A HEART MOST CERTAIN
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.
If you don't come away from reading this novel with a deeper understanding of the true meaning of charity...well...you must have been reading with your eyes closed!
A Pygmalion story with an inspirational twist. Nicholas is intent on recreating Lydia -- as far as charitable works goes anyway. He is brooding and dashing and opinionated. But he does have a heart for service. And also, unfortunately, a healthy dose of arrogance.
But Lydia is up for the challenge. She is a woman on a mission, determined to sweet-talk (or brow-beat) Nicholas into submission. After all, her future happiness is on the line. She is downright judgemental when it comes to Nicholas and what she considers to be his blatant lack of charity and she has every intention of making him see the error of his ways. These two butt heads from the get go and they deserve every single headache that ensues!
A Heart Most Certain is the kind of story that sticks with you so much that you continue to have stirring debates with the characters as if they are living, breathing people -- even after you`ve left off reading. And that's because Jagears has brought a richness and depth to this historical romance. Yes, it is mesmerizing, infuriating and sublimely romantical. But it also speaks to the fact that charity is the pure love of Christ in such a compelling way. It touched both my heart and my soul and got me thinking and evaluating. In other words -- it changed me -- and you can't ask more from a book than that.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
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