Book Reviews

Book Review: A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears

106A Fresh Voice in Historical Romance!

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.

What I Loved: EVERYTHING! I loved everything about A Heart Most Certain. First of all, it’s a lovely cover! One of my favorites of the year. But I guess it’s time for me to dig a little deeper in this review…
From the very first scene, when Lydia compared Mr. Lowe to Scrooge, Melissa stole my heart. A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite stories and I thoroughly enjoyed the ongoing connection between the two men.
A Heart Most Certain challenges the reader, as it did its characters, to consider how they treat fallen people and their methods of evangelizing them. Lydia and Nicholas clashed from the very beginning with their drastically different views. It was a joy to watch them both grow and change.
The plot twisted in unexpected ways. I loved my time here in Teaville and I look forward to the next installment in the series.

Rating and Recommendation: Melissa Jagears has more than earned these 5 stars and I highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction or those who are looking for a Christian book that addresses the tough subjects.

~I received a copy from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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