Love Remains by Sarah M. Eden (Review & #Giveaway)

I've wanted a happy ending for Tavish ever since reading Hope Springs and am thrilled that Sarah tells what happens next for him in Love Remains. Read my thoughts and enter the giveaway below...

Love Remains
(A Hope Springs Novel)
by Sarah M. Eden
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 372 Pages
September 5th 2017 by Mirror Press


From the USA Today Bestselling author of the Longing for Home series, LOVE REMAINS is a new romance novel set in the beloved world of Hope Springs.

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.

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My Review

LOVE REMAINS is a story of bittersweet dreams, perseverance, struggle, family, and finding love in the most unexpected places. Readers won't be able to resist falling in love with these characters and cheering them on through all the tears, frustration, laughter, and sweet moments. A highly recommended read!

I shouldn't be surprised by how beautifully written and heartbreaking this story was because of the author, but she amazes me how much her characters come alive and how deep their sorrows, hopes, and dreams are felt. I had tears in my eyes before I hit 100 pages in and continued to have moments of tears mixed with laughter and joy through the whole story. Dear, sweet, Cecily... How my heart ached for her. How my heart ached for sweet Emma and Finbar, for Tavish who is so desperately trying to hold his family together and has given up and lost so much, for Ian and Biddy (whose story I just finished before this one in My Dearest Love), and for the rest of the O'Connor clan. In spite of all the heartache, or maybe more so because of it, the successes and the moments of happiness and joy truly shined. 

I loved how the romance developed in this story. It was definitely one of my favorite parts. It bloomed slowly, with plenty of banter, but also with these very tender moments where you almost wanted to hold your breath. I also loved that this was so much more than a romance. These characters had dealt with heartbreaking loss and had to learn to grieve and move forward in their lives. There was also the issue of the violent past between the English and the Irish and how Cecily dealt with so much prejudice. There was the whole situation with Finbar's accident and his blindness that was another aspect of the story. I couldn't help but admire Tavish and Cecily for how strong they are in dealing with so much, and all these characters who continued to be challenged to change for the better.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I loved these characters and I loved this story. Every. Single. Page! It was beautiful, heartfelt, with a very touching and perfect ending. I couldn't ask for more. Well, except I'm hoping there is a story in the future for Finbar and Emma... Please.

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Source: I received a complimentary copy from the tour host and also purchased a copy, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

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About the Author

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. 

Sarah is represented by Pam Howell at D4EO Literary Agency.

Other Books by the Author:

Regency Romances:
The Kiss of a Stranger
Glimmer of Hope
An Unlikely Match
For Elise
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:
Seeking Persephone
Courting Miss Lancaster
Romancing Daphne

Tour Schedule

September 11
My Book A Day
Smiling Book Reviews
Peggy Urry

September 12
Bookworm Lisa
Wishful Endings
Getting Your Read On

September 13
LDS Writer Mom
Min Reads and Reviews

September 14
Literary Time Out
Heidi Reads
Singing Librarian Books

September 15
Katie's Clean Book Collection
Why Not? Because I Said So!
Mel’s Shelves

Tour-Wide Giveaway

1 winner will receive ROMANCING DAPHNE (ebook or paperback, winner's choice, paperback US only)

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