Friday, May 18, 2018

My Bookshelf: A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren

It’s those we love who have the power to hurt us most…
Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson has left the limelight behind after the death of one of his fans. After being sued for negligence and stripped of his sponsorships, he’s remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana’s rugged mountains, as well as serving on the PEAK Rescue team. But he can’t seem to find his footing—or forget the woman who betrayed him.
Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the public eye as one of the youngest senators in the country. But she has a secret—one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track.
When Ella’s brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park’s most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn’t so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he’ll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother—a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain.


A Matter of Trust is the third book in Susan May Warren’s Montana Rescue series, coming after Wild Montana Skies and Rescue Me. I have been a really big fan of Susan’s for quite some time now, so I’ve been excited for every release in this series. And the more I read, the more excited I get for the next installment, as the Montana Rescue series is full of secrets, and not all of them are resolved at the end of each novel. This book in particular has left me hanging the most, and I am so ready to read the fourth book—Troubled Waters—which is already waiting on my bookshelf. There are so many threads of this story, relating to multiple different characters, that I really want to see tied up, but I doubt I will find the resolution to all of them until the end of the sixth and final novel of the series. Either way, I’ve been enjoying every single book in this series, especially this one.
Susan always does a wonderful job of creating action and drama in her novels without making them seem like there’s too much drama, like there’s always something bad going on and you’re on a roller coaster with no way off. She keeps her novels full of plot twists—and this series is obviously full of its share of “rescues” (it is the Montana Rescue series after all)—but it doesn’t seem like she’s trying too hard or has too many different things going on. And I know that is difficult to accomplish, so I praise her highly for that.
I also love the way she really describes what is going on in her novels. I know absolutely NOTHING about snowboarding or skiing or any other snow related sport (I’m a born and raised South Carolinian if that tells you anything), but I didn’t really feel lost or confused about what was described throughout this novel. Since Gage was a champion snowboarder, and he snowboards on many different occasions in the course of this novel, I thought I might be a little unsure of what was going on at certain times, but Susan made it simple enough that even someone like me could understand, and yet still made it technical enough that it was believable that the characters had been doing that for years.
Let me also take a minute to praise Susan for her character development. Every single one of the six books in this series boasts at least one main character who was introduced in the very first novel, and I love how she is able to grow them as secondary characters in the novels before the one where their own story is the focus. Take Gage for example. While I didn’t know of Ella or his secret past before I read this book, I knew about Gage, and loved him, from the first two installments. And Ty. I’ve been getting glimpses of him throughout these three novels that have helped me to understand who he is, and I really got a picture of him as a secondary thread in this one, but his own story won’t be told until book 5. That is such a great way to keep readers anticipating the rest of the series!
All in all, I really loved A Matter of Trust. Though, I expected that I would, every one of Susan’s books that I have read is on my all-time favorites list. And this story is no exception. I happily give it a place on that shelf, and all five bookshelves, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves reading! Or even if you don’t, read it and then maybe you will!
Happy reading!

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All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Susan May Warren and Revell Publishing.

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