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A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren

Happy Wednesday Everyone :)



I hope you're all having a great week so far, and I thank you all for joining me today on the Preppy Book Princess.



I had previously reviewed Rescue Me and Wild Montana Skies  by Susan May Warren on my blog, and while I liked them, I honestly didn't completely love them the way I was expecting too.



However, I had definitely still enjoyed them enough that I was wanting to continue on with the series, and over the weekend I finally had the chance to sit down and read the third book in the series, A Matter of Trust. To put it mildly, I was completely blown away by how much I ended up liking this one, and I'm excited to get to share what I thought about it with you all today.




A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren:



Source: Library

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: July 4th, 2017


Synopsis:

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 he loved, who betrayed him. 

Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the limelight as the second-youngest senator 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. 

But old sparks relight as they search for the missing snowboarder--and suddenly, they are faced with emotions neither can deny. But when Ella's secret is revealed, can they learn to trust each other--even when disaster happens again?



My Review:

A Matter of Trust was the type of novel that grabs your attention right from the first page. While I'd enjoyed the first two books in the series, I hadn't been blown away by either, and definitely wouldn't have considered them a favorite. I went into this one not expecting too much, but I'm glad to say that I was definitely proven wrong, and that Susan May Warren has written a spectacular novel highlighting not only Gage and Ella's story, but also that of Ty and Brette.



Former champion back country snowboarder Gage Watson used to live his life at the top. Once believed to have been the world's best, Gage was used to living his life in the spotlight, and being a role model to the thousands of people who watched his snowboarding videos. The only thing missing from his life was a loving relationship, and he thought he had that part figured out when his path crosses with that of Ella Blair. It's instant infatuation on both parts, until a snowboarding challenge goes wrong, and an old family friend of Ella's dies in the process. Gage is unprepared not only for the circumstances themselves, but also of Ella being the prosecuting attorney, who's out to prove he was responsible for the young man's death.
  


A few year's later, Gage and Ella have both tried to put these events behind them. She's now a state senator, and he's joined the PEAK Rescue Team, while also serving as Ski Patrol in the Montana mountains he's become so familiar with. Neither one of them ever expected to see one another again, but often God has a plan for our lives that's different than we would have had for ourselves. When Ella's somewhat irresponsible younger brother Oliver decides to recreate one of Gage's famous snowboard runs, and gets himself in over his head, these two will have to team up to try and save him from the conditions he's unprepared for. In the process they just might realize the feelings between them never truly died the way they'd originally thought.



Gage and Ella were both characters that truly came alive for me throughout the story. They both let themselves feel so deeply, and were trying to live with the hurt and heartache associated with the aftermath of Dylan's death. As well, while there's definitely negative tension between the two of them, especially on Gage's behalf after he feels Ella betrayed him, they both put this aside to try and save Oliver from his dangerous situation. Gage and Ella are both also characters that have been dealt some pretty harsh life circumstances, and I really loved the way that Susan May Warren represented their wavering faith due to these circumstances. While they both still believed in God, they felt they personally weren't able to pray or have a relationship with Him because of the choices they made, and watching the way they helped each other overcome these thoughts and find their way back to their faith and to each other was definitely one of my favorite parts of the book.



I also thought that this one, unlike the previous two, had the perfect balance of tension and adventure, and while there was definitely enough to keep me interested from page to page, it wasn't like it was in the previous book where there seemed to be a new accident or occurrence happening almost every chapter. 



However, without a doubt, my favorite part of this entire book was the budding relationship developing between Ty and Brette, and the way it draws Pete and Jess' story out in the process. Ty has always been one of my favorite character's in the series, and this was reinforced even more so in this novel in the way he goes above and beyond to take care of Brette, who he's obviously developing strong feelings for, but he's still not willing to sacrifice his lifelong friendship with Jess in the process. 



And just when I thought this book couldn't get any better, the ending happened, and I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the cliffhanger. I can't recommend this amazing book enough, and I rated it four out five stars. I will be anxiously anticipating the fourth book's release, and I can't wait to finally find out what's going to happen with Ian and Sierra.



Overall, this book was amazing, and definitely exceeded my expectations. Full of faith, romance, rescues, winter sports, and mystery, Susan May Warren has outdone herself, and written a beautiful novel about second chances, and God's healing, and it's a roller coaster of a ride from start to finish!



If you get the chance, I highly recommend reading this one!


Thanks so much for reading guys! I'll see you all again on Friday for more bookish fun :)


This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The photo does not belong to me, and all rights to the respective owners. 

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