Saving Toby – Toby & Claudia Book 1

Award-winning author Suzanne McKenna Link brings you her powerful and moving debut novel set on the South Shore of Long Island. Saving Toby is the first book of a two-part story that follows the emotional and inspirational tale of a young couple's journey to find themselves.

Loving someone through their hard fall from grace takes a lot of grit.

In school, Toby Faye was a moody kid who sat in the back of class and looked like he wanted to be anywhere but there. Claudia might have forgotten him if it weren't for the two fatal circumstances surrounding his family. In their small town, the Faye name was infamous.

An unexpected job offer drops Claudia back into Toby's life, and that of his widowed mother. Older now, Toby is a mass of muscles and unruly hair; a real head-turner. Despite Claudia's attempt to stay away from Toby, his blue-grey eyes expose a need she cannot ignore. Toby's world is a place where sadness lingers and old wounds run deep. Touched by the family's plight, Claudia vows to help Toby and his mother move past the hurt.

When a local hate crime is linked to Toby and his friends, doubts are cast. Old friends become enemies. Animosity between Claudia's father and Toby strains the father-daughter relationship. Taking Toby's side means Claudia will be forced to face situations she never imagined. She will have to be tougher than she's ever had to be.

Does Claudia have the grit to love Toby through his fall?

Suzanne McKenna Link

About Suzanne McKenna Link (Long Island, New York Author)

Suzanne McKenna Link

Suzanne McKenna Link is the author of SAVING TOBY and KEEPING CLAUDIA. The literary love duology 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.

Suzanne writes the kind of stories she enjoys reading: ones that portray realistically written characters whose stories pull you to dark emotional depths, but also uplift and inspire you. (*Bonus points for characters who are sarcastically and delightfully humorous!)

Suzanne McKenna Link’s storytelling is fueled by an inquisitive nature to understand the balance between intimacy and pride within personal relationships. Her debut novel, Saving Toby, is hailed a realistically gripping and emotional love story. A native New Yorker, she lives on Long Island. To find out more, please visit

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