First Line Fridays: A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

This week I’m featuring A Chance at Forever (A Teaville Moral Society #3) by: Melissa Jagears. This is a beautiful story of Faith, Forgiveness, and Love. CLICK HERE to read my full review!

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Southeast Kansas
Spring 1909

          “I wish you luck, George.”
               “It’s Aaron now. Don’t forget.”
          Aaron Firebrook tried not to let Mr. Gray’s slip of the tongue make him even more nervous. Having his former teacher forget to call him by his new name was understandable, but oh how he wished no one would ever call him by his given name again.

 

I wonder why George, errr Aaron Firebrook doesn’t want to be called by his given name? It sure sounds like he has a rather big secret that he’s keeping!

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A Chance at Forever (A Teaville Moral Society #3) by Melissa Jagears

Synopsis:

In early 1900s Kansas, Mercy McClain, determined to protect Teaville’s children from the bullying she experienced as a child, finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the classmate who bothered her more than any other, petitions the board for a teaching position, she’s dead set against him getting the job.

Aaron knows he deserves every bit of Mercy’s mistrust, but he’s returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking to earn forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn’t expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the best interests of the children at heart.

Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron put the past behind them in time to face the unexpected threats to everything they’re working for?

My Thoughts:

I have enjoyed reading all the books in the Teaville Moral Society, but this one is my favorite! This story deals with some heavy topics and situations, but every page points back to Jesus and His love. This is a beautiful story of Faith, Forgiveness, and Love. This story could easily be read as a stand-alone, however, for those who have read the other books, characters from previous stories do make appearances.

From the first chapter to the last I didn’t want to put the book down. I felt emotionally involved in the lives of Mercy McClain and Aaron Firebrook. These characters are so real and engaging you can’t help but feel their hurts, and cheer for their breakthroughs.

With a mystery to solve, and surprises to keep you guessing, two fantastic lead characters, a strong tread of faith, and a tender story of love, there is a little something for everyone to enjoy!

At its core the gentle reminder that in order to become who God wants us to be we need to allow God to change us, we need to ask for His guidance in our daily lives. Our willpower isn’t enough. I give this wonderful story 5 stars and would encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself to enjoy!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

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

Web page // Facebook // Goodreads // Twitter // Pinterest

 

  A Chance at Forever (Teaville Moral Society #3)

Other books in this series:

Engaging the Competition (Teaville Moral Society #0.5)

A Heart Most Certain (Teaville Moral Society #1)

ALST A Love So True (Teaville Moral Society #2)

 

 

Author Interview & Giveaway – Melissa Jagears

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

Web Page // Facebook // Goodreads // Pinterest

Melissa is here today to talk with us about her most recent book release A Love So True the 2nd book in the Teaville Moral Society. (see my review) 

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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?

Now that everyone has had a moment to re-familiarize themselves with this fantastic story, let’s start our chat with Melissa.

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Q: What is your favorite beverage? 

Melissa: Milk. We buy four gallons at a time. I’m pretty sure I’m responsible for drinking three of them. The rest of my family drinks the leftover one.
Trisha: 4 Gallons, Wow! That is an impressive amount of Milk!

 

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Q: What Literary character is most like you and why?

Melissa: Mr. Darcy. Most all literary characters who are like me are males and almost always the villain role. Probably because broody, socially awkward, quiet, jerk types who aren’t really jerks but are usually working covertly behind the scenes in a hands-off, logical way to make the lives of the people they love better are harder to imagine in the female form. Considering my personality is the rarest female personality, I’m just guessing many people don’t know one and think female Mr. Darcys (INTJs) aren’t realistic….or even likeable, though I won’t argue that….. But thankfully Jane Austen, who was likely an INTJ as well, provided the world with an INTJ character who isn’t a villain. 🙂

Trisha: I wouldn’t have guessed Mr. Darcy!

 

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Q: Is there a place you have wanted to visit, but haven’t yet?

Melissa: The Caribbean or any tropical island. Preferably a deserted island, no tourists, warm weather, sand, ocean, no schedule, and books.

Trisha: Sounds like the ideal get-a-way spot!
book-1209805_640Q: What is your favorite Bible verse?

Melissa: I don’t have one. “Never Read a Bible Verse” (see link) — it’s all about context. I have favorite sections. The book of Romans is great. I Tim 4:6-16 maybe….

Trisha: I agree. You want to read the entire passage to gain the full meaning. My favorite passage is Psalm 91

 

133233232.xp05SzWaQ: How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?

Melissa: In A Heart Most Certain, the prior book, I had to come up with a reason for my bachelor hero to build a mansion he didn’t need in the middle of nowhere. (Because I wanted to write a story with the Coffeyville Brown Mansion as a set piece.) And I needed to know what his motivations were for the Scrooge/Aladdin spinoff I wanted to combine with it. So creating Nicholas is responsible for the subject/themes of the series.

Trisha: That is a beautiful house and a great starting point for inspiration. (photo credit: pbase.com)

 

heart-1908901_640Q: What do you most want readers to take away from your book?

Melissa: Don’t be quick to judge people by how they act or what you see. Take your time forming opinions about those you meet, only do so if you have enough first hand insight.

Trisha: I feel it is important to be kind to everyone you meet.
Q: What 5 books have had the greatest impact on your life?

Melissa: The Bible, Decision Making and the Will of God by Gary Friesen, The Well-Behaved Child by John Rosemond, Love and Respect by Eggerichs, Whatever Tomorrow Brings by Lori Wick (It’s the first book I read in my now favorite genre).

Trisha: Those are all excellent books. You are in good company, I have a collection of Lori Wick books on my shelf also!

 

Q: Do you have any unusual writing habits?

Melissa: If I can’t figure out what to write next, I take a shower. Best place to get unstuck. My brain is on auto-pilot just enough to keep all the millions of directions of my brain subdued so I can focus on the problem.

Trisha: That is an unusual place, but I can see the benefits. As a mother, often times the only time you have to yourself is when your in the shower.

Thank you Melissa for stopping in today to share with us about yourself and about your wonderful books!

 Melissa is generously giving away a soft-cover printed copy of A Love So True, along with a note pad to one (1) lucky winner.  (open to continental USA residents only). The giveaway will be open for one week. The winner will be announced here on this page at the close of the contest.

To Enter the giveaway:

1.) Comment below sharing your favorite place to vacation and who you’d take with you.

2.) CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter form (this helps with tracking entrants).

Note: You may receive one entry per day by tweeting about the giveaway via the rafflecopter.

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Congratulations:   Jackie W.

 

A Love So True (Teaville Moral Society #2) by: Melissa Jagears

Synopsis:

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?

 

My Review:

A Love So True is written with great depth and feeling, with characters so vivid and real that you may just forget that they only live inside the pages of this book. While this book is #2 in the series, new readers won’t feel lost picking up this book.

Evelyn is fiercely independent with a heart for orphaned children. While compassionate and caring, Evelyn holds others at an arms length away. Evelyn wishes to do more in her community to help the women of the red light district, and give them a way out.

David Kingsman comes to town after his father purchased the local glass factory, with the intention of making improvements and selling the factory for a profit. In his search for a good meal, he finds Evelyn and is intrigued with her passion for those less fortunate.

I enjoyed reading Evelyn’s story and visiting friends from the first book A Heart Most Certain. Melissa tackles faith issues with grace, leaving the reader with gentle reminders of how we should see our brothers and sisters in Christ and extend to them the same grace and love that God extends to us.

(I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from publisher/author. I am not required to write a positive review. My opinions I have expressed are my own.)

 

Favorite Quote:

“God knows your past. Though some people would look down upon you, God doesn’t, and He won’t keep good things from you because of it.”

 

About the Author:

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

Web Page // Facebook // Goodreads // Pinterest

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A Heart Most Certain (Teaville Moral Society #1) by Melissa Jagears

A Fresh Voice in Historical Romance!

Synopsis:

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

Web page // Facebook // Goodreads // Pinterest

    A Heart Most Certain (Teaville Moral Society #1)

    Engaging the Competition (Teaville Moral Society #0.5)