All Lydia King wanted was to have a secure future. One where she didn’t have to worry about her dying mother or her gambling father. She just wanted to be safe.
But when her intended’s mother gives her a test to prove she’s the correct type of person to be the wife of a future senator, Lydia is determined to succeed. Even though it means getting a donation from the town’s miser, Nicholas Lowe – something no one in the history of the Moral Society has been able to do yet.
But Lydia’s whole world view is tilted on end as Nicholas challenges her faith to its very foundation. Lydia begins to wonder if security is really the longing of her heart. Or if the future senator the correct match. But can she trust her own heart?
A Heart Most Certain just might challenge your faith as you travel with Lydia and grapple with hard topics like gambling, abuse, infidelity, prostitution, political corruption, and hypocrisy. Your very view of charity may be affected while reading this novel.
But this story of redemption and second chances is well worth the time.
I love the character growth seen in Lydia and in Nicholas as the plot progresses. I really enjoyed seeing how they move toward truth, despite the hardships it might cause them. They are a courageous pair.
While I finished this book quickly, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the ramifications of living the kind of life that Lydia and Nicholas wanted to live. I was challenged about my own attitudes toward those “undesirables” within my own frame of reference.
A Heart Most Certain provides a reader with not only a great story, but also a lot of real life issues to consider. A truly worthwhile book.
Lydia King knows what it’s like to be in need, so she joins the Teaville Moral Society hoping 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 poorhouse herself. Her best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that his mother is the moral society’s president. Lydia’s first task as a moral society member–to obtain a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town–seems easy . . . until the man 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 foresees the harrowing complications that will arise from working together, and when town secrets are brought to light, this unlikely pair must decide where their beliefs–and hearts–truly align.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.