Title: A Heart Most Certain
(Teaville Moral Society Book #1)
Author: Melissa Jagears
Rating: 5 stars
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.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE WITH THREE WISHES
I enjoyed this story and was so moved by the message, even though this was 1905, the message and morals are just as prevalent then as today. The story is packed full of emotions, life lessons, judgment, corruption, charity, and a genuine act of Christianity. The story is not preachy, but the reality of the difference between talking the talk and walking the walk of doing the right thing. The plot of the story was very eye opening for me and set me to thinking about how easy it is for so-called Christians to play judge and jury while sitting on their pedestal but what about actually offering a helping hand and making a difference. The cast of characters, emotional dialog, and life lessons made this a very thought provoking story. Not every one that pretends to be Christians, really are, some are wolves in sheep’s clothing with nefarious deeds that will be exposed.
Lydia King believes her work with the Ladies Moral Society in her church is an act of Christian charity. She attends church, works helping to make quilts but is challenged by her future mother-in-law to solicit a sizeable donation from Nicolas Lowe to purchase two sewing machines. Nicolas is judge by these ladies and questioned on his tithing and helping the poor. What starts out as a mission to procure the donation becomes a life lesson in real charity and kindness. As Christians, if what we do is to gain accolades and acknowledgment from man, that is our reward, but if we do it with a servant’s heart, where we do it for the right reason, and would rather it be private, God will indeed bless. Lydia will learn with the help of Nicolas what real charity and service to those in need really are like, and her life will be forever changed. From a meeting that leads to stubbornness and determination, to a challenge, and eventually to taking a risk, one that could forever alter her reputation and life, Lydia will grow in Christ. How far outside of our comfort zone are we willing to travel to make a difference?
“How can we bring the Good News to the world if we stay away from sinners? Rather we’re supposed to avoid those who claim to be Christian yet blatantly sin and refuse to repent. If we cloistered ourselves away from those who sin and sin frequently, those who need Christ, then we’d never leave the church’s four walls. And even then we can’t get away from those who sin.”
This review was submitted by: Kathy Heare Watts