Book Review: A Matter of Trust, Book 3 of Montana Rescue by Susan May Warren

"It's those we love who have the power to hurt us most . . ." (back cover)

Title:  A Matter of Trust
Series: Montana Rescue, Book 3
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date:  July 4, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction 

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?

A Matter of Trust, the third installment of Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren focuses on the Montana Rescue Team. A team with "a country singer who moonlights as a rescuer, a billionaire cowboy hiding out in Montana after the tragic loss of his family, a snowboarder rewriting his life as a rescuer, and a war hero dedicating her life to saving civilians." (123) In this installment, we dive into the story behind Gage Watson and what brings him to the team. And boy, was it as thrilling as the sport he was once famous for!  Just as a warning, this review will be a long one. There are so many great things about it!

"No one in trouble should be worried about whether they deserve help." (168)
"That's the point. You gave me a line. A safe one. It was my job to ride it. And if I didn't, it wasn't your fault." (165)

A Matter of Trust has it all - action, romance (make that two!) and message of love, forgiveness and sacrifices just oozes in between the lines. This series just keeps getting better and better, and I can't wait to dive into Ty and Brett's story, Ian and Serena, Jess and Pete and can't leave out Kacey! Yes, I'm throwing a lot of names out there, but you'll fall in love with them just the same with each book. And you can read each book by itself, but I tell you, you will want to read the full series for sure!

 Everyone has secrets, and if you look hard enough, we're all just hiding behind how we hope people view us." (124) 

As we see from the back cover quote I started this post with, love is at stakes, especially when betrayal takes hold. And that's what readers get to experience along with the characters in A Matter of Trust. A theme of betrayal, as well as trust plays a pivotal role in giving our characters the journey to freedom. 

"You're sorry because you knew the truth but let me burn anyway." (259)
"I hear God saying, 'You messed up, but that doesn't mean I did. Trust me.'" (187)
I love Gage and Ella's story, but Ty and Brett's meeting to understanding was also a strong pair that gives the story a little more, allowing the theme of trust to continue its rounds. Yes, we're talking about trust with each other, a key element in any relationship, but how the author personifies and strengthen the message of trust in God was just superbly done. And with that, I leave with you the final quote that just embodies the title and the story of A Matter of Trust, and pray that you and I, all will believe and trust, always.

"Don't for a minute think that God has forgotten about you or doesn't have your back. And don't base God's love or desire to help you on your opinion of yourself. Base it on who God says He is." (112)

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than one million books sold. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Reader's Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. 

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  1. My goodness. Isn't this book the best?!?! I'm finally reading one of Susan May Warren's series in order and, man, this one is so good. Can't wait for Troubled Waters. It's time Ian and Sierra have some kind of closure!!!


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