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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: 391
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.
Karen Watson5 Stars Out Of 5challenged and Blessed my HeartJune 9, 2017Karen WatsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Heart Most Certain, WOW! Way to go Melissa! I have so much to think about my own attitudes towards all groups of God's children. The story flowed and enticed me to give up sleep for 'just one more chapter', and gave me insight into the challenges of helping women to believe in their own power to overcome pressures to join prostitution. Even though I'm over 70, I still need to learn what Jesus would want us to do. Bravo! My book club is going to really like it too!
daischopChattanooga, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5EhMay 24, 2017daischopChattanooga, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This was an interesting story, about Lydia King and her desire to help the prostitutes of the town and their children. She lives at the orphanage, with her parents and while she truly wants to help the children, she realizes that her parents may not be able to help her out at the orphanage much longer. She turns to Nicholas Lowe, who is the owner of the jar canning company, and asks for money. But what she doesn't realize, is that he's in town only long enough to sell the company. There was some sort of disagreement between he and his father, so he'd rather not ruffle his feathers. Especially when it comes to spending money.
From reading the synopsis once more about what the story is about, after I started the book I realized that it didn't fall in line with what I initially read. I made it through several chapters before putting it aside to read at a much later date. There were other books on my kindle I wanted to start.
For instance, in the first chapters we understand that there is so pressing reason why Lydia must work at the orphanage and that she has no desire to ever marry. Why? I don't know. She has her parents there, although she acknowledges that they would probably prefer to be elsewhere, but why are they there? There was nothing that hinted or gave me reason to hang on to the book to find out.
I suppose my biggest reason, I didn't like Lydia. There was nothing in the story that prompted me to continue reading.
That said, I believe that plot and premise of the story was an interesting read and could possibly be enjoyable should I choose to read this in the future. I will be passing the book to my mom to read and find out her opinion. Often times she will love a book which will force me to reread a book and see what my new opinion will b.e
I received a complimentary copy from Bethany Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Masterpiece of Inspirational Fiction!December 29, 2016Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"On behalf of the Teaville Ladies Moral Society, I've been tasked to present you with the opportunity to support our . . . " "No."
Lydia King's future seems to depend on convincing local business mogul Nicholas Lowe to deem their society's philanthropic endeavors to make blankets for the needy worth thirty of his hard earned dollars, her nearly-mother-in-law considering it some sort of entrance exam into the political realm that Lydia would be marrying. The fact that Lydia is obviously desperate to marry someone who could provide for her future, drives Lydia to push her conscience into a quiet corner; determined to supply her dying mother with the consolation that her only child's happiness will be secure.
Nicholas Lowe prefers to keep his generosity within the small Kansas town a much guarded secret, that is, until a lovely Lydia King demonstrates a tenacity the likes of which he can only admire; from a distance of course, since she is practically engaged to the mayor's son. After sparring with Lydia on numerous occasions about a measly thirty dollars, Nicholas decides to put his intuition to the test and offers Lydia an agreement that she can hardly refuse; furthermore, he is delighted when she not only takes the bait, but surprises him even further with her willingness to form a fragile covert partnership in his charitable endeavors.
As Lydia's courage begins to over shadow her good sense, she is caught between serving the God who dearly loves "the least of these" and trying to maintain her own good standing within the community; indeed, her heart is also inexplicably drawn to the man who opened her eyes to the hypocrisy she once maintained as truth. Nicholas Lowe remains an enigma when it comes to his true feelings about Lydia, but ultimately, he is the one in whom she must place her trust, for it appears that her very life may depend on it.
"A Heart Most Certain" is the epitome of inspirational fiction, daring its readers to maintain a "status quo" viewpoint regarding ministry to the downtrodden, after delving into its pages. It's simply not possible, nor should it be.
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.