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Today I’m sharing a review for the book entitled A Heart Most Certain which is the first in a new series, The Teaville Moral Society, by Melissa Jagears.
This book is about a young woman, Lydia, who joins a charitable group in her community in order to help the less fortunate. She has her own set of problems at home, with an ill mother and a father who has increasing debts, so she is hoping to marry a wealthy politician who has shown interest in her. Her potential future mother-in-law is the president of the charity and tasks Lydia with obtaining a donation from a wealthy, but stingy, business owner (Nicholas). He refuses at first, but strikes an agreement with Lydia. He will give her the donation if she accompanies him on his own acts of charity. Lydia is shocked to discover what kind of people Nicholas helps, and even more shocked when she, too, desires to assist these people. But word travels fast and Lydia’s secure future as a politician’s wife is jeopardized. She must decide whether a stable future is more important that doing the work she believes God wants her to do.
I liked this book from the start because it is a historical drama/romance taking place in 1905. Historical fiction can be so smutty sometimes, so I am always glad to begin a nice, wholesome, Christian, title. The storyline is easy to follow and their is quite a bit of mystery surrounding Nicholas. God and faith are talked about often, which I liked. However, my big issue with this book is what exactly Nicholas does, and who he helps. I am not saying there is anything wrong with it, but the author goes into SO much detail about the lives of the charity cases, and there are things I’d rather not know. If you want a spoiler, highlight from here…The main group of women he helps are prostitutes who wish to get out of that life, or those who choose to stay but still need help. …to here, since I wrote it out in white text. Honestly, there are parts of that lifestyle I do not want to know about, and I feel the author could have easily written less detail and still have created a compelling story and characters. Because of that, I caution against letting young ladies read this book unless it is approved by a parent/pastor/other adult.
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