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Melissa Jagears has captured my heart with her newest book, A Heart Most Certain. Her story is so rich with prayer and growth of faith, and held my interest throughout. I cannot recommend it enough.
The story takes place in Teaville, Kansas, 1905. STOP! Seriously? Well, be still my heart… what a perfect name for a town! It takes a hard look at how the poorest parts of town survived by being a “red light district”, and the very difficult attempt some made to climb out of that life. It also shows how the middle and upper class viewed those people as so much “less-than” believing they were at fault for their lifestyles, and did not deserve any grace or mercy. However, that is not the case for every citizen. Nicholas secretly gives charity and does good works to better their lives and make a difference. Lydia King, although quite poor in her own right, also does her part, by being a part of the Teaville Moral Society and sewing quilts for the less fortunate. When the group decides they need sewing machines to increase their production, she is tasked with requesting a donation from the town’s miser, Mr. Lowe.
Old Fashioned Quilting Bee: Pg. 11 The heavy front doors of the massive sandstone church slammed behind her, and she scurried down to an out-of-the-way room in the dank basement. About a dozen women sat around the room’s large quilting frame. Half of them were the matriarchs of the church, the other half their daughters or young women without children.
There is the occasional bit of witty sarcasm:
Pg. 68, “Don’t tell me you’re that rigid.” Henry tossed a glass paperweight between his hands. “Jesus drank wine.” Nicholas rolled his eyes. “Next time you’re over, bring a barrel of water with you, and pray for a miracle.”
Chapter 7 had me balling! Pg. 129 “Lord, help me stop these children from going where they cannot return. Surely you sent me and Lydia here this day for this reason. Help me convince Pepper.”
Pg. 185 Wool blankets would be cheaper and could help more people, yes, but I know how it feels to have ‘good enough’. But to receive something beautiful…”She ran a hand down her sleeve, catching the bit of satin ribbon at the end.
|This quilt was actually made at the same time our story is set!|
Pg. 193 A shiny new Burdick sewing machine with an intricate wrought-iron treadle and gleaming black-and-gold body stood in the center of the room.
Sometimes, God says, “No.” In Ch.33, we see Lydia say a prayer that she does not get recognized in the height of danger, but later we learn that indeed she was identified. I appreciate the fact that not all prayers get a “Yes” answer in the story, because God’s was are not our ways.
This story was packed with detail and deceit. But it was also rich with people desiring to better themselves for God's glory, and a beautiful love story stitched together over time and circumstances orchestrated by the hand of God.
|Finishing up with a cup of tea and a sigh.|
© 8/2/2016 Bethany House, 388 pages
I received a copy from Bethany House Publ., in exchange for my honest opinion, with no other compensation, which I am privileged to provide.
Read: 08/11-13/2016 - Reviewed: 8/15/2016
SERIES: TEAVILLE MORAL SOCIETY
|Book 1 is actually|
a novella featured within
the collective book,
With This Ring by
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I do hope you will check out this book.
Until next time,
Hugs and a cup of tea!
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