Author: Sarah M. Eden
Series: Longing For Home #3
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Mirror Press
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 is easily my favorite of the series. No question. I read well into the night to finish it in one go. It was somewhat heart wrenching to watch the characters in their various trials but I still felt hope. I felt sad for Finbarr, that his life will never be the same after his heroic efforts in the previous book leaves him blinded with no hope of recovering his sight and yet there is hope for him to find joy in life. I felt sad for Cecily, that she can no longer see green or snow or the mountains or ocean. And yet, she can find happiness too. Tavish struggles to hold his family together and just about pulls himself apart doing it but there is the promise of joy for him as well. There is hope that people can overcome their long held prejudices. You’d think the O’Conner family would be less likely to hold prejudices based on their own experiences just shortly before this book begins but these lessons are hard learned.
I love all of Sarah Eden’s books but this series is far more difficult to read because it deals with much more serious matters. Even though it still ends in a happily ever after, there is so much more angst and in some cases even horror, getting to that HEA. And the HEA isn’t a fairy tale everything is great HEA. Each book still shows a hard life for its characters with no sense for an immediate fix to make life perfect. A fairy tale ending would have Finbarr regain his eyesight and find a way to stop Cecily’s eye disease from progressing. But that isn’t the case here. Their HEAs will still deal with being blind. But as I said before, we still get to feel hope that all will be well.
I enjoyed Tavish’s story and I’m so glad I got to see his charming self find love again. Still waiting for Finbarr to get his…