My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
As a community development worker, Faith was quite familiar with heartbreak and recovery after all the time she spent on disaster relief missions. So when her five-year relationship ends right before she left for a mission trip to a typhoon-stricken town in Iloilo, she tries not to make a big deal out of it. How can she be broken up about a breakup when she’s with people who literally lost everything?
But now that she’s back, all Faith wants is for her life to go back to normal and have people stop looking at her with pity. Never mind that she still has a lot of questions about the breakup, or that she feels a tiny ache every time her ex comes up in conversations. She’s okay now, and happily distracted by Nico Tamayo, the attractive new guy at work.
With new possibilities in the horizon, Faith thinks she is well on her way to moving on. But when her past comes calling back to her, will all the good things in her present be enough to keep her on the path? Or will she finally learn that there was more to heartbreak and recovery than what she knows?
“He made me feel less lonely tonight by letting me into his world, and I found that I really liked being there. I wasn’t ready to go back to my own.”
Moving on from a relationship is never easy, especially if it
is was a long-term one. When Faith’s relationship with her boyfriend of five years ended, she was heartbroken as much as the next girl but there were more important things to deal with. Like her work as a community development worker and future disaster relief missions. Like her new office mate, Nico, who happens to be not only be attractive but also a really nice guy.
It was a real surprise that I enjoyed reading this so much because I don’t usually read full on adult romance novels, well this one wasn’t only focused on the romance and that’s what I really liked about it. The story follows Faith’s journey post-five-year-relationship, we get to see her go through the stages of heartbreak and moving on, and we also see her fall for the new guy, Nico. Along those, we also get a dynamic friendship and family aspect, a look through the environment of working as a community development worker, and a commendable character development arc.
No one ever asked for disasters to happen, but when it happened, you just have to move forward. Perhaps not immediately, because everyone’s allowed to have a moment to grieve.
Faith is the most passionate character I’ve known, her drive and passion to help people is so inspiring and admirable. I loved that she graduated from a STEM course but didn’t felt happy on her work there so she followed her heart looked for something she loves. I must admit that there was a point when I hated her for her decisions, seriously this girl can be frustrating at times but it was a bit forgivable considering her hurt. While Nico is the nice guy that you can’t help fall for. He’s the nice guy that often get taken for granted.
There was no case of insta-love here, the romance escalated in the right pace. And it definitely had its sweet moments that will give you major feels. That being said, the story focused both on the romance and Faith’s character development. And I really enjoyed how real Faith’s struggles were and that she dealt with them not in a perfect way but in a realistic one. The overall conclusion including the epilogue was satisfying, I was happy at her decisions and the way she came in terms with her life.
This seriously felt like a movie, I felt the familiarity and warmth that a good romantic movie brings that includes all of its predictability and clichés.
Keep the Faith is quick romance novel the will teach how to go for what you’re passionate about in life, how to let yourself hurt and then heal, how to find love again and ultimately, how to keep your faith during the tough times.
That it was okay to not be okay. It was going to take a while to finish, but I’ll get there.
A huge thanks to the author for giving me the chance to read and review her book, and also for including me in this blog tour. If you want to check out the other reviews/posts that are part of the tour just click here.
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About the Author:
Ana Tejano has been in love with words and writing ever since she met Elizabeth Wakefield when she was in Grade 3. She has contributed several non-fiction pieces in print and online publications, and has been blogging for years. When she’s not writing, she works as a communications manager for a payroll outsourcing firm, and serves in CFC Singles for Christ in every other time that she doesn’t spend reading or sleeping. She lives in Metro Manila and is also known by another name in her other circles (but it’s not a secret identity, really).