This book may just be my favorite of this author’s yet. It has all the elements that I love to find in a historical romance. The hero and heroine were both strong and likeable from the start, with obvious goals, and watching their relationship unfold was pure entertainment. And the historical details and romantic plot intertwined perfectly.
The story seemed to develop so naturally. The characters grew and changed, the obstacles in their way increased as well, binding me to pages. I had my guesses as to how the story would unfold, but I was pleasantly surprised as the chapters flew by. There is a certain intrigue over how these characters will work through their problems. Their willing, charitable hearts are courageous and inspiring.
I think one of my favorite parts of the story was seeing how both Nicholas and Lydia overcame the misconceptions about each other and themselves. Not to mention all their preconceived notions about others. Seeing how they changed each other and challenged each other was beautiful. The hard lessons they learned give the readers so much to ponder as well. Overall, the story’s theme that everyone needs grace and forgiveness from the past is applicable to us all.
A Heart Most Certain is a book from the heart. The Lord’s compassion and love for his people is bright upon the page, as is His calling them to serve as His hands and feet to other hurting souls. I have no doubt historical fans will enjoy this story.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author and Bethany House for my copy.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
Carol Award winning writer, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night. She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides Series with Bethany House. The prequel ebook novella, Love by the Letter, is her ACFW Carol Award winning novella and is free to try.
You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online at www.melissajagears.com