A Heart Most Certain was such a deep and moving story! The author did an amazing job of filling the book with rich, historic details which made me feel that I had traveled back in time to the fictional town of Teaville, Kansas.
This novel was truly a wonderful combination of history, romance, and social commentary. While a piece of historical fiction, the behavior of the church members toward women and children whom society had thrown away, was clearly not in tune with the teachings of the Bible. The hypocritical behavior of these people was very well-written. Watching Lydia and Nicholas attempt to do actual good for the downtrodden while others simply condemned them spoke volumes.
Not only did A Heart Most Certain address the issue of church hypocrisy and the attitudes of the hearts of its members, but there were some fabulously disturbing villains, who seemed almost untouchable. And through it all, there was a heartwarming love story that grew and flourished within the pages, coming to a beautiful conclusion. I am looking forward to future books in this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
Lydia King knows what it’s like to be in need, so when she joins the Teaville Moral Society, she genuinely hopes to help the town’s poor. But with her father’s debts increasing by the day and her mother growing sicker by the week, she wonders how long it will be until she ends up in the poor house herself. Her best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that the moral society’s president is her suitor’s mother. Her first task as a moral society member—to obtain a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town—should be easy . . . except he flat-out refuses.
Despite appearances, Nicholas wants to help others but prefers to do it his own way, keeping his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, though Nicholas has a few surprises up his sleeve. Neither foresee the harrowing complications that will arise from working together. When town secrets are brought to light, this unlikely pair must decide where their beliefs—and hearts—truly align.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Melissa Jagears is a Carol Award-winning author, a homeschooling mother to three, and an extreme night owl.