Friday, September 9, 2016

A Heart Most Certain

GIVEAWAY

JAGEARS, MELISSA
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.

My Review:

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.

 GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  A Heart Most Certain please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday September 11 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

52 comments:

  1. Eek! I really want to read this one! I loved the prequel novella, and can't wait to experience this author again.
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Oh, I didn't know there was a prequel novella. Loved this book to bits though. Good luck, Nicole.

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  2. Loved the first chapter of this one. Thanks! I'll have to be on the lookout for the novella!
    mindyhoung(at)msn(dot)com

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  3. Would love to win a copy of Melissa's book, thank you for the chance!

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Wendy. Good luck.

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  4. Sounds good! lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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  5. Thanks for the review and giveaway!
    We all seem to be so busy these days, we often don't take time for our fellow man or even see the needs around us.
    I look forward to the story of Lydia and Nicholas.

    Pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. So right, Patty and this story definitely applies to us in this day and age. Good luck!

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  6. Appreciated the review as this appears to be another very good book by Melissa. I have enjoyed a couple of her novellas in collections and two of the brides series of books. Thanks! Cathy. dixiedobie at yahoo dot com.

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    1. She's an awesome storyteller. Good luck, CC.

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  7. Kav, I'd love to win this. Melissa is a friend and the mansion pictured on the cover is the historical Brown Mansion that's located in my town. Loved hearing from your review about the depth of this book and how it's one of those books that changed you. High praise!

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    1. Oh -- that's cool insider information! Good luck, Cheryl.

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  8. This book has been getting really good reviews. Thanks so much for your review--love a book that touches my heart and soul and stays with me after the last page.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. It deserves every single one of those reviews. Good luck, Pam.

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  9. I can't wait to read this one!

    kleehar[at]gmail[dot]com

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  10. Yay! Yay! Yay! I've been looking forward to this book for what-seems-like forever! I'm so excited to read it!
    Elly -Indiana-

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    1. It's sooooooooooooooo good....really! Good luck, Elly.

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  11. I love reading Melissa's books and look forward to reading this one. I really enjoyed her latest novella in With This Ring?

    nina4sm/at/gmail/dot/com

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    1. She's a go-to author for me as well. Good luck, Sylvia.

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  12. On my TBR list....so want to read. TY for the review and chance.

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  13. This has been on my TBR list and I look forward to reading it. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  14. Great review Kav! WOW!! You review has soaked me with a great desire to read this. "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." I love books that have such an impact of us. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Annie
    justcommonlyATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Thanks, Annie. And I do so love to be convicted anew through fiction. Good luck.

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  15. This is such a terrific book. I think Melissa's books get better the more she writes. You don't need to enter me in the drawing. I was fortunate to be able to go to a book signing so I have an autographed copy of A Heart Most Certain. It was really fun to meet Melissa.

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    1. Oh, that's so exciting, Pam! And that means you got to meet the author too. Woot! I agree, she just keeps getting betterer. :-)

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  16. Sounds like a great book, Kav! Thank you! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  17. Inspirational stories are always good!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. My favourite kind. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  18. I would love to try out this author!! :)

    rosebudsinjune at gmail dot com

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    1. This would be the perfect introduction. Good luck, Deborah.

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  19. "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."

    Now, this really sounds like a must-read book. Hoping I would win :) My email is: moytetmatibagATgmailDOTcom


    THANK YOU

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    1. Yes -- it's an awesome book. Good luck, Unknown. :-)

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  20. Sounds like a powerful read. Thank you for the chance to win.

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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  21. This is the type of book that inspires me to be a better person!
    Dianna

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    1. Don't you just love that kind? Good luck, Dianna.

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  22. Wow! I love your review! I heard a lot of good things about this book, but your review is even more inspiring.
    I can't pass out on this opportunity! Thanks!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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  23. I'm all for learning more about charity in this day and age...it's a good thing!

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. It really carries a message we all need to hear. Good luck, Diane.

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  24. Please enter me for this book! (And look I can comment now! Eek!) I've heard great things about this book! And love Melissa Jaegers writing!

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    1. I noticed that...looked at you staring out at me! Clever blogger! This is Melissa's best book to date. Seriously. Good luck, Nancy.

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  25. Enjoy her books. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. Thanks for this review and giveaway! This book sounds like another great one! d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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