Title: A Heart Most Certain (Teaville Moral Society #1)
Author: Melissa Jagears
My rating is 5 stars.
Nicholas Lowe is the wealthiest man in town and also the stingiest according to most townspeople. Lydia King is tasked with getting a donation from Mr. Lowe for the Teaville Moral Society. She is given this task by the group’s leader to see if she is worthy to be a member of the group as well as worthy of her son’s affections. Lydia is being courted by Sebastian Little, son of the town’s new mayor as well as having political aspirations of his own. Lydia is desperate for a way to get her father out from under his gambling debts as well as provide care for her dying mother. Lydia’s parents think marriage to Sebastian will solve all their problems. Lydia is not so sure, but what else can she do?
As Lydia is unsuccessful in getting a monetary donation from Mr. Lowe, she returns multiple times to try again. She refuses to give up. What will Sebastian’s mother think? She already holds Lydia in low regard as she has no social standing and no money. She and Mr. Lowe begin an unsteady friendship when he grants her three wishes for the use of some of his money. What happens next will change their lives forever.
I thought this story very deftly portrayed the hypocrisy that can be present in some churches today with speaking one way, but acting quite another. Scripture can be accurately quoted, but when it comes time to actually do something about a problem or an issue then it is either ignored, swept under the rug or left for someone else to deal with. I thought it interesting to read about the very limited life choices a woman in that time period. I enjoyed getting to know the real Nicholas behind the gruff exterior. I really liked how Nicholas and Lydia became willing to obey God regardless of the cost to them and how they were willing to put the words of Scripture into action.
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