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Sunday, December 5, 2010

New Giveaway and Review: Love Remains

Love Remains is the first book in the new Matchmaker series by author Kaye Dacus. When I think of matchmakers, I normally don't picture them as the type who are found in this series. The matchmakers in these books are a group of grandparents who are plotting to find suitable mates for their recalcitrant grandchildren.


 As the grandparents of Zarah Mitchell (a long time employee of the Middle Tennessee Preservation Commission), and Bobby Patterson (who has just returned to Nashville after many years in order to work for the Tennessee Criminal Investigations Unit), plot to bring their grandchildren together, they are totally oblivious to the fact that Zarah and Bobby are not strangers; in fact, they have a secret past that few people are aware of - a past that could prevent them from ever being more than just members of the same singles group at their church.

To further complicate matters, Bobby's first assignment in his new position is to investigate a case of fraud in the very same Commission for which Zarah is employed.  Even though the spark that has lain dormant for many years is quickly reignited when Zarah and Bobby come face to face, Bobby's hands are tied because he is being forced to include Zarah in his investigation.

I enjoyed reading Love Remains and also enjoyed the writing style of Kaye Dacus. This was the first book I have read by this author and I will be looking forward to reading many more. There were some elements of the story that I felt were too easily resolved and some elements that I felt were too vague and needed a bit more explanation.  For fear of revealing too much of the plot, I won't give any more detail about those particular portions of the story. Overall however, I would recommend this book and I think you will find it to be both enjoyable and inspirational. 

 As I read a book, I always try to think of scriptures that are being depicted.  It is my feeling that this book strongly portrays the message that can be found in Psalms 37:9: "For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth." (KJV)  The book of Matthew, chapter 7 and verse 7, tells us to "ask, and it shall be given you ...".  Further down in that same chapter, in verse 11, we are told " ... how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?'' (Once again, this scripture reference is taken from the KJV). All of these scriptures are vividly displayed in the pages of Love Remains. My apologies to the writer if this is not the message that she hoped to impart.

To read more about Kaye Dacus and her writing, visit her web site at http://kayedacus.com. Her books can be purchased at Christian Book Distributors, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, through her publisher, Barbour Publishing, or your favorite local book store.

To win a copy of this book, leave a comment below which includes your email address in spam proof format; i.e., yourname[at]domain[dot]com. For a second entry, please become a follower or tell me if you are already a follower. If you do not tell me you are a follower, even if you are, you will not receive the second chance to win. For a third chance to win, include the name of another book written by Kaye Dacus. This giveaway will run until midnight on December 18th.


A copy of this book was provided to me by Barbour Publishers for review purposes. I received no compensation for this review nor was I under any obligation to provide a favorable review. All comments are the true and unsolicited observations of this writer.

56 comments:

  1. This sounds like a wonderful book! Thanks for the chance!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  2. I am a follower

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  3. This sounds like a good read.

    I am a Follower via GFC.

    If the giveaway is open worldwide, please enter me.

    Thank you.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  4. I am curious, does the book say why the grandparents are playing matchmaker? This sounds like an interesting book to read.


    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  5. I follow "Write Aabout Now.


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  6. Kaye Dacus has also written a non-fiction book titled 'Little Whispers of Comfort for Busy Women' plus three series of fiction books.


    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. Interesting book!

    taffy(dot)lovell@gmail.com

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  8. I've heard awesome things about this author! thanks so much for the chance to win!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

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  9. This sounds interesting.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  10. Sounds good!

    Horseluver120(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. I LOVE Kaye Dacus. I just discovered her this year. Would love to read this.
    ~Jen Unsell
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  12. This year, I have read Stand in Groom and Menu for Romance in her The Brides of Bonneterre series.
    ~Jen Unsell
    unsells{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  13. I am excited about this giveaway!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book:)

    chakasa58 at gmail dot com

    +1 I am an old follower

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  14. Looked up the book summary, and the fact that one character is a CSI. My mom and sisters love those forensic tv shows, so I'm sure we'd enjoy it. Thanks for the chance to win!

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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  15. Kay Dacus's "Ransome's Honor" sounds amazing. =)

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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  16. Oh my goodness I have been dying to read this book!!
    The first book I read by Kaye was Stand in Groom. And after reading that one i was hooked!
    Please enter me in the giveaway!
    dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

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  17. I have also just become a follower.
    dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

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  18. Would love to win and read this book. Sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway.
    plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  19. Please enter me in this giveaway it's looks like a great book. sonflower277(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Would be great to discover a great book like I think that Love remains is.

    taniadoce(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. Love to be included in this book giveaway thanks
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  22. gfc follower
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  23. I think I liked the book almost the best out of the ones Ms. Dacus has written. jemilyea[at]hotmail[dot]com.

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  24. Menu for Romance is another of Ms. Dacus's books. I like her contemporary books better than the historicals, but I've read them all. My local library is great about buying Christian fiction. jemilyea[at]hotmail[dot]com.

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  25. Great giveaway! I'd love to be entered.

    Please count me in. Thanks.

    avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

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  26. This looks very interesting! Please enter me!

    Kait
    momiswayweird(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I love Kaye's books! Thanks for giving this read away!
    April
    apeygirl at gmail dot com

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  28. Hi, everyone! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog. Some of you are forgetting to leave an email address for me to contact you if you are the winner. Also, I know that some of you are followers but you are neglecting to mention that for your second chance to win. I'm happy to see so many of you who have read books by Kaye Dacus and are mentioning the titles for yet a third entry.

    Welcome to all of the new followers. I hope that you will visit often and be blessed by the reviews.

    Jan Marie

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  29. This book sounds great! I am a follower. You do a great job Jan!

    julie_hoch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. Never read anything by her before...Looks great!

    twinmomx5(at)gmail (dot)com

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  31. New follower!!

    twinmomx5(at)gmail (dot)com

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  32. I would love to win a copy of this book:) Please enter me. Thanks so much!!

    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  33. I am a GFC Follower already as Charity.

    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  34. And another book Kaye has written is A Case For Love:)

    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  35. Please enter my name in the drawing. I am a follower. Another of Kaye's books is Ransome's Honor. Thank you!
    carlyberd[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  36. Please sign me up for the drawing. :)
    Ann_Lee_Miller
    AnnLeeMiller.com

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  37. Kaye Dacus is a new author I would like to read! She has also written "Ransomes Crossing" and "The Art of Romance". I heard these two books are wonderful! I am also a follower! Please enter me in the drawing!
    Merry Christmas Everyone!
    Christina
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  38. I would love to read this book. Please enter me.

    Jo
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  39. I'd like to read this one! I'm a follower, and Kaye wrote Stand-In Groom. Thank you for the opportunityt o win one of her books.
    Merry Christmas!

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

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  40. I would love to win this book.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com

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  41. I am a follower.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com

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  42. Ransome's Crossing is another book by Kaye Dacus.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com

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  43. I would LOVE to be entered :)

    -Juju
    suitejuju(AT)gmail(DOT)com
    talesofwhimsy.com

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  44. Thank you for entering me in the drawing, I am a follower!

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  45. Please include me in the giveaway. gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

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  46. Another book by Kaye Dacus is Stand In Groom. gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

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  47. Enjoyed your review and the verse of which the book made you think. Thanks for counting me in! joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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  48. follow you on gfc. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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  49. A Case for Love is another book of hers that sounds good! joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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  50. Ooohhh, this sounds like a good read!!!

    amber (afren07[at]gmail[dot]com.)

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  51. I would love to read this. Thanks for the great giveaway :)

    mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

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  52. I am a new follower with GFC. Username: missreneer :)

    mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

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  53. Would love to win! Looking forward to "Love Remains"
    gjac444@gmail.com

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  54. I'd love to read this book!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  55. I'm a follower.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  56. Jan, I enjoy Kaye's books and appreciate the chance to win a copy of Love Remains. This looks like a great new series.

    +1 - I am a follower

    +1 - Kaye has also written a delightful southern series called Brides of Bonneterre, the first of which is Stand-in Groom.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

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