Ever Faithful (Vintage National Parks, #3)
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?

Ever Faithful (Vintage National Parks, #3) Details

TitleEver Faithful (Vintage National Parks, #3)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 18th, 2019
PublisherWaterBrook
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GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian Romance, Christian Fiction

Ever Faithful (Vintage National Parks, #3) Review

  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    Ever Faithful was such an interesting story! The author transported me not only to Yellowstone National Park, but also back in time to the 1930’s. Her descriptions of park life and the day to day workings of the park was fascinating. She also did a great job of creating characters who were complex, with difficult decisions weighing on them.Both Nate and Elsie struggled with feelings of inferiority. They each had different reasons for feeling the way they did and both had growing to do within the Ever Faithful was such an interesting story! The author transported me not only to Yellowstone National Park, but also back in time to the 1930’s. Her descriptions of park life and the day to day workings of the park was fascinating. She also did a great job of creating characters who were complex, with difficult decisions weighing on them.Both Nate and Elsie struggled with feelings of inferiority. They each had different reasons for feeling the way they did and both had growing to do within the pages of this book. Romance bloomed for a few characters in Ever Faithful, with plenty of potential obstacles to overcome, as well.This was the first book that I have read by this author and I look forward to reading more by her in the future. I also feel the need to comment on how much I loved this book cover! It really captured the feeling of the story.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    January 1, 1970
    About this book:“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 About this book:“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?”Series: Book #3 in the “Vintage National Parks” series. Review of Book #1 Here! and Book #2 Here!Spiritual Content- A few Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, & talked about; Prayers & Praying; Talks about God, forgiveness, & God-given dreams; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Elsie has difficulty trusting God; Nate thinks God doesn’t like him because he believes that he’s dumb; Mentions of God & Jesus; Mentions of prayers & praying; A few mentions of blessings & being blessed; A few mentions of Jewish people; A couple mentions of miracles; A mention of a godsend; *Note: An ‘ungodly’ (when referring an unfitting size); A mention of a fire looking like the devil lives there. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘heck’, a form of ‘shut up’, a ‘sissy’, two ‘blasted’s, two ‘idiot’s, four forms of ‘stupid’, and six ‘dumb’s; Some eye rolling; Fires & smoke (barely-above-not-detailed); Some fighting/punches, injuries, & blood (barely-above-not-detailed); Many mentions of fires, smoke, arson, injuries, & a death of a baby (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of Nate’s brother’s death in the line of duty (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of blood & injuries (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of thieves, stealing, & shoplifting; Mentions of prison & jail; Mentions of fighting, punches, injuries, & blood/bleeding (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of Nate’s father being verbally and physically abusive & a drunk; Mentions of cigarettes & smoking; Mentions of lies & lying; A few mentions of gossip; A few mentions of rodent/animal waste & smells; A couple mentions of alcohol; A couple mentions of gambling.Sexual Content- Almost kisses (barely-above-not-detailed), three hand kisses, a jaw kiss, two cheek kisses, seven barely-above-not-detailed kisses, three semi-detailed kiss, and a border-line semi-detailed // detailed kiss; Remembering kisses (barely-above-not-detailed); Wanting to kiss & touch; A bit of staring at lips (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Embraces, Dancing, & Hand holding (up to semi-detailed); Noticing (including muscles and bare chests), Nearness, & Smelling (barely-above-not-detailed); Many mentions of kisses, kissing, almost kisses, wanting to kiss, & seeing couples kissing; Mentions of a bet between men to see who can kiss the most girls; Mentions of crushes, dates, & dating; Mentions of a girl’s obsession with the male species; A few mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of a couple canoodling or spooning in a car; A mention of making beautiful babies (teasing); A mention of a honeymoon; A mention of boy crazy girls; Love, falling in love, & the emotions; *Note: A couple mentions of women gaining curves; A mention of a low neckline of a dress. -Elsie Brookes, age 22-Nate Webber, age 24 P.O.V. switches between them Set in 1933 (Epilogue in 1937) 341 pages~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*Pre Teens- One StarNew Teens- One StarEarly High School Teens- Two Stars Older High School Teens- Three Stars (and a half)My personal Rating- Three StarsSince I really enjoyed the first book of this series but not the second book due to content, I was curious to see how this one would be. I’d say it falls in the middle. I liked Elsie and Nate and learning their stories, but because this novel was set during the summer, their romance was a quick one. It was pretty touchy-kissy because of this. The fires were an interesting plot-line that I wasn’t expecting, and I believe that the author handled them well with Elsie’s reaction to them. The culprit wasn’t necessarily shocking, but it explored the topic of metal illness which is something we are starting to see more of in Christian Fiction. I wish it would have been discussed a little bit more at the time, but it was interesting to see. I did really like the epilogue for this story, though, and found Elsie and Nate to be a cute couple. :)Link to review:https://booksforchristiangirls.blogsp... *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Waterbrook) for this honest review.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsKaren Barnett hit a home run with this third book of the series. Each book in this series can be read as a standalone. Barnett offers her readers a nostalgic story set in one of my favorite parks, Yellowstone. Her experience as a former park ranger bred a love for the parks that shine through her vivid descriptions of the natural beauty and unique features of Yellowstone. While she has included a lot of history of the early parks, I as a reader was enthralled by the story. I always lear 4.5 starsKaren Barnett hit a home run with this third book of the series. Each book in this series can be read as a standalone. Barnett offers her readers a nostalgic story set in one of my favorite parks, Yellowstone. Her experience as a former park ranger bred a love for the parks that shine through her vivid descriptions of the natural beauty and unique features of Yellowstone. While she has included a lot of history of the early parks, I as a reader was enthralled by the story. I always learn something, but don't feel as if I had to read a textbook in the process. This book is a wonderful tribute to the workers of the parks, that of the park rangers to the seasonal employees at the various inns and camps. Elsie Brooks, the daughter of a Yellowstone ranger, hopes that this will be the summer that provides her with the rest of the much needed money for college. Her path crosses with one of the Civilian Conservation Corps workers, Nate Webber, who is looking for a new beginning. As the summer progresses, danger seems to be lurking unexpectedly around every corner. Are these caused naturally or is their something more sinister at work? Will Elsie be able to leave the scars of the past behind as she finds the courage to reach for her dreams?I absolutely love the nostalgic setting. I wish I could have visited the park before it became the crowded place it is now. In Elsie and Nate, Barnett gives us two vulnerable characters that find hidden qualities of strength and courage. The pearls of wisdom that Elsie's parents deliver are priceless. A couple of my favorite quotes: "Holding on to anger will only weaken you, like a tree rotting from the inside.""Forgiveness isn't earned....It's bestowed.""Most of us ask God for an easy life. We even ask for it for our children. But sometimes it takes a little heat to break loose the seeds He's planted deep inside us. Seeds we probably didn't even know were there."I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Monica
    January 1, 1970
    In 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal helped employ young men through the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to give them a hand up through the Great Depression. Nate Weber was one of the recruits in Karen Barnett's historical fiction novel, Ever Faithful. He is one of the older young men in the first group to come to Yellowstone from the cities out East. What a change for these young men in so many ways.Ever Faithful is set in Yellowstone National Park and is the third in her Vintag In 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal helped employ young men through the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to give them a hand up through the Great Depression. Nate Weber was one of the recruits in Karen Barnett's historical fiction novel, Ever Faithful. He is one of the older young men in the first group to come to Yellowstone from the cities out East. What a change for these young men in so many ways.Ever Faithful is set in Yellowstone National Park and is the third in her Vintage National Park novel series. (Each of these books is set in a different park and can stand alone.) Elsie Brooks is a ranger's daughter and spent much of her growing up years in Yellowstone. The past few years she has worked in the park's hotels as a maid saving up for her college tuition to become a teacher. In Ever Faithful, Elsie gets some early teaching experience as she teaches the young men in the CCC camp and gets to know Nate. They also work alongside other young people working in the park for the summer. Then tragedy strikes in the park in the form of fires. How are all of these fires starting?Ever Faithful is a novel featuring some history of the park as well as the CCC and the Great depression. There is also a mix of romance and a mystery to solve. I enjoyed Ever Faithful. I previously read the first book in the series and enjoyed it too. However, I don't think Ever Faithful has quite as much scenic and park detail in the story as The Road to Paradise, but Barnett does offer some historical tidbits in the back of the book. I enjoyed the budding romance between Nate and Elsie. I also enjoyed the mystery, although I didn't much care for how it turned out but I don't want to include spoilers so won't say much more. I liked that this book offers hope to those who need it and it is an encouraging read with clean cut characters. The faith aspect of the book is there but light--it does flow well within the book. I would recommend Ever Faithful to anyone wanting a relaxing read with a historical bent. There is a discussion guide in the back of the book full of good questions for a book club too.I received an ARC of Ever Faithful from the publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah. I was not required to write a positive review.
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  • Betty
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Lydia Howe
    January 1, 1970
    WHY I CHOOSE THIS BOOKI 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 BOOKAll 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 BOOKI 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 BOOKAll 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. CONCLUSIONDespite 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. RATINGI’m giving Ever Faithful 3 out of 5 stars - Thanks, NetGalley, for giving me an ebook copy so I could review it!
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  • Sarah Monzon
    January 1, 1970
    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. 🌸
  • Karen R
    January 1, 1970
    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.)
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  • Alisha
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    See full review at: https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...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 See full review at: https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...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.)
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  • V. Palmer
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    This is my personal favorite in this series, as the characters were so engaging and the story burst in your heart like a geyser and flowed like a river afterward. I enjoyed reading about the CCC camps and what their purpose was. It was refreshing to read about Elsie and her physical scars as well as the mental scars. This novel also deals with mental health in a sensitive way. The picturesque description of Yellowstone has you feeling like you visited in person. This is an adventure that you wan This is my personal favorite in this series, as the characters were so engaging and the story burst in your heart like a geyser and flowed like a river afterward. I enjoyed reading about the CCC camps and what their purpose was. It was refreshing to read about Elsie and her physical scars as well as the mental scars. This novel also deals with mental health in a sensitive way. The picturesque description of Yellowstone has you feeling like you visited in person. This is an adventure that you want to go along on. The sweet romance, encouraging faith element, and the mild suspense have you racing through the chapters to discover the outcome. The Author’s notes at the end are an added bonus. This is book three in the series but works as a stand-alone. If you want to go on a vacation without leaving your chair then gear up for an enjoyable trip. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
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  • Maria
    January 1, 1970
    "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.
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  • Ashley Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Karen Barnett has once again expertly brought the atmosphere of Yellowstone to life in her latest Vintage National Parks novel, Ever Faithful.  This story is jam packed with true to the time period details and descriptions that really take the reader back in time to visit the park through this story.  Seemingly random accidents and disasters unexpectedly begin occurring in the park and the mystery behind these dangers keeps the reader guessing until the end!  Hints of mystery, elements of danger Karen Barnett has once again expertly brought the atmosphere of Yellowstone to life in her latest Vintage National Parks novel, Ever Faithful.  This story is jam packed with true to the time period details and descriptions that really take the reader back in time to visit the park through this story.  Seemingly random accidents and disasters unexpectedly begin occurring in the park and the mystery behind these dangers keeps the reader guessing until the end!  Hints of mystery, elements of danger, and developing romances give this story appeal for a reader who likes more than just romance in a historical fiction read!
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  • Sara Wise
    January 1, 1970
    ** “Dreams always sound good until they showed up on your doorstep. Then again, if they weren’t a little scary, they wouldn’t be worth dreaming about.” **“When you hold yourself separate from the world, you cheat others of the light God has placed inside you. There is no love without risk, without hurt.”Journey to 1933 Yellowstone Park with Karen Barnett’s “Ever Faithful,” her most recent addition to her Vintage National Parks series.After a tragic experience as a child on the East Coast, Elsie ** “Dreams always sound good until they showed up on your doorstep. Then again, if they weren’t a little scary, they wouldn’t be worth dreaming about.” **“When you hold yourself separate from the world, you cheat others of the light God has placed inside you. There is no love without risk, without hurt.”Journey to 1933 Yellowstone Park with Karen Barnett’s “Ever Faithful,” her most recent addition to her Vintage National Parks series.After a tragic experience as a child on the East Coast, Elsie Brookes has grown up in Yellowstone National Park. Her father a park ranger, Elsie is a “pillow puncher,” a maid at one of the many inns located in the park. With a dream of one day becoming a teacher, Elsie can put her dream to the test when she’s tasked with teaching school to a group of new Civilian Conservation Corps members — a group that was part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal that brought unemployed men to work on federal lands.In order to protect his younger brother from legal issues, Brooklyn boy Nate Webber joins the CCC to provide money for his family and food for their table. As officials at the park sees Nate’s serious and responsible nature, they give him more and more authority within the group. The only problem? Nate has trouble reading and writing.As Elsie begins to spend more and more time with Nate, eventually suspecting his struggle, she tutors him, drawing them closer and closer. Nate struggles with the feeling of being good enough for Elsie, and she struggles with the scars from her past trauma, making it difficult for her to surrender to a relationship. And with devastating occurrences happening at the park and Elsie’s impending jaunt to college, will their relationship be able to last?While this book is definitely a romance, it is so much more. “Ever Faithful” is a piece of historical fiction, teaching us the history of Yellowstone Park and the CCC program (be sure to read the Author’s Note for more information), as well as a piece of suspense, as mysterious and dangerous events that mirror Elsie’s own past traumatic event occur — events that could allow Elsie’s and Nate’s future to go up in smoke.As always, Barnett does an incredible job of combining fact with fiction, spinning a lovely tale with amazing characters. Both Elsie and Nate have some very real, very deep issues that make them completely relatable. Readers will also fall in love with fun and quirky supporting characters like Elsie’s friend Mary and fellow CCC member Red. And Barnett even throws in a couple of adorable baby raccoons (although I’d have like to have seen more of them).“Ever Faithful” also does a great job of providing several important themes — like having a servant’s heart; the Golden Rule (see Luke 6:31); following your dreams and overcoming your fears by opening yourself up to risks; holding on to anger only weakens you; forgiveness isn’t earned, it’s bestowed; the impact of using our scars as shields; God creates us all differently; and God has a plan for each of us (see Jeremiah 29:11).With Nate’s story, Barnett also brings attention to learning issues, including dyslexia.I don’t know if there will be another book in this series, but I sure hope so!Five stars out of five.Waterbrook provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
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  • Pam Graber
    January 1, 1970
    Elsie Brookes grew up as the daughter of Yellowstone's head ranger, and takes great pride in her knowledge of geology gained from the park. Her greatest desire, though, is to teach, but even after four years of working as a "pillow puncher" (hotel maid, for those of us who don't know the Yellowstone Park lingo), she still doesn't have enough money in her savings for her college tuition. When she is offered an extra stipend to teach the new Civilian Conservation Corps boys, she jumps at the chanc Elsie Brookes grew up as the daughter of Yellowstone's head ranger, and takes great pride in her knowledge of geology gained from the park. Her greatest desire, though, is to teach, but even after four years of working as a "pillow puncher" (hotel maid, for those of us who don't know the Yellowstone Park lingo), she still doesn't have enough money in her savings for her college tuition. When she is offered an extra stipend to teach the new Civilian Conservation Corps boys, she jumps at the chance. Many of the young men never finished high school and are barely literate. Is she up to the challenge?Nate Webber has spent his life trying to keep food on his family's table. When his little brother gets in trouble, Nate takes the blame on his own shoulders. Given the choice of joining the CCC or jail, he chooses to travel to Yellowstone. His father has told him all his life that he is stupid and worthless because he can't read, but he is willing to work hard if it means he will be able to send money home to his starving family, and hopefully, keep his brother out of jail. When Nate's natural leadership abilities get him a job as foreman, can he keep his inability to read or write from his superiors when they expect weekly written reports from him?As Elsie gets more acquainted with the new CCC recruits, she is drawn again and again to Nate's quiet confidence. Sure that he is the best man in the bunch, she is stunned to realize that the secret he's been keeping is something she may be able to help with. As they work together on his reading, they discover more than a friendship. When random fires break out in the park, threatening the very lives of those entrusted with preserving it, Elsie and Nate work to discover who has been setting them. Burned as a child, Elsie has a more than healthy fear of flames. Can she work past her fears to track down the real culprit?Well, I now have a "new" place I want to visit. Yellowstone National Park came to life in Ever Faithful in a new, and majestic way as I read Nate and Elsie's story. The sense of history was enthralling, and the pictures I've seen on Facebook of many of the sites from the book made it much easier to picture things as I read them. I can hardly wait to pick up the first two books in this series about the history of some of our National Parks.Sweet romance readers will love this story. There are actually a couple of romances going on during this story, but Nate and Elsie's is the main one. There is also a good bit of American history here, mostly from right after the start of the Great Depression, during the tenure of FDR. The CCC was part of his New Deal program, and in this story, most of the men who participated appreciated having work in a time when jobs were scarce. Three squares a day didn't hurt, nor did the muscles they gained doing the work required. These historical tidbits were fascinating! I would absolutely recommend this book, and look forward to reading the other two. I'm also hoping Ms. Barnett has even more parks she wants to write about!
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  • Deana
    January 1, 1970
    Can we all first just stop and admire this cover!? I just love it! Coming June 18th, is Karen Barnett's new novel, Ever Faithful, the third book in the National Parks Series.Elsie is a worker in Yellowstone National Park where her father is a park ranger. Elsie enjoys her job in the park, but she also wants to branch out and further her education. She dreams of a life as a teacher and wants to make a difference in peoples' lives. However, she struggles with a tragedy that that she suffered as a Can we all first just stop and admire this cover!? I just love it! Coming June 18th, is Karen Barnett's new novel, Ever Faithful, the third book in the National Parks Series.Elsie is a worker in Yellowstone National Park where her father is a park ranger. Elsie enjoys her job in the park, but she also wants to branch out and further her education. She dreams of a life as a teacher and wants to make a difference in peoples' lives. However, she struggles with a tragedy that that she suffered as a child and can't seem to move on, especially when her cousin shows up to work in the park and dredges up their history. However, she always finds the beauty in the park and is very grateful for the relationships she shares with her two best friends, Mary and Rose. Nate Webber is part of President Roosevelt's CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), giving a hand up to certain men who are given jobs and education in the parks. Nate is a natural born leader but hasn't received a formal education. He struggles with certain things regarding learning and he feels ashamed but is looking forward to the new opportunity. Teddy Vaughn is a proud park ranger and has his eyes set on Elsie. It seems to be fate that they are thrown together what with their shared history in Yellowstone. He feels like he's on top of the world with his position and feels that marrying Elsie is a given. There's no way she would turn him down, right?Other things happen in the book and I don't want to give too much away! You do not need to read the other two to know what's going on in the third. They are total stand alone stories but I really enjoyed the other two as well. I have said in other blogs that I absolutely love when something in a story is true and makes me look more into what is being discussed. The CCC was in fact a real program that provided jobs during a the Great Depression. I had never heard of it before. Some young men felt that the pay wasn't worth it while others saw it as a great chance to improve their lives and learn. I really enjoyed this book! It was one of those great, sweeping stories. It drew me in right away and I think it is just perfect for your summer reading! Get yours June 18th! Thank you so much to WaterBrook and Ms. Barnett for the great read.
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  • Connie Saunders
    January 1, 1970
    Elsie Brookes dreams of being a teacher and for the past four years she has worked as a maid during the tourist season at Yellowstone National Park to save money for her college tuition. It is now 1933 and the Depression has affected everything, including the tourist business, and Elsie fears that she may lose her job. If this happens she knows that this will cause another delay in her goal to become a teacher. And then, a group of young men arrive at Yellowstone as a part of President Roosevelt Elsie Brookes dreams of being a teacher and for the past four years she has worked as a maid during the tourist season at Yellowstone National Park to save money for her college tuition. It is now 1933 and the Depression has affected everything, including the tourist business, and Elsie fears that she may lose her job. If this happens she knows that this will cause another delay in her goal to become a teacher. And then, a group of young men arrive at Yellowstone as a part of President Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps. Along with their chance to work and earn money there is also the opportunity to receive educational instruction. Elsie is chosen to teach these men and one of them is a young man from Brooklyn, New York. Nate Webber is a hard worker, very capable, and he shows a promising future but he has a secret. As Elsie teaches him and the others, she realizes that Nate can barely read and write so she decides to tutor him on the side. As they become better acquainted, it is plain that Nate is growing fond of Elsie but she resists any relationship because she has her own secret.Ever Faithful is the story of two people who have each experienced tragedies that have left them scarred emotionally and physically. Elsie's physical scars have caused her to feel unattractive and unappealing; Nate's unfortunate youth and his lack of education make him feel unworthy. It is through their friendship that they learn to see themselves through the other's eyes and they begin to realize their self-worth.This story is a romance but it has so much more. The history of Yellowstone National Park is sprinkled throughout the story and there is also a strong element of faith. The Golden Rule, grace and forgiveness are stressed and we are reminded that God judges the heart and not outward appearances.Karen Barnett is a former Park Ranger and her knowledge of the National Park System is apparent in this book and the two previous books of her Vintage National Parks novels. Barnett offers a glimpse of the parks as they once were and encourages us to get out and enjoy these national treasures as they are today.Ever Faithful is an enjoyable read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Christian romance and historical fiction.I received an Advanced Readers Copy from the author and all opinions in this review are my own.
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  • Patti Whitson Stephenson
    January 1, 1970
    Here’s your fair warning: I am going to gush over how much I love this book. I have been following this “Vintage National Parks” series by Karen Barnett and this book, set in Yellowstone in 1933, is just as fabulous as the other books in this series. Her storylines are always intriguing, with a little touch of mystery/suspense. The research she’s done about the history of the National Parks gives these books an authentic feel, and you feel as if you stepped off the bus right into the time period Here’s your fair warning: I am going to gush over how much I love this book. I have been following this “Vintage National Parks” series by Karen Barnett and this book, set in Yellowstone in 1933, is just as fabulous as the other books in this series. Her storylines are always intriguing, with a little touch of mystery/suspense. The research she’s done about the history of the National Parks gives these books an authentic feel, and you feel as if you stepped off the bus right into the time period when the park lodges were new and filled with the wealthy who could afford to visit; or else working alongside the many young people it took to keep the parks and lodges open to the public.The characters of Nate and Elsie give this book its heart. Both have had great obstacles to overcome in their lives. Nate grew up in Brooklyn during the days of the Depression. Having lost his father and older brother, he’s struggled to care for his mother and siblings. Elsie survived a tragedy concerning a fire, and still struggled with a sense of loss. Elsie’s dream is to become a teacher. Nate is desperate to help provide income for his family. When Nate joins the new Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to help his mother and get a new start, he has a secret that he carefully guards in order to retain his position. As Nate and Elsie meet at Yellowstone, Elsie soon realizes that Nate needs her help. Then as tragedy comes to the park, the two must work together for safety and survival, as well as trying to solve a mystery that will save the park from destruction. There’s much both need to learn about forgiveness, trust, and faith. It’s a compelling story that kept me reading far longer than I should have at times.I had a personal reason for connecting to this story. As a young man of 21 years of age, my dad joined the CCC to provide an income for his parents. He worked in the forests in the South, and always credited the CCC for keeping their family from starvation. His memories of that time resembled much of the account of the CCC in this book. I appreciated so much the author giving recognition to those men who worked hard in that program.I highly recommend this book as well as the whole series. Karen Barnett is now one of my favorite authors.I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • BlueJeansAndTeacups
    January 1, 1970
    ***Kept Me Guessing***Yellowstone Natl Park, WY, 1933This story focuses on the Pack Rats, Pillow Punchers, and Pearl Divers also known as the park’s hotel staff, or Savages (smile) as well as some Rangers, and President Roosevelt’s new Civilian Conservation Corps (the CCC).22-year old Elsie Brookes has been working summers to save enough money to earn a teaching degree and go to college like her friend’s Mary and Rose.Teddy Vaughn is a new ranger who gives her stomach flutters, but she needs to ***Kept Me Guessing***Yellowstone Natl Park, WY, 1933This story focuses on the Pack Rats, Pillow Punchers, and Pearl Divers also known as the park’s hotel staff, or Savages (smile) as well as some Rangers, and President Roosevelt’s new Civilian Conservation Corps (the CCC).22-year old Elsie Brookes has been working summers to save enough money to earn a teaching degree and go to college like her friend’s Mary and Rose.Teddy Vaughn is a new ranger who gives her stomach flutters, but she needs to focus on her job and caring for her ailing mother, not to mention her closely guarded secret.Sweet Scripture Reference: “Yes, indeed. ‘Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” It’s not just the key to a happy home, Elsie-” “I know. It’s the key to a happy life.” Only her parents could make the golden rule sound romantic.Joining the CCC camp are many struggling young men, arriving from New York area, who haven’t seen work or a decent meal in a long while. This is their chance to earn a paycheck to send home, learn a trade and get a free education. But for Nate Webber, it’s his chance to keep his younger brother out of jail. He had never been out of the city and wasn’t sure what to expect. “The sky back home had never looked like this. He could almost touch it, brush his finger against the glittering edges of the distant stars. “God”. He breathed the word, more in reverence than in vain. What other response could a man have in the face of such wonder?” Working out in nature may be just what he needs, plus no one need know about his shameful secret.The park descriptions are lovely: “A small herd of elk grazed on the green lawn surrounding the lodge. A cow elk, heavy with her unborn calf, lifted her head to stare back, chewing leisurely. The animals had over three thousand square miles of park to wander but seemed to prefer it here.” The mystery of the story kept me guessing all the way through. There are several characters that keep the story in interesting. I loved the raccoons!Tea Moment: “Her friend took a sip of her coffee and made a face. “Why do I always think I’m going to like this stuff? I want to be all modern and sophisticated with my black coffee, but I still prefer iced tea.””Amen Sister!! (haha)NOTE: This is a stand-alone novel, and fine to read out of order, as per the author.The first 2 books are “Where the Fire Falls” and “The Road to Paradise” which I both really enjoyed.FREE STUFF – Go to the author’s website Karen Barnett Books dot com to keep up with her news and click FREE STUFF to get a free novelette, vintage style postcards, digital poster and bonus eBook “Women of the National Parks”. Amazing!Thank you to Waterbrook Publishing and NetGalley for a digital edition. My opinion is my own and given freely.
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  • Susan Wachtel
    January 1, 1970
    Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett – A Real GemI love finding books by authors whose work is new to me. I found a real gem in Karen Barnett’s new book Ever Faithful, which is the third book in the Vintage National Parks Novel series. Reading Ever Faithful was like a breath of fresh air. Obviously, the setting of the novel in Yellowstone National Park in the 1930s brings a whole different feel to the book. The pace of the story is relaxed and enjoyable and I feel like the characters were unveiled slo Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett – A Real GemI love finding books by authors whose work is new to me. I found a real gem in Karen Barnett’s new book Ever Faithful, which is the third book in the Vintage National Parks Novel series. Reading Ever Faithful was like a breath of fresh air. Obviously, the setting of the novel in Yellowstone National Park in the 1930s brings a whole different feel to the book. The pace of the story is relaxed and enjoyable and I feel like the characters were unveiled slowly and over time the reader gets to know them. I enjoyed the characters, even though there was a mystery and someone made bad choices, characters weren’t vilified. Faith was a part of the storyline, especially forgiveness.Karen does a great job in her descriptions of nature and the surroundings. She does so without being too wordy and lets the readers imagine the beauty of the Yellowstone National Park. It was interesting learning what the park was like 90 years ago and what it would have been like to work at the park. I had never heard of the Civilian Conservation Corps, but it sounded like an excellent program to help young men during a very hard time in our Nation. It was also a great way to introduce people from different walks of life and bring them together for the storyline and watch them grow and learn. You can’t help but know all the research and time Karen must have put in to write this book and make the characters and setting come alive. I loved reading Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett. I took my time reading the book because every time I opened the book, I felt like I was taking a break and going somewhere beautiful with people I enjoyed. I could set aside the demands of the moment and get away to a different place and time. After reading Ever Faithful, I want to go back and Karen’s other books and look forward to her future novels. I would like to thank NetGalley and WaterBrook Publishers for the opportunity to read Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review. Ever Faithful will be available June 18, 2019.
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  • Amy Bradsher
    January 1, 1970
    Karen Barnett’s Vintage National Park series is amazing, and Ever Faithful is no exception! In fact, the worst thing about this book is that it ends the series, because I’d really love to read more of these books.I’m not the only one. My daughter and I nearly got into a tug-of-war when the book arrived in the mail. We both wanted first dibs at it! Fortunately for me, since I’m the one writing the review, I pulled rank. I really love the spin that Barnett put on this story. Not only is it set in Karen Barnett’s Vintage National Park series is amazing, and Ever Faithful is no exception! In fact, the worst thing about this book is that it ends the series, because I’d really love to read more of these books.I’m not the only one. My daughter and I nearly got into a tug-of-war when the book arrived in the mail. We both wanted first dibs at it! Fortunately for me, since I’m the one writing the review, I pulled rank. I really love the spin that Barnett put on this story. Not only is it set in Yellowstone National Park, but Nate becomes employed by the Civilian Conservation Corp (the CCC) early in the story. As I used to work in a camp in the Poconos that was built by that organization (and hadn’t been updated since that time, I’m sure), it was fascinating to learn more about the men who traveled and worked to build those types of structures. His story wasn’t straightforward, either, leaving the door wide open for the variety of reasons that men might have applied to work with the CCC.I really liked Elsie’s story, too. My great-grandmother attended college during these years to become a teacher, and while I’ve heard a story or two about her experiences, hearing more about the effort that women were putting into attending college was really neat. With so many people going to school now, seemingly automatically, this was a very different perspective.Barnett kept me guessing with the mystery portion of her plot. Each time I thought I had deduced who the ‘bad guy’ was, she’d dribble out some new information and I’d second-guess myself. I love when an author can keep me guessing!My Little Man is the one among us who really wants to visit all of the national parks, but Barnett’s series has made me much more eager than before. I’d love to go see the beautiful settings she describes!Ever Faithful is the perfect summer read: it’s sweet, suspenseful, and takes place during the summertime at a beautiful location. Check it out now!I received a free copy of this book from the author. All opinions are mine.
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  • LA
    January 1, 1970
    BOOK REVIEW: Ever Faithful (A Vintage National Parks Novel)BY: Karen BarnettAnother great delivery by Karen Barnett with her third Vintage National Parks novel. She so capably captures the beauty of Yellowstone National Park through the written word that the reader can almost see and appreciate the natural beauty of the park during the 1930s. One can comfortably travel the trails of Yellowstone from their overstuffed lazy-boy at home.The story follows New Yorker Nate Webber, who can’t seem to do BOOK REVIEW: Ever Faithful (A Vintage National Parks Novel)BY: Karen BarnettAnother great delivery by Karen Barnett with her third Vintage National Parks novel. She so capably captures the beauty of Yellowstone National Park through the written word that the reader can almost see and appreciate the natural beauty of the park during the 1930s. One can comfortably travel the trails of Yellowstone from their overstuffed lazy-boy at home.The story follows New Yorker Nate Webber, who can’t seem to do anything right. He jumps at the opportunity presented to him to join Roosevelt’s newly established Civilian Conservation Corps, and is shipped off to California to tackle beetle infested trees killing the forest of Yellowstone. Despite his inability to read or write, Nate shines as a leader and is quickly recognized as such, but it’s a secret he can’t hide for long.Elsie Brookes has worked hard to earn enough money to attend University to fulfill her life-long dream of becoming a teacher. Having left home and difficult memories in the east, Elsie and her parents have embraced a new life in California. As the daughter of a Park Ranger, Elsie knows the lay of the land and spends her time recording information and earning money for school. She has no time, nor desire, to fraternize with the other workers.Of course, Elsie and Nate cross paths on more than one occasion and form a friendship were secrets are easily spilled. When an unwelcome visitor of her past comes to work at the Park, Elsie is faced with memories she’d rather forget and a series of mysterious fires keeps the newly formed CCC on their toes, and casts doubts on the budding friendship.Secrets. Fires. Crime. Heartbreak and Ugly tears. Faith and forgiveness. Grace.All of these themes are effortlessly sewn together, making for a rewarding reader experience.I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    Join me for an adventurous tale that takes the reader on a ramble through another of our nation’s great national parks, Yellowstone, for a peek at park life during the 1930’s. Karen Barnett once again constructs a unique novel set during a trying time in our nation’s history, the Great Depression, and integrates faith, fiction, and historical background and detail into the core of the story. April 1933 finds Nate Webber, a young man from Brooklyn, New York, headed west to Yellowstone to fulfill Join me for an adventurous tale that takes the reader on a ramble through another of our nation’s great national parks, Yellowstone, for a peek at park life during the 1930’s. Karen Barnett once again constructs a unique novel set during a trying time in our nation’s history, the Great Depression, and integrates faith, fiction, and historical background and detail into the core of the story. April 1933 finds Nate Webber, a young man from Brooklyn, New York, headed west to Yellowstone to fulfill his six month obligation to the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Although not exactly voluntary, Nate finds himself grateful for the opportunity to provide for his mother and siblings back home. He and his fellow CCC members, all city boys, have much to learn upon their arrival at the park. Some lessons are harder to learn than others for the boys, but they pull together and perform their jobs better than most would have expected. Over the course of the summer their adventures lead them everywhere from snow covered hills for logging to fighting forest fires to save the majestic forests and hotels of the park. Along with the more serious side of their jobs, the evenings offered entertainment and good times with some of the female staff at the park. Filled with a cast of characters that are dynamic and believable, the story brings to life the camaraderie and the ups and downs of life in a summer national park setting. Ms. Barnett takes on some serious topics in the book such as mental health issues, learning disabilities, anger and forgiveness, as well as the standard park issues of conservation and wildlife management. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the story. A perfect summer read that will get you in the mood for a trip to one of our beautiful national parks! This ARC copy was received from Waterbrook and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
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  • Loraine
    January 1, 1970
    Barnett is writing a series of books that each focus on the early days of one of our National Parks. Each reads well as a stand-alone. It is spring 1933 in Yellowstone National Park and work crews are readying the park for the summer crowd. This year, due to the still lingering effects of the Depression, groups of young men from the Civilian Conservation Corps will be assisting in this work. Nate has joined the CCC in order to help out his family financially. Elsie, the daughter of one of the pa Barnett is writing a series of books that each focus on the early days of one of our National Parks. Each reads well as a stand-alone. It is spring 1933 in Yellowstone National Park and work crews are readying the park for the summer crowd. This year, due to the still lingering effects of the Depression, groups of young men from the Civilian Conservation Corps will be assisting in this work. Nate has joined the CCC in order to help out his family financially. Elsie, the daughter of one of the park rangers, will be once again working to make money in order to attend college and become a teacher. This year as well as her usual job in the hotel, Elsie will be working with the young men in the evenings to assist in developing their reading and writing skills. Both Nate and Elsie are plagued by what they believe are unsurmountable problems that keep them from achieving their personal and educational dreams. The interaction between Nate and Elsie and the growing relationship between them is sweet to watch. Both lack self-confidence and need to believe that God does have plans for them to prosper. Living just a short distance from Yellowstone in northern Colorado and having seen it in the early 1950's up til now, it was interesting to view it from an even earlier time period. Barnett's descriptions were wonderful at creating pictures of the wonder and beauty found at Yellowstone. The touch of suspense with the arson fires and the slowly developing romance between Nate and Elsie along with Elsie's friendship with Rose and Mary rounded out an interesting plot. I loved the names for each of the groups of workers e.g. "pillow punchers" for the hotel maids. Definitely a series I would recommend.**I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
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  • Julie D.
    January 1, 1970
    This is book three in the Vintage National Parks series. It's a stand-alone book set in Yellowstone during the Great Depression.Elsie has grown up in Yellowstone with her Park Ranger father and a mother who has health problems. The death of her little sister weighs heavy on her mind and she blames her cousin who accidentally set the fire as a child. We see her wrestle with this dilemma when her parents bring her cousin into the park to work after the death of his parents. This was a very good pa This is book three in the Vintage National Parks series. It's a stand-alone book set in Yellowstone during the Great Depression.Elsie has grown up in Yellowstone with her Park Ranger father and a mother who has health problems. The death of her little sister weighs heavy on her mind and she blames her cousin who accidentally set the fire as a child. We see her wrestle with this dilemma when her parents bring her cousin into the park to work after the death of his parents. This was a very good part of the story and I loved seeing her process forgiveness and what that means as she deals with her cousin, who at times is not very likable.Nate is a young man from New York who has been told he's dumb all his life by his father and teachers. He can't read and his whole life revolves around protecting his little brother, who is going down a bad path. When a police officer steps in to get Nate into the CCC, it will be a life changing situation for Nate.I really liked this story and the setting of Yellowstone Park. I also enjoyed learning more about how the CCC program worked and how it helped so many young men who were in need of work. I loved the budding relationship between Nate and Elsie and seeing both of them blossom under the encouragement their relationship brought them.There was a mystery thread that ran through this story as well and I was amazed at who the culprit was. I kept thinking I knew who it was but I was very wrong and I like a story that keeps me guessing until the end. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it. I give it 5 stars.*This book was provided to me by Waterbrook Multnomah. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
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  • Julie Failla Earhart
    January 1, 1970
    Former park ranger Karen Barnett has given historical fiction readers a wonderful series in her stand-alone novels set in America’s National Parks. Almost like a Ken Burns for readers! We get the history, the beauty and wonderful tales about characters that feel oh so real.In this, her third novel, she takes us to Yellowstone National Park in 1933. The Great Depression has hit America hard, and the National Parks are no exception. Visitors to the park are few, causing the management not to open Former park ranger Karen Barnett has given historical fiction readers a wonderful series in her stand-alone novels set in America’s National Parks. Almost like a Ken Burns for readers! We get the history, the beauty and wonderful tales about characters that feel oh so real.In this, her third novel, she takes us to Yellowstone National Park in 1933. The Great Depression has hit America hard, and the National Parks are no exception. Visitors to the park are few, causing the management not to open certain lodgings and other services. It’s almost a double whammy to park employees.The protagonist is a young adult, Elsie Brookes, who has grown up in the parks. She desperately wants to go to college and become a teacher. She has been working as maid in the park’s hotels, but after four years, she still hasn’t saved enough. I chuckled at the nicknames the park’s employees gave to position, terms like pillow pushers, savages, pack rats, gear jammers, etc. And I like the way Barnett let the reader know what each nickname represented without overtly doing so.Poor Elsie. She is facing another summer with little hope of saving enough money for college. However, FDR’s New Deal comes to the rescue without officials realizing it. The year is 1933 and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) is sending a group of men to help work in the park, looking for bug-infested copses, culling trees and all around manual labor. For most, this is the first time they have ever seen this much wilderness. Elsie is offered a second job as a teacher to the men who are coming, and she jumps at the opportunity.Enter Nate Webber. The Brooklyn-ite shows promise. He is a hard worker and a born leader. But he has a secret that he will protect at all costs. When Elsie uncovers that secret, she vows to do everything she can to protect that secret, it makes for some dynamite reading. I give “Ever Faithful” 5 out of 5 stars in Julie’s world.
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