Lydia King knows what it's like to be in need, so when she joins the Teaville Moral Society, she genuinely hopes 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 poor house herself. Her best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her, and it certainly doesn't hurt that the moral society's president is her suitor's mother. Her first task as a moral society member—to obtain a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town—should be easy . . . except he 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 foresee the harrowing complications that will arise from working together. When town secrets are brought to light, this unlikely pair must decide where their beliefs—and hearts—truly align.
What a beautiful cover. Serious props to the designer of it, not only for it being beautiful, but for understanding the story :) I hate it when the cover doesn't match the story, but this one does, and it's lovely.
Now to the meat...I'm actually not sure what it was about this story that has me holding back a bit. I enjoyed the storyline. The writing was great, and the character were really believable, but something was just...off. Maybe it was the pacing. Some parts moved really fast, and some parts were really slow.
The ending also maybe didn't do as much for me. Not the ending ending, but the bad guy ending. I just like to know what happens to people, and we don't get closure from that end. But since this is the first book of a series, maybe we will find out in those books.
I enjoyed Nicholas is an interesting character. Overall I really liked him, but boy...in the beginning he really bugged me. He kept saying he could mold Lydia and change her, and that rubbed me the wrong way, but I did like him by the end.
Lydia I could actually go either way with. She had good qualities and bad and I could take her or leave her.
I'm not sorry I read this book, and I will finish out the series when they come out, but it wasn't my favorite from this author.
Title: A Heart Most Certain
Author: Melissa Jagears
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: August 2016
Source: i received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.