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Faithful (Faithful, #1) chapter 1 Faithful (Faithful, #1) , meaning Faithful (Faithful, #1) , genre Faithful (Faithful, #1) , book cover Faithful (Faithful, #1) , flies Faithful (Faithful, #1) , Faithful (Faithful, #1) e6a5dbd596054 Sixteen Year Old Maggie Bennet S Life Is In Tatters Her Mother Has Disappeared, And Is Presumed Dead The Next Thing She Knows, Her Father Has Dragged Maggie Away From Their Elegant Newport Home, Off On Some Mad Excursion To Yellowstone In Montana Torn From The Only Life She S Ever Known, Away From Her Friends, From Society, And Verging On No Prospects, Maggie Is Furious And Devastated By Her Father S Betrayal But When She Arrives, She Finds Herself Drawn To The Frustratingly Stubborn, Handsome Tom Rowland, The Son Of A Park Geologist, And To The Wild Romantic Beauty Of Yellowstone Itself And As Tom And The Promise Of Freedom Capture Maggie S Heart, Maggie Is Forced To Choose Between Who She Is And Who She Wants To Be


10 thoughts on “Faithful (Faithful, #1)

  1. says:

    Margaret Maggie Bennet has an elegant life amongst the elite families in Newport, Rhode Island But when Maggie s father tricks her into going on an excursion to the wilds of Yellowstone Park to look for her mother, Maggie realizes that they are in Montana for an entirely different reason A reason, that Maggie is desperate to find out Alone and isolated in a dangerous wilderness, Maggie must discover what she wants most freedom or a life she s always known Fox s debut novel, Faithful, is a thrilling and heartwarming story of love, discovery, and of course, faithfulness.The first time I laid eyes on Faithful s book cover, I immediately thought majestic fear of the unknown That s exactly how Maggie feels when she first arrives in Yellowstone, uncertain with a desire to conquer the mysteries surrounding the park and her mother s disappearance Faithful is a great book not only because it was written quite nicely, but because of the sense of adventure within the pages The image of Yellowstone is very dominate throughout the story as it should be and Maggie s devastation and anger can be felt on a very personal level I couldn t help but cheer Maggie on as she battled for freedom as the men around her continually tried to control her When you start this book, you must understand, back then even in 1904 , a woman s future was deeply nestled in the will of a man s Maggie is at their mercy sometimes she had to make sacrifices that a 21st century girl would never dream of doing Even though Faithful is in fact a historical fiction, I wouldn t hesitate to recommend it to someone who doesn t normally read that genre Faithful is not all about the time period even though it is important , it s about knowing what you want and standing up for it Overall, I absolutely loved Maggie, the adventure, Yellowstone which I almost got a chance to see a few years back , and the discoveries Maggie made along the journey I am whole heartedly looking forward to seeing fiction by Fox.Recommendation I highly recommend Buying it would even be a good idea especially if you are certain you would enjoy this book Ages 12.This Book is For Teens or even adults who enjoy adventure, mystery, and a little romance This Book is Not For Teens who absolutely dot not like anything with a historical background but I still think you would enjoy it Content A bit of sensuality and a few kisses Appropriate for ages 12 and up PG The Last Straw I turned The bubbling hot springs were just as she d depicted them The vapors The striking colors, the white that I d thought was ash One view after the other, I recognized them all Mama had been here pg 99 Pages 322 Published May 2010 Publisher Speak Penguin Genre Historical fiction, teen romance, adventure Content Age appropriate PG Age Group YA, ages 12 Enjoyed It 5 5 Content 5 5 Cover 5 5 Overall 5 5 Courtesy of booksandliteratureforteens.blogspot.com


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    When I first read the blurb for Faithful, I had no idea it was set in the beginning of the 20th century Nor did the cover really illuminate this fact, as the dress s design was just ambiguous enough to be considered popular now I like it better for the fact its set in 1904 and not in the last two decades For what I think Fox was trying to convey in the book, it needed to be set during a time when parts of the country were still rugged pioneer then refined city slick.Maggie was, for all her tactless comments and sometimes snobbish behavior, she was very relate able She grew up in the affluent and rich neighborhood of Newport she was given every privilege, every luxury, but what she wanted most was a stable family life Some small eccentricities could be overlooked her family s money and prestige allowed that much but her mother went beyond the pale with her behavior, her manner This gave Maggie a strange dichotomy of growing up On the one hand she loved her mother, loved her spirit, but she also felt the censure of what it meant She tried to repress anything that even remotely resembled her mother s behavior and the few times she acted out ended disastrously She was scared, uncertain and confused Even as her thoughts seemed to vacillate between praying she could have that perfect debut and finding her mother, foremost in her mind was always a need for her mother She needed her, needed closure and the fantasy that if they found her it would all be perfect if she wished for it hard enough I felt so bad for her in those moments She wanted so hard to believe that everything would worked out if they found her mother even while also knowing that problems could arise because of it.It was hard for me to judge her father adequately He was obviously not a man who was malicious, or hurtful, or purposely sought to wreck his daughter s future On the same token he didn t understand what she really needed He was scared that if he gave her too much freedom, she would be just like her mother Just as uncontrollable, just as heart breaking Even when he tries to give her what she tells him she wants most a triumphant return to Newport society with a respectable husband he still doesn t quite get it He was weak He was a very weak man, so frightened of losing something, of wanting something best left in the past, that he was deaf to rational thought.The friendship between Tom and Maggie was unexpected in its development Through him Maggie grows and understands her mother better as well as herself Because he s never lived in the society limelight with the society pressures she s always had to fight against, he understands far better what a person needs the most He s awkward, and together they make a lot of missteps, but their understanding of each other grows steadily.I adored Mrs Gale, a widow professional photographer who introduces Maggie both to the artistic beauty Maggie s mother gave to her, but also the fact that an accomplished woman can be a wife and professional Mr Greybull was one of the most repugnant men I have ever had the misfortune to read about As a foil to Maggie s growing uncertainty about what she wants in the future, he worked well KulaI m still not certain of her motivations or behaviors I understand why she felt the way she did, but I don t understand the maliciousness and vindictiveness she felt towards Maggie Its one thing to envy someone s seeming better fortune, its entirely another to completely hate a person for it.Fox does an excellent job conveying the landscape of both Newport and Yellowstone The wonder and the excitement of the geysers, grizzleys and bison, as well as the difference between the variety of people represented in Yellowstone Bandits, tourists, geologists, hunters grrr Mr Greybull , officers and servants The end result was both satisfying and fitting to the story Maggie got the answers she was searching for and was able to move forward The novel is a heart warming story of finding redemption, faith not the religious kind and learning to accept that knowledge can come with a price.


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    Faithful by Janet Fox tells of Maggie s story as she travels halfway across the country to find her mother A mother that disappeared one day that left both her father and her different She is taken out of her comfort zone despite many of the townspeople not liking her mother therefore not her as well because she was not like the others impulsive or somewhat sane But Maggie wants to change all that with her debut, which is why she needs to find her mother and be back by August However Maggie is in her a surprise because she may not be leaving Yellowstone after all Her father s business is in ruins and her grandparents have pretty much cut him off so he hopes to make a new life here Maggie doesn t want and the only way she can leave to return home is to marry her way out Or will she make a name of herself by herself And Tom a man really who captured Maggie s attention since the first time.Faithful was a book that took me quite a while to finish Never a good sign My main problem was Maggie, the novel s protagonist and focal point Another bad sign She reminded me of someone I knew constantly whining, moaning, or groaning about something or another I typically am the listener to these pity stories and it just grates on your nerves sometime Maggie or this person did not know what they truly wanted If they did then they would have not complained about not having something and then complaining about it when they do eventually get it There is no win win situation for these types of personalities Did Maggie mature Some might say, sure To me, it s pushing it Give anyone a big enough scare and they are bound to change.Even then the majority of the other characters have no substance as well They run on two different temperatures hot or cold Mean or nice Not even Tom, the male lead whom I suppose was going to swept me off my feet, was much of an asset to the novel I did, however, like one or two characters, but they were secondary characters so I did not see them as often as I would have liked.The setting and the imagery were lush and vivid, but it was not enough by itself Give me a bouquet of flowers and I will admire its beauty, but that is all Give me a story behind the flowers and I will love it even after it wilts.


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    One of these days, I will stop listening to the blurbs in catalogs, because they always let me down I ordered this one specifically because the publisher s blurb compared it to Eva Ibbotson, who I completely and wholeheartedly adore And not a lot of authors or books get compared to her at least by the publisher, all of whom are desperately trying to convince you that this book is the next Twilight, and you should buy it RIGHT NOW , so I couldn t resist.It was a good book But that s it good Maggie was whiny, her father was lame, Tom was nice, and Graybull was mostly annoying Maggie s reaction to Yellowstone was interesting, I guess, but I remain immune to the allure of the West real or metaphorical , and I would have much rather watched Ken Burns documentary on the National Parks.The big secret about her mother which I won t reveal, because I am a nice person, so forgive me for my awkward vagueness coming right up would have made a fantastic book, rather than half a chapter I find it incredibly hard to believe something that juicy happened to a member of Maggie s social circle and she never heard about it, even years later, daughter of the woman in question or no That is the best gossip ever, and I refuse to buy that Maggie lived her entire life with the same small group of socialites and not one of them let anything slip Shenanigans It wasn t entirely fair of me to pick up Fox s debut and expect Ibbotson, but life isn t fair Take it up with your publisher, Janet.


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    So this is one of those books that had some things I REALLY liked but enough I didn t like for it to get only three stars.It was too dramatic A lot of it was predictable Too heavy handed in places But Maggie was exactly the kind of protagonist I ve been longing for in historical fiction She doesn t start off fighting against her position She likes her place in society I loved seeing that kind of character Obviously, I m very glad to live in an era and country where I have a lot of freedom as a woman, but that s a modern attitude and it took a lot of struggle to get there It s not something that all women 100 years ago would automatically think about And too many historical fiction fight against their society in a way that, to me, doesn t feel grounded That doesn t seem to have been inspired by anything in particular So I really appreciated seeing a character who had her mind opened up, who found new possibilities she hadn t even considered She learned to fight for what she wanted And the other way, the easy, traditional way was presented in a realistic light A tempting light That s another thing I think some historical fiction misses out on It s just easier to go along with what society wants That doesn t make it right, but it s a tempting option than most fiction acknowledges.Also, it s set in Yellowstone and I just love Yellowstone.Oh, and Maggie s mother has a really interesting backstory Maybe interesting than this one I d be interested in reading a story about that.


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    You can find this kind of book many places Where a girl s life is torn apart, she absolutely hates it as she moves away from her home She is taken to a completely different place, in this case from Newport to Yellowstone Then everything turns out fantastically, she meets the boy of her dreams, and never thinks of going back So you know what is going to happen in the end But I feel like this book really shows how Maggie changes from just any ordinary Newport girl who will spend the rest of her life looking at materials for new dresses, into someone who really has potential When I read how she felt that her mother was going crazy, as she watched her paint scenes of smoke, fire, and bubbling messes, I felt a pang for sympathy for her When Maggie talked about the feeling of not trying to do anything to keep her mother from leaving them, I imagined her walking out towards the ocean, never looking back I could easily relate to this book, whether I could clearly imagine it in my mind, or if it had happened to me A lot of people could learn some things from this book.


  7. says:

    I was really disappointed in this I thought I was getting a historical novel that would explore the magic and beauty of West Yellowstone, but except for when the grizzly bears made their appearances, I didn t enjoy it much Here s why


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    It was the cover that attracted me to this book in the first place It is so pretty I really like how it sums up the book Maggie with the beauty of Yellowstone So yeah, I really enjoyed Faithful I didn t know that it was a historical fiction so imagine my surprise when I found out I love historical fictions Anyway, let s start with the setting Yellowstone, Montana Wow It was described wonderfully I could totally imagine the geysers and the river, everything Yellowstone is now on my travel list If the descriptions of Yellowstone could easily take my breathe away, then imagine what the real thing could do to me Now for the characters, our main character Maggie may not be likable at first with her snobbish attitude and how she had treated her mother badly It s set in the 19th century so I understand that marriage and being acceptable in society is very important for young girls so Maggie s character is very well portrayed As the story progresses, we can see Maggie s character change with her struggle to be herself and her decision to follow her heart And once she really knew her mother s secret, she finally understood her mother and it created a bittersweet moment I shed a few tears for her and her mother As for the other characters, Tom Rowland was so dreamy with his cowboy appearance and out going personality I really liked him Graybull, Maggie s suitor is dislikable, he is just so creepy I really like Mrs Gale, Maggie s photographer friend As for Kula, I have mixed feelings about her I understand what she s going through but she doesn t have to always be rude and bitter Maggie s father was a very interesting character His desire to find Maggie s mother s secret was clouding his judgments but at the end, he found closure As for the plot, I was engrossed from the beginning to the end I really wanted to what Maggie s mother was hiding and how Maggie is dealing with everything that is going on The romance part was a bit off though Maggie and Tom always fight about the same thing every time how Maggie is being snobbish It gets annoying very quickly Overall, I really enjoyed Faithful It was an enjoyable historical fiction to read during the summer.


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    I wanted to like FAITHFUL, with its gorgeous cover and promising tale of self discovery in Yellowstone Park I m not a historical fiction fan, but I do love me the inspirational beauty of nature Unfortunately, lackluster writing, plot, and characters drag this book down until it is very difficult to like.Nearly all of the characters in FAITHFUL are either unbelievable or unlikable For lack of better words, Maggie is, simply put, a pain in the ass, a spineless, spoiled, and petulant girl forever waffling between her childish desires of admittance into the gossipy, fashionable worlds of New England society and her goal of being a young woman mature enough to be included in her family s decision making process News flash, sister you won t be treated as an adult if you keep on being so self centered.Tom, the love interest, is introduced to us as a tall, good looking, light eyed young man with an enigmatic smile, who immediately makes our heroine feel clumsy and unworthy Excuse me for a moment while I chuck something across the room And pardon me when I don t believe the supposed attraction between the two If any guy as perfect as Tom is purported to be falls for someone as inconsiderate and selfish as Maggie, then, well, he s really as far from perfect as can get.Equally frustrating is the slow, flashback laden plot The flashbacks are meant for us to see what Maggie s mother was like, and why Maggie feels so conflicted about her as she does But in the present time, there is little that moves the story along A story of self development needs to find the right balance between the past and the present, and this one was bogged down with too much of the past to work effectively.FAITHFUL wasn t the book for me because it combined the parts I like least about YA lit into a single book, but fans of historical fiction might have patience with Maggie s story You might be better able than me to appreciate the intricacies of societal rules of the time, as well as drink in the luscious idea of the setting.


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    I have to admit, I wasn t to excited to read this book I was actually scared to do so Because I had read so many reviews that talked about how this book was less than amazing But I have to disagree.Maggie was a good protagonist She annoyed me at times and, yes, she was stuck up, just like Tom had said time and time again But she narrated the story well and her personality is one that is cool to read and easy to relate to at times The other characters in the book were a lot likeable, however Her family and friends and even enemies were exciting to read and all had personalities that shined whenever you read about them.The writing in this book was fantastic This is Fox s debut and she obviously has great talent Once you get adjusted into it, the writing style is easy to read and had few problems I was never lost or confused, I always had a clear idea of what was going on She was so descriptive and I could envision both Newportand Yellowstone perfectly.The story, though hard to get into, was really enjoyable to read After I got into it, I rarely wanted to put it down I could scarcely imagine what Maggie was going through and it was very interesting to read it The story really picks up when they get to Yellowstone and the little action that is in this book starts happening I think you have to have been to Yellowstone to fully understand this book, which I have been The love and family connections had me reading anxiously, trying to uncover the next juicy detail.Though you may be cautious, I really advise giving Faithful a chance With it s likeable characters with awesome personalities, beautiful writing that is surprisingly good for a debut, and intriguing story with twists and turns all along the bumpy road, Faithful is a great book that historical fanatics, as well as the average book lover will enjoy I cannot wait to see where the story goes in the next book, Forgiven, even though I am happy with Faithful s ending.


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