Book: Ever Faithful
Author: Karen Barnett
Release Date: June 18, 2019
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, skirting the truth about certain “requirements.” Nate exchanges the harsh Brooklyn streets for the wilds of Yellowstone National Park, curious if the Eden-like wonderland can transform him as well.
Elsie Brookes was proud to grow up as a ranger’s daughter, but she longs for a future of her own. After four years serving as a maid in the park’s hotels, she still hasn’t saved enough money for her college tuition. A second job, teaching a crowd of rowdy men in the CCC camp, might be the answer, but when Elsie discovers Nate’s secret, it puts his job as camp foreman in jeopardy. Tutoring leads to friendship and romance, until a string of suspicious fires casts a dark shadow over their relationship. Can they find answers before all of their dreams go up in smoke?
I requested a copy of this book from Waterbrook and was blessed to receive an ARC. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Excellent setting and attention to detail. Anyone who is a fan of parks will love Ever Faithful because it is more than a love story. Rich history flavored with a subtle romance, Ever Faithful is a chance to see Yellowstone through the eyes of its most faithful admirers. Labeled as Historical Christian Romance and Christian Mystery and Suspense Romance, both feel accurate and are well portrayed throughout the novel.
Elsie and Nate are multi-layered characters with fears and flaws capable of making them brave and understandable. Discovering the arsonist’s identity lends a depth of intrigue while substantiating the element of romance.
From the Christian aspect, I’d say it’s fairly subtle with nothing specific in your face. I would consider it more of a background than a leading thread. Although Elsie does make some significant progress, Nate’s faith is quite blurry and ill-defined.
Favorite thing: Hands-down favorite was the theme of learning to appreciate your own self-worth. Nate and Elsie were both guilty of overlooking their own God-given gifts, preferring to see where they failed instead of where they succeeded. Seeing them traverse the journey of self-discovery in the beautiful landscape of Yellowstone was a unique and beautiful experience.