Love Remains by Sarah M. Eden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received eBook to Review
Genre: Historical Romance
Book Description: For nearly a year, Tavish O’Connor has carried the crushing weight of his family’s future on his shoulders. He has taken on the care of his youngest brother, Finbarr, who lost his eyesight in a terrible accident. But the lad needs more than Tavish can provide. Finbarr needs hope.
Cecily Attwater specializes in hope. As a tutor to the newly blind, she has dedicated her life to helping others overcome the obstacles she herself has conquered. Her new assignment in a remote corner of Wyoming proves trickier than usual: Finbarr refuses to learn. To make matters worse, his family—and the other Irish townspeople—are less than thrilled to discover an Englishwoman in their haven.
Cecily’s only hope lies in securing the cooperation of her pupil’s brother, Tavish, who happens to be her harshest critic and quite possibly the most frustrating man she’s ever known.
For Finbarr’s sake, Tavish and Cecily forge an uneasy alliance that, as the weeks pass, tiptoes toward something deeper than either dares admit or face, and toward a future they know to be impossible. There can be no hope of a happy outcome for an Irish man and an English woman amongst a people reeling from violence and centuries of hatred between their two homelands.
My thoughts: I have waited for this book since 2014 after Hope Springs was published. Tavish needed a story. I loved his character and wanted to read about him finding his match. The wait is over, and it was worth the wait!
Tavish is a good guy. He loves his family and his community. He is a giver, he puts his others needs before his own. He keeps telling everyone that he will make things right. He is amazing, but at the same time he is lonely.
Cecily is a feisty lady. She can hold her own against the O'Connor family. She is faced with a student who doesn't want to progress, an Irish family who holds grudges against the English (she is from England), and dealing with her progressive blindness. She keeps her head up and teaches others in spite of the obstacles. I loved her. I loved her for Tavish.
I appreciated being brought back to Hope Springs, a town that has faces prejudice and trials. This book adds another layer and looks at judging someone because of the country where they are born. I find this a timely theme. It's a painful process to eliminate prejudice, and Hope Springs gets another lesson. It would be nice if we could all see the importance of this problem.
I think the books should be read in order. Start with Longing for Home. It helps to realize the characters and see what Tavish has endured in the past to fully appreciate this book. It could be "read alone" but I highly recommend all of the books and reading them in order.
Sarah Eden is one of my "go to" author's for a reason. She is an amazing story teller. Her characters are developed with realistic problems. She is great at strong emotions and laughter. Basically, she has a way with words.
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About Sarah M Eden: (Taken from her WEBPAGE) Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today Bestselling author of witty and charming historical romances, including AML's "2013 Novel of the Year" and Foreword Review’s 2013 “IndieFab Book of the Year” gold medal winner for Best Romance, Longing for Home, as well as 2014 Whitney Award winner for "Best Romance" and "Best Novel of the Year," Longing for Home: Hope Springs. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor's degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski.
Read all of her books (I have two on the list that I still need to read.)
Other Books in the Hope Springs Series:
Longing for Home
My Dearest Love
The Kiss of a Stranger
Glimmer of Hope
An Unlikely Match
All Regency Collection
British Isles Collection
The Jonquil Brothers series:
Friends and Foes
Drops of Gold
As You Are
A Fine Gentleman
The Lancaster Family series:
Courting Miss Lancaster
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