A Fresh Voice in Historical Romance!


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.

Favorite Quote:

“When I stand before God, what could I possibly say to explain why I ignored the least of these? Are they not worthy of being helped?”

My Review:

I’m still in a bit of a book fog after reading the last line of A Heart Most Certain. This book has so much more than meets the eye. Starting with characters are so real you feel like you can sit down and have a conversation with them, to a deep plot line that doesn’t disappoint. This book is so much more than just another heartwarming love story. It is a story with purpose and a reminder to everyone that no matter where God has placed us that we have a job to do for him.

I enjoyed Lydia’s love for books and loved all the classic book-character references (Margaret Hale & Thornton – North & South, Lizzy Bennett & Darcy – Pride & Prejudice). I loved how Lydia’s passion for books helped her find commonality with people that she came in contact with. I cheered for her as she grew as a person and found myself eagerly turning the page when things got difficult, hoping that she would continue to rely on her faith in God. The realization she came to toward the end of the book about how she viewed God, was very powerful.

Nicholas mantra “who else will do it, if you and I don’t” is a fantastic reminder to me that, God calls us to be his hands and feet, to do the hard things, to shine his light in the darkest place. It was refreshing to see both of the characters growth throughout the story.

It’s not all seriousness. There is laughter & fun, and the love story of two fantastic characters. This is a wonderful book and I’m happy to add this to my favorites shelf! I look forward to reading many more stories from Melissa!

On a side note, I’m thrilled to share that this fantastic book is a finalist in the INSPY’s and currently on sale on amazon!

About the Author:

jagearsheadshotcompressed-199x300Carol 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 free to try. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online at

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