Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Faithful by Janet Fox

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 more 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|Price: Pbk. $8.99| NEW
|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|


This review can also be found on Flamingnet.net. Copyright© 2010 by BLT.


The Sweet Bonjour said...

This cover is amazing! Glad you liked it--can't wait to read it :)

Kris (Voracious YAppetite) said...

I just read this book a few days ago and really liked it. I don't typically read historical fiction, but agree that I'd recommend this book even to those like myself that tend to enjoy other genres more. Fox's descriptions of Yellowstone are so captivating that the entire time I was reading Faithful, I just wished I was there at the park. Great review!

Btw, I just stumbled across your blog today, and I love it. :D

Tales of Whimsy said...

This sounds SO good :)

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