Friday, July 9, 2010
Romance Book Review: Love Remains
Series Connection: Book 1 of the Matchmakers Series
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
Release Date: August 1, 2010
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When Zarah was just a teenager she fell in love with serviceman, Bobby. On her 18th birthday her father, the General, find out about their relationship and kicks Zarah out of the house telling her that Bobby betrayed her.
Now, 14 years later, Zarah has moved on with her life, or so she thought, until Bobby shows up at a church social and not any happier to see Zarah as she is to see him.
Bobby has moved back home to Nashville to be closer to his family and finally settle down. He's hoping to get back involved with his church and maybe find a wife. When he comes to the church single's social he is surprised to see Zarah there.
When his new job sets him up to investigate Zarah and the historical commission she works for, there is no way he can stay away from the last woman he wants to get to know again, even if she is the only one he ever loved.
Great characterization makes up this Christian novel. Zarah has lived a hard life with a father who never loved her and always put her down. She has kept her faith in the Lord and knows that he will see her through anything. She is a giving woman who works hard in her church.
Bobby's faith is equally as strong and learns that things aren't always what they seem.
While the book holds a religious backdrop and there is a clear method of faith in the Lord, there isn't a lot of scripture related in the story.
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 Middle Tennessee Historic Preservation Commission. Zarah Mitchell, who’s worked at the 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. 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 be able to forgive him a second time?