A Love So True by Melissa Jagears

A Love So True

Jagears Delivers a Wonderfully Romantic Read with a Hero and Heroine to Cheer ForEvelyn 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...

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A Love So True Reviews

  • Beth

    A Love So True is my favorite Melissa Jagears novel to date. While the first book, A Heart Most Certain, is a lovely read as well, I just loved the characters so much in this story. The main characters as well as the secondary characters are more fleshed out and vibrant in a way that I didn’t quite feel in the first book. Evelyn is a selfless heroine, albeit a bit prickly, and David is such a genuine, endearing guy. I get tired of stories with the aloof, borderline mean, male lead. David is just

    A Love So True is my favorite Melissa Jagears novel to date. While the first book, A Heart Most Certain, is a lovely read as well, I just loved the characters so much in this story. The main characters as well as the secondary characters are more fleshed out and vibrant in a way that I didn’t quite feel in the first book. Evelyn is a selfless heroine, albeit a bit prickly, and David is such a genuine, endearing guy. I get tired of stories with the aloof, borderline mean, male lead. David is just himself, and that was my favorite thing about him. He’s adorably charming and kind, yet completely unassuming about it.

    I always like to see what characters from the previous story are up to, and I was delighted to find that they actually played quite a large role in Evelyn’s story. They weren’t just on the periphery, where Evelyn just says “hello” a couple of times, but rather played key parts in the story. So in addition to experiencing the new story, the reader also gets a satisfying look at the lives of Lydia and Nicholas after A Heart Most Certain.

    While I didn’t understand Evelyn’s cool demeanor completely in the beginning, I was pleased that her secret was actually something intriguing and not something that would really end up being nothing. Well, it kind of does end up being that way, but not in the way that the reader might expect in the beginning. And I won’t say much more about that except that I thought it was a great, unexpected twist. She turns out to be a very warm character, and I loved her interactions with David.

    In addition to endearing characters and engaging scenes, the story’s focus on the plight of prostitutes and orphans is fascinating and tugged on my heart. It’s impossible not to be appalled at the double standards and unfairness of how women were treated back then. There were so many misconceptions back then, and Jagears highlights them well without being completely grim or gratuitous in those scenes. Evelyn’s determination to make improvement in her community is inspiring. She was doing what she could where she was and didn’t back down from a challenge.

    And I declare, Melissa Jagears writes some of the most swoon-worthy, pent-up-emotion revealing, culminating awesomeness of kissing scenes ever. She makes you wait for it, but then delivers in the best way possible, and the scene here is no exception. I do think though, that readers who don’t want a lot of romance in their books could still be happy with this one, because it’s not full of scenes like that, and because it’s not, it makes the ending even more poignant.

    I just really connected to this story. The plot kept me engaged, the characters were pleasing and the romance, satisfying. If I hadn’t been in public when I finished it, I probably would have hugged the book to my chest and given a loud sigh. As it was, I just held it in my lap and tried to hold back the warm fuzzies and tone down the big, happy smile on my face. I’m really looking forward to book three, which is about Mercy McClain, a character that definitely intrigues me. I look forward to reading her story and also to seeing my friends back in Teaville!

    I received a complimentary copy of this novel, which I happily chose to review. This is my honest opinion.

  • Staci

    The Teaville Moral Society continues to be well done. It is deeper than the mail order bride series and pure enjoyment to read.

  • Hannah

    Ah, a delightful read! I am loving Teaville, Kansas so much! I admit that I read this book quite slowly because I wanted to savor each event and enjoy the journey for as long as I possibly could. In fact, I liked it so well that it has been really hard to boil my thoughts down into a solid review.

    David and Evelyn are a very interesting couple. He's actually slightly younger than her, and it mentions how tall she is...both unusual attributes in modern historical fiction. Evelyn, though, may be r

    Ah, a delightful read! I am loving Teaville, Kansas so much! I admit that I read this book quite slowly because I wanted to savor each event and enjoy the journey for as long as I possibly could. In fact, I liked it so well that it has been really hard to boil my thoughts down into a solid review.

    David and Evelyn are a very interesting couple. He's actually slightly younger than her, and it mentions how tall she is...both unusual attributes in modern historical fiction. Evelyn, though, may be ready for a distant friendship, but she's certainly not ready for romance or marriage. Unlike many CF books, her reason isn't some trumped-up prissy dislike of being married...no, this girl has a valid reason! A doozy of a reason, in fact. The flashbacks and dropped comments pile up throughout the tale until she finally has to tell the truth about why she has adopted a path of singleness in life.

    Now, much of the focus of the series is on cleaning up the red-light district of town and cleaning up the related graft, etc, among the city leaders who profit from the shady practices that go on there. I'm always wary of stories that mention prostitution at all, because it so often falls into one of two traps: A) The women of the district just want to do it for fun and resent interference with how they earn their money, and details often include how they seek men to bring home by flaunting their wares and being grasping and sensual, or B) they really want out, and underneath all that paint and fine dress and sin, they have hearts of gold just waiting to be mined and they are going to splutter a bit, strut a bit, and then break down and become model citizens, often marrying excellent upright men and becoming pillars of society. Between these two extremes many books fall. This is much more realistic and avoids the sensual details altogether, which is very nice (just by mentioning that occupation, you now what it entails. No need for extra description), and each woman encountered is realistic and unique. Each one has different motivations and some do have a buried dream or two. This part of the story was very well done.

    The Christian message is there; David and Evelyn both learn to trust God more and both are trying to live moral, upright lives. Evelyn is driven by wishing to bring the Gospel to the women in the streets and is not shy about denouncing the church people who try to dabble in the things of the world.

    All in all, a complex novel with many elements to think about, and one that will hold up well to rereading.

    Thanks to the author for a complimentary review copy.

  • Shantelle

    Beautiful, delightful, tender, and sweet, I loved it! There was something real and heart-touching about

    by Melissa Jagears, second book in the TEAVILLE MORAL SOCIETY series. I adored it even more than Book One, and can hardly wait to continue to read about the people of Teaville!

    Orphans. Secrets. Prostitutes. Safe homes. Regretful pasts. Charming newcomer. ... And a whole new chapter waiting to be opened up to Evelyn Wisely.

    Oh, David. He is a charmer, yes, but beyond that is his c

    Beautiful, delightful, tender, and sweet, I loved it! There was something real and heart-touching about

    by Melissa Jagears, second book in the TEAVILLE MORAL SOCIETY series. I adored it even more than Book One, and can hardly wait to continue to read about the people of Teaville!

    Orphans. Secrets. Prostitutes. Safe homes. Regretful pasts. Charming newcomer. ... And a whole new chapter waiting to be opened up to Evelyn Wisely.

    Oh, David. He is a charmer, yes, but beyond that is his compassionate nature and truly loyal and steadfast heart. I felt he was a such a unique and wonderful character, who persistently and sweetly pursued Evelyn despite the cool front she put on.

    Evelyn was a dear. Her tireless work and real compassion for the needy and hurting of her community was admirable and humbling. As well as her faithful heart. She's tall, sturdy, and determined, but a sweet soul underneath it all. I loved going on this poignant and so very beautiful journey with her!

    I was so happy to see characters from

    ! What fun! They are doing well and ever their lovely selves! ^_^ Meeting new people, and learning still more about this town of Teaville was a delight. Yes, their are some harsh realities and sober things mentioned/shown ... but I can't help but fall in love with the brave and gentle heroes and heroines of Teaville.

    Read this book in one day, my friends, it was that good! Perhaps different from the average Christian historical romance, perhaps not. But

    had little things about it that just made it a gem to me. The faith theme was so beautiful, for one! These characters were real in their relationships with God.

    I simply can't wait to read book three,

    ! Melissa Jagears is an author I will continually look out for for new books!

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I appreciated the focus of this book on the importance of not only helping orphans, but also their mothers escape lives of prostitution and poverty. Evelyn is single-minded in her mission to provide safety and security for those who will reach out and accept support, even sacrificing her reputation and hopes for a future family. For much of the book I didn't understand her hang-ups about men and her fear of romance, but eventually the secret is revealed. David admires her in spite of her brusque

    I appreciated the focus of this book on the importance of not only helping orphans, but also their mothers escape lives of prostitution and poverty. Evelyn is single-minded in her mission to provide safety and security for those who will reach out and accept support, even sacrificing her reputation and hopes for a future family. For much of the book I didn't understand her hang-ups about men and her fear of romance, but eventually the secret is revealed. David admires her in spite of her brusque attitude toward him, and his cheerfulness and sincerity build the foundation of their developing friendship. Lydia and Nicholas from the previous book are close friends of Evelyn's and help her when they can, despite not understanding her reasons for shunning men. They fully appreciate her help running their orphanage and her goal of starting a women's home. Various mishaps happen throughout the story that give David and Evelyn opportunities to grow closer together, and through the ultimate test they face, they learn to trust in God's timing and plans, even when it's difficult.

    (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  • Anne

    After a solid start to this new series with

    , Melissa Jagears follows up with an equally enthralling and beautiful story. I found myself hooked from the first chapter, and so happy to be back in Teaville with the Moral Society ladies, eagerly awaiting what new adventures they would enterprise.

    If you've read

    , you will no doubt remember the Wiselys and their lovely daughter Evelyn. At twenty-seven, Evelyn's dream is to be able to keep running the Lowes' ma

    After a solid start to this new series with

    , Melissa Jagears follows up with an equally enthralling and beautiful story. I found myself hooked from the first chapter, and so happy to be back in Teaville with the Moral Society ladies, eagerly awaiting what new adventures they would enterprise.

    If you've read

    , you will no doubt remember the Wiselys and their lovely daughter Evelyn. At twenty-seven, Evelyn's dream is to be able to keep running the Lowes' mansion-turned-orphanage with her parents, as well as establishing a women's home as a refuge for ex-prostitutes looking to rebuild their lives. Evelyn is driven, conscientious, courageous, and completely selfless. She's committed her life to helping others and wouldn't want it any other way.

    I quite enjoyed the fact that she was an "older" heroine - most historical romance heroines are usually around 17-23-ish as anything past that is considered quite on the shelf, and it was quite interesting to have an older one in this case. Evelyn claims she doesn't ever want to get married, but with her undeniable love for children and family, it's clear that there is an underlying storyline there, some dark secret of her past or something, that causes her to rebuff any man who dares to show even the smallest interest. This aspect of the plot was really well done because I thought at first it was just her personality, but the author gradually makes us understand that there really is more to it than just "I don't want to get married", and the more you read, the more intriguing it becomes. I promise you, the twist will not be disappointing! I really didn't see it coming and it took me completely by surprise!

    Unfortunately for Evelyn and her icicle ways, charming businessman David Kingsman has just landed in town and is highly intrigued by this mysterious, tall woman who always holds herself so aloof and composed, and traipses around the red-light district unattended. I mean, anyone would be fascinated! David is friendly, kind, generous, and just altogether super cute (and naturally quite handsome too!). Seriously. He does adorable things like cooking, drawing portraits of Evelyn while she's caring for a sick boy, tries his hardest to come up with solutions for her, wants to spend all his time with her, wants to help her, protect her, cherish her, love her, give her the world. He's completely dreamy. If that hasn't been made clear already. ;)

    Even our tightly guarded heroine cannot hold him at arm's length for too long, and David managing to tear down her defenses one by one is one of the sweetest things you'll ever read about.

    had the perfect amount of everything: romance, faith, interesting plot, engaging secondary characters (I for one am QUITE interested in Caroline and Mr. Beauchamp- ahem! *cough* nextbookplease *cough*), relevant moral questions raised, people with purposes, deep friendships, and did I mention romance? It was excellent.

    And the kissing scene, oh my

    . I love it when a) the love interests only kiss for the first time at the END, b) it's passionate without being dirty or explicit, c) the hero cannot stop himself from kissing the heroine ONE MORE TIME, d) it makes you feel completely happy and satisfied, e) it's one of the most swoon-worthy things you've read in a while, and this book had ALL of the above, so you're in for a TREAT. <3

    I honestly cannot recommend Melissa Jagears more; I've yet to read something by her that has disappointed me. She has a beautiful, easy and flowy writing style, her characters are great, her plotlines are exciting, her romances heart-melting, and look, she even has a businessman as a hero and NOT ONCE was I bored with business details and business deals or business whatever. She included just enough detail to make you understand what was going on, but not too much to make you fall asleep. I don't think anybody could really fall asleep reading about David though. SERIOUSLY WHAT A DARLING!!!

    I hope there's a third book for this series coming up sometime soon, because I want MORE. <3

    A big thank you to the author and NetGalley for providing me with an e-copy of this book and the chance to read and review it! Thank you!!

  • Tashawna

    4.5-5 stars

    My second review book from Bethany House, and I greatly enjoyed it! It was interesting, somewhat humorous, sweet, and with a secret you wonder about until it's revealed! It also has a definite share of heartache as well, which just makes it a good book.

    I really like Evelyn. She is caring to those around her, but she is standoff-ish and any man who tries to steal her heart doesn't try for too long. I like when the character's don't fall in love right away, or when there is something i

    4.5-5 stars

    My second review book from Bethany House, and I greatly enjoyed it! It was interesting, somewhat humorous, sweet, and with a secret you wonder about until it's revealed! It also has a definite share of heartache as well, which just makes it a good book.

    I really like Evelyn. She is caring to those around her, but she is standoff-ish and any man who tries to steal her heart doesn't try for too long. I like when the character's don't fall in love right away, or when there is something in the way. And also when the female character isn't the typical spunky independent lady. *rolls eyes* Evelyn is fairly independent, but she's still different than the normal historical romance heroine.

    David Kingsman. *heart eyes* The charming grin, melt-your-heart guy. He's just so amaazzingg! He's so kind-hearted, kinda funny, and so sweet to Evelyn. <3 I just... love David. And yes, this paragraph was quite "unprofessional review" sounding, but I'm taking about the guy here, it's to be expected. ;P

    I loved the part at David's mansion. The party, the dancing, the garden... so intriguing. :) And plus that part... that was like so perfect. *hugs it*

    The romantic elements at the end were described a little too much in my opinion. I don't really need to know about all their feelings when they kissed and all. Or how much they kissed. But whatever.

    Also, there was one thing in the story I'm not quite sure about. It put a little bit of a damper on the story.

    So I'm not really sure if that's alright or not. *shrugs*

    All in all it was a lovely read, and I have a beautiful paperback copy for my shelf!

    I would recommend this book to readers ages 15\16 to adult. There is quite a bit about prostitutes, though nothing very explicit.

  • Joanie Bruce

    This book took me forever to read, but NOT because it was a slow-moving story. It was totally fantastic. It took me so long to finish the book because I have a million things on my plate and could only read a small amount at a time. It hurt every time I had to stop, because I was caught up in the story and wanted to keep reading.

    What I liked: The details of the lifestyle and circumstances of this time period were realistic and believable. It was interesting, but sad, to read about women forced i

    This book took me forever to read, but NOT because it was a slow-moving story. It was totally fantastic. It took me so long to finish the book because I have a million things on my plate and could only read a small amount at a time. It hurt every time I had to stop, because I was caught up in the story and wanted to keep reading.

    What I liked: The details of the lifestyle and circumstances of this time period were realistic and believable. It was interesting, but sad, to read about women forced into prostitution and how they were treated by society—even when they longed to leave that way of life and start a more accepted life for themselves. Obtaining forgiveness and the acceptance of the “upper crust” of society during that time period was impossible, and I felt sorry for women caught up in that lifestyle, sometimes through no fault of their own.

    What I didn’t like: Even though the plot never faltered, the story seemed longer than necessary. However, this was a minor complaint.

    Over all, I give this story five stars. When I closed the book at the end, I was sad that I wouldn’t have it to come back to again. I highly recommend it to anyone loving a historical fiction. If you have to set it aside for a while, you will always look forward to opening it again. Great job, Ms. Jagears! I love your writing!

    I was given a free copy of this book, but all the thoughts, the rating, and my opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.


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