Love Remains, Matchmaker Series #1   -     By: Kaye Dacus
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Love Remains, Matchmaker Series #1

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All grandparents want to see their grandchildren happy---especially when it comes to love! So it's perfectly natural that "the matchmakers" would take an interest in putting Zarah Mitchell and Bobby Patterson together when he moves back to Nashville to work for the Tennessee Criminal Investigations Unit. But what if it's Zarah he's investigating? 320 pages, softcover from Barbour.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1602609896
ISBN-13: 9781602609891
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Series: Matchmakers

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Every grandmother wants to see her grandchildren happy, especially when it comes to their love lives. Join five active senior ladies—and one gentleman—who take a great interest in the lives and loves of their single grandchildren and become The Matchmakers. Zarah Mitchell and Bobby Patterson become the first focus of meddling grandmothers when he moves back to Nashville to work for the Tennessee Criminal Investigations Unit. Will Zarah be able to forgive the man who years ago chose a military career over her—especially when she learns he is investigating the historic preservation agency for which she works?

Editorial Reviews

The book has a wonderful mix of humor, drama, suspense and romance that kept me reading without fail. I really enjoyed the Christian fiction aspect of this book as it emphasized good morals with realistic day to day life of a Christian.


 "Love Remains" is full of historical insights due to Zarah's job at the Middle Tennessee Historic Preservation. It was a great mix that offset the predictability of the novel along with a few twists. I would recommend this novel for readers age sixteen and older. It is sure to be enjoyed by many.

Dacus uses a mix of light-hearted banter, close-knit friendships, family bonds, unique setting and a tender romance that left this reader very satisfied. I'll definitely be looking for book two in this series!


While this is a dreaded reunited first-loves book, I actually really enjoyed it. I usually find Kaye Dacus's books adorable and with characters that make me happy and this was no exception.
 
Overall: Another great read from Dacus!

This is another good book by Kaye Dacus. I loved her first series and her historical books and this series is just as good. I love the beginning where we meet the Matchmakers. I also love both Zarah and Bobby. Zarah works with the single ministry and once again I could Identify with Zarah being a 30+ single and the issues that come from that. I loved Bobby too, I felt for him at times with his job. Watching the story unfold was good to see and one side story there is the mention of a musical which just happened to be my favourite movie and the book has given me some new insights into this musical. I love the grandparents and there role in the book. I cant wait to read book 2.


Kaye Dacus tells a delightful story with real characters. I loved Zarah in this book--she was so realistic, down to her insecurities, her shape, her struggles, and her personality. She was not your typical perfect, fluff of a female character. The author made me love her.

 

I am looking forward to reading the rest of this Matchmaker series.


As usual Dacus’ characters entrance and delight readers...Dacus has not only very mechanically clean books but weaves in plenty of realistic comedies of errors and other comic relief scenes that keep the tone of her novels light even when dealing with serious topics. Some authors seem to just throw in “a scene for laughs” or try too hard not to bog down a story with highly emotional moments that what should flow naturally from the plot and characters becomes stilted and contrived. Kaye has a knack for knowing what fits and what doesn’t while keeping the plot moving smoothly.

Kaye Dacus pulled me in and onto an adventure with her first book in the Matchmakers series. This first book is about a couple who didn’t have enough trust in each other. The thing I loved about this book is that the older ladies do not give up when it comes to hooking people up. God is at work here and it takes a whole lot of trust and forgiveness for Zarah and Bobby to get back together. Zarah is determined to not get her heart in the way but Bobby is a man not yet willing to give up. The love they have is still there and with God’s help it gets stronger every day. This is definitely worth reading, especially for those who believe that love can conquer anything...especially family. Great job Ms. Dacus!

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  1. Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    January 17, 2014
    Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Love Remains - eBook.
    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.
  2. Mara Mittelman
    Carneys Point, NJ
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Kaye and Bobby learn to love each other again!
    October 30, 2011
    Mara Mittelman
    Carneys Point, NJ
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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)
  3. i blog 4 books
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Love Remains
    August 2, 2011
    i blog 4 books
    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.
  4. The Phantom Paragrapher
    Tauranga, New Zealand
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A fun filled tale of Christian Matchmaking :)
    May 1, 2011
    The Phantom Paragrapher
    Tauranga, New Zealand
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Review: Love Remains - Kaye Dacus - August 2010

    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
  5. Bobbie
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Delightful Romantic Adventure
    April 6, 2011
    Bobbie
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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).
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