Faithful Faithful #1

Faithful Faithful #1[Read] ➲ Faithful Faithful #1 By Janet Fox – 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 s 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 Faithful Faithful PDF/EPUB or 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. 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 faithfulnessThe 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 conuer the mysteries surrounding the park and her mother's disappearance Faithful is a great book; not only because it was written uite 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 FoxRecommendation I highly recommend Buying it would even be a good idea–especially if you are certain you would enjoy this book Ages 12This 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 PGThe 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 SpeakPenguin||Genre Historical fiction teen romance adventure||Content Age appropriate PG|Age Group YA ages 12||Enjoyed It 55|Content 55|Cover 55||Overall 55|Courtesy of booksandliteratureforteensblogspotcom 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 slickMaggie 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 itIt was hard for me to judge her father adeuately  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 uite 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 thoughtThe 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 steadilyI 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 itFox 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 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 timeFaithful was a book that took me uite 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 changeEven 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 likedThe setting and the imagery were lush and vivid but it was not enough by itself Give me a bouuet 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 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 resistIt 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 ParksThe 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 uestion 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 ShenanigansIt 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 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 starsIt 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 acknowledgesAlso it's set in Yellowstone and I just love YellowstoneOh and Maggie's mother has a really interesting backstory Maybe interesting than this one I'd be interested in reading a story about that 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 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 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 uickly Overall I really enjoyed Faithful It was an enjoyable historical fiction to read during the summer 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 likeNearly 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 centeredTom 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 getEually 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 effectivelyFAITHFUL 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

Faithful Faithful #1 PDF/EPUB ½ Faithful Faithful
  • Paperback
  • 325 pages
  • Faithful Faithful #1
  • Janet Fox
  • English
  • 03 April 2014
  • 9780142414132