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A Heart Most Certain #1, in the Teaville Moral Society series, by Melissa Jagears
Lydia King asks the towns wealthiest man and politician Nicholas Lowe for donation to help the Teaville Moral Society help the town's poor.
Nicholas Lowe wants to help others, but prefers to keep his charity private and refuses. What complications do their actions do to the town?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Teaville Moral Society
While Lydia King's reasons for joining the Teaville Moral Society might be suspect to some members, her heart is in the right place. Because of her father's debts and her mother's persistent illness, her best chance at a secure future and curing her mother is to impress the politician courting her. Her first task--to ask the town's wealthiest man to donate--seems simple enough . . . until he refuses.
Despite appearances, Nicholas Lowe wants to help others, but prefers to keep his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, but Nicholas still intends to do things his own way. Neither predicts what they'll learn about true charity or foresee the complications their actions will bring to the town, forcing Lydia to decide where her beliefs and heart truly align.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5well doneNovember 1, 2016ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I so enjoyed this book. I loved Lydia and Nicholas. Lydia and Nicholas want to help the poor but in completely different ways. Lydia is trying to impress the mother of the politician that she is dating so she talks to Nicholas to see if he will donate to the charity that the moral society leads. This is how she meets Nicholas but things don't go her way. Nicholas wants her to learn what the poor are really like. This made me laugh and cry. I had a very hard time putting this down. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion.
Debbie C.5 Stars Out Of 5Melissa Jagears Has Done It Again!October 1, 2016Debbie C.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm not much of a review writer, but I must say that this novel, A Heart Most Certain, is one of Melissa's best so far. This novel really makes you think. It makes you mad, sad, happy, spiritually uplifted, and good all over. The heroine Lydia starts out rather naive and a bit selfish. In order to win the heart of her boyfriend's mother so that she will be accepted as a future daughter-in-law, Lydia is tasked, by said boyfriend's mother, to get a donation for two sewing machines for the Teaville Moral Society from the richest man in town, who everyone believes is a Scrooge. Lydia believes she can do it and in doing so, will get the approval and acceptance of Sebastian's mother and Lydia's future would be set with a husband to take care of her and her ailing mother and gambler/drunkard father.
Nicholas, the Scrooge, agrees to talk to Lydia about what the Moral Society is wanting from him. When Lydia asks him for $36 dollars for two sewing machines for the Moral Society to help them increase production of quilts for the needy, Nicholas denies her, stating it is not a valid project.
During the process of Lydia trying numerous times to get Nicholas to agree to donate the money, Nicholas tries to get Lydia to come around to his way of thinking so he grants her three wishes, as long as one is not for sewing machines. In fulfilling those three wishes, Lydia and Nicholas learn a lot about themselves and each other. Nicholas does help people, he just doesn't go about it the way Lydia does.
This is an excellent story on compromise and how to listen to Heavenly Father for what He wants you to do with your life, not what you think he wants you to do with your life. You have to follow His promptings and have faith that He knows best. A lesson we all can learn.
I encourage all those who love a clean Christian romance to read this novel. You won't regret it. Enjoy!
This book was provided by Bethany House Publishing. The opinions stated are my own and I was not paid or compensated in any way for my review.
Maria5 Stars Out Of 5Fantastic read with complex, intriguing charactersSeptember 30, 2016MariaQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A Heart Most Uncertain by Melissa Jagears is the first book in the Teaville Moral Society series. I haven't read any from this author before so was pleasantly surprised with her engrossing story. Honestly, I was in a reading slump since I couldn't find anything good to read, and this book pulled me out of it and had me reading any extra minute I could find. Yay for good authors with fantastic characters!
Lydia King was challenged by her future mother in law to get a donation from Nicholas Lowe. Determined to show her that she could be a good wife and helpmeet to her son, she sallies forth to somehow convince Mr. Lowe to donate to the church's project, quilts for the poor. After being turned away again and again, Lydia finally convinces him to help her. But Nicholas has some conditions in exchange for the sewing machines....
Lydia King's character was amazing. Yes, she had things to learn, but so did Nicholas Lowe even though it surprised him. haha I loved how Lydia helped him see that there was more to helping the poor than just supplying for their physical needs but also having compassion and empathy toward their desire for beautiful things, too. Yes, serviceable items work well and you can buy more of them, but what about giving them pretty, nice things to cherish and keep. I really enjoyed this book and how Lydia grew and changed throughout the story.
I was given this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
BookwormHannah5 Stars Out Of 5Booklover's Dream BookSeptember 30, 2016BookwormHannahQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When the author asked if I'd be willing to be an influencer for her new book, I jumped at the chance...because I'd already loved the novella set in this town, and I really liked Lydia and her fascination for books.
It was a delightful moment to get this in the mail and realize what sort of enjoyment I was in for! I'd just gotten it started, though, when a sickness and death in the family brought my intelligent-reader brain to a halt. There was no way I could create a nice, reasoned review...so now, this is embarrassingly late!
I savored so many details in this story. My favorite part was Lydia's passion for good reading, something I obviously share with her. I was very impressed that Jagears didn't only include known classics of today (which is an author pet peeve of mine, as it is unrealistic) but mentioned others such as Laura Jean Libbey, a popular writer of the day who is mostly forgotten today. +1 for that detail!
The little working details were all there, too, careful as worldbuilding in a fantasy (which, indeed, does share many characteristics of a recreation of a historical world). Lydia's good dresses were handmedowns; many of her gowns show careful mending. This in particular is delightfully refreshing, as many heroines are portrayed with lavish and perfect wardrobes. For certain scenes, the horses and carriages/conveyances are mentioned, with a few words of why certain styles are suited to rich men/poor men/etc.
Well, then...the hero. I suppose if you've read the back cover, you're pretty sure who he turns out to be. The town's most famous miser is a hero in disguise, only--best part--he doesn't think he really is. A fine man content to hide his qualities under a disguise? One who prefers to help fallen women than to hurt them or censure them? Well, it makes for good reading.
I'll stop here, lest I betray too much of the content...but I love it, and if you enjoy history, or just-right romance, or a good bit of page-turning suspense, be sure to give this book a try!
Thanks to the author for my free copy.
Digging4PearlsShippensburg, PAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Thought-Provoking ReadSeptember 30, 2016Digging4PearlsShippensburg, PAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lydia King is in financial need. She's been tasked by the Teaville Moral Society to seek out a donation from the wealthiest man in town, not for her, but for others in her community who require assistance.
Nicholas Lowe refuses to give a donation to her cause, he instead leads her on a path that makes Lydia see the absolute destitution of those in her town. Those that are often overlooked or disdained. It reminds me of this verse from Matthew 25:40 (NIV):
The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
I found A Heart Most Certain to be one of my favorite books by Melissa Jagears. She developed in-depth characters who pull the reader into their fiction world. This novel was a gripping tale that makes you think about those around us who are hurting and in need of assistance. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 for happily-ever-afters.
This book was provided free for review - 2016 by Bethany House Publishers.