A Heart Most Certain
Written by: Melissa Jagears
Publisher: Bethany House
Month, Year: July, 2016
A brief summary from Melissa Jagears:
While Lydia King’s reasons for joining the Teaville Moral Society might be suspect to some members, her heart is in the right place. Because of her father’s debts and her mother’s persistent illness, her best chance at a secure future and curing her mother is to impress the politician courting her. Her first task–to ask the town’s wealthiest man to donate–seems simple enough . . . until he refuses.
Despite appearances, Nicholas Lowe wants to help others, but prefers to keep his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, but Nicholas still intends to do things his own way. Neither predicts what they’ll learn about true charity or foresee the complications their actions will bring to the town, forcing Lydia to decide where her beliefs and heart truly align.
Let me just tell ya’ll – you are in for a pleasant surprise with A Heart Most Certain. Not only are the main characters, Lydia and Nick, adorable and feisty, but they are incredibly full of depth and passion and I truly found myself immersed in this story. I absolutely loved this book!!
When Lydia King joins the Teaville Moral Society, she is immediately tasked with the role of gathering donations from the local community in order to afford quilting machines to provide blankets for the downtrodden. Donations specifically gathered from Nicholas Lowe, the town’s wealthiest man who never donates to the local church. In order to impress the moral society, Lydia earnestly hounds Nick at every turn to get those donations! Yet, no matter how persistent the beautiful Lydia is, Nick is equally adamant that he will not donate to their cause, no matter how altruistic they believe themselves to be. In fact, Nick takes every effort to challenge Lydia’s idea of charity and helping the downtrodden.
As A Heart Most Certain unfolds, Melissa Jaguars challenges the christian views of charity, serving others, and the hypocrisy found in churches. This was not the typical romantic, light-hearted Christian fiction novel that I’ve grown to read and enjoy. No, this was something much deeper that leaves the reader questioning if their own actions line up with the Bible. It takes away the frivolity of society and presses the idea of what truly matters in life – a person’s soul and wellbeing, no matter their rank on the ladder of wealth. A Heart Most Certain is a wonderfully refreshing read and I highly recommend reading this book!!
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Bethany House & NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.