A Heart Most Certain
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.
- Paperback | 400 pages
- 140 x 216 x 30.48mm | 361g
- 02 Aug 2016
- Baker Publishing Group
- Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group
- Ada, MI, United States
Back cover copy
Lydia King knows what it's like to be in need, so she joins the Teaville Moral Society hoping 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 poorhouse herself. Her best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her, and it certainly doesn't hurt that his mother is the moral society's president. Lydia's first task as a moral society member--to obtain a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town--seems easy . . . until the man 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 foresees the harrowing complications that will arise from working together, and when town secrets are brought to light, this unlikely pair must decide where their beliefs--and hearts--truly align.
"Jagears' first book in the Teaville Moral Society series has well-written characters, in addition to being an engaging and heartfelt read. Even more than that, it's thought-provoking in the way that Jagears presents certain hard biblical truths, yet they fit so seamlessly with the storyline that they don't come off as overly preachy. The romance is a real treat here, and the story has an almost fairytale-like quality to it, plus an utterly romantic ending."--RT Book Reviews
"This first title in the Teaville Moral Society series is an engaging romance, drama, intrigue combo about love, trust, and God's heart for the lost." --CBA Christian Market
"In this satisfying installment in her Teaville Moral Society series, following A Heart Most Certain, Jagears interlaces social justice and Christian duty with a rousing message of morality and goodwill. Her protagonist is noble and fervently sincere, and her characters realistically face the stigmas of prostitution and the challenges that accompany reform, as Jagears incisively dramatizes the tension of Good-Samaritan efforts led by women within the strict class divisions of the early 1900s."--Booklist
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