About the book: From Sarah M. Eden, 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 Irishman and an English woman amongst a people reeling from violence and centuries of hatred between their two homelands.
My review: I LOVED being immersed in the Hope Springs world again! The O'Connor family is one of my very favorite literary families. And the way this author writes is just fabulous. I didn't want to put this one down, at all! This one really has it all, it has parts that will make you laugh, it has parts that will make you cry, it has parts that make you sigh with the perfection of the romance. It's just so great!
Tavish...this book has Tavish again! I was so excited to get to see things through his point of view again. He's just such a great character. I love the way he teases everyone around him, especially his female counterpart in this one. I love the way he's always looking out for everyone but himself. He might take that a little too far though, this one plainly shows just how little he does for himself and how much he does for everyone around him, he just keeps doing and doing and doing, and it gets to be a detriment to himself. I loved the way Cecily points out just why and how all of his helping Finbarr is actually hurting him and needs to be reigned way in.
Then there's Cecily. I loved the part at the beginning, where the family plans for her to be a man. Then when they finally realize she's a woman, there are things they have to fix. The anticipation of their realizing was fun for me. I also loved the way Tavish had no idea that he couldn't see. That lead to some very funny moments. Not surprising, she faces a lot of prejudice in Hope Springs. That town is simply prone to it. It's enough to make any sane person crazy, but Cecily weathers it, she's strong like that.
Tavish and Cecily's interactions are fun. They are great at verbally sparring with each other and those parts were really fun to read. But how he treats her, especially in the beginning was a bit sad. But I loved the way he eventually realized he was hurting her and was able to fix the problem.
The plot of this one is so much fun! I enjoyed watching the characters grow and change through their challenges. They all had them. Tavish's challenge is to back off a little and let his family sort out their own issues. Cecily has a hard time with her illness. Finbarr learning to live without sight and actually live. Tavish's family had to see their prejudices and how that was hurting others. The ending was awesome, just what I was hoping for!
I'm really hoping this wasn't the last book about the O'Connors, there is so much I want to know. What happens with Katie and Joseph's family? What happens to Finbarr? What about Ciara and her husband? And does the town of Hope Springs ever get over it's prejudice problem? There are so many great characters in this one that just need a story of their own, I'm hoping that happens!
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Purchase link: Amazon
Other books by Sarah M Eden
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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Labels: clean historical romance, Hope Springs series, Sarah M Eden