Good Faith (Stewart Realty, #8) by Liz Crowe
Strong personalities—volatile marriages—stressful careers—conflicting goals—difficult children.
Contemporary challenges facing close-knit families form the crucible that forges a new generation.
Brandis, Gabriel, Blair and Lillian emerge from the entanglement of their parents’ longstanding emotional connections, but one’s star will burn brighter – and hotter – than the others.With a personality that consumes everyone and everything in its path, Brandis Gordon struggles to maintain control as he ricochets between wild success and miserable failure. His life proves how even the strongest relationships can be strangled by the ties that bind.Brandis and Gabe Frietag are as close as any brothers, bound by both loyalty and fierce rivalry. The strength of their ultimate alliance is tested time and again by Brandis’ choices.
Companions from birth, Blair Frietag and Lillian Robinson share loner tendencies, but come to rely on each other through adolescence. As they mature, both are forced to confront their feelings for the men they knew as boys.
Somewhere between the tangle of good memories and bad, independence and addiction, optimism and despair, the intertwined destinies of the new generation finally collide, leaving some stronger, others broken, but none unscathed.
As a chronicle of three families navigating the minefields of teen years into the turbulence of young adulthood, Good Faith holds up a literary mirror to contemporary life with joys and temptations unflinchingly reflected. Its fresh, real-life voice portrays the sheer volatility of human nature, complete with the hopes, dreams, and unexpected setbacks of marriage, parenthood and “coming of age.”
Emma- 5 Crowns
So, sadly we have come to the conclusion of Liz Crowe's Stewart Realty Series. For those of you who haven’t been fortunate enough to delve into Liz’s work yet, then you are missing out on my favourite series of ALL TIME! Good Faith was my most highly anticipated book of the year - the final instalment, as I reconnect and say goodbye to my friends of Ann Arbour, Michigan.
I struggle at this point to add a further overview due to the brilliant synopsis already in place but we are back with Jack Gordon and Sara, together with their tight-knitted and lifelong friends Rob and Lila Frietag as well as Craig and Suzanne Robinson. Life has moved on for these friends and as with all things in life each one of these relationships has had their fair share of happiness as well as trials and tribulations.
Jack is running for senator, which Sara is struggling with. Rob, now a successful TV chef spends a lot of time based in L.A, leaving Lila to question whether they even have a marriage anymore, and Suzanne is finding it hard to cope with the demands that Craig's job, as head of A&E at the local hospital, as it affects their time spent together.
However, this book very much focuses on the next generation... and in particular Brandis Gordon, Gabe, Blair Frietag and Lillian Robinson. So in that respect, Good Faith is very much a coming of age story - one that focuses on love, loyalty, betrayal, addiction and ultimately forgiveness. It questions how lifelong friendships and family relationships can remain intact when one person seems destined to destroy them all.
So, yes our old friends are back, and their characterisation is stronger than ever... But for me the highlight was reading about their children.
Brandis Gordon - where to start?? I loved Brandis, he is a complex character that people will struggle not to empathise with. He has many issues that I believe relate to his father. Brought up in a loving environment, he struggles to find his place outside the shadows of the formidable Jack Gordon. He falls in love at a young age with his best friend Gabe's younger sister. Much to the horror of their families, Brandis and Blair's love runs deep and she truly is his anchor.
What happens though when he is no longer able to see her enough to stop the demons and his tendency to self-destruct overtake him?
Blair is a strong young woman. Steadfast in her loyalty to Brandis, she rebels against her friends and family and is determined to prove their critics wrong. She supports Brandis wholeheartedly and always stands by him throughout, even when his life seems to be spiralling out of control...
But when his decisions ultimately ruin her in the most life altering way, can the love they share really be enough?
Gabe is a loyal friend and loving son and brother. Excelling at Soccer, he has always been the sensible one. His understanding and loyalty are pushed to there limits by both Brandis and Blair and when his parents sit him down and make a shocking revelation, it makes him start to question who he is and where his life is going. Throughout all of this Lillian is there to offer him comfort, support and his someone to rely on. Lillian has had a lifelong crush on Gabe and is willing to be his friend whilst Gabe discovers who he is...
Will her patience pay off and will their love blossom into more?
This is truly an epic story. The intricate details and fulfilling plot takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions. Liz's writing style means you live the emotions you read.
You will question the characters decisions and you will fight alongside them for the HEA's they deserve. You will laugh, smile and be tied up in knots with the angst this story delivers. It takes a lot for me to shed a tear; let me tell you, Liz Crowe books have that ability. Be warned though; you won't just shed a tear you will cry buckets!
If you have read Liz's books, you will know she writes romance for real life. Her books are not about hearts and flowers, more about how life throws curve balls in your pursuit of happiness. Liz has made some hard decisions in the direction she has taken with both the storyline and individual characters and I commend her for it. Not everyone will like those decisions, but it takes a brave author to take the road less travelled and she has done this with Good Faith.
You can read this as a standalone and you will LOVE it!! However, if you are reading this as the 8th and final instalment of the Stewart Realty series it will blow you away!
So, as I complete this review with a heavy heart, having said goodbye to my old friends Jack, Sarah, Rob, Lila, Suzanne and Craig... I hold out hope that we will indeed get to meet up with Gabe and Lillian again in Liz's Black Jack Gentleman series (A soccer based spin-off) and that Liz will find it in her heart to create a book for Brandis and Blair; so we can assure ourselves that there pursuit of happiness is indeed a fruitful one.
INCREDIBLE! READ IT!
STEWART REALTY SERIES READING ORDER can be found here:
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/73313-stewart-realty