Ever Faithful

Ever Faithful

Vibrant historic Yellowstone National Park comes to life in this romantic mystery about a man hiding the truth, braving the west to become something more--and the woman who must confront his deception.A man who can't read will never amount to anything--or so Nate Webber believes. But he takes a chance to help his family by signing up for the new Civilian Conservation Corps...

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Title:Ever Faithful
Author:Karen Barnett
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Ever Faithful Reviews

  • Betty

    It was a pleasure to read the third book in the Vintage National Parks books. It takes place in Yellowstone Park which I have been to several times over the years. It is one of the best I have read. I didn't want to put it down and found myself reading late into the night to finish it. It covers FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT'S Conversation Civilian Crops CCC. I have heard of them and seen some of their work but I never knew much about it. Elise Brooks, daughter of a park ranger is working as a pillow pu

    It was a pleasure to read the third book in the Vintage National Parks books. It takes place in Yellowstone Park which I have been to several times over the years. It is one of the best I have read. I didn't want to put it down and found myself reading late into the night to finish it. It covers FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT'S Conversation Civilian Crops CCC. I have heard of them and seen some of their work but I never knew much about it. Elise Brooks, daughter of a park ranger is working as a pillow pusher aka as a maid to earn money for college tuition. This is the fourth year and by the end of it, she will have enough money for college. Elise will be teaching the CCC men to better their reading and writing skills.

    Nat Webber, a new recruit from Brooklyn, NewYork who have always felt e amount to nothing as he can not read or write. He agreed to join the CCC In order to send money home. Nat is selected by the Rangers as a foreman and must send weekly written reports to the rangers.

    Minor fires occur throughout the summer. Volunteers are asked for fighting forest fires and Nat volunteered. Several romances occur among the workers causing conflicts.

    Will someone discover that Nat can't read? Are any of the romance more than summer romance? Who will Elise accept as a boyfriend? Will Elise earned enough money for her college tuition? Will a major fire threatened the camp? Was it arson? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES.

    Disclosure: Thanks to Waterbrook for a copy through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Karen R

    An engaging story set in magnificent Yellowstone National Park during the 1930's.

    A group of brand new recruits in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) join up with the staff at Yellowstone for a season of seriously hard work, and personal learning experiences like they've never dreamed. A mystery, adventure, action, and romance with some realistic characters made this a satisfying read clear through to the end.

    I loved the character of Nate, and how his integrity, humility, sincerity and hard

    An engaging story set in magnificent Yellowstone National Park during the 1930's.

    A group of brand new recruits in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) join up with the staff at Yellowstone for a season of seriously hard work, and personal learning experiences like they've never dreamed. A mystery, adventure, action, and romance with some realistic characters made this a satisfying read clear through to the end.

    I loved the character of Nate, and how his integrity, humility, sincerity and hard working personality brings out the best in those around him, with a few exceptions. He and Elsie had such different backgrounds, but both had a lot to overcome, and grew in their faith in the process. I would have liked to know more about Red and Teddy's background to understand what made them tick. The variety of ethnicities made the story interesting, wondering how they would work together and develop friendships across cultural barriers.

    I liked the author's use of nature to add little illustrations of faith, like the example of a pine cone that opens up under the pressure of fire compared to how God can use difficult situations ultimately for good. She knows her stuff too, describing all of the unusual scenery. I felt like I was there, and can't wait to actually see it in person!

    The historical notes included at the end were informative, especially about the CCC. I've seen many buildings on the west coast in parks that were built by them, but I didn't know they were so young and from cities. It must have been such a shock to be sent to the western plains or desert from the streets of NYC! Addressing the problems of illiteracy or lack of education was an uplifting part of the story that was based in fact, according to the author. It must have helped many young men after their work was finished.

    Recommend for readers who enjoy historical fiction, with clean romance and inspiration. 4.5 stars

    (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)

  • Abigail

    Even though this wasn't my favorite book out of the three, this was still was a pretty darn good book. Karen Barnett has a knack for writing amazing historical fiction that keep me reading.

    I have been to Yellowstone and have seen most of these geysers. The thing that I love the most about these books is the fact that I have been to these places (thank you, parents). I know exactly where and what a lot of the things look like without having to think really hard.

    The characters also are what make

    Even though this wasn't my favorite book out of the three, this was still was a pretty darn good book. Karen Barnett has a knack for writing amazing historical fiction that keep me reading.

    I have been to Yellowstone and have seen most of these geysers. The thing that I love the most about these books is the fact that I have been to these places (thank you, parents). I know exactly where and what a lot of the things look like without having to think really hard.

    The characters also are what make these books amazing. I really liked Nate. I was rooting for him the entire book. He was a sweet, kind, go getter, leader that had his faults. I really liked the twist that he couldn't read. That he had his faults and short comings but grew stronger because of them.

    Elsie's character I went from liking, to getting slightly annoyed, to loving. I really enjoyed her character development and how she grew throughout the book in realistic ways.

    Mary and Red were character I also loved. I think I related with Mary a lot on current things because we both are romantics at heart, but I really enjoyed reading about her and Red.

    I was shocked about the ending of this book. Man, I was not expecting that ending. I guess I was just in an Elizabeth Bennet mood this entire book about a certain character. However, I knew fully well that they did not belong with the person they were after.

    I also really enjoyed the plot a lot! You would think that with this series being about National Parks and rangers that all the books would be the same, but Ms. Barnett did an exceptional job at keeping all the plots and characters different.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this series and I am 100% sure if this is the last book or not in the series but I am praying that it isn't! I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read what Ms. Barnett has in store for us next!

    FTC Disclosure: I received an arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. This review did not have to be positive.

  • Clara

    Karen Barnett has joined two of my favourite things in the vintage spark series: history and the outdoors 💚 I couldn’t be more excited every time I pick one of these books up.

    Ever Faithful is a very appropriate title for this book. When dreams are put on hold or deferred, can we still find steadfastness to never give up?

    Elsie knows hard work to achieve her dreams. Carrying the scars of childhood trauma, she’s determined not to let them stop her from being a teacher, even as she hides behind slee

    Karen Barnett has joined two of my favourite things in the vintage spark series: history and the outdoors 💚 I couldn’t be more excited every time I pick one of these books up.

    Ever Faithful is a very appropriate title for this book. When dreams are put on hold or deferred, can we still find steadfastness to never give up?

    Elsie knows hard work to achieve her dreams. Carrying the scars of childhood trauma, she’s determined not to let them stop her from being a teacher, even as she hides behind sleeves and books.

    Nate Webber has a secret that he kept him away from school doors for years. Can the chance to serve with the CCC be the chance to prove himself as not the useless guy?

    I loved the youthful joyfulness in this book. And the descriptions of wonder always make my heart skip a beat and tempt me to buy a ticket to visit the place.

    *I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)

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    I enjoyed traveling to Yellowstone National Park with Karen Barnett within the pages of Ever Faithful. Seeing the geysers and spectacular wildlife of Yellowstone has been on my bucket list for many years. And while I have not physically visited the park and left my bootprints there, this story is so vivid and realistic, I felt like I traveled to 1950’s Yellowstone.

    The dynamic characters of this story drew me in and had me eagerly turnin

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    I enjoyed traveling to Yellowstone National Park with Karen Barnett within the pages of Ever Faithful. Seeing the geysers and spectacular wildlife of Yellowstone has been on my bucket list for many years. And while I have not physically visited the park and left my bootprints there, this story is so vivid and realistic, I felt like I traveled to 1950’s Yellowstone.

    The dynamic characters of this story drew me in and had me eagerly turning pages to see what would happen next. Would Elsie be able to see her life-long dream of attending College become a reality? Would Nate Webber let down his guard and admit he needs help learning to read?

    With vivid secondary characters, a mysterious arson, and unfolding drama there is much to keep you engaged and involved in the happenings unfolding within the story.

    I especially appreciated the historical details and not just about the park, but also connecting to what was happening in the county as a whole during this time. While it took a couple of chapters to get hooked into this story, once I was hooked, I couldn’t put it down!

    This fun and engaging story has something for everyone. The perfect book for your dream vacation or even your stay-cation!

    (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

  • Sarah Monzon

    Yay! I’m so glad the author decided to write one of her national park books featuring the CCC. Those men did so much for the park service and I don’t think a lot of people even know about them or much of that time in history. 🌸

  • Rachael

    Thoroughly enjoyed taking a trip to Yellowstone to “see” the geysers and enjoy a story with such a beautiful setting. The characters are well done, the time in which it takes place as well as the place are quite unique, and an interesting twist to the plot made this all a very intriguing and delightful story.

    Honestly, I would so like to see this series continue. All the books have been wonderful. It isn’t likely I’ll ever see these beautiful places at the National Parks so I was thrilled to be a

    Thoroughly enjoyed taking a trip to Yellowstone to “see” the geysers and enjoy a story with such a beautiful setting. The characters are well done, the time in which it takes place as well as the place are quite unique, and an interesting twist to the plot made this all a very intriguing and delightful story.

    Honestly, I would so like to see this series continue. All the books have been wonderful. It isn’t likely I’ll ever see these beautiful places at the National Parks so I was thrilled to be able to read about them. The author did such a great job of setting the scenery in all three of the novels

    The 1930’s and the CCC men who were sent to the camp in this story is a little discussed, little known piece of history. The author did a fantastic job in bringing this time period to life. I highly recommend this novel and the series. They have a place on my forever shelves!

    I received a book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  • Maria

    "Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"

    This is a captivating historical novel, with an unusual and beautiful setting and authentic characters, struggling with realistic issues such as poverty and unemployment.

    It is a fabulous journey through Yellowstone National Park in the 1930s, but also about social, economical and ecological matters of this era.

    I loved Nate, “the quiet, green-eyed man”, so full of qualities and strength yet unaware of it, struggling and suffering with

    "Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"

    This is a captivating historical novel, with an unusual and beautiful setting and authentic characters, struggling with realistic issues such as poverty and unemployment.

    It is a fabulous journey through Yellowstone National Park in the 1930s, but also about social, economical and ecological matters of this era.

    I loved Nate, “the quiet, green-eyed man”, so full of qualities and strength yet unaware of it, struggling and suffering with a hidden disability. His anguish made me hurt for him.

    Elsie is a great character too and her love of Yellowstone is contagious.

    In the last third of the book, I lost some interest what with the couples’ romantic entanglements and a bit stretched arson plotline.

  • Lydia Howe

    WHY I CHOOSE THIS BOOK

    I read a book by the author a few years ago and although I didn't really like it, I wanted to give the author another chance. Plus, one of my dream destinations is Yellowstone, so to read a book that takes place there sounded like just my thing. 

    WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BOOK

    All throughout the book I was so into it. The culture surrounding working at Yellowstone was spot-on (or at least I imagine it was). it pulled me into the world there and felt so real. Even though I had

    WHY I CHOOSE THIS BOOK

    I read a book by the author a few years ago and although I didn't really like it, I wanted to give the author another chance. Plus, one of my dream destinations is Yellowstone, so to read a book that takes place there sounded like just my thing. 

    WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BOOK

    All throughout the book I was so into it. The culture surrounding working at Yellowstone was spot-on (or at least I imagine it was). it pulled me into the world there and felt so real. Even though I had several other books I was reading I kept coming back to this one because immersing myself in the book was great. The fact that we got to see the world of Yellowstone both from the perspective of someone who had grown up there and someone who had grown up in a totally different environment was pretty fantastic. 

    I also liked the characters which was a huge plus for me. I didn't agree with a lot of what they did and some of their actions and reasonings made me want to facepalm, but I still liked them. They were real, flawed, hung up on their problems, and reacted to everything they went through in what felt like a realistic way. They were also caring, kind, hard-working, and easy to relate to. 

    The plot was also really interesting to me - apparently, I have a "thing" for the trope of an adult not being able to read and trying to hide it. I hadn't realized until this book how much that type of thing interests me. That part of the story was so well written and had me coming back to read more as much as any other plot point. 

    There was definitely romance and at times it did kind of take over the story, yet for the most part I liked the balance it kept and didn't find it to detract from the story at all. (Which is big because if I remember correctly I really disliked the balance of romance/plot with the other book I read from the same author.) 

    So, with all these great things to say about the book, why did I only rate it three stars? Good question. I was so close to rating it four stars and that was surprising and delightful to me. Then I got to the end. Y'all. I felt so let down. Not by the "twist" because I had figured that out, but by how it was delivered. There was so much build-up then plop. We were dropped to the ending in such an anticlimactic way. 

    CONCLUSION

    Despite the ending, I still felt like the book was very worth reading because of the emphasis on Yellowstone. Also, it makes me want to read more books by the same author, so yay. (And the cover was cool enough it makes me want to buy a physical copy of the book.)

    As for content, there's a lot about fires, arson, and a childhood tragedy regarding a house fire. Plus, there's a fair amount of kissing, etc... but never in detail. 

    RATING

    I’m giving Ever Faithful 3 out of 5 stars - Thanks, NetGalley, for giving me an ebook copy so I could review it!

  • Alisha

    While I enjoyed the writing and thought the characters were enjoyable, something about the plot wasn't quite as compelling to me as the previous two books in this National Parks series. Having read those books, I was also expecting a little more of a wow factor in the setting. This time, the scenery took a back seat. Normally I wouldn't mind that, but it feels like such a hallmark of this series that the curtailment was noticeable. Still, it's a fun and pleasant story.

    Elsie Brookes works as a ma

    While I enjoyed the writing and thought the characters were enjoyable, something about the plot wasn't quite as compelling to me as the previous two books in this National Parks series. Having read those books, I was also expecting a little more of a wow factor in the setting. This time, the scenery took a back seat. Normally I wouldn't mind that, but it feels like such a hallmark of this series that the curtailment was noticeable. Still, it's a fun and pleasant story.

    Elsie Brookes works as a maid in the lodges at Yellowstone National Park along with her two best friends. Her dream is to save enough money for college. Meanwhile, the Civilian Conservation Corps is springing up and transporting companies of young men across the country to work on the land. Many of them are uneducated and unskilled, but the program aims to change all of that. Elsie gets a job teaching some of the men who would like to earn a high school diploma. The one who is the most resistant to her classes, Nate Webber, would hate for anyone to learn that he actually can't read. He and Elsie are attracted to each other, but worry about how different they are. Elsie is also a little closed off emotionally because of some trauma that happened when she was young.

    Meanwhile, fires are starting up with suspicious frequency, Elsie is being pursued by a ranger that she's always had a crush on, and the CCC boys are providing distraction and romance for more than one of the girls at the park. It's pretty enjoyable reading, and I look forward to seeing what this author has in store next.

    Thanks to NetGalley and WaterBrook & Multnomah for the free digital review copy!

    This book goes on sale June 18.

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