The Art of Keeping Faith by Anna Bloom
Series: The Uni Files #2
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: April 9, 2014
Format: eARC, 450 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Lilah and Ben. They are meant to be a thing.
Well, they were. The best thing ever. That was until Lilah decided to teach herself a lesson and let go of Ben since she’s learned The Art of Letting Go.
Now it’s a new academic year, and Lilah has it all to play for and it all to lose as she battles scary lecturers, evil PR girls, and her own inability to make the right decision at the right time.
Life has moved on for Lilah and her friends, and life off campus is more complicated than any of them would have guessed. As the reality of being second-year students sets in and the study starts to build up, cracks begin to appear in the very fabric of their friendships. There is a chance that none of them are going to complete Year Two in one piece.
Facing down her worst enemy, herself, Lilah has to try and change her own past mistakes when she realizes that the only way she is going to get the future she wants is if she manages to learn The Art of Keeping Faith in herself.
The Art of Keeping Faith is the second year in The Uni File Series and continues Lilah McCannon’s diary as she searches for love, tries to find and earn trust, and ultimately discovers who she is really meant to be.
Sometimes the only way to meet your future is to face your past.
After falling in love with Lilah and Ben in The Art of Letting Go, I couldn’t get enough of them. I devoured the novellas, but still wanted more. After the semi-cliffhanger ending of the first book, I was chomping at the bit waiting for the sequel to find out what happened when we last left one of my all time favorite book couples. I wasn’t disappointed.
My heart was all but broken at the end of The Art of Letting Go when Ben left. I loved these characters and I desperately needed them to be together. They each had their flaws, but they were stronger together than they were apart. And while I wanted to scream at Lilah for pushing him away, I understood why she made the choices she did. It doesn’t mean I liked them, but I understood. But still, I needed them back in the same place at the same time. I won’t spoil the second book, but I will say I got my wish… kinda. Before everything turned to shit again, at any rate.
The Art of Keeping Faith was the best kind of roller coaster ride. Books like this, ones that make me feel as deeply as this one did, are why I love reading. There were some really funny moments and then there were others that all but gutted me. Lilah’s growth during this book was far more pronounced than in the first. She’d lived, loved and lost and somehow came out on the other side stronger and more determined than ever. I still love my Ben, though I did want to smack and/or shake him during this book. (And if I’m being honest, I still wanted to yell at Lilah, too. They were a frustrating pair in this one.) I’m glad he was off making his dreams come true, but I wanted him with Lilah, where he belonged.
I can’t say much more about this book for fear of giving away the story. What I will mention is how much the little things in this book moved me. There were scenes that were so perfect they brought tears to my eyes. But what really gutted me were the text messages from Lilah to Ben over the last quarter of the book. Her emotions were on display and it was like I was right there with her, feeling everything she felt. The Art of Keeping Faith was beautiful and realistic. It showed how perfectly imperfect Lilah and Ben’s relationship was. I felt all the emotions and oh-so-many feels.
For me, The Art of Keeping Faith had a very different feel than The Art of Letting Go. I loved both equally, but in different ways. The first book hooked me on the characters and the strength of their love. The second one showed me how mature they could be. They made tough decisions and fought for their love, even though the road was rather bumpy. The bumps and twists were all worth it though. I have to be honest and say I had the happiest of happy tears in my eyes at the end. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. There are so many unanswered questions (though I want to be very clear there is NOT a cliffhanger) and I can’t wait to see where Ben and Lilah wind up. Until then, I’ll continue on with my book hangover, imagining all sorts of scenarios they could be in right now.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.