Award-winning author Melissa Jagears continues her historical fiction series, set in Kansas during the early 1900s.
In A Love So True, Evelyn Wisely works at the Teasville mansion that rescues children from the red-light district, but her heart is for the women who live there as well. She wants to help them escape poverty and prostitution. To do that, she needs the support of local businessmen to fund her work. David Kingsman comes to Teasville to rebuild his father’s faltering factory business. His intent was to stay only as long as put the business on solid footing again and then he would return to Kansas CIty. However, he is attracted to Evelyn. He shows interest in Evelyn’s work and wants to lend support, but complications arise.
Evelyn is compassionate and fiercely independent, holding others at arm’s length due to a secret she hides. When her secret is finally revealed, it causes a rift that threatens her budding relationship with David and any possible future together. The conclusion is a nice surprise twist.
Like Jagears’ other novels, A Love So True has solid character development, a clear faith element (without being preachy), and excellent historical detail. Characters from A Heart Most Certain (book 1) appear as secondary characters, continuing their storyline. It is refreshing to read a novel set in a time period and in circumstances not as familiar to readers. Jagears’ books are not just historical romance — these book deals with Christian charity, adoption, responsibility, compassion, and redemption in the community around them.
Recommended for adults and high school students in school and public libraries. Fans of Regina Jennings and Jen Turano will enjoy this series.
Carol R. Gehringer
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