I’ve always considered Melissa Jagears’ books to be humorous historical westerns, but this story was so much more than that. While it did have a few light-hearted moments, for the most part it dealt with some heavy issues and had a great theme of true Christian forgiveness and redemption. I enjoyed every minute of this story. It really made me think about how we can be so judgmental as Christians. I loved how Nicholas had a true spirit of Christ, even though he didn’t appear to be a great believer in some of the other characters eyes. I thought the author did an excellent job showing the difficulties facing the women who were forced into prostitution by circumstances and unable to return to proper society.
Plot: As a member of the Teaville Moral Society, Lydia King has the task of asking the town’s wealthiest man, Nicholas Lowe, for a donation to purchase sewing machines so they’ll be able to make more blankets for the homeless. When he refuses, Lydia knows she must keep trying. She plans to marry the son of the Moral Society’s president, and securing the donation from Mr. Lowe will show she’s worthy enough to marry Sebastian Little. Nicholas Lowe decides before he can give Lydia a donation, she must accompany him to visit some of the poor, including some former prostitutes and their children.
Recommendation: I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a strong inspirational message. While Melissa Jagears does a great job of writing about prostitutes without crossing lines or getting too detailed, I wouldn’t suggest this book to younger readers. It’s the first of the series and can stand alone. I look forward to the rest of the series.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.