I 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 on June 18, 2019.