Lydia King knows what it’s like to be in need, so when she joins the Teaville Moral Society, she genuinely hopes 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 poor house herself. Her best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that the moral society’s president is her suitor’s mother. Her first task as a moral society member–to obtain a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town–should be easy . . . except he 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 foresee the harrowing complications that will arise from working together. When town secrets are brought to light, this unlikely pair must decide where their beliefs–and hearts–truly align.
**I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
I truly enjoyed this book. Melissa Jagears weaves a unique story within this novel that left me guessing what would happen next. I met characters that broke my heart, others that made me laugh, and some that I just really wanted to get to know even better.
Lydia and Nicholas were such wonderful characters to get to know, and I was so sad to see my time (and adventures) with them end. But in the time I did spend with them, so many of my own ideas–particularly charity–were challenged. And that is one of the things that makes a book great–one that will challenge the reader in some way.
All in all, I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down and I was devastated to reach the end. I’d highly reccommend it and I can’t wait to see what Melissa has for us next!
About the Author:
Melissa Jagears is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance after everyone is asleep. She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides Series with Bethany House. The prequel ebook novella, Love by the Letter is free to try. A Bride for Keeps and A Bride in Store should be available wherever books are sold. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online at http://www.melissajagears.com
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