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Forgiven

(Faithful #2)

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Kula Baker never expected to find herself on the streets of San Francisco, alone but for a letter of introduction. Though she has come to the city to save her father from a cruel fate, Kula soon finds herself swept up in a world of art and elegance - a world she hardly dared dream of back in Montana, where she was no more than the daughter of an outlaw. And then there is t ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 2nd 2011 by Speak (first published June 1st 2011)
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Rebecca
Kula Baker was raised near Yellowstone by her father, an outlaw. She never knew her mother, who was forced to return home when Kula was a baby and later died. Now that Kula is older, her father does not think it is safe for her to live with him, and he wants her to have a better life. So he arranges for Kula to move to the city of Bozeman, Montana, to work as a servant to a kind woman named Mrs. Gale. But Kula wants more than that. She wants to find a rich man to marry, one who will treat her we ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Forgiven is the perfect companion book to Faithful, it follows the story of Kula, a secondary character from Faithful with an extraordinary story. Kula's journey takes her from the beautiful rugged wildness of Bozeman, MT to the enchanting, and sometimes dangerous high society of San Francisco, CA.

In Faithful I had some reservations about Kula, but with Forgiven I felt like I was really able to understand her. She's had a rough life and now that her Pa is going to be hanged for a murder he didn
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Gabrielle Carolina
Sep 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bir11
It's incredible, and personal, heartfelt and true. It has weight and power and love and beauty and Forgiveness between its pages. Forgiven is spectacular.

Long Review TK
Lauren
Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
If there is one thing that always draws me to book it is a beautiful cover, and that was just the case with Janet Fox’s Forgiven. Thankfully, Forgiven contained much more than just a stunning cover, as it was a lush and fabulously built historical fiction read as well.

For Kula Baker, life has always provided quite the thrill and excitement thanks to her father’s chosen lifestyle. However, those characteristics are heighted to an extreme one chilly and dark night in May of 1904. Kula is left alon
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Lexie
Jul 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-blog-pr
Prelim Review: Much like Faithful, the companion novel to this in which we are first introduced to Kula and her...unique ideas about life and behavior, I was drawn in by the story and the characters. Though I had some disagreements with Kula in Faithful I found that I understood her better and her motivations in that book thanks to this one.

Full review to be posted at Poisoned Rationality
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Given that I like the first book very much, I thought I pick up this one and see how it went.

Plot: This story follows Kula who is thrown in some troubles of the past. Her dad is accused of murder and there is not much time to save him. He gives her clues to follow and it leads her to a path she didn’t think she be on. I liked this plot. It is filled with much drama and action. Kula’s life has been hard as well. She is struggling with so much. To see her come into her own, was done well.

Love: Kul
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Pamela Hubbard
Kula Baker has grown up in the mountains of Montana with her outlaw father. When someone puts her life at risk, her father sends her away to safety. When he is accused of a murder he didn't commit, Kula goes to San Francisco to find a box that holds secrets that she believes will free him. Once she arrives, she finds herself in a spiral of mystery and deceit, not knowing who to trust or how to believe, and also finding her heart drawn to two very different men. As she makes mistakes and adapts t ...more
Kathy
Forgiven is about a girl from Montana, her name is Kula (love that name), she is Maggie's half sister (Maggie from Fatithful), and she is a spitfire and a treasure. Set in San Francisco 1906 at a time when the local government is corrupt, the Chinese population is important to the community and are severely oppressed. Also the earthquake and fires played a major role in the end.

She goes to San Francisco to find a box for her dad, he's been thrown in jail for a murder he didn't commit. Only when
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Holly
The great thing abut Janet Fox's historical fictions is that they cover events or places that I don't generally read about. I hadn't read anything about Yosemite Park before Faithful and I certainly hadn't read anything about the great earthquake of 1906 in San Francisco. It's a nice change from the average stories set in the Victorian era or what have you.

I really liked the way this portrayed the different places in good ole S.F. Between Chinatown and the more upscale neighborhoods, it had a li
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Amy
Aug 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Definitely had its moments, and it's very strong at times. Personally, I got bogged down about half way through. This is a book that strangely manages to feel 1000 pages long (in actuality, it's not even 300 pages long). Kula (and the reader), have an almost impossible time getting the crucial details straight so we can go about finding the damn box and saving Pa from hanging. I guess it's supposed to be a suspenseful mystery, but it just felt like we were forced to be clueless and naive and not ...more
Krista Basilio
Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it
I love this. It is so amazing and it personally feeds my heart.

Fox's writing is such a breath of fresh air. It's raw and honest, without being dramatic and advantageous. She paints portraits of the scenic wilderness in Montana as skillfully as she illustrates the hectic streets of San Francisco. She writes characters with fallacies and passion who have to come across life lessons the hard way. She writes love stories that are the reward of leaning on something greater, rather than overwhelming
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Tasse Bentson
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Companion book to FAITHFUL by Janet Fox. While I really like FAITHFUL, I loved this book about a girl from Montana who goes to San Francisco to find a box that might save her father's life from certain hanging. Like FAITHFUL, it has heart, gorgeous writing and a plot that keeps you reading well into the night. I read this book in one day, which is the highest compliment I could give a novel. But it also had rich layers, depth and a teen protagonist who learns to care, not just about a boy, but t ...more
kirpa
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
One of the best books I've ever read.
Katieb (MundieMoms)
This is a great companion book to Faithful. You can read my full review here
http://mundiemoms.blogspot.com/2011/0...
Aimee Berg
I'm not going into huge detail in my review, but there's a few things that I wanted to mention.

First, for me, the love story was not very believable. There was practically no development between David and Kula and yet they decided that they loved each other?? After meeting like three times?? But I digress.

Second, Kula came off as rather selfish. Although, she did indeed have a compassionate heart for the Chinese girls, some of her decisions seemed rather selfish. But she seems to realize later
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Miss
Aug 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
There wasn't anything interesting about this one.
QNPoohBear
In this companion to Faithful, 17 year old Kula Baker's Pa, the outlaw Ned Baker, sends her out into the world alone when he discovers a dangerous stranger has been searching their camp for a secret hidden box. Kula first goes to Bozeman, Montana where she works for Mrs. Gale, the kind photographer. Kula is angry at her Pa for not coming with her and starting fresh. She dreams of a fine man to come and marry her and keep her in luxury for the rest of her life. Then Kula's Pa is arrested for a mu ...more
Kate
Nice read, 4 stars from me =)

Kula Baker is a strong protagonist, who normally knows what she wants. But when her only left parent, her beloved "Pa" is taken prisoner by a sheriff who already made clear that he will hang, she finds herself almost alone in Bozeman, (Montana - I think) with the only knowledge that she has to travel to San Francisco to find a box which belongs to her father and will save his life.
In San Francisco Kula not only finds work as a servant and later as a model for art, bu
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Madeline
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lets see, what did I think of this book.

Well, it had a great story, and Kula definitely changed throughout the book. There were many secrets, but not too much, if any, drama, which I enjoyed. Kula changed greatly over the span of this book. She became more sure of herself, and finally, in the end, realized she could be free and be herself without the company of a man. I was so proud of her at the end of this novel. I really got to connect with Kula, about the way she wanted to figure out the tru
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Lisa
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Forgiven centers on Kula Baker, first introduced in Janet Fox's Faithful. Forgiven picks up Kula's story two years after Faithful leaves off. Kula's father has been arrested for the death of one of his allies and will hang unless Kula can prove his innocence. Kula's father sends her to San Francisco with the directive to find a box held by a man name Ty Wong. Within this box lies proof to set her father free. Begrudgingly, Kula leaves Montana for the new world of San Francisco. Once there, Kula ...more
Lola
Janet Fox, how you disappoint me. I loved Faithful, absolutely loved it, but you have yet to impressive me with your other novels. Sirens was good but not great, a safe choice in plot and time area, but Forgiven commits a bigger sin. It tried to imitate all the intrigue and beauty of Faithful without packing any of the same punch. It is just so flawed as a novel.

Forgiven could've been great. It could've matched Faithful in quality. The setting of San Francisco right before the fire is fascinatin
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Becky
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Well, compared to the disaster I read just before this one, this is a compelling read. However, I can only give this a 3-star rating. That might end up being generous, but I have to give this story the rating for its potential.

To me, the writing was very flat and one-dimensional. I never truly cared about the characters and the reading left me emotionless. There was great opportunity here. To compare it to another recent read I never felt the fear, anxiety, sadness, or humor that the other work
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Julia
May 07, 2011 rated it liked it
My rating: 3.5

Forgiven is from the point of view of Kula, who was a secondary character in Faithful. Nat Baker, Kula's father, has been arrested for a murder he didn't commit and Kula must go to San Francisco in order to find the thing that may save his life.

I really enjoyed the concept of this story. The things I didn't like were:
(1) Kula was a very difficult character to like. She made a lot of selfish decisions and wasn't very responsible or aware. She was extremely impulsive and made a lot o
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Eugenides
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
*spoilers*

I was sadly disappointed with Forgiven. The opening pages and cover showed a book about a feisty head-strong girl who fell in love with the last person she would ever expect. I'm all about strong female leads and interracial relationships, but this book did a poor job in portraying both. The book started off well, showing Kula's desperate desire to find a better life for herself, and her first encounter with David had me going "aww". Then, of course, no YA romance is complete without t
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Maddie
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Janet Fox is my new favorite author after reading this series. I think Kula, the main character, has traits that makes her a character that anybody could relate to. This book is set in San Francisco and seems to capture a whole other world. Forgiven takes you on a journey as Kula figures out who she is, who she loves, who she really wants to be, and we get to join Kula Baker as she figures out right from wrong all while on a fast-paced mission to save her father and maybe save herself along the ...more
Christy
Jun 30, 2011 rated it liked it
This book took awhile for me to get into. After a couple chapters it was a little slow still, but I liked it. Kula is trying to find something her father told her is very important to save him and she cant figure out what it is or who is on her side. It keeps you guessing. The only thing I didn't like about it was people were keeping the truth away from the main character (Kula) to protect her, but when I found out what the truth was I didn't really understand why they didn't just tell her. She ...more
Amy
Jul 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
I would really give this one 3.5 stars. I enjoyed this sequel to faithful. The main character in this is Kula. I enjoyed seeing her grow and mature in her search to save her father. Some lessons were learned along the way and I feel like she found out more of who she was (especially when it wasn't who she thought she wanted to be). I did enjoy the connection with David (though the whole relationship felt very rushed...it was almost like I missed a chapter or two that would have been about them f ...more
Kari
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
I admit, I judged this book by its cover and didn't think I'd like it. To my surprise it was actually quite delightful! About a young woman, Kula Baker, who has grown up with her father, an outlaw thief who makes his living on the trails of the Western frontier in Wyoming and Montana. He is arrested for a crime he didn't commit and tells Kula she must go to San Francisco to retrieve a box that will save his life.
The only thing that annoyed me about this book, told in the first person, is that w
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Kelly
This was overwritten. The writing in terms of description reminded me a lot of what Saundra Mitchell does, but here it never actually added to the story and instead, took me completely out of the story and frustrated me.

The book is first person, but Kula refers to herself in third person for no real reason. And the passage of time is bizarre. The first three chapters are over the course of two days, but chapter four suddenly covers 6 months of time.

I had no connection nor investment here at all.
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Colby twitchell
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This novel was incredible so honest and true. Janet Fox's writing is like breathing fresh air- so refreshing and clean. She does a fantastic job on showing how a country, independent and stubborn transforms into someone who learns how to forgive others and those around her. Her story is continued from the companion novel Faithful, now I definitely want to check this one out also to learn and dive into her back ground more.
Highly recommend to readers who are for a journey of forgiveness and love
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