Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano

Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano
Publication Date: July 31st 2016
Source: Purchased
Rating: ★★★★★
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Synopsis

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?

I enjoyed this one so much. It was such a fast read that it’s hard to keep up with my emotions.

The story was patched so well, you don’t realize that you’re almost done. The characters were all lovable and relatable, and you’ll get where they’re coming from.

Faith’s dedication to helping people is something I really admire. She has a good heart at the very core, a heart that tries to be strong for others but really a heart is just a heart, and there’s only so much it could take. This is what makes Faith so relatable. We pretend we’re okay, we try to keep things the same way, we try to hold on, hurting ourselves and others around us over and over again. But her story of moving forward is so beautiful and heartfelt.

Also, it’s so refreshing and satisfying that she took a few months to completely move on and set her path before she told Nico she loved him too. I believe she did it for hersef and for Nico’s sake too, so that when she finally gives herself to him, it will be pure and true.

Nico, oh Nico. This guy is really the guy you hope to be with someday. He, who you can talk to and never be bored of. He is Funny. Patient. Kind. Understanding. Let’s not forget that he is really hot, and he has dimples! ANYWAY, ISN’T FRENCH FRIES JUST THE MOST ADORABLE PET NAME EVER?

I also like Faith’s friends and family, they’re a good bunch of support system to have in times of need.

My favorite parts were the closure, the self realizations and the reconciliations. I loved those so much.

I honestly think that James should have been honest about the reason for their breakup earlier. Not knowing why your relationship crumbled really hurts, and you spend so much time with whys. His words and actions were confusing, to be honest.

Meah and Faith’s reconciliation also affected me very much, but what made me tear up were the mother-daughter moments, especially when Faith’s mom gave her a box to get rid of James memorabilias (tough love, we need it sometimes) and especially when she finally said I’m proud of you.

 

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Hi! My name is Jeremae Manalaysay, but everybody calls me Jem. I love to read and fangirl, then read and fangirl some more. I am 22, and currently on the road to becoming a “scientist”.

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