A Matter of Trust impressed me. Seriously. I had it in my mind that I was only going to read this story for the secondary characters—meaning Sierra and Ian, Jess and Pete—but as I began turning the pages, I was blown away by how quickly Gage and Ella captured my interest.
Here’s the blurb:
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?
Chemistry! Chemistry! Chemistry! I can’t say it enough! Obviously, right? I was floored by the sparks between Gage and Ella. Plus, I’m a sucker for second chance love stories, and this was no exception. But, add in a suspense-laden setting and a grace-driven theme, and I’m abandoning myself to fangirl status.
Ella has secrets and Gage has regrets. Both are wounded by the past, but crave healing and a fresh start. What also enraptured my imagination was Ms. Warren’s vivid descriptions! I could almost hear the wind howling on the mountain and feel the biting air lashing me with snow. It was brilliantly done.
And what is a Susan May Warren novel without a strong spiritual element woven in like comfortable blanket, wrapping around your heart with warmth and life. Again I was spiritually uplifted by the irrepressible truth about God’s amazing grace. This story captured the flawed side of humanity and revealed the perfect side of a merciful Savior.
My favorite quote:
And that, friends, is what makes a five-star read— a romance enveloped in grace.
About the author: Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than one million books sold, including Wild Montana Skies and Rescue Me. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Readers’ Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She can be found online at http://www.susanmaywarren.com, on Facebook at SusanMayWarrenFiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.
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***I received A Matter of Trust from the publisher. All opinions are my own.