A brief summary from Melissa Jagears:
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?
Earnestly, Evelyn Wisely works to help orphans and prostitutes in her city, despite the upper society gossip and etiquette. It is, perhaps, this breach in etiquette that causes Evelyn such strife in gaining monetary support from those who look down upon the lost and less fortunate. And those that would help her have place stipulations on the monetary backing! It isn’t until Evelyn runs across David Kingsman, a man too charming and handsome for his own good, that she begins to feel the start of her dreams coming together. But David’s charming self brings more problems into the foray, and Evelyn must work to keep her past a secret, even as it threatens to tear her heart to pieces. As more problems arise with their cause, Evelyn and David must learn to rely, not on each other, but on God to sustain them. Even if it means losing everything in the process.
With energy and enthusiasm, Melissa Jaegears captures the heart of philanthropy in her latest novel, A Love So True. In fact, I would be surprised if readers weren’t inspired to take on a cause of their own – I know I sure was! Evelyn’s steadfast resolution to her orphans is inspiring and I love how her determination sparked changes in the people around her to help their city become better. I also loved seeing the growth in David over the course of this novel. He seemed a bit flighty and uncertain in the beginning, but by the end of the book he was well-grounded in what he wanted from life and what direction he saw his life going. While I enjoyed this novel, it didn’t capture my attention as well as Lydia’s story in the first book of Teaville Moral Society series, A Heart Most Certain. Yet, I found that A Love So True sets the stage for Merry’s story in book three, A Chance at Forever, coming out next year and I absolutely can’t wait to read this one!
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.