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?
A Brooklyn man ventures west for the first time and reinvents himself in the process in this fantastical historical novel from Barnett (The Road to Paradise). Twenty-four-year-old Nate Webber is trying to keep his family together amid the Great Depression and is nearly imprisoned after covering up for his thief brother. Instead, the police chief sends him to the Civilian Conservation Corps in an effort to protect him from a future in jail. Stationed at Yosemite National Park, Nate is ashamed by his inability to read and write, keeping it secret from his superiors and peers. He falls under the spell of the ranger's beautiful daughter, Elsie Brookes. Knowing she's a "college girl" who wouldn't be interested in an illiterate worker, he does his best to hide his growing admiration for her. As Elsie begins teaching the rowdy CCC boys, Nate captures her attention, even though a successful young ranger is also pursuing her. But as Elsie's own attraction to Nate grows, she struggles with a dark secret of her own. Giving themselves up to faith, Nate releases his pride and Elsie her past to truly embrace each other. Barnett brings the beauty and simplicity of Yellowstone to life in this wonderful story of faith, humility, and trust.
EVER FAITHFUL is the latest novel in the Vintage National Park Series by author Karen Barnett. This is set in beautiful Yellowstone when it was still very wild and untamed back in 1933. It surrounds two main characters, Nate and Elise. Their backgrounds differ immensely because she has grown up in Yellowstone (her Dad is a Ranger) & he has grown up in New York. They both share unbelievable broken pasts and hurts and that helps them them form a friendship. Barnett paints a beautiful background for her plot as she describes all the many wonders of Yellowstone. She adds a varied cast of characters including Rangers, workers in the hotels, on the grounds, bus drivers (all with clever nicknames!) and the CCC workers who’ve come to work in the National Park, too. Barnett shows the fortitude and determination that it took for those dedicated people to invest their lives in Yellowstone and in doing so some of them found the the love of their lives. I was provided an ARC of this book by Waterbrook&Multnomah & NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.