September 7, 2010

Faithful by Janet Fox

Release Date: May 13, 2010
Publisher: Speak
Pages: 336
Review Source: Library

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
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.

My Thoughts:
I was first drawn to this book because of the cover, which is absolutely gorgeous. In fact, I think I first read about it on Melissa Walker's blog, in one of her cover stories. 'Faithful' is an interesting story which features a cast of characters, all of whom are quite different from one another. Despite figuring out the "mystery" part of the book early on, I was still intrigued to discover the circumstances under which the events happened. I really adored the romance between Maggie and Tom, even though there aren't a lot of purely romantic scenes in the book. Janet Fox makes you really root for their forbidden romance, and I was scared about whether a relationship between the two of them would be able to work out, since Maggie is of a higher class and Tom has no money. At times I found the narrative a bit stilted, but perhaps it was just because of the many descriptions of scenery. I don't usually read for setting, but if you do you'll love reading Fox's descriptions about the wild of Yellowstone. I would recommend 'Faithful' to fans of historical novels and to those who enjoy stories of women standing up for themselves, trying to make the best of their life despite the station their gender placed them in.


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