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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 w ...more
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Published July 31st 2016
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Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
4.5

Man, I love Ana Tejano's writing style! And also? I need french fries!
Shealea
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First things first: I received a digital copy of this book as part of my participation in a blog tour – this, however, affects neither my opinion nor the content of my review in any way. Many, many thanks to the author for this opportunity!

Keep the Faith offers a refreshing and heartwarming take on Christian romance. Truthfully, I tend to avoid most religion/spirituality-related titles (note: not exclusively romance) because the very few that I’ve read in the past were pretty preachy. Keep the F
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Maria Ella
Cutie love story with Development work, Ilonggo phrases and Hebrews 11:1.

I was captivated with the nuances of an Ilonggo hottie as a character to the book. Sana ganun din ang soulmate ko, charot.
Nicka (Read by Nicka)
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let’s start by how much feels this book gave me! I just have to say that recovering from a broken heart is not easy. The story actually gave justice to this specific topic. And now as a result, I WANT MY OWN NICO TAMAYO!!!!!

I started reading this when I was on my way to work, you know trying to entertain myself while I was stuck in Metro Manila’s traffic. Even though I was only on the first chapter I couldn’t help but smile. The scene when they set eyes on each other, sparks flied! *literally* K
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Sheryl
My first ebook purchase! Love that it's from a fellow Filipino and book club friend! :)

So many things to like about this book:

1. The cover!
- Another win. Though this has a totally different feel from "Fall Like Rain," it totally captured the elements and feel of the book. Light and hopeful.

2. The Characters!
- Nico: the good guy swoon worthy type. Almost too perfect but I liked how he was honest with Faith when he needed to be.
- Faith: your typical relatable female friend. Maybe a bit stuborn a
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Camille Lopez
This book is so good and uplifting in all sides. Not your typical daily dose of cheesiness but it's more mature and relatable.

I can quote a lot from this book and the wisdom the characters shared in this story is very realistic. I love this kind of books not so dreamy. I think I wanted to stop at the last chapter before ending it. Because I will definitely miss the amazing characters of this book.

I totally ship on you Nico and Faith! Always Keep the Faith!
Shelumiel Delos Santos
This is my first foray into #romanceclass titles and I want more!

Here are some initial thoughts:
- NICOLAS TAMAYO WHERE ART THOU?!
- Faith is frustrating in parts but relatable and definitely fleshed out. Her emotional journey is well explored for a short book, examining not only her romantic relationship but also the different relationships she has with other characters. However, there is one particular scene where I was like, GIRL I CAN'T WITH YOU. YOU KEPT TELLING EVERYONE YOU'RE OKAY AND YOU'R
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Inah (The Bibliophile Confessions)
I've literally just finished this book about five minutes ago. AND I LOVED IT SO MUCH! This is my favorite work of Ana Tejano so far. My heart still flutters just by thinking about how lovely this book was.

For starters, Faith is a community development worker. She basically saves the world for a living, something that's really inspiring. I think it is one of the reasons why I could relate to Faith a lot, I do enjoy participating in volunteer works and community service activities too. Another th
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Amanda
This felt more like it was Faith’s journey getting over her ex and learning to move on. My heart hurt for her and the denial she was in. Anyone who has been through a breakup with unresolved feelings can probably relate. But it made her moving on with Nico much sweeter and more believable. I like that they built a friendship first and it was soooo obvious he liked her that I was like girl... come on. But I appreciated that Faith wanted time for herself first. Also liked the disaster relief angle ...more
Mish
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2017
"For now, all I needed to do was to keep moving, because at the end of the day, uncertainty were simply an exercise in faith."

First of all, I'd like to thank the author for sharing this freebie!

I love everything in this book! Maybe it broke my heart and made me shed a tear, but it just showed how hurtful a break up can be. AND THAT THERE IS A GOOD GUY OUT THERE WHO'S WILLING TO WAIT FOR YOU. ❤ Can I have a Nico Tamayo???

Those who are in the process of accepting or moving on should read this. It'
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Marta
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Liana Smith Bautista | Will Read for Feels
***This review was first posted on book blog Will Read for Feels.

I’ll admit I was a little dubious about reading Ana Tejano’s Keep the Faith. I was delighted to learn that it would feature the same barkada (group of friends) as her debut novel, Fall Like Rain, because I’ve been waiting years to see more of one of the characters. But knowing that there would be a Christian factor to the romance made me pause because, to be honest, that is just so not my thing. Still, I had friends assure me that
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Mikaela Mona
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads, fil-lit
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review and as a part of the Keep the Faith blog tour! Stay tuned! Read my full review on my blog soon

This story follows the main character's journey on having hope even in a devastating times and yes, having faith with life even if it's ruining everything that she worked hard for.

What I love about this novel was the feels you get when you read this and the lessons that you will learn. It will give you hope and a strength on how to deal
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Louise
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A huge thanks to the author for giving me the chance to read and review her book, and also for including me in this blog tour.

Moving on from a relationship is never easy, especially if it is was a long-term one. When Faith’s relationship with her boyfriend of five years ended, she was heartbroken as much as the next girl but there were more important things to deal with. Like her work as a community development worker and future disaster relief missions. Like her new office mate, Nico, who happe
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claridge | booknomnom
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review also available for viewing on my blog: booknomnom.wordpress.com

Before we begin with my review, let me ask you one thing? Why do we read?

We often take for granted the reason why we read things. Maybe, you want an escape from the mundane of life. Maybe, we seek to find a piece of our souls in one of the books we peruse. Maybe, we seek worlds greater and far more dangerous than ours. Or the contrary – finding a safe place to be who you are and finding the freedom in between the lines.

For m
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H. Bentham
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Faith is a community development worker who’s longterm relationship ended just before a field mission. On the day she gets back, she is introduced to the charming Nico, who she initially finds sleeping on her work desk. They form an easy friendship that has all the possibility of blooming into a beautiful romance. If only Faith could admit to herself that she’s totally over her past love.

This was quite special bec the heroine is going through an unusual break-up. She leaves town the day after t
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Jeremae
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my God I enjoyed this one so much. It was such a fast read that It's hard to keep up with the emotions.

Okay, Faith. Faith's dedication to helping people is something I really admire. She has a good heart at the very core, a heart that tries to be strong for others but really a heart is just a heart, and there's only so much it could take. This is what makes Faith so relatable. We pretend we're okay, we try to keep things the same way, we try to hold on, hurting ourselves and others around us
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Bookbed
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
"Keep the Faith will make you appreciate the ups and downs of heartbreaks. It will remind you of the limitless amount of kindness we need to constantly share and receive. Keep it in your bookshelf for rainy days! I sure would." Continue reading our review here.

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Agay Llanera
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Now I'm craving artery-hardening fries.

I love how the MC is in disaster relief--the first time I've read a romance with this component. And it does make sense, especially since we live in disaster-prone country. Why didn't anyone think of that? Brilliant. I also like how Faith dealt with the disaster both outside and inside her. Though it's important to put personal grief in perspective, especially in the light of a national calamity, it doesn't mean that the pain is any less real. <3
Kristy Mauna
"So, what do you say, French Fries? Go out with me tonight?"

PolCy on the cover should be a good enough reason for you to buy this book.. But if you need more convincing, I'll let you all know that I absolutely ADORED this book. I'm such a fan of Ana Tejano's writing. Her characters and stories are always refreshing to read in our world.
If you're in the mood for a sweet romantic story then pick this one up! <3
Vlack Grey
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy in exchange for a honest review (part of the Blog Tour).

It was such a heartwarming story. And you can definitely relate to most of the parts. I like how the story develop and how the characters interact with each other.

I really like the character of Nico. He's so compassionate and mature. This type of guy was my ideal one.

It was a good story. :)
Kate (The Bookaholic Blurbs)
Full review over at The Bookaholic Blurbs!

I loved Keep the Faith. I LOVED IT SO SO DAMN MUCH MY WHOLE LIFE ACHES. Strikingly executed and emotionally direct, it's a story that will touch your heart in unforgettable ways. READ THIS NOW!

Thank you Ana for sending me the Kindle copy!
Aira Irish
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written tale of acceptance and moving on.
Lorn
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-review-read
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
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Maria Isabel Samonte
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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         This book has so many feels despite being a short book. The story plays with the office romance troupe with Faith and Nico both working as community development workers. The author did an marvellous job in the Characterization of Faith. Faith is kind and very thoughtful. Her purpose in life is to help others, and like other male and female she also can get emotional and hurt. While Nico is the kind of partner you want. He has a very good heart with how he takes care of F
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Cathleene
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about a girl stuck in the denial stage of moving on. A girl amidst everything, holds on to a love that's already lost, finding her way to learn to finally let go - of people, of things, of unnecessary feelings. And finally making peace of what was, accepting what is and hopeful to what will be.

And a guy that you wouldn't help but fall in love with. Because, why not? I will not say anything more, just read. But dibs on Nico. K? K. Haha!
JM Cabral
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Ana Tejano for letting me be a part of this blog tour, as well as for providing a review copy, and tour kit for me. This, by the way, did not affect my opinion nor the content of my review in any way.

Short word vomit review:

Started reading it yesterday, finished it today. (Just in time for my blog tour stop tomorrow. Ha!) This book is undoubtedly one of my most favorites that tackles religion, and Christian faith. One of the main reasons as to why I really loved this was because of
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Isabel (Sab The Book Eater)
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Refreshing

What started out as an impulse buy at 3am turned out to be a book that would hit too close to home. Faith went through a bad breakup. The breakup itself wasn't messy — it was the aftermath. Faith struggled to accept her new life and fought to bury her feelings. It was all too familiar for me and I liked the honesty in how it was written. It was frustrating at some point because Faith was in denial, but I completely understood her because that's the reality. I like this book more for ho
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Natalie
Oh i really loved this! This maybe my first Christian romance and it was so well done. I really liked going along with Faith's journey, getting over a break up, the work she does to help those displaced by weather calamities, finding herself. I loved how Faith didn't jump into anything with Nico right away but took some time for herself.

And Nico, this guy. every time he called Faith French Fries i just *insert big grin here*. I loved his character as well. Fave scene haaas to be with the pot an
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Ana Tejano has been in love with words and writing ever since she met Elizabeth Wakefield when she was in Grade 3. She has contributed several non-fiction pieces in print and online publications, and has been blogging for years. When she’s not writing, she works as a communications manager for a payroll outsourcing firm, and serves in CFC Singles for Christ in every other time that she doesn’t spe ...more
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“The thing about heartbreak, I realized, is it's not really about waiting for things to stop hurting before you start moving. A broken heart can and will heal in time, but for time to actually do its job, I needed to acknowledge what I had lost, and move on.” 4 likes
“The grace is not about forgetting, but knowing you can start anew.” 3 likes
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