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Review: A Love So True

19 Jun Posted by in Reviews | Comments
Review: A Love So True

A Love So True by Melissa Jagears
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: May 2, 2017

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!

Rated PG: Evelyn Wisely frequents the “red-light” district in her quest to save the children. There are some unsettling scenes that are not young-reader friendly.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher. Thank you!

 


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