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What Is Zarah’s Sister’s Name?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Wow! What a great list of suggested names for Zarah’s older sister in Love Remains.

Before you vote, here’s a little bit about the character. Born in 1976 to Walter Mitchell (then a major in the U.S. Army) and Bettina Breitinger-Mitchell (an Army Wife). Walter and Tina’s marriage was somewhat rocky, but finding out they were expecting their first child brought them closer together. At least for a while.

The sister was cute and precocious as a child, and when Zarah came along two years later, was a very loving and helpful big sister. But by then, their parents’ marriage was starting to fall apart again. When Zarah was eight, her sister ten, their mother was diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer and died six months later. After their mother’s death, their father drove a wedge between the two girls, berating Zarah for not being more like her “perfect” sister, and motivating the older sister to strive for perfection by warning her that she didn’t want to end up being like Zarah.

Seven years before the story began, Zarah and her sister had little contact—until the sister was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in a routine annual exam. It was caught early and she was given a good prognosis with surgery and chemo. Zarah reached out to her sister and they started rebuilding their relationship.

So now that you know that much, here are the names. Vote for your favorite, and if you nominated one of them and you really want to win that signed copy of Love Remains when it comes out (and maybe have your name mentioned in the book, too), recruit everyone you know to come over and vote for your name as well.

  1. Thursday, February 4, 2010 8:32 am

    Thanks for hosting this fun contest! I am telling everyone I know.


  2. Thursday, February 4, 2010 9:04 am

    Cool Contest!


  3. Thursday, February 4, 2010 9:23 am

    I just can’t see the name Felicity without thinking of that bad show on the WB years ago starring Keri something.


  4. Sylvia permalink
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 11:02 am

    I have to stop and think what name would have been ordinary or up-and-coming in the 1970’s. Several of these names didn’t even exist in the 1970’s as far as I know. Also, what name sounds good with the last name.


  5. Thursday, February 4, 2010 12:57 pm

    Great Contest!


  6. Thursday, February 4, 2010 2:03 pm

    Here’s the cool thing – as of 2pm (CST), over 109 people have visited the blog, because that’s how many VOTES have been cast! Great contest (even if, at this point, mine is coming in SECOND!)

    Vote Mariah!!!!! LOL


  7. Thursday, February 4, 2010 3:09 pm

    So much fun!


  8. Kelly Lynch Ring permalink
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 3:41 pm

    I love it, how fun!!!


  9. Thursday, February 4, 2010 5:19 pm

    My friend Donna sent me here to vote! I chose Annette! Too bad Renee isn’t one of the options cause that is THE best name ever…but I wasn’t going to nominate my own name and I couldn’t think of a name that would fit the character description that you gave 😛


  10. The Damsels permalink
    Thursday, February 4, 2010 6:24 pm

    I can’t be sad that Phoebe is winning even though it wasn’t my pick cause I love that name too 😀


  11. Jennifer Elerick permalink
    Friday, February 5, 2010 5:20 pm

    Grace is a great name.


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