Love Remains (Matchmakers Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Can the Historian Learn to Leave the Past in the Past?

 

Zarah Mitchell, who’s worked at the Middle Tennessee Historic Preservation Commission for more than a decade, is about to face a piece of history that could ruin the life she’s built in Nashville: Bobby Patterson—her first love and the reason her father kicked her out fourteen years ago.

 

Nashville native Bobby Patterson has just returned home after many years away to take a ...

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Overview

Can the Historian Learn to Leave the Past in the Past?

 

Zarah Mitchell, who’s worked at the Middle Tennessee Historic Preservation Commission for more than a decade, is about to face a piece of history that could ruin the life she’s built in Nashville: Bobby Patterson—her first love and the reason her father kicked her out fourteen years ago.

 

Nashville native Bobby Patterson has just returned home after many years away to take a position with the Tennessee Criminal Investigations Unit. His new job: lead a task force investigating potential real estate fraud connected with the Commission.

 

When Bobby realizes Zarah is part of his investigation, he is tempted to use his grandmother’s not-so-subtle setups as a way to learn if Zarah is involved in the fraud.

 

Zarah, at her grandmother’s suggestion, tries to put the pain from the past aside to see if any love remains between her and Bobby. But when she learns he’s been investigating her, will she be able to forgive him a second time?

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607421993
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Matchmakers Series, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 154,817
  • File size: 3 MB

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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Love Remains


By Kaye Dacus

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Copyright © 2010 Kaye Dacus
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-60742-200-6


CHAPTER 1

The sharks were circling.

Bobby Patterson had been at the party a total of three minutes. But half that time was all it took for the smell of fresh blood to circulate among the single women.

"Hey, you must be Bobby. Patrick told us you were coming. I'm ..." (fill in the blank with a female's name).

He shook hands, smiled, greeted, laughed, introduced himself, and promptly forgot the names of the couple dozen women who continued to circle around ...as if there weren't a couple dozen other guys out on the back deck supervising the few men in charge of the grills.

"Diesel Patterson!" The masculine voice boomed through the room, and Bobby started to relax.

"Mack Truck Macdonald." He accepted Patrick Macdonald's hand for a vigorous handshake, which turned into a back-slapping hybrid embrace. A bro-hug, they called it back in California. Here in Nashville, Tennessee, he wasn't so sure. Having been gone for sixteen years, he had a lot to relearn about his hometown.

"I can't believe you actually came back, man. When you left the day after graduation, I thought you had shook the dust of this place off your feet for good." Patrick led him through the large gathering room and the open french doors to the expansive deck attached to the back of the house.

"I thought it was for good, too. But, you know, once your parents and grandparents get to a certain age, it's nice to be nearby." The edge of annoyance caused by the excessive female attention began to dissipate when Bobby was once again surrounded by men. Quick surveillance gave him a count of twenty-two men, in their early twenties to early forties, well-dressed—though they all wore jeans or shorts, they were high-end and new-looking—and with only a slight diversity in ethnicity, just as the women had been.

"Hey, y'all." Patrick raised his voice to get the attention of the majority of the guys standing around drinking sodas from red plastic cups and cans. "This is Bobby Patterson, my high school football buddy I was telling you about. He's just moved back to Nashville and will be looking for a church home, so let's make him welcome tonight and convince him he wants to rejoin Acklen Avenue Fellowship—because we could really use him on the softball team next summer."

After Bobby met a few of the guys, Patrick cuffed his shoulder. "I'll leave you to it, then. I've got to go back in and help in the kitchen."

"Thanks, Mack." Peripheral sightings informed him the women had grown tired of the segregation and were infiltrating the formerly all-male encampment outside.

One of the men standing near Bobby nudged the guy beside him. "Hey, pressure's off us. New meat." He jerked his head toward Bobby but grinned at him. "The gals in this group are great ... once they get used to a guy. But don't worry. We'll try to protect you as best we can."

Bobby returned the guy's smile—he'd identified himself as Steve—and stifled his frustration. One of the reasons he'd left California was that the undercover work he did for the California Bureau of Investigation made it impossible to become an active member in a church, to be a part of a community, to meet someone.

Yeah, that last one was laughable. Ever since leaving New Mexico fourteen years ago, the possibility of meeting someone he'd want to spend the rest of his life with had been pretty much nil.

"So, Bobby, what brought you to Nashville?" Someone—the guy with the mole on his jaw ... Chris—handed him a can of soda.

Though already the Saturday before Labor Day, the heat of summer lingered on, so Bobby really didn't care what flavor the drink was, as long as it was cold and wet. "I'm an agent with the Tennessee Criminal Investigations Unit."

"Oh, yeah?" The pronouncement drew quite a bit of interest. "Like ...are you out there busting the drug dealers and murderers and stuff?"

Bobby shook his head. "No, I leave that up to guys who have a higher threshold for excitement than I do. After two tours in the Middle East, I prefer chasing the guys who commit crimes from behind desks—fraud, conspiracies, political corruption, and stuff like that."

As he suspected, the others picked up on the mention of war and his involvement in it. "What branch?" the former marine asked. Had to be former—wasn't in great shape, but still wore the jarhead haircut.

"Army—infantry. You?" Might as well get it out in the open.

"U.S. Marine Corps, baby." He raised his sleeve to show the USMC tattoo at the top of his bicep. "Did my tour five years ago. Afghanistan."

"I got back six years ago. A year in Afghanistan and a year in Iraq." To keep the conversation from turning to politics—as it had always done when the topic of the war had come up out on the West Coast—he cast around for another; his gaze came to rest on the orange baseball cap of the slender twentysomething across from him. "How're the Vols looking for this year?"

It turned out to be the perfect diversion. With the University of Tennessee's first football game of the season tomorrow, the entire group surrounding him jumped into the conversation—and warded off all but a few of the hardiest women—until the grillers announced the meat was finished and carried the pungent platters, piled high with hot dogs and hamburger patties, through the crowd and back into the house.

Bobby's new acquaintances ushered him inside. The forty-some-odd people all crowded into the house made it feel much smaller than before, even when split between the family room and living room.

He turned to Ryan—only to find the former marine had been replaced by one of the generic-looking females he'd met on his way in. She smiled up at him expectantly.

"Restroom?"

Her expectation fell into disappointment. "Past the kitchen and to the left."

"Thanks." His hands had been touched by so many people tonight that he wasn't about to use them to touch food that was destined for his mouth until he had washed them.

Unlike the houses he'd been looking at online, most of which were new or recent construction, the kitchen in this older home was cut off from the rest of the house by walls. Not the best setup for holding parties like this. Something to consider as he planned to get involved in the singles group at whatever church he decided to join and would love to host gatherings.

He rounded the corner and headed down the hall between the kitchen and dining room.

Someone zipped out of the kitchen, mitt-covered arms laden with an aluminum pan so full it sagged in the middle.

Both of them stopped short—and Bobby jumped back as a wave of baked beans sloshed over the side of the pan.

"I am so sorry!"

Bobby, who'd reached out to steady the woman, froze at the familiar voice. He dragged his eyes up from the mess on the floor to the face that had haunted him for fourteen years.

"Zarah?"

* * *

The horror at almost spilling an entire pan of baked beans on someone dissipated into frigid shock upon discovering the near-victim of her clumsiness was the one person she'd never expected to see again. Zarah Mitchell tried to regain her balance, both with the pan of beans and with her own emotional equilibrium.

"I'm so sorry," she repeated, not knowing what else to say. She'd always run the risk that she might one day see him again—she'd known that when she moved to Nashville fourteen years ago. But why here? Why now?

"Whoa! What's the idea?" Patrick's voice came from behind and above her. "Oh, good. I was hoping to introduce the two of you."

Zarah couldn't tear her eyes away from the vision in front of her—terrified he was real and terrified he was a figment of her imagination—until he reached out to take the pan from her.

"No introductions necessary, Mack. Zarah and I met each other a very long time ago." Giving her a tight smile, Bobby turned and carried the pan to the dining room. Zarah's chest tightened, and it had nothing to do with the relapse of pneumonia that had landed her in the hospital again for four days this week.

Bobby Patterson. Her first love. The man she compared all others to. The reason her father kicked her out of the house the day she turned eighteen.

She risked taking a deep breath, filling her lungs only until a coughing fit seemed imminent. She turned to face Patrick. "I–I'll get something to clean this up." She skirted around him and slipped back into the kitchen. But with five other people in the small space, relief was not to be found.

Pulling the roll of paper towels off its holder and grabbing the trash can, Zarah set about the task of cleaning up Patrick's beautiful new wood floor. Fortunately, not much had spilled; unfortunately, that meant it didn't take very long to clean up.

A shadow blocked the light, and she looked up. Patrick towered over her, arms akimbo, a dishrag hanging from one hand. "I was about to get that. I sure don't understand why you feel you have to act like a maid every time you come here."

"Not a maid." Zarah wiped up the last of the bean sauce and tossed the wad of towels into the trash can. She used the edge of the can for leverage as she got back up on her feet. "As your co-leader in this group, when we're at your house, I think of myself as the hostess. And when a good hostess spills something, she cleans it up. She doesn't leave it for someone else to do."

"Which I understand. However, I just visited you at the hospital three days ago. You don't need to be down on no floors cleaning stuff up."

"I appreciate your concern. But I'm fine. And I should know. This isn't the first time I've made a comeback from pneumonia—you know that, too." She turned to pick up the trash can to take it back into the kitchen, but Patrick snatched it out of her hand.

"Yeah, I know. This is the second time in four months you've landed in the hospital because you were too stubborn to take care of yourself after the first time your mule-headedness landed you there."

"I promise I'm fine." Instead of following Patrick into the kitchen, she continued down the hallway to the guest bathroom. Finding it empty, she entered and locked the door behind her. It didn't take long to wash the stickiness from her fingers. Once her hands were clean and dry, she leaned against the marble countertop and stared at her reflection in the mirror.

After all these years, after everything she'd lived through, seeing Bobby Patterson standing there made it seem like no time had passed—though he seemed taller than she remembered and much larger and more muscular at thirty-four than he'd been at twenty.

Why hadn't Kiki warned her Bobby was coming home? As his grandmother's best friend for more than sixty years, Katrina Breitinger knew everything that happened in the Patterson family—most of the time before the rest of Pattersons knew it. Zarah pulled her cell phone out of her pocket and slid it open to tap out a text message to her grandmother. Kiki knew the whole story, so Zarah could not understand why her grandmother wouldn't have given her some forewarning that the man who broke her heart was in town.

She exited the bathroom just as someone else was about to knock on the door. She plastered on her best I-am-fine smile and made her way down the hall to face the specter of her past.

With almost fifty people gathered in the main living areas and on the deck of the seventeen-hundred-square-foot house, avoiding Bobby turned out to be relatively easy. All she had to do was stay in the kitchen. But she couldn't hide in there all night. She had obligations. Grabbing the bottles of diet and regular soda out of their ice bath in the sink, she went out to circulate.

As expected, in the living room where most of the younger women sat around talking and eating, there was one main topic of conversation: Bobby Patterson. How tall he was. How cute he was. How muscular he was. How square his jaw was. And most ridiculous of all, an argument over whether his eyes were blue, green, gray, or hazel. Zarah could have answered the question for them. His eyes were blue, green, gray, and hazel, depending on the lighting and what color he was wearing. Tonight, dressed in a maroon polo shirt, his eyes probably looked hazel. In the brief time her gaze had been locked with his, the color of his eyes had not been her primary concern. But oh, how well she remembered the deep, dusky green they were the few times she had seen him in his army dress greens.

She moved from the living room into the den, where more of the guys were gathered. Off to one side stood Patrick and Bobby. Neither had plates in his hands, so she assumed either both had eaten already or, as Patrick was wont to do, they were waiting until everyone had been served before getting their own food. As a visitor, Bobby should have been one of the first people to eat tonight. But it didn't surprise her that he would wait. He was just that kind of guy.

Bobby suddenly looked away from Patrick and caught her watching him. She sucked in a startled breath, which caught in her fluid-filled lungs and triggered a coughing spasm. A couple of people standing nearby turned to ensure she was okay until Patrick made it to her side. It took awhile for her to be able to breathe enough to tell him she was fine. Patrick tried to make her sit down, but she refused; as a leader in this group, she knew people looked to her for strength and support. She could not show any vulnerability.

So they wouldn't see how weak and shaky the coughing spasm had left her, she carried the empty soda bottles back to the kitchen. It was all she could manage to pull the appropriate recycling bin out from the pantry and toss the empty plastic bottles into it. A couple of big black trash bags slouched on the floor in front of the sliding glass door that connected the kitchen to the deck. She sank into one of the chairs at the kitchen table and stared at the trash bags for a moment. As soon as she caught her breath, she'd get back to work.

After what felt like a long time, Zarah forced herself to stand up. She pulled the red drawstrings at the top of the bags closed, tied them, and shoved them with her feet under the table—which was where Patrick always put them during a party. She put a fresh bag in the large trash can and hooked another onto the knob of the pantry door—both of those would be full soon, too. With every muscle in her body weak from fatigue and exhaustion, she trudged to the sink, slipped on the pair of pink rubber gloves she'd given Patrick for his last birthday, and started washing the empty serving dishes and utensils that had already been brought in from the dining room.

"I thought I might find you in here."

Patrick's voice startled her, and she dropped the heavy metal pan she'd been scrubbing with a clank against the dishes still in the sink.

"Don't sneak up on me like that. You want to give me a heart attack on top of my pneumonia?"

Patrick laughed his signature booming laugh, erasing the concerned scowl from his expression. "Come on. Everyone's wondering where you are."

Yes, much as she didn't feel like it, she should be social at this thing. Building relationships with the younger women was the only way she would be able to mentor them and teach them to treat single men like brothers rather than prizes to be competed over. She understood the desperation that many of the young women felt; she'd felt it herself in her mid-twenties when the majority of her friends from college got married. Thank goodness, though, for Flannery and Caylor. At one and two years older than Zarah, her former roommates were also still single. The three of them, best friends since Zarah had moved into their apartment her junior year of college, shared all the agonies and joys of unmarried life together—something many single women did not have: a shoulder to cry on, listening ears, and more than one person who understood where she was coming from.

"Zarah, come sit with us." A group of older single women waved her over to join them. Uncomfortably, she eyed the space they made for her on the sofa, knowing her size-fourteen hips would never fit in that narrow gap.

The boom of Patrick's voice reverberated through the house, though Zarah could not make out what he was saying. But as more people flowed into the room, crowding it even further, the intent of his announcement became clear. He herded the last few people into the room ahead of him, then made his way through the crowd at the perimeter to stand in the middle, a stack of papers in his hands.


(Continues...)

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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

    I Also Recommend:

    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

    more from this reviewer

    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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