perspective. Although I foreshadowed that her new
friends would lead Julie into trouble, I didn’t think that it would go exactly in
the direction it did. The reason I thought this was because the majority of the
book was very light hearted and although the faith was still evident near the
end, it did take a darker turn.
As I mentioned I have yet to read the first book in the series,
however after really enjoying this second book, I can’t wait to purchase a copy
for myself. I also plan to purchase a physical copy of this book as well. In
the GoodReads description of the first book in the series I learned that When
Calls the Heart was turned into a Hallmark Channel series by the same name.
Hopefully I will be able to find the first season on DVD, as I’d like to
purchase it as well.
In conclusion I would recommend this book to those who enjoy
Christian/Inspirational fiction and historical fiction. This would also make a
great mother-daughter book club read. I’m looking forward to reading more by
Janette Oke in the near future.
Additional thoughts:Upon discovering that the the first book was turned into a television show I needed to know more. I went to the Hallmark Channel's website, hoping that I would be able to watch episodes there but unfortunately I can't. So I will just have to find it on DVD.
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Here is a picture of the cast from When Calls the Heart. Yes that is Lori Loughlin, Aunt Becky from Full House. So excited to watch this show. Although I've heard that there are quite a few differences from the book, but thats typical right?
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Also, how awesome would it be to go on a cruise along the St. Lawrence? Just another trip that I've discovered from a book. Added that to my bucket list for sure!
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Wow, just beautiful! One day, one day!