Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Teaville Moral Society

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 Lydia King knows what it's like to be in need, so she joins the Teaville Moral Society hoping 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 poorhouse herself. Her best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her, and it certainly doesn't hurt that his mother is the moral society's president. Lydia's first task as a moral society member--to obtain a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town--seems easy . . . until the man 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 foresees the harrowing complications that will arise from working together, and when town secrets are brought to light, this unlikely pair must decide where their beliefs--and hearts--truly align.

Published August 2nd 2016 
by Bethany House Publishers 

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Meet the Author:

Melissa Jagears  

Melissa Jagears, an ESL teacher by trade and the author of A Bride for Keeps, A Bride in Store, and A Bride at Last, is a stay-at-home mother on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. She's a member of ACFW and CROWN fiction marketing, and her passion is to help Christian believers mature in their faith and judge rightly.

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 My Thoughts:

Oh wow, what an excellent story!
The author brings us a story with a theme that is more common than you might think.  This story takes place in southeast Kansas during the fall of 1905.  We are introduced to Lydia King, whom I felt a connection to immediately.  Do you know why?  Simple she loves books. :) Yes, a woman I can relate to. 
Lydia's homelife is anything but perfect.  Her mother has deteriorating health problems which cause great concern for Lydia, but her father is mostly an embarrassment for her with his growing debts.  Yes, she knows poverty firsthand.  
Lydia has joined the Teaville Moral Society with the good intentions of not only helping the town's poor, but to also try to rid it of the very things that has caused her family so many problems.  The Society is a purely volunteer organization through the Freewill Church and her first task was to obtain a much needed donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town.  
Nicholas is a very caring man, but he has secrets that he doesn't want revealed to anyone or the consequences would result in many suffering.  He's intrigued by Lydia's tenacity and her caring, but at the same time he feels she's naive about the true problems of the poor and the Teaville Moral Society's true reasons behind their work.   
I truly loved this story.  It's a story of how far one woman will go in search of answers and of a man who asks a woman for complete trust and faith.  This story also points out how it's easy to judge when you don't know the full story.  It's easy to throw stones at others for their sins until you step in their shoes and see exactly what they have endured.  
What a wonderful way to start a new series and a book I would recommend to anyone.
**I received this book from the publisher for a honest review without outside influence or bias.   


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