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’ve been a fan of Ana Tejano since reading Fall like Rain and I enjoyed her second book, Keep The Faith very much. Faith is the other friend of Rain in the first book.
Faith, a development worker, is humble and hard working. She has a little pinch of stubbornness that makes her refuse to stop helping people. But sometimes its the same stubbornness that prevents her from seeing the truth of her relationships.
Nico is the perfect guy. He’s sweet and thoughtful and very understanding. I like how he wasn’t given a lot of conflict with Faith. Faith’s main conflict was internal rather than external and sometimes, the best thing a guy can do is to wait for the storm clouds to pass before making his move. Ana’s men are such heartthrobs because of their personalities and the looks are just really a bonus on their part (Seriously, Nico, you’re in my Fictional Boyfriends list now.)
Ana Tejano paints a slow and steady build up of their relationship, suitable for someone like Faith, who draws into herself to figure things out. I absolutely love how “Faith” is used not just for her name and the book’s title, but as a basis of her and Nico’s relationship.
Faith, like Rain, has a wonderful support system of her friends, Rain and Meah and of course her family. And while there are also arising conflicts from these people in Faith’s life, the resolution is also full of love and understanding. It is also this prevailing theme in Ana Tejano’s books that makes me come back. I realized that at the turn of a page, I suddenly find myself having three (albeit fictional) best friends and a bunch of new relatives XD
Keep the Faith is a great read and Ana Tejano is definitely one of my favourite authors. Ana’s writing has gotten even better with her second book, with solid characterizations and narration. She makes her characters spring from the page. Her words are unhurried, with the reader growing and learning at the same pace. With her words, she tugs at the sadness of your heart and revels in the happiness.
Thanks, Ana, for getting me out of my horrible reading rut 😉
My favourite quote:
“Five years of love and they only fit in such a small box”