Author: Melissa Jagears
Paperback: 400 Pages
Series: Teaville Moral Society
Publisher: Bethany House (April 19, 2016)
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.
This book will hit you hard in the heart! Wow! This book if so full of great things I’m not sure how the author managed to fit it all in. Melissa Jagears’ book is set in the town of Teaville, 1905 Southeast Kansas with well-developed characters. Melissa Jagears’ is very descriptive without over doing it and does a good job putting bits of humor in her stories.
Things today aren’t quite what they used to be way back when for women, but the message in this book still applies. This book will make you ask: Do we get involved in really helping? Do we donate to a cause and let others do the work? Or do we just sit, doing nothing, letting things happen as they will?
This story deals with raw, real life issues; prostitution, dirty politics, hidden sins, a hypocritical church, dysfunctional families with secrets, and broken homes. But more importantly, it gives us faith-filled hope in Christ’s love. This novel was a fantastic read and I can’t wait to see what happens in future novels!
I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House books bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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