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I devoured Bernett's Ever Faithful. The fact that it takes place in Yellowstone was the very first thing that drew me in, because Wyoming will forever have a piece of my heart. But the characters are what kept me riveted.
While faith and God are mentioned within a natural flow of thought and dialogue during the novel, it isn't a beat-you-in-the-face novel. Instead, it is the perfect novel for any young woman or teen that has a hard time understanding why life seems difficult and why they haven't found their One yet.
Elsie was the perfect protagonist. She was kind, thoughtful, intelligent, and driven. I adored getting into her heart and finding out what made her tick. I also appreciated her relationships with both Teddy and Nate for highly different reasons that you'll just have to read to find out.
Teddy was what I would have considered a dreamboat in my high school and early college years. He's an attractive young park ranger with his eye on marriage and the tendency to move too quickly. But he wasn't mature. And he certainly isn't what I would hope my daughters would decide to marry.
Nate was steady. Also described as attractive, it was his heart and his kindness that draws you in and makes you want to listen to what he has to say.
Rose and Mary were the perfect besties for Elsie, and I appreciated that they were both fully fleshed out, along with Red and Val as friends to Nate.
While the novel had a tendency to get a bit slow in parts, the firebug always showed up to spice it all back up.
Overall, I highly recommend the novel to anyone who enjoys national and state parks. While not a beach read, it is the perfect camping read.
Thank you to Chelsea Woodward and Waterbrook for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.