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    WONDERFUL READ, FILLED WITH FAITH & LOVE

    Melissa Jagears has captured my heart with her newest book, A Heart Most Certain. Her story is so rich with prayer and growth of faith, and held my interest throughout. I cannot recommend it enough. The story takes place in Teaville, Kansas, 1905. STOP! Seriously? Well, be still my heart… what a perfect name for a town! It takes a hard look at how the poorest parts of town survived by being a “red light district”, and the very difficult attempt some made to climb out of that life. It also shows how the middle and upper class viewed those people as so much “less-than” believing they were at fault and did not deserve any grace or mercy. However, that is not the case for every citizen. Nicholas secretly gives charity and does good works to better their lives and make a difference. Lydia King, although quite poor in her own right, also does her part, by being a part of the Teaville Moral Society and sewing quilts for the less fortunate. When the group decides they need sewing machines to increase their production, she is tasked with requesting a donation from the town’s miser, Mr. Lowe. This story was packed with detail and deceit. But it was also rich with people desiring to better themselves for God's glory, and a beautiful love story stitched together over time and circumstances orchestrated by the hand of God. 5 stars © 8/2/2016 Bethany House, 388 pages I received a copy from Bethany House Publ., in exchange for my honest opinion, with no other compensation, which I am privileged to provide. Reviewed: 8/15/2016 SERIES: TEAVILLE MORAL SOCIETY
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    This is first and foremost a Christian book

    Note: I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review. Lydia King is determined to succeed. Otherwise, there's no telling where she might end up with her father's gambling ways. She's determined to succeed at becoming engaged to the Mayor's son, Sebastian Little. However, she's been given a task to gain a monetary donation from the stingiest miser in the whole town, Nicholas Lowe. However, as she continues to pursue her donation, she begins to realize that appearances don't necessarily represent reality. Is Nicholas such a tightwad as everyone claims? And, is the Little family the upstanding model family they claim to be? What's the truth? Nicholas Lowe is determined to do things his way. It's his money and he'll determine where it should go. So, why does Lydia King disrupt his plans so much? Is everything so black and white as he has always believed? Is everyone else the hypocrite he thinks they are? What is God trying to teach him? This book is first and foremost a Christian book. It's a book written by a Christian author for a Christian audience. It's for those Christians who seek to be both strengthened and challenged in their faith. This is not for mere entertainment, but rather a complete soul searching. It's so much more than a simple romance. The author's character development is remarkable in that even secondary characters are well developed. The reader witnesses the characters either grow and mature in their Christian faith and seek God's will over that of man's or they reject God's will and plummet further into sin and rebellion. It doesn't matter if they are the "respectable" citizens or not. Each character has a chance for personal improvement or rebellion. The choice is given and theirs to decide. Themes covered in the book are hypocrisy, true Christian faith, and living a Christ-like life. Central to this message is the dichotomy between the "respectable" citizens of the community and those trapped in the red-light district. The author has done a great deal of research and it shows in the level of raw reality in the book. Mingled throughout is one of the best written love stories I've read in a long time. The purity and sincerity of it is wonderful to read - how each character learned to give and take and seek the other's wellbeing. I also loved all the many analogies to the Bible and other great literature. As I was reading, I could visualize the Gospels and various parables that Jesus gave. I also saw comparisons to books such as Pride & Prejudice, The Scarlett Pimpernel, Cinderella, Les Misérables, Florence Nightingale, and Robin Hood. I'd be curious to see if anyone else thought of any other great books that compare. My rating - 5 stars!
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