About the Book ~
It's 1933 and President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal shines like a light against the dark despair of the Great Depression. The government gives unemployed young men an opportunity of a lifetime, but it will man leaving the cities to brave the untamed West.
Nate Webber takes a chance to help his family by signing up for the new Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Although he hides a shameful secret, Nate exchanges the harsh Brooklyn streets for the wilds of Yellowstone National Park, curious to see if the Eden-like wonderland can transform him as well.
Elsie Brookes was proud to have grown up as a ranger's daughter but 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 for her college tuition. A second job, teaching a crowd of rowdy men in the CCC camp, might be the answer. Elsie is drawn to the beautiful spark within Nate, but she knows the scars she carries are far too ugly for any man to love.
When tragedy strikes the park, threatening to undo all she's done to leave her past behind, can Nate and Elsie uncover the truth before all their dreams go up in smoke?
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My Thoughts ~
Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett was fun, sweet, intriguing, a little mysterious, and altogether romantic! It was "ever faithful" in delivering a fantastic story!
One of the things I loved most about Ever Faithful was the setting! It was so much fun to visit Yellowstone National Park through the eyes of the 1930s, and I always love learning more about the Civilian Conservation Corps! The author did a wonderful job of bringing that time in history to life. And the lingo for not only that fascinating era but also the special language of the park employees was a hoot!
There's a lot of layers to Ever Faithful! Not in a complicated way, but in a real-life way. I was delighted to discover each new facet of this story, including learning disabilities, mental illness, and a little mystery! The story is so much more than the fun, sweet read that it appears!
Nate and Elsie's romance was adorable! While there were definitely some sparks when they met, it wasn't insta-love. Their personal wounds and scares brought out the subtle spiritual storyline because both Nate and Elsie had to overcome the lies they believed about themselves in addition to trusting that God had a plan for their future. I also loved how the author showed that the secret to a lasting love is found in Matthew 7:12!
Four Stars ~ Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett was such a fun and intriguing read! This is the third book in the Vintage National Parks Series by Karen Barnett, but you can definitely read it as a standalone!
Disclaimer ~ In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required. All opinions expressed are my own.
See you next time, and God bless you guys!!!
~V. Joy Palmer
V. Joy Palmer is the author of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations and Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations, and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is also an avid blogger and co-founder of Snack Time Devotions. In her spare time, Joy is an unprofessional chocolate connoisseur/binger, and she loves acting crazy and drinking coffee with the teens she mentors. When Joy isn’t urging the elves that live in her computer to write, she’s hanging out with her husband, their adorable baby girl, and their socially awkward pets.