Faithful is the story of a teenager's descent into guilt and self-loathing after surviving a car accident which leaves her best friend in a coma. Shelby's mental anguish and depression is self-destructive. The novel follows Shelby's journey from the bottom through her slow, tortuous climb back into life.
Shelby is unable to accept the love of a good man, but he does leave her with the goal of becoming a veterinarian. She leaves him for a bad love affair, but finally realizes she can save herself. And her own past mistakes give her the wisdom needed to help her best friend's children find their way past their bad choices.
Shelby's empathy and ability to understand other's pain, and her natural desire to rescue the unfortunate, including abused dogs, become her greatest strengths.
The message of letting go of the past and that even 'monsters' can be 'angels', is inspirational.
I am glad to inform you, that traveling to Hell with Shelby is worth the trip. We rejoice when Shelby finally finds friendship, acceptance, and even love.
I loved The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman which I reviewed here.
I received a free ebook from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
Simon & Schuster
Publication Date Nov. 1, 2016
$26 hard cover