A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren
Published by Revell Publishing July 04, 2017
Genre: Christian, Drama, Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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?
Susan May Warren’s third installment of her Montana Rescue will thrill and excite her readers from first to last page, making them wish for fresh Ski and Snowboard slopes to set off on their own adventure.
I had a bit of a hard time adjusting to the setting of this most enjoyable book only because I was read it while sitting on the porch of the beach house we rented for family vacation this year. It’s a bit hard to imagine the cold and chill that was such a part of the book when you’re drinking sweet tea and soaking up the warm sun rays but all of that faded quickly as I dove into this wonderful story of trust, love and dogmatic persistence. Ms. Warren has been carefully and thoroughly telling the life stories of the members of the PEAK Rescue team and this book brings readers right back into the thick of things. Choosing to focus this book around former Freeriding Snowboard Champion Gage Watson, Ms. Warren will show the hazards of both taking and not taking risks, both in life and love. Gage was the top freeriding snowboarder in the world three years ago, until his life was ripped apart by the tragic death of fellow snowboarder Dylan McMahon he was supposed to be guiding down the infamous Terminator Wall. Believing that Dylan’s death is his fault, Gage allowed himself to be prosecuted and was stripped of his reputation, fame and medals. Now he works as a member of PEAK Rescue hoping to keep others from following in his ill-fated footsteps. Ella Blair was there three years ago when Dylan died, having come to Outlaw Mountain to convince Gage to refuse Dylan’s request to take him down. Not understanding why Gage still went with Dylan when he promised her he wouldn’t, Ella blamed Gage for Dylan’s death and when given the chance, became the second chair lawyer in the lawsuit filed by Dylan’s parents. Not until the middle of the trial is does she learn that Dylan was high on Marijuana when he made the run with Gage, making the entire suit negligible. But her law firm forbade her by legal force to keep the discovery quiet or her career would be destroyed. Not sure of Gage’s love for her and afraid for what she would do without her career, Ella stays quiet. But she is heartsick over it all because she fell in love with Gage in those days before Dylan’s death. Gage and Ella go their own ways, neither intending to see the other again but God has other plans for them. Ella’s brother Ollie has idolized Gage for years and worked hard to prepare to snowboard the same path down Heaven’s Peak and Terminator Wall. When Ella follows Ollie to Outlaw Mountains, hoping to keep him from dying like Dylan, she quickly realizes the only way to save Ollie is to ask Gage for help. Gage is still smarting over Ella’s choosing the opposing side in his civil suit and is reluctant to risk taking her with him to stop her brother. But Ella refuses to be left behind and determines she will trust Gage to get all of them back down the mountains safely. Gage and Ella will work together on trusting each other and God as they make their treacherous journey after Ollie and will even get the opportunity to find love together again – if only they can forgive each other for past mistakes. Ms. Warren created such an engaging story that I was quite a bit put out when it ended. I’ve really loved getting to know the members of this team and watching them grow together and separately in relationships with others and with God. I love that Ms. Warren makes her characters both raw and real, never glazing over the pain or struggles they each have. And she also includes the ongoing stories of other members of the team along with the character she is mostly focusing on. I loved learning more about Ty, Jess, Pete and Ben and seeing how their relationships with each other have evolved throughout the books. Ms. Warren gave me a closer look at Ty and how he is seeking the courage to get back into the air after a devastating crash broke his legs and stole his confidence. Meeting Ella’s friend Brette, a news reporter, means Ty must run interference for the rest of the team to keep her from exposing all their secrets to the rest of the world. But its Ty’s relationship with Jess that Brette is most interested in as she is feeling attracted to him herself. As they grow closer when Brette is hit with food poisoning, Ty will have to find the courage to tell her his story and not hide from love behind his “relationship” with Jess. And Brette will have to realize that not all men are only seeking a relationship that will benefit them alone. I will certainly be recommending this exciting and wonderful book to others and will purchase a hard copy for my shelves at home to reread soon. The next book in this series is coming out in January and I am really looking forward to reading her story of Ian Shaw, the creator of the PEAK Rescue team.
I received this E-book free of charge from Revell Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from either company for this review.