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Nate Webber 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.
|Title: Ever Faithful #3|
By: Karen Barnett
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2019
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Vintage National Parks
Stock No: WW289583
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?
1. Have you had the joy of visiting Yellowstone National Park? What were some of your favorite "wonders" you saw while there? If you haven't visited yet, what would you most like to see?
2. Elsie has dreamed of being a teacher since she was littlea desire she feels God planted in her heart. Is there a dream you've held close for many years?
3. Even though Nate is grown, he still hears his father's harsh words telling him that he's dumb and a failure. In the story, what helps him move past them? Are there hurtful words from your past that you've internalized? What are some ways you can put these voices to rest?
4. Early in the story Mary says to Elsie, "I'm never serene. I'm bubbly and feisty like your beloved geysers." If you were to describe yourself in Yellowstone terms, which would you choose?
a. Bubbly and feisty like a geyser
b. Calm and serene like Yellowstone Lake on a sunny day
c. Strong and stubborn like a bison
d. Playful and mischievous like a raccoon kit
e. Temperamental and explosive like a mud pot
f. Loving and fiercely protective like a mama grizzly
g. and like a (fill in your own).
5. Elsie's parents believe that the key to love and happiness is found in Matthew 7:12, which says, "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets (NKJV)." Do you believe this command can be applied to marriage? What does that look like?
6. Early on, Mary and Rose seemed to think that Teddy was Elsie's perfect match. Why didn't things work out between them? Do you think her parents' teaching played into her decision? What was it about Nate that Elsie preferred?
7. Were you surprised to discover the arsonist's identity? When you first started reading, who did you think it was going to be and why?
8. Throughout the story, Rose is showing symptoms of depression, but her friends don't take it seriously. Mary even says, "How long will she mope?" Do you have a close friend or family member who struggles with depression or anxiety? Have you dealt with these issues in your own life? Were you able to get help? How has our understanding of depression changed since Rose's time?
9. Elsie's relationship with her cousin Graham is tenuous at best. Her mother tells her, "Forgiveness isn't earned. It's bestowed." Is there someone in your life you've struggled to forgive? How did you get to the point where you could "bestow" forgiveness on that person? Or have you?
10. It's not until after Elsie has granted forgiveness that she learns about Graham's kissing adventures. Do you think she was wrong in forgiving him? What do you do when someone you've forgiven stumbles again?
11. The cones of the lodgepole pine are serotinous, a scientific term meaning they don't open unless conditions are right. For this species, they only release their seeds after fire melts their thick coat of pitch. Ranger Brookes compares the cone to our lives as Christians. There are many references to fire in Scripture, but these are some of my favorites. Can you think of how the story of the lodgepole pine is
similar? How is it different?
a. Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. (1 Peter 4:12-13, NKJV)
b. I will bring the one-third through the fire, Will refine them as silver is refined,
And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, And I will answer them.
I will say, "This is My people";
And each one will say, "The LORD is my God." (Zechariah 13:9, NKJV)
c. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. (Isaiah 43:2, NKJV)
Lori Benton, author of Burning Sky, The Kings Mercy, and other historical novels
"Karen Barnett captures the lively time and place of Yellowstone in the 1930s in this charming and wholesome love story. Firefighting CCC crews and hardworking pillow punchers (housekeepers in Yellowstone-speak) live, work, and play in the national park while learning to trust themselves and their faith to make life-changing decisions. This book made me want to go to a dance in the now-demolished Canyon Hotel, take a ride in a yellow bus driven by a jammer, and wander around Mammoth hoping to run into Herma Baggley, Yellowstones first female interpretive ranger."
Alicia Murphy, park historian at Yellowstone National Park
"With just the right touch of mystery and romance, Karen Barnett brings 1930s historic Yellowstone National Park to life in her new novel, Ever Faithful. Youll fall in love with her strong yet vulnerable hero, Nate Webber, who struggles to overcome his hidden challenges, and youll want to cheer for her spunky heroine, Elsie Brookes. Karens background as a park ranger and her skillful research bring richness and depth to this delightful and inspiring story. Highly recommended!"
Carrie Turansky, award-winning author of No Ocean Too Wide and Across the Blue
"I loved, loved, loved Karen Barnetts Ever Faithful! Set in iconic Yellowstone National Park during the Depression, this story offers high stakes, rugged romance, and a mystery with a twist. Ever Faithful is as wonderful as the wonderland its set in. Thank you, Karen, for a fantastic read!"
Leslie Gould, Christy Awardwinning and best-selling author of over thirty novels, including A Faithful Gathering