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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?

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Editorial Reviews

Reader Views - Tiffany Schlarman
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.

Love Stories. Happy Ending Guaranteed. - Lacy Williams
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!
Bookworm1858 - Stephanie Fleischer
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!

Come Meet Aus Jenny - Jenny Blake
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.
Blissfull Beth - Beth Gawlowicz
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.

Bibliophile's Retreat - Melissa Meeks
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.
Tammie King - Night Owl Reviews
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!
Reader Views

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.

— Tiffany Schlarman

Love Stories. Happy Ending Guaranteed.

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!

— Lacy Williams

Bookworm1858

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!

— Stephanie Fleischer

Come Meet Aus Jenny

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.

— Jenny Blake

Blissfull Beth

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.

— Beth Gawlowicz

Bibliophile's Retreat

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.

— Melissa Meeks

Tammie King

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!

— Night Owl Reviews

Bookworm1858

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!

— Stephanie Fleischer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602609891
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2010
  • Series: Matchmakers Series , #1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kaye Dacusis a graduate of Seton Hill University’s Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program. She is an active member and former vice president of American Christian Fiction Writers and current president of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. Her Stand-In Groom was a Christy Award finalist in 2010.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Fireblaze

    Me too . What i wanted to tell u is i think we should mive the canp. That idiot tigerclaw knows where it is so .........

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  • Posted July 10, 2010

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    Humor and Emotional Depth

    I preordered this book as soon as I saw the cover - and because Ms Dacus is one of my favorite authors. I have to admit, it did take me a couple of chapters to really start connecting with the characters, but once I did, I couldn't put the book down! Ms Dacus has another wonderful series opener here and I can't wait for the next two books to get Caylor's and Flannery's stories.

    In this book, Bobby Patterson has moved to Nashville for a job at a state investigations unit. After he runs into his ex-fiance (though they never actually got engaged, so ex-girlfriend, I guess) at a party his first day back in town, he finds out that he has to investigate the agency she works for. Zarah moved to Nashville when she was eighteen and her father kicked her out of the house because she had been dating Bobby secretly. She hasn't seen him since then and both of them believe the other one is at fault for their break-up.

    The plot revolving around the case that Bobby builds against the agency where Zarah works is fascinating, but even more interesting is the emotional depth she reaches with these two characters. Oh - the grandmothers are hilarious too. Toward the end of the book, when Zarah is in Washington DC, I cried over what she was going through. If that hadn't happened, I probably would have only given this 4 stars, but with her ability to make me laugh out loud AND cry, I had to give it 5, because that hasn't happened to me in a really long time with a book.

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

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    Love Remains

    Zarah and Bobby have a history, one that didn't end well the last time they parted - with broken hearts and misconceptions. When Bobby returns home to start his new job with the Tennessee investigation team and finds himself investigating Zarah, her boss, and her entire team at the Tennessee Historical Society. He must put his feeling for her, both past and present to solve the case fast so that he can see if she'll let him try again. To top it all off, their Grandparents are shooting for a match made in heaven.

    I didn't quite find myself enjoying either of the main characters. I was drawn to some of the side characters and might pick up the next one in the series to see if I like them better. Zarah was too caught up in being perfect to let herself have fun, and Bobby was so caught up in trying to prove he was worth the time of day that it almost got annoying. Not my favorite read for the year.

    2/5

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    recommend

    Sweet story with a happy ending! My favorite kind.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    Recipe for another award...

    Kaye Dacus has a recipe for another award with her latest release. The romantic suspense tells of two adults who have gotten on with their lives, only the getting on takes them both to Nashville and to the same church. Add a cup of scheming grandparents, mix in Bobby's intrusion into the home fellowship group Zarah leads, stir in their jobs and conflicts as Bobby must investigate Zarah's employer. Toss in a few friends for fun and what do you get? A delightful romantic adventure with enough suspense to what your appetite for more. And Ms Dacus blends in a bit of humor and a large scoop of great writing (I had to stop a couple of times and sigh!!!) I have only given five stars a few times to a book, but this definitely gets a High FIVE!

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

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    Real life characters

    When a group of grandmothers make a pact...determined to marry some of their grandchildren to each other, they have no idea it will be over fourteen years in the making. Or will their matchmaking plans be foiled?

    Zarah Mitchell's heart stopped for a minute when she recognized that voice, a voice she had long ago tried to forget. How had Bobby, Agent Robert Patterson, found his way back to Nashville and into her church single's group? Bobby looked just as surprised to see her. What had happened between them was so long ago. Could they leave it in the past?

    As the Assistant Director of the Middle Tennessee Historic Preservation, Zarah loves her job, the history it preserves, and everything about it. Bobby feels the same way about his job with the Tennessee Criminal Investigations Unit. When the two worlds collide, there may be more at stake than the history between the two friends.

    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.

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

    delightful read

    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.

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  • Posted December 5, 2010

    An Enjoyable Love Story

    Love Remains is the first book in the new Matchmaker series by author Kaye Dacus. When I think of matchmakers, I normally don't picture them as the type who are found in this series. The matchmakers in these books are a group of grandparents who are plotting to find suitable mates for their recalcitrant grandchildren.

    As the grandparents of Zarah Mitchell (a long time employee of the Middle Tennessee Preservation Commission), and Bobby Patterson (who has just returned to Nashville after many years in order to work for the Tennessee Criminal Investigations Unit), plot to bring their grandchildren together, they are totally oblivious to the fact that Zarah and Bobby are not strangers; in fact, they have a secret past that few people are aware of - a past that could prevent them from ever being more than just members of the same singles group at their church.

    To further complicate matters, Bobby's first assignment in his new position is to investigate a case of fraud in the very same Commission for which Zarah is employed. Even though the spark that has lain dormant for many years is quickly reignited when Zarah and Bobby come face to face, Bobby's hands are tied because he is being forced to include Zarah in his investigation.

    I enjoyed reading Love Remains and also enjoyed the writing style of Kaye Dacus. This was the first book I have read by this author and I will be looking forward to reading many more. There were some elements of the story that I felt were too easily resolved and some elements that I felt were too vague and needed a bit more explanation. For fear of revealing too much of the plot, I won't give any more detail about those particular portions of the story. Overall however, I would recommend this book and I think you will find it to be both enjoyable and inspirational.

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

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    a lovely read

    When Bobby Patterson's Mamm gets together with Zarah Mitchell's Kiki - their grandmothers - things get interesting. What these two matchmakers don't realize is that their grandkids have a volatile past.

    Bobby moves back home to Nashville to be closer to his family and work on his life-goal of finding a wife. Unfortunately, one of the first people he comes across in Nashville turns out to be the woman who threw away his love twelve years ago - Zarah.

    Zarah is happy with her life, her job, and being a leader in her church's single's ministry. At least that's what she tells herself. But when she runs into Bobby, she knows she is not over the man who left her to fend for herself all those years ago.

    Between a couple of matchmaking grandmas and well-meaning friends, Bobby and Zarah will have to find God's true plan for their lives. The question is: will they end up together?

    One of the things I loved most about this book was the taste of Nashville that the reader is treated to throughout its pages. You almost feel as if you are *there*, transported through carefully crafted descriptions of local locations. These don't overwhelm the story at all, rather they are just a part of what you experience as you read this book.

    At the beginning of the book, I was a little concerned if the romantic conflict with the H/H's misunderstanding of the past could really hold up all the way through to the end, but the author handled it very well and in turn, the resolution that the characters came to was satisfying.

    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!

    Recommended!

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

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    Read it and be blessed.

    So far this is my favorite book written by Kaye Dacus. It's not just a romance but has a mixture of suspense and political intrigue as well. Just the kind of story I like to read. And coming from a Christian worldview makes it all the sweeter for me.

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  • Posted September 23, 2010

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    Another winner

    Zarah and Bobby were in love years ago. Her military-general father kicked her out of the house when he learned she had defied him by dating an enlisted man. After he pushed her out of his house with what she could carry and $200, she went to Nashville and her grandparents. Fourteen years later Bobby moves to Nashville to lead an investigation within the historical commission where Zarah works. Because of Sarah's father's deceit they both feel they were betrayed by the other fourteen years ago. Can he really investigate the commission where she works? Can she forget the pain from the past and try to see if any love remains between them even when she learns he's investigating her? Dacus again gives us memorable characters and her mesmerizing flawless storytelling.

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  • Posted September 15, 2010

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    Wonderful!

    Loved this book! Was wonderful to see how much Zarah accomplished in her life, when she was so abused by her father. She had such a wonderful faith in the Lord. I loved how the whole story unfolds, and loved the very surprised ending!
    Thank You Kaye!

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

    Could not put it down!

    What a fun read. It made my heart beat fast and my eyes well up with tears at times and then the rest of the time it just made me smile from ear to ear. What a touching, and fun, story of renewed love. The matchmaking Grannies are fun too. I can't wait to see how the romances of Flannery and Caylor turn out in the next two books. You will get to know them both very well in this book. I love Kaye's writing style, not drawn out, overly detailed and boring, but short sweet and yet very detailed where it needs to be. You can feel her characters. Thanks Kaye for another wonderful read!

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  • Posted August 30, 2010

    Love Remains

    Love Remains is the very first Christian romance novel that I've ever read and I received it for review through one of my favorite sites NetGalley.com. This book didn't blow me away but it was a decent story. A few grandparents get together at church and decide that they need to get all of their grandchildren hitched because they are jealous that another ladies granddaughter is getting married. They realize that they are being petty thinking this way and move on to the their plan anyway. Zarah, Kiki's granddaughter is a very self depreciating character that sometimes annoyed me because she almost seemed to have no self worth. The strongest part of her character is her faith and thank goodness she has that. She works too much and she is still hung up on a guy from her past. Bobby (Lindy's grandson) seems to be very much a gentleman and is still in love with Zarah even after 14 years apart, which is sweet. The grandparents only do minimal scheming to get these two together. My favorite characters were actually Zarah's best friends: Patrick, Flannery, and Caylor. There is a little romance, a small mystery and a lot of story. This book is the first in The Matchmakers series.

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  • Posted July 16, 2010

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    Watch love rekindle!

    Zarah Mitchell is less-than-thrilled to run into her one time fiance Bobby Patterson at a singles mixer for her church. Bobby left town over fourteen years ago to go into the military at the same time Zarah's father kicked her out of the house for dating a man in the military. Sounds like a lot of baggage, no? It gets worse when neither of the two actually knows the truth of why the other left. But both are finding it hard to ignore the remnants of chemistry still lingering between them. Add to the mix three feisty grandmothers looking to get some babies out of their grand kids, and things heat up even more.

    I liked this story! It was sweet and sappy and full of ex-boyfriend angst! I thought the harsh relationship between Zarah and her father was a little understated. The reader was constantly told how bad it was, but there wasn't much to show that this was actually true. I also liked that the chapters switched points of view between Zarah and Bobby, because hearing Bobby's thoughts on the matter added a lot to make me think he was a totally great guy. I thought the criminal investigation was a bit weak for a plot device to get Bobby and Zarah back together, but at least those parts of the book moved quickly so we could get back to the romance.

    I've also read Dacus' previous books Stand-In Groom and Menu For Romance, but I think I will like this series more than that one. Perhaps it is simply because of the matchmaking premise. Cute stuff! Can't wait for the next in the series, The Art of Romance!

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    Posted April 8, 2012

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