Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears

I love a good quick read and summer lends itself nicely to that.  But sometimes you want a bit more. You can't always fill up on dessert (well I could, but it's not that good for me!), you need healthy foods as well.

The same with reading.  Sometimes you want to be challenged in what you read.  You want to think about how you view the world around you.

In A Heart Most Certain Melissa Jagears delivers that challenge.  From the back:  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.

Melissa Jagears does not shy away from real life issues in any of her books.  This one is no exception.   Prostitution, hypocrisy, dysfunctional families, and broken homes to name a few.  These are the people in her world and in our own as well.  We are fallen.  I challenge you to NOT find a piece of yourself in this story.  Many times I found myself, well squirming.  And not the good kind either. 

The book also has romance, drama, suspense and most of all living for God and His desires for us. Check out the author's notes and discussion questions as well!  

Most importantly, this isn't a book to let sit on your shelf.  Pass it on.  This message should not be put "under a bush".  Let it shine!  I plan on donating my copy to our church library and getting a few more to give out as gifts!  Pick up your copy today!  Happy Reading!  

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