Welcome to my tourstop of The Art of Letting Go and The Art of Keeping faith by Anna Bloom. I was lucky enough to be able to read both of the books for review so stick around kids…
For Lilah McCannon, life has taken a bit of a wrong turn. Engaged to a guy she is not in love with and stuck in a job with her tyrannical father as her boss, life has definitely not turned out the way she expected.
At twenty-five years old, Lilah knows that she has a simple choice: live the life she has created or change it.
Enrolling on a course at the local University, Lilah sets out with some clear rules to ensure her success at being a grown-up. No alcohol, no cigarettes, no boys, and no going home. But the last thing she anticipates is meeting Ben Chambers, the lead singer of a local band. With Ben, it’s instant, it’s hot, and it’s deep, but when Ben is offered the opportunity of a lifetime and it looks like his future lies on a different path to hers, Lilah has some heart-rending decisions to make.
With the academic year slipping by too quickly, Lilah faces a barrage of new challenges. Will she ever make it up the library stairs without having a heart attack? Can she handle a day on campus without drinking vodka? Will she ever manage to read a history book without falling asleep? Most of all, will she be able to make the ultimate sacrifice and learn The Art of Letting Go?
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 as she learnt The Art of Letting Go.
Now it’s a new academic year, and Lilah has it all to play for and it all too 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 realises 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.
Author: Anna Bloom
Where did I get the book: From Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. For the full tour schedule click here.
My Rating: 4 Bookworms
So to sum this up in one quick sentence…
Bridget Jones Diary meets Spud. For those of you non South Africans look it up. It is the perfect combination of the zany thought process you would find when reading the former and full of the antics (all be it a lot more grown up antics) you would get from the latter.
So your 25 years old, have a steady job with a rather remarkable income. You’re engaged and on your way to 2.5 kids, a picket fence and a dog in the backyard. Until you realise this is not what you want. So you resign from your job, sign up for Uni and run away without even really breaking up with your fiance. Cos let’s face it. He is a n arse.
Doesn’t that sound like a fun way to get started on that brand new leaf your turning over?
Then you make all these promises about no drinking, no boys and no smoking and on your first night in you break all of them. Especially the no boys rule. Cos Ben is so worth that rule for.
Intersted yet? No??? Tut tut. Check your pulse.
So now were back for year two of Uni. Supposedly more mature, more sure of ourselves and certainly going to stick to our rules this time round. Right?
Uh huh. Sure.
Yeah Lilah is certainly a little more mature. And she is remarkably reserved compared to when she was learning the art of letting go. But girls with little faith in themselves tend to be a bit more reserved.
Not quite the same vibe I got from The Art of Letting go – but good none the less. Ben and Lilah obviously go through their ups and downs and I am happy to report they do have some happy moments shared.
And if you really liked the characters from the first book youwould be happy to hear that they make their appearance here too. I loved getting a little more into characters like Meredith and Jane.
A great sequel to a great first book.
Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series. Anna’s main aim in life is to create the perfect book which makes a reader laugh and cry at the same time, hopefully causing a convulsive (impossible to ignore) donkey noise. It’s a work in progress! Anna also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.
Tour wide giveaway
Open to US and UK only:
• 1 signed paperback copy of The Art of Letting Go, plus e-copies of all the other books in the series.
• A 50$ Amazon giftcard.
• A unique one off Uni File ring, the sterling silver ring will have Foi Vainquera engraved on it, the same as Ben and Lilah’s rings. Faith Conquers!