When the Teaville Moral Society sends Lydia King to solicit a charitable donation from the town's wealthiest resident-- Nicholas Lowe-- she sees it as an opportunity to finally impress her beau's political family. While Nicholas may appear to be a frugal miser to most of the town, Lydia soon discovers that he actually uses a surprising amount of his fortune helping others without bringing attention to himself. As the unlikely pair works together serving the poorest members of their community, they not only learn more about each other, but uncover some dangerous secrets. Will their shared passion, tenacity, and respect for one another be enough to overcome society's expectations of them both?
In A Heart Most Certain, Melissa Jagears brilliantly tells a lovely story while also demanding her readers examine the meaning of true charity. The love story is particularly refreshing-- as both Lydia and Nicholas must each learn something from the other. As they each tackle their preconceived notions about sinners inside and outside of their church walls, readers must also search their own hearts and actions. With plenty of historical detail, a good dose of romance, and just enough adventure, Jagear's first novel in her Teaville Moral Society Series is practically perfect. This reader simply can't wait for the next installment!
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.