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3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,010 ratings  ·  163 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published May 13th 2010 by Speak (first published May 1st 2010)
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Lola I'd say PG-13. It has some adult thematic issues and content so I'm sure they would slap a PG-13 on it. There is no sexual content or anything so it…moreI'd say PG-13. It has some adult thematic issues and content so I'm sure they would slap a PG-13 on it. There is no sexual content or anything so it couldn't get a R rating, but I doubt it could get a PG because there is some violence and such. (less)

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May 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teens (or adults) who love historical fiction or even teens who don't!
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 ...more
Apr 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
When I first read the blurb for Faithful, I had no idea it was set in the beginning of the 20th century.  Nor did the cover really illuminate this fact, as the dress's design was just ambiguous enough to be considered 'popular' now.  I like it better for the fact its set in 1904 and not in the last two decades.  For what I think Fox was trying to convey in the book, it needed to be set during a time when parts of the country were still more rugged pioneer then refined city-slick.

Maggie was, for
Nov 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
Faithful by Janet Fox tells of Maggie’s story as she travels halfway across the country to find her mother. A mother that disappeared one day that left both her father and her different. She is taken out of her comfort zone despite many of the townspeople not liking her mother therefore not her as well because she was not like the others—impulsive or somewhat sane. But Maggie wants to change all that with her debut, which is why she needs to find her mother and be back by August.

However Maggie
Apr 28, 2010 rated it liked it
One of these days, I will stop listening to the blurbs in catalogs, because they always let me down. I ordered this one specifically because the publisher's blurb compared it to Eva Ibbotson, who I completely and wholeheartedly adore. And not a lot of authors or books get compared to her (at least by the publisher, all of whom are desperately trying to convince you that this book is the next Twilight, and you should buy it RIGHT NOW), so I couldn't resist.

It was a good book. But that's it: good.
May 29, 2010 rated it liked it
So this is one of those books that had some things I REALLY liked . . . but enough I didn't like for it to get only three stars.

It was too dramatic. A lot of it was predictable. Too heavy handed in places. But Maggie was exactly the kind of protagonist I've been longing for in historical fiction. She doesn't start off fighting against her position. She likes her place in society. I loved seeing that kind of character. Obviously, I'm very glad to live in an era and country where I have a lot of f
Rosie Cerquone
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
You can find this kind of book many places. Where a girl's life is torn apart, she absolutely hates it as she moves away from her home. She is taken to a completely different place, in this case from Newport to Yellowstone. Then everything turns out fantastically, she meets the boy of her dreams, and never thinks of going back. So you know what is going to happen in the end. But I feel like this book really shows how Maggie changes from just any ordinary Newport girl who will spend the rest of h ...more
Tara Chevrestt
I was really disappointed in this. I thought I was getting a historical novel that would explore the magic and beauty of West Yellowstone, but except for when the grizzly bears made their appearances, I didn't enjoy it much.

Here's why:
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was the cover that attracted me to this book in the first place. It is so pretty. I really like how it sums up the book: Maggie with the beauty of Yellowstone. So yeah, I really enjoyed Faithful. I didn’t know that it was a historical fiction so imagine my surprise when I found out. I love historical fictions.

Anyway, let’s start with the setting: Yellowstone, Montana. Wow. It was described wonderfully. I could totally imagine the geysers and the river, everything! Yellowstone is now on my tr
Steph Su
Nov 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: debs10
I wanted to like FAITHFUL, with its gorgeous cover and promising tale of self-discovery in Yellowstone Park. I’m not a historical fiction fan, but I do love me the inspirational beauty of nature. Unfortunately, lackluster writing, plot, and characters drag this book down until it is very difficult to like.

Nearly all of the characters in FAITHFUL are either unbelievable or unlikable. For lack of better words, Maggie is, simply put, a pain in the ass, a spineless, spoiled, and petulant girl foreve
Alex Bennett
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist
I have to admit, I wasn’t to excited to read this book. I was actually scared to do so. Because I had read so many reviews that talked about how this book was… less than amazing. But I have to disagree.

Maggie was a good protagonist. She annoyed me at times and, yes, she was stuck-up, just like Tom had said time and time again. But she narrated the story well and her personality is one that is cool to read and easy to relate to at times. The other characters in the book were a lot more likeable,
Margaret Bennet looks forward to the summer of 1904 with anticipation and excitement for her upcoming debut into Newport society until her mother's shocking disappearance changes Maggie's world forever. Her mother was always prone to "madness" and was never like other Newport ladies of their class and Maggie has always resented her mother's odd behavior. When Maggie's father drags her off out west to Yellowstone National Park to look for her mother, Yellowstone is both beautiful and frightening ...more
Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm a complete sucker for books like this: historical fictions where the female protagonist feels she's trapped by men and society and struggling to overcome it. I think it's mostly because I want to kick the crap out of these controlling men. I wouldn't take it from anyone if they wanted to tell me who to marry. I'm too "impulsive" for that, as they kept referring to Maggie in the book. Apparently, they didn't know "headstrong" and "stubborn" were actually the better words to describe her.

Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Billed as a romance, there's a lot more going on in FAITHFUL. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Bennet's largest preoccupation is not Tom Rowland, nor her fiance George Greybull. Instead, she is trying to decide the course of her life after her mother's death and her move to Yellowstone. While Yellowstone still has class divisions, it is much less stratified than Newport, where Maggie was raised. She's beginning to realize that she may have more options than she thought.

Historical fiction is not my favori
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
To be honest, I picked up this book because of the cover. I mean just look at it. This cover screams, “LOOK AT ME!” So wondrous yet beautiful. It’s like a picture that I can stare at for hours and wondering what is beyond the trees. Because I judged a book by the cover (GASP) I had no idea what this book was about till I actually started reading it.

Plot: I have not read a book based in the older times. You know, cowboys on horses days. It was very interesting and held me quickly. I love historic
What a good story. Historical fiction is so much fun. Especially when it takes place somewhere that I've been. I was just in Yellowstone last summer and it made me want to A) go back and experience all the stuff Maggie did that I didn't get a chance to and B) look at all the pictures of I took in the park.
Sixteen-year-old Maggie was born and raised in the society of Newport, Rhode Island. Weeks before she is set to have her debut ball, Maggie's father takes her on a journey to Yellowstone Natio
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
I suppose one of the best things I like about books is to see good role models in strong, independent women who know what they want but are not afraid to admit that they don't when they don't. That really makes a book about women interesting to read. But reading Faithful was like standing on the very edge of Cliff Walk during the storm that washed Maggie's mother to the depths of the sea. Simply witnessing the transformation from a superficial, wavering girl into a freedom-loving, courageous wom ...more
Emma  Hoke
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 marr ...more
Aug 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to KatieSuzanne by: Natalie Decker
Shelves: book-club
I wonder if the last few chapters would have been so fantastic if the first twenty hadn't been so tedious since they mostly consist of Maggie repeating the same things over and over...whine whine whine, where's my mama, I want go home, I'm spoiled but don't call me spoiled, I'm confused, no one tells me anything. Each chapter reminded me of the first few chapters of a babysitters club book where the whole beginning is rehashed. The plot was excellent, but developed so slow that I began to think ...more
Jul 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
The first thing that grabbed my attention with this book was the cover. It’s gorgeous and it fits with the story and it’s exactly how I pictured Yellowstone and the wilds of Montana to look like.

Out of all the characters none of them really stood out for me and I thought that they were all very one dimensional. The main character Maggie annoyed me from the beginning. Her father takes her to Yellowstone and she finds herself in a difficult situation where her options are limited. She constantly w
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this book because I was drawn to the cover I mean seriously it's gorgeous! And I love how the author describes yellowstone it makes me wan to go there maybe I'll beg my parents to take me there this summer anyways but I also love this book because it was a self-discovery journey and it had a bit of mystery in it which the book mostly centered around. When the book said it was a romance book it isn't the entire truth there was some romance not a lot. And maggie the main character she comes ...more
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Apr 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
I live in Idaho and even though Yellowstone is not far, I've only actually been to the park once. But, that once was enough to immediately draw me to this title. I was also able to understand Maggie's draw towards the great outdoors and to the park itself. I can't imagine what the Yellowstone must have been like in the early 1900's, especially when I know how wild parts of it still are. I like Maggie. She was struggling to maintain her proper decorum while wrestling with who she could see herse ...more
Apr 20, 2012 rated it liked it
This book deserves a solid 3.5 rating. I enjoyed it so much more than the companion novel Forgiven. As I read this book, it became clear why this book was better. In this novel, the author succeeded in bringing her characters to life. (I think I know some of them!) I believed their experiences and cared about what happened to them.

Why didn’t the companion novel give me the same feelings of satisfaction? In Forgiven I feel that the author had too much going on to give depth to her characters and
Anne Osterlund
Jun 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Maggie lost her mother.
To death. Or insanity. Or the waves.
Maggie isn’t sure.

And then her father suggests Yellowstone.
Which might seem illogical, except for that cryptic conversation her mother refused to have about traveling west. And for the note she left only Maggie. And for the messages from Pinkerton’s Detective Agency.

So when Papa suggests the trip out west, Maggie goes.
Even though it means risking her debut in society, her chance at seeing Edward, and possibly her future.
She goes to find
Sep 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was great! I cant say this is my favorite book, because it's not. This is a very good book though! At the beginning this book was hard to get into. Then I really got into it. This book was written in 1904 and I usually don't read books from that time period.
In this book they talked about being in the right class and marrying into an upper class to get somewhere in life. In this time women weren't really allowed to work outside of the house, and when Maggie figured out tat she wants to
Gayle Irwin
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! Perhaps because I once lived near Yellowstone and wrote stories about this grand place, perhaps because I love (and miss Montana)... but also because the story line is so engaging! Janet Fox weaves a tapestry of family -- of love, dedication, betrayal, and forgiveness. No family is perfect and the story setting, in the midst of a beautiful yet dangerous landscape, adds to the complexity and conflict. Yet, there is redemption, something all of us yearn for. Though ...more
Taylor N
Jul 02, 2010 rated it liked it
I would give this book more like a three and a half, I think. I really enjoyed it. There were bits and pieces that could have been improved upon but overall I liked the elegant atmosphere blended with the wildly beautiful one. I suppose the reason I liked this book so much was because it had a little of all my favorite things: a girl my age as the protagonist, a love story for the hopeless romantic, a character who cared wildly about nature, mystery, elaborate images, an earlier time frame. Fran ...more
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
16-year-old Maggie's priviledged life in Newport, in 1904, is in a free-fall, and the "why's" are a mystery to her. Everything she values and everything she believes is about to change. Terrific insight into the sensibilities of the time for young women - their debut in society and finding a wealthy husband. Today's teen girls may breathe a sigh of relief. The details of the period and of Yellowstone Park are specific and gorgeous.
Briahna D.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great realistic fiction
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
Just what I was in the mood for. I good historical fiction with some romance thrown in for good measure.
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much. I recommend it to all. I also like that is appeals to very young teens up to adults. Janet's descriptions of Yellow Stone are marvelous.
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