Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Heart Most Certain

A Fresh Voice in Historical Romance!
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.

My thoughts: I was blown away by this story! I picked it up on a whim, since I don't know that I have really read Melissa's books. I am so glad that I did! The story was amazing, having some surprising depth and a lot going on. I loved the main characters, especially Lydia, since she reminds me of Emma from Jane Austen's story. While not what I would call spoiled, she learns to be a better person when she makes a bargain with Nicholas Lowe, a man who seems like a miser from the outside.
I love the issues that this story deals with and how the characters develop over the course of the story. This book is a new favorite!
I received this book from Bethany in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I've seen really good reviews for this one so at some point I simply must pick up a copy. Though I really enjoyed Melissa's debut (it was somehow different than the normal mail-order bride trope), I skipped over this one for review because, at the time, I was overwhelmed with other books. :)

  2. I need to go back and read her mail order bride series, since this one really blew me away with how good it was! The story had a lot going on.
    I hope you can find the time to read it!

    1. Thanks - me too! And hope you enjoy the Mail Order rereads. I sill have to finish the series, but do recall loving Melissa's debut. :)

    2. I look forward to reading it! I need to get my TBR pile down a bit...;)