Five Stars, Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Sarah M. Eden

No one’s more surprised than m’self

Wow, I loved this book. I was not expecting too since I didn’t love the first two in the series. Which is surprising since I think Sara Eden is a fantastic author. I still can’t pinpoint exactly what it was about the first two, but this recent release in the series, blew me away. 

“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.”

Love Remains made me laugh, made me cry, (not in a bad way) and made me feel a deep connection with the characters in this story. One of the things I love about Sara’s writing, is how you can have no idea what it is like to feel something having no experience in that area, and then finish the book feeling more compassion and understanding for something you’ve personally never experienced.

I loved how she wrote Cecily’s character. I loved how she withstood so much heartache and trial in life and yet still rose above all that and was kind and loving. And Tavish *sigh* love his humor and his love/willingness to do anything for his family. That is what family is to me, and it really stuck a cord.

It was hard to read about the O’Connor’s stubbornness and attitude to Cecily. Especially with all they had gone through I honestly expected better from them, but through it Sara made it more realistic and brought out those prejudices, recognizing that everything is not always peachy keen.

Finnbar… Can’t wait for his story!

And can we talk about how much I loved the moment between Cecily and Tavish at their pond when he describes everything around them that she can’t see. I don’t know why but that made me tear up. That’s love right there, a love that will remain. –M.V.


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