Love Remains is the story of second chances and of forgiveness.
Zarah Mitchell has worked hard to build a life in Nashville. She fills her days with work at the historic society and museum and her nights with church where she co-leads the singles ministry. Every minute of her well-ordered day is accounted for. So when her first and only love, the man she was willing to risk everything for, comes back to town, her carefully crafted life begins to fall apart.
Robert "Bobby" Patterson has returned to his home town after being gone for 14 years. Unfortunately his new job at the Tennessee Criminal Investigation unit puts him in the direct path of one Zarah Mitchell, the woman who shattered his heart all those years ago.
I really liked Zarah. I think that the author did a great job making her realistic. She was very complicated and she was really fun to read about. Her renewing relationship with Bobby was entertaining as they worked through their past issues.
Looking back over the story, I wish that the author had spent more time writing about Bobby's investigation and less time on which condo he was buying and all the different floor plans. I thought that was a waste. Zarah's issues with her father was something that I thought was a great part of the plot and I'm glad that the author left it open for either the future storytelling or for the reader to fill in. I personally took it as a lesson that not all issues in our lives can be resolved. Either way I thought it was a good book to fill any afternoon. I finished it in a day.
First, I loved this book. The characters drew me in immediately.
Dr. Zarah Michell is an archeologist and professor, she is also co-leader of her singles group at Church. She is the person that everyone relies on, they know she will put herself out for any person or need.
Agent Bobby Patterson works for the FBI and has recently been assigned in his hometown of Nashville.
What no one knows is that they met years ago in NM and fell in love. But Zarah's father would not allow her to date an enlisted man, the relationship was kept secret and...things kept in secret don't work out.
Now they find themselves in the same church and getting to know one another all over again. There are alot of lies and hurts to overcome and with the Lord all things can be made whole again.
Wonderfully written, had me laughing at moments and then crying the next. I identified with quite a few areas and look forward to reading more from Kaye Dacus(less)
Love Remains by Kaye Dacus is a sweet romance. The book is part of a series in which grandmothers who are desperate for great-grandchildren begin plotting together to marry off their grandchildren. When Zarrah and Bobby run into each other in the singles ministry at their church after years apart, they must overcome past misunderstanding in order to move forward. Bobby's investigation into Zarrah's workplace throws another kink into the mix, adding another level of drama.
The book started off a little slow for me and there were times that I thought the plot dragged a bit. I think parts of the book could be eliminated in order to move the story along better. Overall, though, the story was very sweet and I liked the characters. Zarrah had some pretty big problems and it was great to see Bobby recognize issues that stemmed from her past and try to help her overcome them. I thought the grandmothers would play a bigger role in the book, but instead they played good supporting characters. I'll definitely check out others in the series and give them a second chance.
3.5 stars (out of 5)
I received a free copy of this book from Barbour Books and NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
One thing that I love about some of the christian fiction is that they all have amazing covers , they have the bright colours and are done in an old fashioned manner but they come across not old fashioned but modernised .
Are you in the mood for a little romance , arguments and matchmaking skills ? When a group of old high school friends get talking one day after church, they decide it's hightime that their grandchildren should get married , so this group of eighty-year old women acting like high-school students strike up a bet , to see who can get their grandchildren married off first. It seems that Kiki and Melinda maybe in the lead as Melinda's grandson Bobby has just returned home to Nashville after fourteen years , deciding on his first night back he stops at a home group for a new church and runs into Zarah - Kiki's grandaughter. Bobby and Zarah , fourteen years ago were deep in love and then in a flash , they went their seperate ways but as we read the novel we can see that the sparks are still very much alive. Is this a second chance at love for Bobby and Zarah , but will Zarah be able to move past the hurt she has built up from those many moons ago and it seems that Bobby has a contender in the race for Zarah's affections , his new friend Patrick . Who will win Zarah's heart and will Kiki and Melinda win the bet ?
Find out in as time passes and slips by , "Love Remains" forever
Kaye Dacus has a recipe for another award with this story. The hero and heroine getting on with their lives, add scheming grandparents, instrusion of the hero into the heroine's comfortable new life, job conflicts (and suspense) gives a delightful romance and enough suspense to whet your appetite for more. Ms Dacus blends in a bit of humor and a large cup of great writing - made me stop and sigh several times).