Sometimes, you read a novel that stirs something within your soul that needs to be challenged. Changed even. As a long time Christian, I needed to be pushed and pried out of my humble comfort zone, and the novel A Heart Most Certain by Meliisa Jagears did just that. In the first novel in the Teaville Moral Society, I was so moved that I wasn't at all rushed to finished this novel. It was if the voice of the Holy Spirit was present throughout the entire novel and challenged me in my own views of how I see the world through my own eyes instead of Gods.
1905, Teaville, Kansas takes us into the heart of Lydia King who is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Like most women, her parents wanted to ensure a right match for her so that when they passed on, she would be well cared for. Her father wanted it for strictly selfish reasons, as he gambled away all of his meager earnings in hopes for the one big win, that unfortunately never came and instead pushed the King family deeper into debt. With the threat of losing the family home, Lydia is hopeful that a marriage to Sebastian Little, a well-known up and coming lawyer, and whose father was the town's mayor and his mother, heads up the Moral Society. A group dedicated to running the houses of ill repute out of Teaville and quench the saloons and gambling establishments.
Now if Lydia is able to garner a small sum for the town's wealthiest resident, Nicholas Lowe to pay for two sewing machines so that the Moral Society can make quilts for the poor in town to keep them warm this winter. Unfortunately no one has been able to pry one cent from the man, and Lydia is bound and determined not to let a simple "No" sway her. Perhaps Mr. Lowe just needs to understand how important it is to the town's poor. After all, he barely pays his tithes to the church as a good Christian man should. If he did, perhaps they would have enough money to pay for the machines out of the church fund. However, Lydia knows her time is short with both trying to win Mr. Lowe to her worthy cause in her mind while her mother is slowly dying and there is little they can do. Why does money always have to be the answer to what troubles the poor?
I received A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears compliments of Bethany House Publishers and Net Galley for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from a free eBook copy of this novel in exchange for my honest and unbiased personal opinion. I absolutely LOVED this novel and so thrilled that more are scheduled to come in this series. I love the challenged Lydia must face both with what she perceives is true charity and what is really is. The chemistry that develops between her and Nicholas is worthwhile to see and makes you truly rooting for them the whole time. It really has changed how I now view the homeless in my own city and drives me out of my comfort zone of merely supporting those charitable causes through monetary efforts. It means so much more to get your hands dirty and see how these lifestyles affect those who have no hope in this world. For me, well worth each and every 5 out of 5 stars.
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