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Ten years ago, timid Katrina Ross left her hometown’s temperamental bad boy at the altar. After years away, Alec Munroe has returned, a successful businessman who is snooping around her bookstore with an avaricious gleam in his eye. She’d like to tell him to leave, despite still being in love with him, but the secret she's kept all these years demands to be told. Alec Munr Ten years ago, timid Katrina Ross left her hometown’s temperamental bad boy at the altar. After years away, Alec Munroe has returned, a successful businessman who is snooping around her bookstore with an avaricious gleam in his eye. She’d like to tell him to leave, despite still being in love with him, but the secret she's kept all these years demands to be told. Alec Munroe has been successful in all ways but one: he has never been able to escape his memories of Katrina Ross. When he discovers the secret she's kept from him, he's faced with hard decisions. Justice or the forgiveness God calls him to offer... Can Alec and Katrina leave the past behind to embrace the promise of a love they have never forgotten?


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Ten years ago, timid Katrina Ross left her hometown’s temperamental bad boy at the altar. After years away, Alec Munroe has returned, a successful businessman who is snooping around her bookstore with an avaricious gleam in his eye. She’d like to tell him to leave, despite still being in love with him, but the secret she's kept all these years demands to be told. Alec Munr Ten years ago, timid Katrina Ross left her hometown’s temperamental bad boy at the altar. After years away, Alec Munroe has returned, a successful businessman who is snooping around her bookstore with an avaricious gleam in his eye. She’d like to tell him to leave, despite still being in love with him, but the secret she's kept all these years demands to be told. Alec Munroe has been successful in all ways but one: he has never been able to escape his memories of Katrina Ross. When he discovers the secret she's kept from him, he's faced with hard decisions. Justice or the forgiveness God calls him to offer... Can Alec and Katrina leave the past behind to embrace the promise of a love they have never forgotten?

30 review for Remember Love

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    A few weeks ago, I inherited someone's cast off Android and he kindly installed a Kindle app on it. Since then, I've gone a bit gung-ho in seeking free novels on Amazon to read. Today, on the freebie list, I found, Remember Love, by Jessica Nelson which is part of the series, The Women of Manatee Bay. The key verse that this novel revolves around is Isaiah 42:3, which says, "A bruised reed shall He not break, and the smoking flax shall He not quench: He shall bring forth judgment to truth." Katrin A few weeks ago, I inherited someone's cast off Android and he kindly installed a Kindle app on it. Since then, I've gone a bit gung-ho in seeking free novels on Amazon to read. Today, on the freebie list, I found, Remember Love, by Jessica Nelson which is part of the series, The Women of Manatee Bay. The key verse that this novel revolves around is Isaiah 42:3, which says, "A bruised reed shall He not break, and the smoking flax shall He not quench: He shall bring forth judgment to truth." Katrina (Kitty) Ross and Alec Monroe have a long history together. They had been childhood sweethearts, but Kitty stood Alec up at the altar on their wedding day, and Alec left town. They are reunited ten years later when he roars back to Manatee Bay on his motorcycle. The former wild boy is now a successful businessman and has returned to open a new business in his hometown, but it also hoping to sniff out information about Kitty. When he finds out that she is one of the lessees in the building that he is buying, his interest in her picks up again, until he finds out that she had withheld knowledge of the existence of their now deceased son from him. This has wounded him greatly because Kitty knew that if he had known about their son, he would not have abandoned them. He had been abandoned by his own father as a child and would not have subjected his own child to the same fate. Alec vacillates from wanting revenge against Kitty for hurting him in this way, to wanting her to be his wife. He is also wanting to show the townspeople who had rejected him in the past that he has made something success out of himself. Kitty, on the other hand, is the obvious bruised reed in this story. She has faced rejection and abandonment all of her life, from a father who walked out on her and her mother, from her mother who was not very loving towards Ktty, and from the deaths of her mother and her son, Joe, in a car accident. Kitty, who had become a Christian shortly after Joe was born, has been struggling with her faith since the deaths of Joe and her mother. Alec has become a believer during the past year, but he's still grappling with desires for vengeance. Both of them can see that the other has changed greatly since they were youths, and are attracted to what each other has now become. However, Kitty still has difficulty in trusting Alec, because he won't say aloud whether he loves her or forgives her of what she had done. Alec is more of a man of action than of words; he doesn't know how to scale the walls around Kitty's heart. There comes a point in the story when the tables are turned; Kitty needs to forgive Alec for withholding information from her if there is any hope of reconciliation between the two of them. Much of this novel touches on the issue of forgiveness and the healing that can come when it is given. There were a lot of people that needed to give forgiveness and a lot of people who needed to receive it in this story. There was one point in the story that felt a little abrupt, and it was the revelation of the details surrounding the car accident that led to the deaths of Kitty's mother and Joe. There was a little bit of foreshadowing of this, but I think that I would have liked a couple more hints because it did feel abrupt and sudden to me. However, once that portion of the plot was revealed, it led to quite an important development in the life of a minor character who had been kept hidden until this point, and also to Kitty, because it caused her to realize that it was possible for her to believe that Alec might be able to forgive her. I thought that this part was nicely done. I loved the line in which Alec thought that the Lord said to him, "I've made all things new, Son." Just reading that is like breathing in hope. Alec really needed it at that point too. This was a good story. I hope to read more of the Women of Manatee Bay. This review is also posted on my blog: http://whatiscbreading.blogspot.ca

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

    It was a nice story but it just wasn't for me. I didn't know this was a Christian romance because it wasn't tagged as one and I usually don't read those. I don't know, I guess I just like my smut too much. Anyways, this was a very sweet story that got better by the end. I wish we could have seen more of Alec and Katrina's life together but oh well. Good read for those fans of inspirational romances. It was a nice story but it just wasn't for me. I didn't know this was a Christian romance because it wasn't tagged as one and I usually don't read those. I don't know, I guess I just like my smut too much. Anyways, this was a very sweet story that got better by the end. I wish we could have seen more of Alec and Katrina's life together but oh well. Good read for those fans of inspirational romances.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Brand

    Ten years ago, Katarina Ross left Alec Monroe at the altar due to a tragic misunderstanding. Alec left town, vowing never to return to Manatee Bay. When Katarina discovered she was pregnant, she tried to track Alec down to no avail. But now he’s back in his hometown under mysterious circumstances, and Katarina knows that she has a lot of explaining to do—especially since the son Alec never knew died in a car accident three years ago. Alec only returned to Manatee Bay to buy Katarina’s mother’s bo Ten years ago, Katarina Ross left Alec Monroe at the altar due to a tragic misunderstanding. Alec left town, vowing never to return to Manatee Bay. When Katarina discovered she was pregnant, she tried to track Alec down to no avail. But now he’s back in his hometown under mysterious circumstances, and Katarina knows that she has a lot of explaining to do—especially since the son Alec never knew died in a car accident three years ago. Alec only returned to Manatee Bay to buy Katarina’s mother’s bookstore and prove that he’d made something of his life. But his professional business demeanour slips when he realises that it’s Katarina who owns the store, and that he still cares deeply for her. Once he recovers from the shock of learning that he had a child that he never knew about, Alec finds himself spending more and more time with Katarina as he learns all he can about Joey, the son he never met. Initially, the idea of revisiting their old relationship doesn’t appear to Alec or Katarina, but neither can deny the attraction between them. Katarina finds her old flame hard to resist when he offers his business help with her failing bookstore, but she’s met with disapproval from the townsfolk who can only remember the scandal Alec once brought down upon them. Are they able to put aside their past mistakes and reconcile? Or has that ship sailed long ago? Last year I reviewed Jessica Nelson’s debut novel, Love on the Range, and when I heard she was planning to self-publish a contemporary romance I was immediately intrigued. Although Love on the Range was more my typical fare, being a historical romance, I’m finding myself drawn towards contemporaries more and more. It’s also interesting to see so many traditionally published authors trying their hand at self-publishing. Although the industry often gets a bad name from the hordes of authors who fail to edit and proof-read their works, Remember Love is a great example of self-publishing done right. This novel is clearly professionally edited, and I found no formatting errors or glaring mistakes. Although the cover is a little darker than you’d typically find in the genre, it actually suited the story, given the dark secrets in Katarina and Alec’s pasts. It’s impossible not to feel sympathetic towards the heroine of this novel. I’ve never experienced such a crushing loss as Katarina’s, but her grief was realistically portrayed, and I could understand why she initially held back from Alec and was scared to get involved. She does make a lot of mistakes while attempting to renew her relationship with Alec and protect her bookstore and her friends. She’s a comfortably imperfect character who I could imagine as a friend, and I was constantly wanting to give her a hug and tell her that things would work out in the end. It took me longer to warm up to Alec, mainly because he was just too much of an alpha male for my taste. He knows what he wants, and he’s not going to stop until he gets it. I know that alpha male heroes are more prevalent in secular romances than Christian ones, but I’m sure there are plenty of Christian romance readers who will find Alec more appealing than I did. I found him a bit too pushy and demanding at the start of the novel, but as the story progressed and I learned more about what Alec had done to make some of the townsfolk turn against him, I became more sympathetic to the hurt that had turned him into the man he is now. He might not be my ideal hero, but his motivations made sense. And for someone as cautious and indecisive as Katarina, Alec might balance her out perfectly! I found Katarina’s spiritual struggles to be very realistic. It wasn’t so much a loss of faith in God as it was a block on figuring out how to approach him and talk to him. I’m sure all of us have experienced this at some point or another in our lives. I don’t have any issues with this side of the story, but I did find some of the conversations about faith between Alec, Katarina and her circle of friends to be a bit stilted. When Alec first comes on the scene, Katarina’s friends want to know if he’s a Christian, and Alec and Katarina are always talking about how being a Christian has helped them in some way, or saying “I’m a Christian” as if that explains or defends some sort of behaviour. Maybe it’s just a cultural thing to do with the kind of church I grew up in, but I’ve never heard people throw around the label “Christian” as much as they did in this book! It kind of bugged me as the characters weren’t really talking about what God or Jesus had done for them, just “being a Christian”. Sometimes it felt like it was more about the label than their actual faith, especially when all Katarina’s friends wanted to know was whether Alec was a Christian or not. For such a short novel (254 pages), I was impressed with how fleshed out Katarina’s friends were. Her best friend Rachel plays a fairly large part in the novel, and some parts of the plot revolve around Sharon, an employee at the bookstore. There’s also Joe, the minister, and some background characters who either approve or Alec or don’t. Considering that this is the first book in the Women if Manatee Bay series, I’m hoping we’ll see some of these characters again, especially Rachel and Sharon, who definitely need their own happy endings. None of the characters felt like cardboard cut-outs, which is often a flaw I find in shorter romance novels, and their side-stories and personalities propelled the conflict along in a realistic manner. That said, the way in which Sharon’s sub-plot was wrapped up at the end of the novel felt a little rushed. The main storyline and a sub-plot collided in the last few chapters, and although it brought about the conclusion to the novel, it was almost a little too fast and lacked build up. I had to go back and reread a few pages because I was sure I missed something. I’m still impressed with how much Jessica manage to pack into this novel, but maybe it could have done with a few more chapters to build up to the final conclusion. And as for the romance, it was the perfect blend of sweet and passionate. I love reunion romances, so Katarina and Alec’s backstory definitely fit the bill. Considering how many reunion stories pop up in Christian romances, I’m sure plenty of readers will be satisfied by Remember Love. I suppose this could also count as a secret-baby storyline as well, even though Joey is out of the picture before the novel starts. Either way, it was a satisfying romance. What I was most pleased about was the chemistry and attraction between the characters. A lot of Christian authors seem cautious about not showing too much passion between their characters, sometimes not even letting them kiss until the last page. In Remember Love, the passion is always sizzling between characters, even if it’s just under the surface. There are a few really romantic scenes that don’t push the envelope at all, but they succeeded in convincing me that Katarina and Alec’s feelings for each other were true. Remember Love provides an incredibly well-written and satisfying romance, with characters that you can’t help but care about. I’ll definitely be looking out for the next book in the Women of Manatee Bay series. Review title provided by author.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Remember Love is the second book I've read by Jessica Nelson and I really enjoyed it! The story was so good and I loved the setting and characters. The romance did seem a little back-and-forth, which was slightly frustrating, but I still liked it! I was surprised by certain things in the book and that just made the story even more gripping. Overall, I really enjoyed Remember Love and recommend it if you like contemporary romance. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the pr Remember Love is the second book I've read by Jessica Nelson and I really enjoyed it! The story was so good and I loved the setting and characters. The romance did seem a little back-and-forth, which was slightly frustrating, but I still liked it! I was surprised by certain things in the book and that just made the story even more gripping. Overall, I really enjoyed Remember Love and recommend it if you like contemporary romance. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melody Cox

    A Heart-wrenching Story of Young Love Lost and Re-found. This was a heart-wrenching inspirational story about young love, misunderstandings, abandonment, loss, and love reclaimed. Katrina Ross left the love-of-her-life bad boy at the altar ten years ago. Alec Munroe left town immediately without listening to what was troubling Katrina. Alec Munroe, who is a very successful businessman, returns to his small hometown ten years after his heart was broken. He has never forgotten Katrina, the woman who A Heart-wrenching Story of Young Love Lost and Re-found. This was a heart-wrenching inspirational story about young love, misunderstandings, abandonment, loss, and love reclaimed. Katrina Ross left the love-of-her-life bad boy at the altar ten years ago. Alec Munroe left town immediately without listening to what was troubling Katrina. Alec Munroe, who is a very successful businessman, returns to his small hometown ten years after his heart was broken. He has never forgotten Katrina, the woman who shattered his heart. When Alec discovers the secret Katrina kept from him for ten years, he is devastated. He now faces a huge decision. Does he seek his own kind of justice or does he offer the forgiveness that God has given him? I highly recommend this book as it is a very good story. I did not rate this a 5-star read because of the weakness of the heroine. She was much too weak for my taste, but nonetheless it is worth your time.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary-jane

    I liked it, very light romance book with lots of Christianity (i'm Catholic but i don't attend Mass and i do believe in god but i'm not a FIRM believer, does it make sense?). Therefore, as much as i don't want to agree to all the "good morals" (forgiveness quotes etc..) since it ain't easy and i'm awed at how easy both Katrina and Alec forgave the person who killed their only child. I kinda have to admit that it was cute how Alec wants to court Katrina but at the same time, proposes to her withi I liked it, very light romance book with lots of Christianity (i'm Catholic but i don't attend Mass and i do believe in god but i'm not a FIRM believer, does it make sense?). Therefore, as much as i don't want to agree to all the "good morals" (forgiveness quotes etc..) since it ain't easy and i'm awed at how easy both Katrina and Alec forgave the person who killed their only child. I kinda have to admit that it was cute how Alec wants to court Katrina but at the same time, proposes to her within weeks of meeting her again, despite all the angst. Anyways, this book beautifully portrays forgiveness at its weirdest xD

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    I cried several times throughout this book and I normally do not do that. This book was very easy to get into. The author was able to capture how devastating it is to lose a child and how we can forgive anybody no matter the wrong.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melani White

    Good read Very good book, I read this entire book in one night. At times it was a little slow, but I enjoyed it very much. Looking forward to reading more of her books.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sunny

    After 10 years, I was hoping they would get the happy ever after and they did..... I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. After 10 years, I was hoping they would get the happy ever after and they did..... I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laci Hartley

    Remember Love very good read. kept wanting to no more. I couldn't put it down. started slow but got better as I read. Remember Love very good read. kept wanting to no more. I couldn't put it down. started slow but got better as I read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    Is a great book to read forever

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Saelens

    Good book The story line of Remember Love was good, mildly predictable. Writers style was fair to good. Loved the use of scriptures.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tonileg

    Contemporary Christian romance with a secret baby plot and second chances HEA. Miss Katrina Ross seems deep in mourning from losing her mother and son in an awful accident three years ago, so when her ex-fiance shows up to change her life after a ten year disappearing act. Katrina made a LOT of mistakes when she was younger the biggest probably was running away from her wedding and then not telling Alec Munroe that she was pregnant with their son. So there is a lot of mistakes made by both people Contemporary Christian romance with a secret baby plot and second chances HEA. Miss Katrina Ross seems deep in mourning from losing her mother and son in an awful accident three years ago, so when her ex-fiance shows up to change her life after a ten year disappearing act. Katrina made a LOT of mistakes when she was younger the biggest probably was running away from her wedding and then not telling Alec Munroe that she was pregnant with their son. So there is a lot of mistakes made by both people and quite a few people in town which made for a realistic environment. The Christian themes were very heavy handed although no one is perfect and there is more then a little bit of unchristian judgmentalism floating around this story but people seem to accept their hypocrisy and try to do better (well everyone except Sharon's husband Steve, but some people are just a lost cause). There was tons of story which could have been better with a lighter hand of Christian themes in this clean romance about redemption and healing. 254 pages and kindle freebie 2 stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ann Miller

    I liked Kitty and Alec well enough, their backstory. But their passion seems to have been left in the past. They don't want each other badly enough in the present to fight for their love. The heroine felt like a victim rather than an overcomer. Alec comes across plotting and calculating, but not driven by passion for Kitty. He's too controlled, too afraid of scaring her off. The obstacles keeping them apart felt too flimsy. Maybe that's why they didn't have to fight for each other. I liked the b I liked Kitty and Alec well enough, their backstory. But their passion seems to have been left in the past. They don't want each other badly enough in the present to fight for their love. The heroine felt like a victim rather than an overcomer. Alec comes across plotting and calculating, but not driven by passion for Kitty. He's too controlled, too afraid of scaring her off. The obstacles keeping them apart felt too flimsy. Maybe that's why they didn't have to fight for each other. I liked the bad guy. There was passion! I liked all the secondary characters. They were well-fleshed out. I liked the tropical setting.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mariah Kingsley

    I have no idea if this author has lost a child. I have. If she hasn't the power of her imagination is astonding. If she has then she knows what few people do, the kind of hurt that cant be taken away. My daughter was murdered five years ago almost to the day, and all those emotions that I felt was there. I didnt want to read it, but as I started I couldnt stop. I give you five stars for giving me true emotions. I felt like I wasnt alone. Thank you. I forgave the person who hurt me like that but I have no idea if this author has lost a child. I have. If she hasn't the power of her imagination is astonding. If she has then she knows what few people do, the kind of hurt that cant be taken away. My daughter was murdered five years ago almost to the day, and all those emotions that I felt was there. I didnt want to read it, but as I started I couldnt stop. I give you five stars for giving me true emotions. I felt like I wasnt alone. Thank you. I forgave the person who hurt me like that but I will say you made it beautiful. Bravo honey!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michele A.

    Katrina and Alec's story was intriguing in the beginning but felt a little too disjointed at times for me to really get a good feel for it. It is a Christian romance and, as such, I was totally fine with the content and its strong views, however, I felt I did not get enough back story on the characters and did not get enough of a glimpse into their future to really feel well about how it ended. Katrina and Alec's story was intriguing in the beginning but felt a little too disjointed at times for me to really get a good feel for it. It is a Christian romance and, as such, I was totally fine with the content and its strong views, however, I felt I did not get enough back story on the characters and did not get enough of a glimpse into their future to really feel well about how it ended.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Bryan

    If I read the word Christian or "You're really a Christian now, huh" I was going to claw my eyes out! I am all for a good story about God but the Christian references were too much! Besides that I enjoyed the story. But really I have a headache now from rolling my eyes so much everytime I read the word Christian. If I read the word Christian or "You're really a Christian now, huh" I was going to claw my eyes out! I am all for a good story about God but the Christian references were too much! Besides that I enjoyed the story. But really I have a headache now from rolling my eyes so much everytime I read the word Christian.

  18. 4 out of 5

    June

    Free but good I got this free from Amazon and bought it based on the reviews. I really enjoyed this book- realistic characters and I identified with Katrina as I'm also timid as well. I liked that the relationship started as friendship and they knew each other. The difficulty with past hurts, the need for forgiveness makes this a wonderful story. Glad I read it. Free but good I got this free from Amazon and bought it based on the reviews. I really enjoyed this book- realistic characters and I identified with Katrina as I'm also timid as well. I liked that the relationship started as friendship and they knew each other. The difficulty with past hurts, the need for forgiveness makes this a wonderful story. Glad I read it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kandra

    This little book is filled with sadness and regret, but the characters work through their grief, forgive each other and fall in love again. It reads,like a debut novel, and the main character is indecisive and wishy washy, which can get irritating. I still liked it enough to finish it.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Clarissa Vandeputte

    It was ok this was my first love novel and really I do have to say I'm not a fan of love stories makes me wish my life turned out like this and makes me depressed other then that not bad at all It was ok this was my first love novel and really I do have to say I'm not a fan of love stories makes me wish my life turned out like this and makes me depressed other then that not bad at all

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dzejna

    Sure the story was nice. But I did not know that it was a Christian tragedy. I felt like it became to much with Jesus and God. Instead of keeping it simple, it was just something would happen, or people.would talk and then it would be all like Jesus-God-church.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Lawson

    Good read, Christian based romance. Emphasis on forgiveness and letting go of the past. Not too bad for a freebie.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Umievette

    The constant battle back and forth with anger and unforgiveness was toooooo much for me. It was the same emotional battle ALL THROUGH the book almost until the last page.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda

    Between 3 1/2 and 4 stars. I liked the story and the characters, but it had too many POV jumps, which can be easily solved with some good editing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dena

    Christian love! I like some books like this, but it got to be a little much during the last half part of this book. Overall it's a good story, I think it needs a little more to be more believable Christian love! I like some books like this, but it got to be a little much during the last half part of this book. Overall it's a good story, I think it needs a little more to be more believable

  26. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Attaway

    Christian book this was a very good book. I did cry a little but I'm glad Alex found his way back to the love of his life. Christian book this was a very good book. I did cry a little but I'm glad Alex found his way back to the love of his life.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Knapp

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sharon M. Weis

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emmarie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Hartke

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