A Love So True

A Love So True

by Melissa Jagears

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A Love So True by Melissa Jagears

Jagears Delivers a Wonderfully Romantic Read with a Hero and Heroine to Cheer For

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764217524
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Teaville Moral Society Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 379,284
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Melissa Jagears is the Carol Award-winning author of the Unexpected Brides series and the Teaville Moral Society series, a homeschooling mother to three, and an extreme night owl. Find her online at www.melissajagears.com.

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A Love So True 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
hes7 More than 1 year ago
A delightful read from Melissa Jagears, A Love So True is the second book in her Teaville Moral Society series. (I haven’t yet read A Heart Most Certain, the first book in the series, so I can say certainly that this second book can be read and enjoyed on its own.) Main characters Evelyn Wisely and David Kingsman connect through working to help the orphans and prostitutes of the community, and their story has great drama, secrets, challenges, faith, and romance. As the plot progresses, I enjoyed getting to know and understand these characters better, both proving admirable in many ways. It’s a story easy to love, as I did, and I recommend it to readers of historical romance. Thanks to Bethany House, I received a complimentary copy of A Love So True and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
This is my first book to read of Ms. Jagears and I was very impressed. Her subject was unique to most novels; prostitution in the early 1900’s. It was as destructive a lifestyle then as now. Evelyn Wisely had a heart for those affected by it, not only the women but also the children born as a result and the men who paid for the services. You would think she would be applauded by the people of her town but most people during that era were quick to judge and reject the sinner than to help. She faced great opposition. This did not deter her from pursuing the ministry she felt called to. David Kingsman, a business man, joins her by allowing the women to earn honest money by cleaning his factory after hours. He is also attacked in his efforts by his employees. Both are strong Christians and determined to help no matter what the cost. To say the obstacles they face are formidable is putting it mildly. The conditions the women and children lived in was tragic and even more so knowing the same things are happening in our day and time. Morality and Christianity, during that era held very high standards but tended to be snobbish and repulsed by those living in sin. There was definitely a “holier than thou attitude.” They failed to hate the sin and love the sinner. David truly impressed me and I enjoyed him. Even though he exuded wealth and good looks his humility and respect for the prostitutes and children was a beautiful testimony. I love how at ease he was with them and did everything to make them feel comfortable. I also admired Evelyn and David because the each was struggling with difficult and painful personal issues but that did not deter them from giving 100% of themselves. Most people go inward with self-pity and selfishness rather than looking outward. A great story with a strong Christian message. It brought to my mind Philippians 2:3. “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” I received this book from Bethany Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own. “
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
A Love So True is the third book in the Teaville Moral Society series and brings us to Teaville, Kansas in the fall of 1908. Although this is the third book in the series, there is nothing lost in not having read the first two, except perhaps the chance to visit with old friends that reappear across the series. The author does a great job of introducing us to the characters, revealing enough about the characters to help us get to know them with the right balance of opportunity to learn about them alongside the other characters. Evelyn is a strong and independent woman. She is seemingly uninterested in allowing any man to get close enough to court her and we learn that it is as a result of a closely guarded secret that even her parents and closest friends are unaware she is keeping. With her love of children and as a result of her secret, she believes that she will not have the opportunity to be a mother, a belief that contributes to the amount of passion that she has for helping the kids at the orphanage and the women of the red light district. New to town, David finds Evelyn and her passion intriguing and looks for ways to spend time with her and to help her on her mission to help those in need. The story featured a nice mix of compassion, friendship. love and mystery. The plot was engaging and made the book difficult to put down. The characters were easy to relate to and the type that you wanted only the best for. The touch of romance and mystery were enjoyable and added to the appeal of the story. Will we ever learn her secret? Will those around her find the secret as horrible as she feels it is? Will she be able to move past the secret and find happiness before David's work in town is done? The characters find themselves realizing that God has a plan and that although we may wonder and wish, sometimes things don't happen on our timeline, because they need to happen on His to fulfill the bigger plan. I found this story to be a good read and if you enjoy period fiction or a good love story, would recommend checking it out. I received a complimentary review copy, all opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful continuation of the Teaville Moral Society. It shows the reader that God is in charge and all things happen for a reason. The author uses the main character of Evelyn Wisely to illustrate how God uses events in our lives for his plan. This is a wonderful love story of two very different people in different stations in life that are brought together to make a difference in others' lives. The reader will be able to make connections with the characters even though the story is set in 1908. I would recommend this book as well as the prior book, "A Heart Most Certain". Both books are well written and highly engaging.
BBulow More than 1 year ago
A Love So True is my favorite Melissa Jagears novel to date. While the first book, A Heart Most Certain, is a lovely read as well, I just loved the characters so much in this story. The main characters as well as the secondary characters are more fleshed out and vibrant in a way that I didn’t quite feel in the first book. Evelyn is a selfless heroine, albeit a bit prickly, and David is such a genuine, endearing guy. I get tired of stories with the aloof, borderline mean, male lead. David is just himself, and that was my favorite thing about him. He’s adorably charming and kind, yet completely unassuming about it. I always like to see what characters from the previous story are up to, and I was delighted to find that they actually played quite a large role in Evelyn’s story. They weren’t just on the periphery, where Evelyn just says “hello” a couple of times, but rather played key parts in the story. So in addition to experiencing the new story, the reader also gets a satisfying look at the lives of Lydia and Nicholas after A Heart Most Certain. While I didn’t understand Evelyn’s cool demeanor completely in the beginning, I was pleased that her secret was actually something intriguing and not something that would really end up being nothing. Well, it kind of does end up being that way, but not in the way that the reader might expect in the beginning. And I won’t say much more about that except that I thought it was a great, unexpected twist. She turns out to be a very warm character, and I loved her interactions with David. In addition to endearing characters and engaging scenes, the story’s focus on the plight of prostitutes and orphans is fascinating and tugged on my heart. It’s impossible not to be appalled at the double standards and unfairness of how women were treated back then. There were so many misconceptions back then, and Jagears highlights them well without being completely grim or gratuitous in those scenes. Evelyn’s determination to make improvement in her community is inspiring. She was doing what she could where she was and didn’t back down from a challenge. And I declare, Melissa Jagears writes some of the most swoon-worthy, pent-up-emotion revealing, culminating awesomeness of kissing scenes ever. She makes you wait for it, but then delivers in the best way possible, and the scene here is no exception. I do think though, that readers who don’t want a lot of romance in their books could still be happy with this one, because it’s not full of scenes like that, and because it’s not, it makes the ending even more poignant. I just really connected to this story. The plot kept me engaged, the characters were pleasing and the romance, satisfying. If I hadn’t been in public when I finished it, I probably would have hugged the book to my chest and given a loud sigh. As it was, I just held it in my lap and tried to hold back the warm fuzzies and tone down the big, happy smile on my face. I’m really looking forward to book three, which is about Mercy McClain, a character that definitely intrigues me. I look forward to reading her story and also to seeing my friends back in Teaville! I received a complimentary copy of this novel, which I happily chose to review. This is my honest opinion.
CRGehringer More than 1 year ago
Award-winning author Melissa Jagears continues her historical fiction series, set in Kansas during the early 1900s. In A Love So True, Evelyn Wisely works at the Teasville mansion that rescues children from the red-light district, but her heart is for the women who live there as well. She wants to help them escape poverty and prostitution. To do that, she needs the support of local businessmen to fund her work. David Kingsman comes to Teasville to rebuild his father’s faltering factory business. His intent was to stay only as long as put the business on solid footing again and then he would return to Kansas CIty. However, he is attracted to Evelyn. He shows interest in Evelyn’s work and wants to lend support, but complications arise. Evelyn is compassionate and fiercely independent, holding others at arm’s length due to a secret she hides. When her secret is finally revealed, it causes a rift that threatens her budding relationship with David and any possible future together. The conclusion is a nice surprise twist. Like Jagears’ other novels, A Love So True has solid character development, a clear faith element (without being preachy), and excellent historical detail. Characters from A Heart Most Certain (book 1) appear as secondary characters, continuing their storyline. It is refreshing to read a novel set in a time period and in circumstances not as familiar to readers. Jagears’ books are not just historical romance -- these book deals with Christian charity, adoption, responsibility, compassion, and redemption in the community around them.
Melmanro More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Teaville Moral Society is just a good as the first. What I really love about this series is that the romance is not the only great part of the story. Melissa Jagears weaves in helping others and seeking after Christian values. While I am enjoying a romantic story, I am also challenged in my beliefs over and over again. Something is "up" with Evelyn Wisely. She shuns all attempts at being courted by a good man. Enter David Kinsman who is intrigued with Evelyn. Can he break through her defenses?
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
After reading the first book in this series and absolutely loving it I couldn't wait for the next book to come out. Melissa has a unique way of writing that weaves in ministry and serving. I love it. You might think that would be boring and I might think the same thing with just hearing it but reading her books are anything but boring. She piles layer upon layer of plot adding new things when I think nothing new can be added and putting in a twist when I never even saw a bend coming. Evelyn has a poor self-image, I think that is something most women can relate to, yet she is very strong and stubborn. She knows what she wants...kind of :) She also has a secret and I was dying to know what it could possibly be. She seemed to innocent. David is a wonderful hero who sees Evelyn's wonderful qualities and wants to be more like her when it comes to his future and his father. You can read this as a stand-alone but I highly recommend this series. I could say much more but then this review would end up being way too long. A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
A love so true is true, to it's name, about a love so true even Evelyn truly loves from the bottom of her heart like the rest of her family. She works with the home for the ex-prostitutes and the orphans. With that big heart she hides a large deep dark secret, a secret as to why she will not ever get married and that is until she meets David Kingsman, a businessman - GOD has different plans for her other than what she wants - so will her stubborn will win out? will she never ever be married or will sweet David win her over and open her and her heart up? I know you will be shocked when you find out why she wants nothing to do with men, it is worth the whole book just to find out. When GOD has a will HE has a way and that is what this book is about. I received a complimentary copy of this book, all the opinions in this review are my own.
luvnjesus More than 1 year ago
A Love So True is beautifully written and reminds us that there is compassion regardless of what others do. This is the second book in the Teaville Moral Society series. I thoughly enjoyed reading the book and found it hard to put down once I started reading it. Evelyn has a huge heart for women and children of the Red Light district. Her desire is to buld a home that these women can call their own. (My heart ached for those for felt they needed to prostitute themselves out.) No one wants to support this endeavor. If Evelyn can not convince local businesses to support and help financially, her dream may not happen. David Kingsman is in Teaville to get his father's business, A.K. Glass back on solid ground. His plan is to only stay in Teaville for a short time, that is until he meets Evelyn. He finds himself dropping in at the orphanage just to talk to Evelyn. Both David and Evelyn experience the same things we all do: second chances, joy and heartache. A common theme throughout the book was that Jesus forgives us regardless of what we think or the mistakes we make. Can they both trust God's plan despite what may be stacked againist them? I received an Advance Reader's Copy of "A Love So True" for an honest review.
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
"A Love So True" by author Melissa Jagears is Book 2 in her Teaville Moral Society Series. This paperback by Bethany House Publishing House is 358 pages of inspirational Christian fiction. Even though this is book two, it can easily be read as a standalone book. This is a compelling, page turning, hard to put down book, which is the only kind author Jagears knows how to write. Author Jagears does another exceptional job as she takes us back to Teaville where we are reacquainted with old friends and make new ones. This is the story of Evelyn Wisely who helps the town's orphans. She has a heart for others and works with her parents at the orphanage. Miss Evelyn is a unique character who happens to be tall. She also has a secret. It is also the tale of David Kingsman. He has recently moved to Teaville for business. Evelyn catches his eye as do the children and their mission for help. David wants to help, too. This character is also unique and absolutely adorable. He has a good heart and a secret, too. Together they work to help women and children find ways out of the poverty and wretchedness of prostitution. It isn't an easy task. Evelyn wants to build a women's shelter but isn't getting support from the town businessmen. This story, set in 1908, is filled with inspirational lessons. It shows a different side of the "red light" districts. Many things are brought to light that may not be known. Some women and children are forced into this horrible way of life. Many or most people look down upon them. Very few want to help, but what would Jesus do? As Christians we are called to love, serve and help others. Author Jagears puts this into a beautifully moving story. I love her style of writing. The descriptions take me away to Teaville. I become friends with her wonderful characters. They are rich, full, and lively. Well rounded and full of drama the story and characters come to life on her pages. The dialog is smooth and effortlessly written. It's like listening in on a conversation. Jagears puts twists and turns in her encouraging, God glorifying novel. Again, this is not Christian fluff, but some hardy Christian fiction to chew on. It sticks with you. Jagears takes on various topics and issues, such as sin, deceit, secrets, judging, trusting God, helping others, society, morality, suicide, and love. The book is well written, researched, and organized. It has humor, inspiration, mystery, adventure, romance, and history. There are no study questions at the end. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Christian fiction, any book clubs or church groups, or historical fiction lovers. I gladly rated it 5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided from the author and publisher but this is my own, honest review.
BookwormLisa More than 1 year ago
A Love So True is the second book in a series, but can be read as a stand alone. Teaville, Kansas is a small community with a red light district. Evelyn Wisely is a 27 year old woman who is trying to better the lives of the children born to the "soiled doves" and try to help the mother's as well. She has made it her mission to help women get out of the life they are in. She has grand plans and tries to solicit help to achieve her goals. This puts her in the path of David Kingman, a wealthy business man. The attraction is there, but both hold on to secrets that could make a relationship impossible. This book took me longer to read than planned. This book contains a lot of social issues, and it took me a little longer to fully appreciate all that it offers. The book deals with material that was taboo for 1908. Many tried to pretend that "houses of ill repute" did not exist and considered the women as beneath redemption. You can still see some of that in today's world, but I hope that we are a little more educated. This book is not one that I could sit down and continue reading for hours at a time. I had to savor this one a little more to get all of the messages that Melissa Jagears was giving me. I give this book a high recommendation. It does mention prostitution and the plight of the prostitutes. It also contains Christian themes and a little bit of kissing. Source: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest thoughts and opinions.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
A sequel that doesn't disappoint.... A Love So True Teaville Moral Society #2 By Melissa Jagears Evelyn Wisely is drawn to helping those that are in need in Teaville - the orphans, the cast-off children, and the women who find themselves trapped in the town's red district. She gives her all to help them, unfortunately, she needs the financial support of others to do this. But most don't want to muddy their reputations by associating with women who have been reduced to such a life. Most can't understand why Evelyn has refused the attentions of men who seek to court her. Even her parents are in the dark, but Evelyn has a secret one that no one knows or even suspects and it has broken her heart. But Evelyn's carefully laid plans are about to run into a most determined obstacle in the form of David Kingsman - a young man who has traveled to Teaville on the request of his father. David is hoping the time away from his father will allow him time to breathe and determine exactly how his life will unfold. And if he can somehow win his father's approval by what he has planned - perhaps his father will see him for who he can be and not whom he thinks he can force him to be. Evelyn intrigues David from their first meeting - a young woman who visits the outcasts of society, isn't seeking marriage, and has an obvious love of children. Determined to learn all he can about Evelyn - David finds himself thwarted by her aloof and standoffish behavior towards him. Can David determine why Evelyn seems opposed to courtship and the idea of marriage? Or will she break his heart without knowing it? This is the second book in the Teaville Moral Society series and those who enjoyed Nicholas and Lydia's story will be delighted to know that they too are in this book. And we learn more of Caroline O'Connor's backstory and it is heartbreaking. This book draws the reader into the story from the first page and keeps one's eyes firmly glued to the pages. Melissa Jagear brings to life characters whom one can empathize with and whom one wouldn't mind getting to know in person. I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher Bethany House with no expectation of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
A Love So True by Melissa Jagears is a inspirational, historical fiction book. This is book two in the Teaville Moral Society series. A Love So True is a wonderful work of art. Melissa Jagears sure knows how to bring characters and scenes to life for her readers, making you feel apart of the book. This book tugs at my heart strings with the orphans. I so love Evelyn Wisely and Nicholas Lowe and their good intentions of helping others. Be sure to buy your copy of A Love So True by Melissa Jagears today. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion! 4.5 stars!
bsnksmom More than 1 year ago
No one works more tirelessly for the orphans of Teaville, KS, than Evelyn Wisely. Her job at the orphanage puts her in contact with children few in their town will accept – the children of prostitutes. As she tends to their needs, she sees the trap that many of the women find themselves ensnared within. What if their town could build a women’s shelter to house any of the women who want to leave prostitution? What if they would teach the women another trade? Could they help both the children and their mothers with just one idea? David Kingsman is sent to Teaville by his father to sell the glass factory his father has acquired. David, however, has a different vision. If he can make it more profitable before he sells it, the factory will be worth way more than his father expects to get out of it. Unfortunately, when he arrives he discovers that the man running the place is basically drawing a salary for doing the least amount of work he can manage. As David works to “clean house”, his long hours don’t leave him any time to pursue his first love – cooking. Worse yet, he can’t find a restaurant that cooks better food than he could make himself and the food provided by the boarding house he stays in is just plain awful. Searching for a restaurant in this new-to-him town, he follows the very respectable –looking Evelyn into the Hawk and Eagle “soda fountain”. At least, that’s what he thinks it has to be because no lady of substance would ever enter a saloon, right? Intrigued by this woman who walks into not only a bar but the red light district alone and without fear, David makes it a point to get to know her. The cold shoulder he gets would - and has - made many men turn their attentions elsewhere. David, however, is only looking for friendship. He doesn’t plan to stay in Teaville and he’s not looking for romance. Since Evelyn has her own reasons for keeping all men at a distance, David’s temporary status in Teaville makes him a safe option for friendship. What happens, then, when feelings change and secrets come to light? Welcome back to Teaville – where the Teaville Moral Society is THE Ladies club to belong to. Book 2 in Melissa Jagears’ Teaville Moral Society series brings readers a kinder, less judgmental ladies group than was in Book 1, A Heart Most Certain. While most of the ladies are on board with helping the orphans, few of them are willing to risk their reputations to help the town’s prostitutes – many of whom were forced into the life as mere children. It seemed to be almost a given that little girls whose mothers were prostitutes would inevitably gain the attention of some man bent on taking their innocence. Knowing that this heinous activity continues in present day breaks my heart. The book makes the point that, even though Evelyn can’t save everyone, she does what she can and saves some. While, yes, this has elements of romance in it, the bulk of the story has more to do with forgiving oneself for youthful mistakes. Evelyn also chooses to focus her life on making the lives of others better, instead of on the train wreck hers seems to have become. I admired her a great deal for that. I recommend this book for readers who enjoy historical fiction, romance fiction or just anyone who loves a good story. This one will make you laugh, cheer, and cry – sometimes all three within just a few pages! I can hardly wait for the NEXT installment!
AmyPutney More than 1 year ago
Back to Teaville we go! I loved the first book in this series, A Heart Most Certain, so I couldn't wait to read book #2 and get to know Evelyn better! Since the last book, Lydia and Nicholas have taken a bit of a backseat in their mission (they're there, just not so much in the day-to-day) to help the women and children of Teaville's red-light district and Evelyn has stepped up to the plate. Evelyn is the best kind of heroine: thoughtful, loving, self-sacrificing, and ready and waiting to help anyone who needs it, and yet she's also a bit broken and lost. She's not a perfect heroine, which is what makes her a great and relatable one. And of course David is a great hero... fun, thoughtful, charming, and working desperately to make his own way in life and make his own choices. This is a great read that gives a more real look at turn-of-the-century life. Issues like prostitution, fetal alcohol syndrome, and abandonment are all handled well, without any glossing over to make things seem more rosy than they are. I highly recommend this book!
DMGP More than 1 year ago
When the author asked if I would be willing to do a review of her next book, I wondered if she could actually match the success of the first book. I'm happy to declare a definitive YES! This book is every bit as good as book 1. The first detail that's clearly presented is a Christian message. It is delivered without compromise or apology. The characters a flawed, yet fully developed and show growth of character. Even the secondary characters are fully developed such that any one of them could become the focus for upcoming books. And, the plot flows with all the proper steps from development, climax, and conclusion. There are lots of themes in the book, several are a continuation from book 1, but the themes that stood out to me are: religion vs true Christianity, love vs obligation, taking responsibility and facing the consequences of your actions, and forgiveness - both that from God, others, and self. The romance is exceptionally well done. Evelyn Wisely, the heroine, has a reputation for pushing men away and ignoring their interest in her. However, she meets her match in David Kingsman who sees her first as a challenge and later as someone he wants to pursue. However, Evelyn has a deep dark secret. What will happen if she confesses? I don't want to reveal anything that will give too much of the storyline away. Let it suffice that this is a fantastic book and will help anyone who claims to be a Christian evaluate their faith. It does deal with some difficult topics such as those dealt with in book 1, but all from a Christian worldview. My rating - 5 stars
Madalyn More than 1 year ago
A Great Book From a Fantastic Author This Is Melissa Jagears’s second book in the Teaville Moral Society Series. This second book can stand alone but I think it is enriched by knowing the characters in the first book, A Heart Most Certain. The story’s setting is the 1908 era and features woman and children caught in the red-light district. I liked the way the romance between the characters in the book held my attention but also the inspiration of someone following their dream of helping those in need. Melissa inspires me again to see the world around me that is not like my world at all, but needs to be seen with eyes of love instead of judgement. This is definitely a five-star book that a recommend to anyone looking for a good historical inspiration read. I did receive a copy of this book from the author/publisher but my review is completely honest and without bias. I the copy I received will go in my church's library. I also purchased the book in e-book format because it is easier for me to read. Either way I encourage you to get the book.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Saturday, June 10, 2017 A Love So True by Melissa Jagears, © 2017 Teaville Moral Society, Book 2 My Review: David Kingsman has a lot of surprises in store for himself when his father has sent him to Teaville to revive the new company they have taken over; especially, when in a matter of minutes he lost half his office employees. A. K. Glass will be an interesting canning jar factory when all is said and done. I am thinking they should include a lunchroom with David's expanding sensitivity to food ~ he can smell fried chicken cooking a long way off. Evelyn Wisely is going about her daily journeys when David keeps popping up ~ first he follows her, which was to his good as he found the main street to locate a hotel for his rest. But... he seems to also find people who know her as they both show up at Nicholas Lowe's home at lunch time. Lydia, Nicholas' wife and dear friend of Evelyn, tells her Mr. Kingsman was invited. "Nicholas met with him earlier about some lumber deal and sent him here for lunch. He's evidently new in town and was wondering where to get something good to eat." A Love So True, 38. Oh, goodness, what a reputation I am giving David by my remarks ~ but they just stood out to me ~ "A way to a man's heart is through his stomach," is an old saying; likely, from this 1908 time period! I really liked this story as the characters find they can stand without hindrance. Growth comes as they take chances reaching out beyond being told by someone else what was for their best. As they rely on the Lord and take their matters to prayer, they find open doors so unexpected. A risk worth taking to leave the past behind and gain the future. ***Thank you, author Melissa Jagears, and Bethany House Publishers for sending a print copy to me. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
KathrynVoss More than 1 year ago
I completely loved Melissa Jagears's first book in the Teaville Moral Society series, and this second one did not disappoint! From start to finish I was drawn into Evelyn and David's story as they each struggled to fulfill their dreams and God given callings. Jagears did a tremendous job of bringing both her characters and story to life. I especially loved the backdrop of the book - helping the women and children of the local red-light district. Jagears presents the all too frequently occurring situation of people who refuse to help those most in need at the risk of marring their own reputations or getting their hands dirty. I see this as an issue not only prominent back in the setting of Jagears's book, but also today. As I delved into this story, I was challenged to truly live out my faith and love ALL people, not just the "clean" ones. While this is a deep and challenging message, I felt Jagears balanced the weight perfectly with rich and multidimensional characters. I was also thrilled at the presence of familiar characters from the previous book. I highly recommend this book. Jagears outdid herself with this one, and I am impatiently waiting the next one! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review.
Wilani More than 1 year ago
Powerful intriguing Christian Fiction at its finest. Makes you stop and think about the way we judge others and to look at others in the way Christ sees them. In addition to the powerful impact of this book, is the way it is well written and the characters well developed. This is the second book in a series and can stand alone but you will miss a blessing if you don't read the first book in the series which is also a very powerful and compelling book.
OBAR4707 More than 1 year ago
Only God knows his plan for our life, trusting him to lead us through the unknown can be difficult. This is the story about Evelyn Wisely, the preacher’s daughter we met in “A Heart Most Certain” and David Kingman. Evelyn and her parents are running the orphanage that is at the Lowe’s Mansion. She and the Lowe’s maid, Caroline are also taking meals to and assisting the children of prostitutes working in the red-light district. In 1908 Kansas these women are not welcome in society and it is near impossible for them to get out of the profession. Evelyn wants to set up a place for the women who want to leave prostitution and find them respectable jobs. Mr. Lowe will help with funding if she can find 3 more businessmen to commit to the project. David Kingman has been sent from Kansas City to Teaville to sell the local glass factory his father owns. He does not plan on staying long, but when he assesses the situation feels the business can be turned around and made profitable. David has always been overshadowed by his father, and coerced into doing what his father wishes him to do. David first sees Evelyn as she is walking through a rough area of town and wonders why someone like her would be in that area so he follows her. He is intrigued by this tall well-dressed woman and wants to meet her. Evelyn’s family and friends are constantly trying to set her up with an eligible man, and she want’s nothing to do with them. When she meets David she finds him attractive, but gives him the cold shoulder to make sure he doesn’t get interested in her. For the past 10 years Evelyn has dedicated her time to helping others because she knows she will never be able to marry and have a family of her own. This story has good depth to the characters and supporting characters where you can feel for them and the problems they face. We meet again many of the characters we first got to know in “A Heart Most Certain” and the story gets into some of their backgrounds and problems. Melissa has a way of writing a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat and reading from start to finish. New discoveries and unexpected problems arise throughout the book but everything is nicely pulled together and questions answered at the end. The book is stand alone, but by reading “A Heart Most Certain” first you get some of the back story for a few of the main characters in the book. If you have never read one of Melissa Jagear”s books you are in for a treat. She is wonderful writer and story teller.
BlueJeansAndTeacups More than 1 year ago
*He has a plan and a purpose for us All* Melissa Jagears continues the enriched drama of the Teaville Moral Society. This time the focus is on the overly tall, and extremely persnickety Evelyn Wisely who has a heart for the orphaned children of the red-light district of a small town in 1908 Kansas. While many people believe the problems those children face are direct results of the lifestyle their mothers have “chosen”, Evelyn believes every child deserves love and care. She will go to great lengths to do her part toward that end. Additionally, she holds a long-kept secret buried in her heart that causes her to keep her distance from men who might indicate the slightest interest in her. David Kingsman is the son of a wealthy, big city businessman who has been tasked with coming to Teaville to quickly sell a canning jar production company his father recently acquired, and then get back home to business and his father’s ideas for his future. However, God seems to have other plans for David, as he continually finds his path redirected toward helping Evelyn. He is a pleasant sort, with a strong character that pushes him to do the right thing. I especially enjoyed old Mr. Hargrove who is over 80 years old. His kindness was charming, and the fact he was made to feel useful again was just precious. So many old people get ignored, and these moments in the story were endearing. Once again, this story was filled with detail and faith. I enjoyed it very much. © May 2017 Bethany House, 358 pages I received a copy from Bethany House Publ., in exchange for my honest opinion, with no other compensation, which I am privileged to provide. SERIES: TEAVILLE MORAL SOCIETY Introduction Novella, Engaging the Competition found in the collection book With this Ring, featuring various authors Book 1 = A Heart Most Certain 08/2016 Book 2 = A Love So True 05/2017 Book 3 = A Chance at Forever TBA
Evie4 More than 1 year ago
A Love So True, a novel by Melissa Jagears, open in 1908 in Teaville, Kansas. David Kingsman has been sent there by his over bearing father for the sole purpose of selling his factory. David's intended brief stay turns into much more than a business trip once he meets Evelyn Wisely. She and her parents live and work at the town orphanage. In addition, she does what she can to help the woman and children from the wrong side of town. Her dream is to open a shelter, but she lacks the necessary financial backing. But, there is more. She allows no man to get close to her, that is until David becomes part of her life when he tries to help her with her mission. The reason for her chosen way of life is that she has a secret. Can sharing it with David help create a future together? The author skillfully weaves her characters stories together. We watch them struggle and grow. They grapple with very important matters of the heart and community. While taking great emotional risks, they tackle what is truly worth doing. I found this to be a well written, emotion packed and meaningful story. Highly recommended.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
A Love So True #2 Teaville Moral Society by Melissa Jagears It is now 1908 and we return to the quaint little town of Teaville, Kansas where Evelyn Wisely works diligently caring for the orphans at the local orphanage. However, her heart simply cannot ignore the women of Teaville who are in need. I admire her courage—and boldness—in following her convictions, however, I am not sure I would have been as bold, especially in the parts of town she went to....frequently alone and potentially dangerous. But her faith would not allow her to do otherwise—the plight of these women tugged at her heart. Then she meets David Kingsman, who only plans to be in Teaville a short time and before returning to Kansas City. David is quickly intrigued by Evelyn, but she often puzzles him. I have to admit, Evelyn was a puzzle to me in certain areas...she has a secret which may explain why she comes across so stand-offish and unhappy, except when she is with the orphans. Once this secret is revealed will David see her differently and loose all respect he has for her? Will her family forgive her, will God? Can she forgive herself? I really like David and hoped he would be able to help Evelyn in what she was trying to accomplish...not saying. However, if David's father has anything to say about it, that will never happen. He is one character that I had a hard time liking, even a little—there are reasons he is the way he is...again not saying. Besides Evelyn and David being favorite characters, the elderly Mr. Hargrove is another. He is a sweet man who allowed them the use of his home in a health crisis and they became fast friends. Some of the other characters had me in tears for the way they lived and how hopeless they felt. A Love So True is a heartwarming romance in a historical setting—a quaint little town with true-to-life characters that soon become like friends. They experience hardships, heartaches, joys, dangers, fear and second-chances much like we do. I appreciate the overall inspirational theme of forgiveness, reconciliation, love and faith within the story-line. ~I received a copy of this book from the publisher and author (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~