Faithful

Faithful

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend's future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt. What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion— from dark suffering to true happiness— a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls— including an angel who's been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night. Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who's ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap. Alice Hoffman's "trademark alchemy" (USA TODAY) and her ability to write about the "delicate balance between the everyday world and the extraordinary" (WBUR) make this an unforgettable story. With beautifully crafted prose, Alice Hoffman spins hope from heartbreak in this profoundly moving novel.
Publisher: 2016.
ISBN: 9781476799261
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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KatG1983
Oct 25, 2017

Faithful is one of my favourite reads of the year. Shelby survives a car accident that leaves her best friend in a near vegetative state. Her guilt from that night looms over her life for years to come, even as life pushes her into living tiny bit by tiny bit. The novel covers life, death, love, and heartbreak ... you'll cry, and you'll rejoice.

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jfd5
Oct 11, 2017

Enjoyed this one. An easy read..kept you guessing as to outcome of characters. Yes, some parts predictable but still enjoyable.

CRRL_MegRaymond Oct 09, 2017

Ten years ago, Shelby walked away from an accident that put her best friend in a coma. She can’t seem to move on and grow up and have a life - something that Helene will never have.

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writermala
Oct 02, 2017

Alice Hoffman tells the story of guilt ridden Shelby Richmond in the novel "Faithful." It was so powerful it just about broke my heart. Shelby is driving when the car skids. She is alive but her best friend Helene becomes a vegetable and lies lifeless in a coma. Shelby blames herself. Her life is turned inside out. From a successful student she becomes a loser. She has to find her way in life again. She does so with the help of her loving mother and an unknown angel. She learns that love is the only thing that matters. She believes everybody should have ESP so that everyone will know what everyone else is thinking and maybe people wouldn't hurt each other so much. She finds a best friend with three children she finds dogs who need her. Will she find true love?

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morebooksplease
Sep 07, 2017

I am a huge fan of Alice Hoffman's work but this novel left me wanting. It felt a bit predictable (something I have never said about any of her books!) and the main character hard to cheer for. A good enough read but not what I have come to expect from this incredibly gifted storyteller.

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JillBlumenthal
Jun 01, 2017

I really had to push myself on the first 20 pages or so of this book -- the protagonist is at her lowest emotional point at the beginning, and it was depressing to read. However, I kept reading, and I'm glad I did -- Faithful was a good read. I appreciated how the novel showed Shelby's gradual journey towards rebuilding her life (in spite of herself) over time after a tragic accident puts her best friend in a coma.

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ritarufus
May 15, 2017

Shelby and her best friend are in a car accident and her friend dies. She blames herself and goes through years of guilt. She can never forgive herself and lives on the edge of society. She meets a guy and lives with him for years but is never really in love.
Someone is leaving her messages over the years and eventually she discovers it is a high school admirer who is looking out for her.
She eventually comes to terms with the friends death, reconnects with family, falls in love with highschool friend, starts her own dog business.

What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion--from dark suffering to true happiness--a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls--including an angel who's been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

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mythoughts
Mar 19, 2017

Nothing else existed until I finished this book.

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XkatX
Feb 15, 2017

To me this book was a heart twister about the painful (and rewarding!) journey of re-discovering one's self, hope, love and happiness. Very well written and highly enjoyable leaving the reader with a soothing and uplifting feeling (even though it's out of my usual go-to genre)! It kept me wanting to know what happens next, all through the reading.

ontherideau Feb 10, 2017

Alice Hoffman novels are quicksand for me. In Faithful the postcards, bread crumbs, leading us on.

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