Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tea and Read: September Seconds- Love Remains

Title: Love Remains
Author: Kaye Dacus
Rating: One cup of tea (★★★)

Kaye Dacus is one of my favorite go-to writers. I can count on her books as a decent read.

Every grandmother wants to see her grandchildren happy, especially when it comes to their love lives. Join five active senior ladies—and one gentleman—who take a great interest in the lives and loves of their single grandchildren and become The Matchmakers. Zarah Mitchell and Bobby Patterson become the first focus of meddling grandmothers when he moves back to Nashville to work for the Tennessee Criminal Investigations Unit. Will Zarah be able to forgive the man who years ago chose a military career over her—especially when she learns he is investigating the historic preservation agency for which she works?

Of all Dacus’s books I’ve read, I must admit I enjoyed this one the least. Not that the book was bad, but at some points the plot dragged and I found myself skimming. The ending seemed to be an little anti-climatic for me, which I found unusual for Dacus’ books. Having said that, the book still held the things that I love about Dacus’ novels.

Dacus has a way of creating realistically flawed characters, especially Dacus’ heroines. I could relate to Zarah but she totally frustrated me sometimes. I wanted to shake her out of her mindset. A strong emotion but a good thing because she felt like a real person, and I found myself caring about her even though she drove me crazy. The rest of the characters were equally real.  I loved Bobby’s struggle with his emotions about Zarah and his job. And of course, I enjoyed the grandmother’s schemes and plans. Dacus’ writing style was as engaging and clean as usual.

Good read from a solid writer.

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