My husband and I have spent the last few years trying to see as many National Parks as possible with our kids. So far we have traveled to 23, including Yellowstone! I was so exited to learn about this book series by Karen Barnett. Barnett does a lovely job of writing about Yellowstone in a historical setting with interesting details of the park. More than that, she tells a heartfelt story about two people from different places that are brought together through the park and the Civilian Conservation Corps.
As part of FDR’s New Deal, young men were paid to enlist in the CCC. They traveled to many of our nations’s parks to improve their conditions. The parks benefited as did the young men who were previously without work. Barnett writes about a young man, Nate Webber, who enlists in the CCC and is assigned to Yellowstone. It is there that he meets Elsie Brooks, a ranger’s daughter. Nate and Elsie have a slow but steady relationship. Their story is believable, just a bit slow at times. This book begins with back story, and lots of details to help build the foundation for Nate and Elsie. There are also quite a few characters to get to know. I found myself getting a little impatient with the plot, but I am glad I stuck with it!
Ever Faithful is an excellent read for anyone who loves historical fiction. It is definitely appropriate for all age of reader from tween to adult. There is no language or inappropriate scenes. I requested a copy of this book to review from the publisher based on the cover and the topic. I was not compensated for my review and all opinions are my own.