Keeping Claudia

Toby & Claudia Book 2
June 1, 2017
Votes: 31
Audience Adult
Word Count 120-140k (pretty long)

Editing, Production, Marketing & Sales

Edited by Veronica Jorden
Cover design by Cover design services
Published Through Amazon Createspace – KDP
Additional services through Proofreading
Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars

The Rundown

One of the greatest challenges for New Adult Contemporary novels is to stand out amongst other novels of the same genre. It is, quite frankly, a difficult task to accomplish especially for this particular genre. KEEPING CLAUDIA somehow did.

The novel starts with Claudia Chiametti’s return to the small coastal town she grew up in and once fled, back to the arms of the only to have ever awaken her heart. Toby Faye is a changed man, and with Claudia finally within his reach, he has decided to put the past behind him… Except for one last dark secret lurking in the dark recesses of his past. The one secret that may ruin everything.

The first half of the story was dragging. It seemed as though there were jigsaw puzzles that looked like they fit but you can tell they don’t fit perfectly. Claudia was not a character you could easily relate to nor connect with. There were few moments when her decisions and beliefs seem contrary and it brought confusion. Toby, on the other hand, was far easier to relate to. He isn’t perfect; he has flaws just like any other human being. The way he deals with problems is utterly familiar, in a sense that the emotions take precedence.

It was somewhere halfway through the book when the story picked up. The second half certainly did shine through and brought much of the emotional punch the reader would have expected in the first half. The last dark secret, however, didn’t really feel as crucial as how the blurb would describe it to be. Rather it was merely an element of the most important point of this entire novel.

See, KEEPING CLAUDIA is a riveting story about trust. Trust on the people who matter and trust on the love one have for someone. And through all the hardships and obstacles life throws at you, the trust on yourself to stand back up and believe in yourself. And that you can get through with it, whatever it is.

This is what made a light read novel like KEEPING CLAUDIA such an enjoyable yet emotionally gripping reading experience. One that you won’t forget for a very long time.

This novel is the final half of a series but it may still be read as a standalone.


The Recommendation

Although the first half was slow, it all makes up for the heart-wrenching second half of the novel. This is a great read for those looking for a light read packed with enough emotions.


The Rating Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars

4 Stars (out of 5): Recommended. For the right audience, this book is a great read. It can hold its own against any traditionally published novel in its genre.

The Pros & Cons

Pros: Believable, Characterization, Emotional
Cons: Slow in Places, Starts slow

The Reviewer

Keeping Claudia

How do you love someone whose past goes against everything you’ve ever known or trust in a future you’ve yet to believe in?

Back home in a town she once fled, headstrong Claudia Chiametti returns to the arms of the only guy ever to awaken her heart. Everything about Toby contradicts her family’s traditions and values, but she’s ready to take a chance on love.

Toby Faye is a new man, and the girl he’s long dreamed of is finally within his reach. With Claudia’s help, he’s put the past behind him. But one last secret hides in the dark corner of his past. The one that could undermine it all.

Can Claudia love him unconditionally … or will the truth cost Toby what he wants most?

Keeping Claudia is the emotional finale to the love story that began in Saving Toby, an unforgettable journey of a couple who discover the only way to love someone is with an open heart.

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard.

Full length, Contemporary Love Story.
Recommended Reading Age 18+
Though part of a series, may be read as standalone.

Visit Keeping Claudia‘s website.

Author’s Summary

How do you love someone whose past goes against everything you’ve ever known or trust in a future you’ve yet to believe in?

Back home in a town she once fled, headstrong Claudia Chiametti returns to the arms of the only guy ever to awaken her heart. Everything about Toby contradicts her family’s traditions and values, but she’s ready to take a chance on love.

Toby Faye is a new man, and the girl he’s long dreamed of is finally within his reach. With Claudia’s help, he’s put the past behind him. But one last secret hides in the dark corner of his past. The one that could undermine it all.

Can Claudia love him unconditionally … or will the truth cost Toby what he wants most?

Keeping Claudia is the emotional finale to the love story that began in Saving Toby, an unforgettable journey of a couple who discover the only way to love someone is with an open heart.

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard.

Full length, Contemporary Love Story.
Recommended Reading Age 18+
Though part of a series, may be read as standalone.

Short Description

Claudia’s ready to take a chance on love, but everything about Toby contradicts her family’s traditions and values. Toby has the girl he’s long dreamed finally within his reach. But one last secret hides in the dark corner of his past. The one that could undermine it all.

Catchphrase

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard.

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