Suzanne McKenna Link
(Toby & Claudia #2)
Publication date: June 1st 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
I received a copy of Keeping Claudia Suzanne MeKenna for an honest review via Xpresso Book Tours. Everything that follows is my own opinion. I was not compensated.
Keeping Claudia is a contemporary romance about a young couple, Toby and Claudia. It’s the sequel to Saving Toby which begins their relationship. Honestly, I didn’t get lost in this book. I don’t feel you have to read the first book to understand the characters and the story. However, I feel it might have helped me understand and like Claudia. I honestly didn’t click with her in the beginning of the book, but did begin to understand her persona better later.
The writing is well done and you do get sucked into the lives of Toby and Claudia. There will be moments where you will be bummed, want to smack a main character, or smile from ear to ear. Written in first person with alternating Toby and Claudia chapters, helped me get in the mind of the two.
In all, it is a happy ending contemporary romance and I liked it. I might have had a better liking if I read the first book first, but you don’t absolutely have to to understand the story or feel for the characters.
Suzanne McKenna Link works for a family of newspapers that cover events in and around the South Shore of Long Island, New York. She lives in the town of Sayville with her husband and two children.
SAVING TOBY is her debut novel. The literary love story follows the moving journey of a damaged young man and his love for a girl who might just save him. An avid interest in psychology has Suzanne digging deep into the reasons for her characters’ behaviors. The native Long Islander is fascinated by the how and why of people’s actions. As a result, her characters come to life on the pages.