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Book Review: A Love so True by Melissa Jagears

145Jagears Delivers a Wonderfully Romantic Read with a Hero and Heroine to Cheer For

Evelyn Wisely has a heart for the orphans of Teaville and works at a local mansion that rescues children out of the town’s red-light district and gives them a place to live. But her desire to help isn’t limited to orphans. The owner of the mansion, Nicholas Lowe, is willing to help her try to get the women working in prostitution out of the district as well–if she can gain the cooperation and support of local businessmen to go against the rest of the community.

David Kingsman has recently arrived in Teaville from Kansas City to help with one of his father’s companies in town. While he plans on staying only long enough to prove his business merit to his father, he’s shown interest in Evelyn’s work and is intrigued enough by her to lend his support to her cause.

They begin with the best of intentions, but soon the complications pile up and Evelyn and David’s dreams look more unattainable every day. When the revelation of a long-held secret creates a seemingly insurmountable rift between them, can they trust God still has a good plan for them despite all that is stacked against them?

My Thoughts: I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Teaville (and not just for its name!) and the cast of characters I meet here each time I visit. I’d like to tour this stunning mansion, visit these neighbors, and work alongside these tender-hearted folks. There’s something comforting about settling down into a fictional town. I’ll be sorry to see it end, but I’m looking forward to the next installment all the same.
One of the biggest highlights for me in A Love so True, which was also true of book 1, is the spiritual message. I was always convicted about ways that I might have been too quick to judge someone as I read this novel. Through David and Evelyn’s actions, Jagears, doesn’t excuse sin so much as she shows compassion for those caught up in it as well as practical ways we can love and witness to them.
My one drawback was how the tension lagged a bit in the middle. I still greatly enjoyed the novel. And I commend her for the way she handled a sticky situation toward the end of the novel. The characters were truly inspiring during this phase of the story.

Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving A Love so True 5 stars and recommending it to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction.

~I received a copy from Bethany House. I was not compensated for my review. All thoughts are my own.

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