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Set in the town of Teaville, Evelyn Wisely would like to help the town's women of the red-light district and it's orphans find a better place to live. She tries to rally support of local business men. David Kingsman came to town to help at one of the businesses his father owns. Interested in Evelyn's goal, he offers her his help. Together will they be able to gain the full support of the community?
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Teaville Moral Society
Evelyn Wisely has a heart for the orphans of Teaville and works at a local mansion that rescues children out of the town's red-light district and gives them a place to live. But her desire to help isn't limited to orphans. The owner of the mansion, Nicholas Lowe, is willing to help her try to get the women working in prostitution out of the district as well--if she can gain the cooperation and support of local businessmen to go against the rest of the community.
David Kingsman has recently arrived in Teaville from Kansas City to help with one of his father's companies in town. While he plans on staying only long enough to prove his business merit to his father, he's shown interest in Evelyn's work and is intrigued enough by her to lend his support to her cause.
They begin with the best of intentions, but soon the complications pile up and Evelyn and David's dreams look more unattainable every day. When the revelation of a long-held secret creates a seemingly insurmountable rift between them, can they trust God still has a good plan for them despite all that is stacked against them?
Me4 Stars Out Of 5Worth ReadingSeptember 20, 2017MeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Introduction: I read this without realizing it was #2 in the Teaville Moral Society Series. It did very well as a stand along title. While quite interesting, this book is not a typical light weight historical romance and goes a lot deeper than the description on the back of the cover led me to expect. To be honest, had I known what the focus was, I probably would not have chosen this title. That being said: This is the first of Melissa Jagears books I have read and it did not take long before I was hooked and had to read the book to find out why Evelyn resisted any male suitors and specifically David. In spite of the clues the author planted throughout the story, my expectation was way off. I will be interested to see what other issues the Teaville Moral Society has in store for the rest of the series.
Comments: We are all influenced by our circumstances and past experiences. Where we are and who we become can be the result of decisions - some made by ourselves and some by others - that majorly impact our future. Learning, in story form, about what may be behind some of the attitudes and behaviors of those effected, by putting names and faces to them, opens the door to understanding a class of people that we tend to ignore or at very least avoid. Although Evelyn worked really hard to provide a way out for women caught in a life of prostitution in Teaville's "red-light" district, she was especially interested in helping the children, who through no fault of their own, were labeled and branded by society. The author successfully shared her concerns in a form that would cause others to see this group that is invisible to many of us and share Evelyn's desire to reach out to those caught in prostitution including their children.
There were many other issues including smallpox, rich class/poor class, divorce, controlling father, etc.
My review standards:
Language: There was no profanity used - There was one example of a crude term used for a prostitute that I would have preferred not to have included but it was a mild way to communicate the "real world" response.
Characters: Early in the book, I had a bit of a struggle following all the names of characters introduced - probably because of interruptions on my end. Included a good variety of realistic characters that covered a lot of attitudes that we deal with in life.
Faith issues: prostitution, divorce, compassion, forgiveness, hope
Who should read this? Those who have been caught in, know someone or care about those who have been caught in some of the difficult circumstances of life and need hope and encouragement. Those who want to learn more about some of the struggles of life in the early 1900's in the United States. Those who read to be challenged and expand their understanding. If you read to escape, this book might be more than you can handle, but you never know, you might get caught up in the story, learn another side of those caught in prostitution and awaken a compassion for them.
Don't read it: This book is not a quick read if you are looking for a light, Hallmark type romance, this is the wrong choice. If you read to escape, this might not be a good choice for you
Disclaimer: I have received a copy of this book for free for the purpose of reviewing it so that you can have additional information to help in your purchasing decisions.
crtnybcBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5While this book didn't hold the same place in my heart as the first one in the series, it was still worth the read.September 18, 2017crtnybcBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Teaville is an interesting place with many endearing characters, and Evelyn Wisely is one of them. She is part of the Teaville Moral Society, and at the ripe old age of 27, she is dedicated to her work at the local orphanage. Her vision, however, has extended to not only helping the orphaned or otherwise needy children but also their mothers, many of who are in the age old profession of selling themselves as it's nearly the only means of income in many cases. Her boss at the orphanage supports her in this but she will need to raise the money necessary to fund this endeavor.
I liked that Evelyn is an older heroine in a Regency story. No 18 year old debutante, this lady had a different substance to her. It's also refreshing not to have the entire story overrun by romance and swooning. The romance is there but it adds to the story rather than taking over.
These first two books and the novella that goes along with them really can be read in any order since the stories are fairly independent, so start wherever you like, but you should definitely pick these up! As well as every other book by Melissa Jagears!!
This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Moonpie5 Stars Out Of 5GREAT HISTORICAL NOVEL WITH UNIQUE SUBJECT!August 15, 2017MoonpieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is my first book to read of Ms. Jagears and I was very impressed. Her subject was unique to most novels; prostitution in the early 1900s. It was as destructive a lifestyle then as now.
Evelyn Wisely had a heart for those affected by it, not only the women but also the children born as a result and the men who paid for the services. You would think she would be applauded by the people of her town but most people during that era were quick to judge and reject the sinner than to help. She faced great opposition. This did not deter her from pursuing the ministry she felt called to.
David Kingsman, a business man, joins her by allowing the women to earn honest money by cleaning his factory after hours. He is also attacked in his efforts by his employees. Both are strong Christians and determined to help no matter what the cost. To say the obstacles they face are formidable is putting it mildly.
The conditions the women and children lived in was tragic and even more so knowing the same things are happening in our day and time. Morality and Christianity, during that era held very high standards but tended to be snobbish and repulsed by those living in sin. There was definitely a holier than thou attitude. They failed to hate the sin and love the sinner.
David truly impressed me and I enjoyed him. Even though he exuded wealth and good looks his humility and respect for the prostitutes and children was a beautiful testimony. I love how at ease he was with them and did everything to make them feel comfortable.
I also admired Evelyn and David because the each was struggling with difficult and painful personal issues but that did not deter them from giving 100% of themselves. Most people go inward with self-pity and selfishness rather than looking outward. A great story with a strong Christian message. It brought to my mind Philippians 2:3. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
I received this book from Bethany Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.
Pamela5 Stars Out Of 5WonderfulJune 29, 2017PamelaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Love So True is the second book in the Teaville Moral Society.
We first met Evelyn in the first book, A Heart Most Certain. I was hoping this book would be about her. Evelyn was a standoffish person to any man who tried to get close to her. She has carried a secret for the past nine years and doesn't want to be close to any man.
Then David shows up in Teaville to sale his father's factory. He was attracted to Evelyn from the beginning and soon learns she doesn't want to have anything to do with him. Except for business purposes only!!
But that doesn't stop David, he is always around her or makes a point to be where she is. He's a great hero!!!
Oh did I mention Evelyn has a deep dark secret.
I love how author Melissa Jagears shares the love of God all thru this book and I want to change things in my life.
I gave the book 5 stars because it was Great!! Can't wait for book 3!
I received this book from Bethany House and all opinions expressed are my own.
BethAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5My Favorite Jagears Book to Date!June 29, 2017BethAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Love So True is my favorite Melissa Jagears novel to date. While the first book, A Heart Most Certain, is a lovely read as well, I just loved the characters so much in this story. The main characters as well as the secondary characters are more fleshed out and vibrant in a way that I didnt quite feel in the first book. Evelyn is a selfless heroine, albeit a bit prickly, and David is such a genuine, endearing guy. I get tired of stories with the aloof, borderline mean, male lead. David is just himself, and that was my favorite thing about him. Hes adorably charming and kind, yet completely unassuming about it.
I always like to see what characters from the previous story are up to, and I was delighted to find that they actually played quite a large role in Evelyns story. They werent just on the periphery, where Evelyn just says hello a couple of times, but rather played key parts in the story. So in addition to experiencing the new story, the reader also gets a satisfying look at the lives of Lydia and Nicholas after A Heart Most Certain.
While I didnt understand Evelyns cool demeanor completely in the beginning, I was pleased that her secret was actually something intriguing and not something that would really end up being nothing. Well, it kind of does end up being that way, but not in the way that the reader might expect in the beginning. And I wont say much more about that except that I thought it was a great, unexpected twist. She turns out to be a very warm character, and I loved her interactions with David.
In addition to endearing characters and engaging scenes, the storys focus on the plight of prostitutes and orphans is fascinating and tugged on my heart. Its impossible not to be appalled at the double standards and unfairness of how women were treated back then. There were so many misconceptions back then, and Jagears highlights them well without being completely grim or gratuitous in those scenes. Evelyns determination to make improvement in her community is inspiring. She was doing what she could where she was and didnt back down from a challenge.
And I declare, Melissa Jagears writes some of the most swoon-worthy, pent-up-emotion revealing, culminating awesomeness of kissing scenes ever. She makes you wait for it, but then delivers in the best way possible, and the scene here is no exception. I do think though, that readers who dont want a lot of romance in their books could still be happy with this one, because its not full of scenes like that, and because its not, it makes the ending even more poignant.
I just really connected to this story. The plot kept me engaged, the characters were pleasing and the romance, satisfying. If I hadnt been in public when I finished it, I probably would have hugged the book to my chest and given a loud sigh. As it was, I just held it in my lap and tried to hold back the warm fuzzies and tone down the big, happy smile on my face. Im really looking forward to book three, which is about Mercy McClain, a character that definitely intrigues me. I look forward to reading her story and also to seeing my friends back in Teaville!
I received a complimentary copy of this novel, which I happily chose to review. This is my honest opinion.