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 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.
Faithful is a eloquent, thoughtfully written historical novel set in Yellowstone National Park in it's developing years, when it was just beginning to be bulit up into a tourist-centered area. Janet Fox manages to capture Yellowstone's beauty and natural ruggedness while weaving in a graceful story of a girl stuck in the web of high society and it's many prejudices. Maggie, in the beginning is a frustratingly worldly young woman whose only thoughts are about finding the right sort of man to marry and how others perceive her. But as she leaves her home in Newport and ventures into the West she changes in ways she never could have imagined. She learns a great deal about her mother and the people in her life who made her who she was.
Romance, mystery, self-discovery-- all are presented flawlessly in Faithful. Maggie goes from a snobbish, high-society rich girl to a independant young woman who sees with new eyes that love isn't something that can be bought or sold: it must be earned. A definite must- read for history and romance fans, Faithful is a novel that will have you sighing at the last page, wishing for a chance to see Yellowstone in person, and have adventures as wild and enchanting as Maggie's.