Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett June 20, 2019

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Vibrant historic Yellowstone National Park comes to life in this romantic mystery about a man hiding the truth, braving the west to become something more–and the woman who must confront his deception.

A man who can’t read will never amount to anything–or so Nate Webber believes. But he takes a chance to help his family by signing up for the new Civilian Conservation Corps, skirting the truth about certain “requirements.” Nate exchanges the harsh Brooklyn streets for the wilds of Yellowstone National Park, curious if the Eden-like wonderland can transform him as well.
Elsie Brookes was proud to grow up as a ranger’s daughter, but she longs for a future of her own. After four years serving as a maid in the park’s hotels, she still hasn’t saved enough money for her college tuition. A second job, teaching a crowd of rowdy men in the CCC camp, might be the answer, but when Elsie discovers Nate’s secret, it puts his job as camp foreman in jeopardy. Tutoring leads to friendship and romance, until a string of suspicious fires casts a dark shadow over their relationship. Can they find answers before all of their dreams go up in smoke?

My thoughts:

This is such a unique series. I really enjoyed the first one and was looking forward to this book. It did not let me down.

I’ve never been to Yellowstone so it was fun to visit through the eyes of Elsie and Nate. Their romance is a slow burning one (pun intended). With many other obstacles in their way it’s hard for them to find the path to each others hearts.

There is one character I was suspicious of from the start and this alone was enough to make me want to keep reading to see what would happen next and how things would play out.

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The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett July 27, 2017

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An ideal sanctuary and a dream come true–that’s what Margaret Lane feels as she takes in God’s gorgeous handiwork in Mount Rainier National Park. It’s 1927 and the National Park Service is in its youth when Margie, an avid naturalist, lands a coveted position alongside the park rangers living and working in the unrivaled splendor of Mount Rainier’s long shadow.

But Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is still haunted by his father’s death on the mountain, and the ranger takes his work managing the park and its crowd of visitors seriously. The job of watching over an idealistic senator’s daughter with few practical survival skills seems a waste of resources.

When Margie’s former fiancé sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, the plans might put more than the park’s pristine beauty in danger. What will Margie and Ford sacrifice to preserve the splendor and simplicity of the wilderness they both love?

Karen Barnett’s vintage national parks novels bring to vivid life President Theodore Roosevelt’s vision for protected lands, when he wrote in Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter: “There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children’s children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred.”

My thoughts:

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book. I had never read anything by Karen before and the cover is a bit different.

I have to say I adored this book. Margie is such a sweetie. At first you might think she is simple, but she is anything but. She loves the Lord and is even willing to walk away from a man she loves for Him, this girl has her priorities straight. She will do whatever it takes to preserve the things she loves.

Ford is a tough guy, he doesn’t think he needs God and isn’t even sure he beliefs in Him. I couldn’t wait to see how God would open his eyes to Him and if God would use Margie to do that.

By the end they both must face their greatest fear head on and the tension is high.

The setting itself is beautiful, I want to visit Mount Rainer. It sounds wonderful.

I can’t wait to read more in this series, this is truly a great read and I highly recommend it.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.