Suzanne McKenna did it again in the second installment of Toby and Claudia’s story. "Keeping Claudia" is a bit shorter than "Saving Toby" but is still almost 400 pages long. The story continues where "Saving Toby" ends, at the beginning of new relationship between Toby and Claudia. The first part was a bit slow but once things got rolling the story became an emotional roller-coaster.
The story is told from both Toby’s and Claudia’s POV's and the reader gets great insight into their internal struggles, emotions and the depth of their love. What I particularly like is that Toby and Claudia are amazing three-dimensional characters; they have their good days and the bad ones. But also in this story their coming of age is done so well. From two, a bit confused, kids (especially Toby) they develop into two grown-ups that have to make hard decisions. I applaud to Ms. McKenna for doing such a great job and for staying true to Toby and Claudia.
As it is already mentioned the story is emotional roller-coaster. There are a lot of bad times and a lot of good times, some dark secrets from the past are revealed but what prevails is Toby and Claudia’s love for one another. And that love helps them overcome a lot of difficult situations they went through during the course of the story.
I found the epilogue a bit too sweet for my taste but on the other hand from the moment I read "Saving Toby" I hoped that Toby and Claudia would have a beautiful HEA. And they got it.
I highly recommend "Keeping Claudia" whether you read "Saving Toby" or not.
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.