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.
A Heart Most Certain is amazing! A lot of deeper topics are woven into an already great story, without being preachy or holier than thou. It's more of a gentle nudge to examine your own heart. That takes a talented writer. I believe on top of this being on it's own a wonderful story, God will use these underlying topics to stir change in the readers' hearts and minds.
Lydia King is part of the town's Moral Society, which 'helps' the poor through some works of charity, although the may not be all that practical, and also through pointing out the error of the sinners ways, as the Moral Society sees it. The Society aims to see the gambling, saloons and prostitutes put out of business and out of town so that the church people can feel good about their town and themselves. Lydia's eyes are opened to the fact that if a prostitute, who may very well have been forced into the business in the first place, wants to leave the business there is literally no help and no where to go. She also discovers that there are children, often abandoned or forced into the business themselves who no one thinks are worth helping. But if she helps she will certainly be cast out of polite society and unable to support herself or be of any help to her dying mother.
On the other hand, Nicholas Lowe has the same reputation in town as Scrooge, and he lets everyone believe what they will, all the while condemning them privately for not doing what he does for the poor and downtrodden around them. He learned through hard circumstances not to look down on others, and isn't that the way we most often learn the most important lessons? He's written off the church as a whole without even giving them a chance.
There's more to the story than the hypocrisy and neglect of the poor that I've touched on but she can say it much more eloquently than I can, so enjoy a great story and be prepared to be challenged in a variety of areas.
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