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...

Title:A Love So True
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ISBN:0764217526
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A Love So True Reviews

  • Beth
    Jun 08, 2017

    This book just gave me so many warm fuzzies. David is my favorite. Review to come. :)

  • Andrea
    May 02, 2017

    5 Stars! Excellent book!

    From the first time David Kingsman sees Evelyn Wisely, he is intrigued and clearly attracted to her. She puts off any advances he attempts as she has all men that show interest in her. He goes out of his was to be around her. He shows interest in the children of “the district” and the orphans she takes care of. When they are forced into a situation of spending time under the same roof, she still rebuffs him but the beginnings of friendship start to show. David can cook,

    5 Stars! Excellent book!

    From the first time David Kingsman sees Evelyn Wisely, he is intrigued and clearly attracted to her. She puts off any advances he attempts as she has all men that show interest in her. He goes out of his was to be around her. He shows interest in the children of “the district” and the orphans she takes care of. When they are forced into a situation of spending time under the same roof, she still rebuffs him but the beginnings of friendship start to show. David can cook, he draws, he's wealthy, why can't Evelyn give him the time of day?

    Evelyn has been holding a secret for nearly a decade. She will not allow herself personal happiness.

    The author does such an amazing job of bringing these two people together despite the fact that David will be going back to Kansas City and Evelyn will not give in to the feelings she is developing for him.

    This book is not a fluffy historical romance, it is a story that deals with some very difficult issues, very real problems. Life lessons learned can be applied to our lives today. One of my favorites is on pages 320 and 321.

    “Do you believe God forgives sins?” At Evelyn's confused nod, Lydia continued. “So once you allowed Him to do so that first time, He was duty bound to give you eternal life because He sacrificed himself for that purpose and promised to give it, but you didn't refuse to accept that gift because you were unworthy of it, did you?”

    Evelyn sniffed. “No, because that would be stupid. I could never be worthy of God's gift of eternal life. I'm simply thankful for it.”

    The remaining pages bring such a satisfying conclusion to this story, I could not read them fast enough. There is sorrow, there is joy, there is redemption, forgiveness and there is love.

    It is a beautifully written book.

  • Shantelle
    Jun 20, 2017

    I loved it! Review to come!

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
    May 18, 2017

    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
    Feb 01, 2017

    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!!

  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    May 07, 2017

    A Love So True is written with great depth and feeling, with characters so vivid and real that you may just forget that they only live inside the pages of this book. While this book is #2 in the series, new readers won't feel lost picking up this book.

    Evelyn is fiercely independent with a heart for orphaned children. While compassionate and caring, Evelyn holds others at an arms length away. Evelyn wishes to do more in her community to help the women of the red light district, and give them a w

    A Love So True is written with great depth and feeling, with characters so vivid and real that you may just forget that they only live inside the pages of this book. While this book is #2 in the series, new readers won't feel lost picking up this book.

    Evelyn is fiercely independent with a heart for orphaned children. While compassionate and caring, Evelyn holds others at an arms length away. Evelyn wishes to do more in her community to help the women of the red light district, and give them a way out.

    David Kingsman comes to town after his father purchased the local glass factory, with the intention of making improvements and selling the factory for a profit. In his search for a good meal, he finds Evelyn and is intrigued with her passion for those less fortunate.

    I enjoyed reading Evelyn's story and visiting friends from the first book A Heart Most Certain. Melissa tackles faith issues with grace, leaving the reader with gentle reminders of how we should see our brothers and sisters in Christ and extend to them the same grace and love that God extends to us.

    (I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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  • Tashawna
    May 25, 2017

    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.

  • Nicki Olsen
    Jun 15, 2017

    Teaville- My current book home of choice!I love this special town. Starting out the series with a bang- aka A Heart Most Certain, I was absolutely delighted to find that I loved A Love So True even more!

    This book is the most well done work of fiction I've read in a while. Seriously.

    The female protagonist in this story-Evelyn-is completely unusual compared to a lot of books, which just serves to make her more intriguing. A lot of books feature "adorable", tiny little women that fit perfectly und

    Teaville- My current book home of choice!I love this special town. Starting out the series with a bang- aka A Heart Most Certain, I was absolutely delighted to find that I loved A Love So True even more!

    This book is the most well done work of fiction I've read in a while. Seriously.

    The female protagonist in this story-Evelyn-is completely unusual compared to a lot of books, which just serves to make her more intriguing. A lot of books feature "adorable", tiny little women that fit perfectly under the guy's chin. (I mock, but I won't lie, I still swoon in those stories too!)Not only is Evelyn tall, possibly even taller than our hero, she has one other unusual thing going for her.

    She doesn't have any desire to get married. Now, this has a surprising twist so I'm leaving the details of that little tidbit of spoilery (I just made a new word) out of my review. You need to be in suspense, right?

    David, our hero, is the most adorable hero I've read about in a long time. He does so many cute things including, but not limited to, cooking and drawing pictures of our aforementioned heroine.

    Let's not pretend though, that it's all about the fluff. You don't just want the heart palpitations and adoring looks, guys. You also want the depth, don't you? This book gives you just that. Delving into a part of society that most people don't like to think about. Melissa does a truly wonderful job of making sure that we don't forget that there are people less fortunate than us, and that the amazing God we serve desires for us to look out for those people. Such a wonderful story of faith!

    SUPER cute guys. Seriously, super cute. Go read it. And then read every other book Melissa has ever written. You won't be sorry.

    Lovers of Jen Turano, Julie Lessman, Judith Miller, and Jody Hedlund will adore this book, and the author that penned it!


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