My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from publisher to review.
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Book Description: 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?
My thoughts: 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.
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