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Evelyn 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 get the women working in prostitution out of the district as well–if she can gain the cooperation and support of local businessmen to go against the rest of the community.
David Kingsman has recently arrived in Teaville from Kansas City to help with one of his father’s companies in town. While he plans on staying only long enough to prove his business merit to his father, he’s shown interest in Evelyn’s work and is intrigued enough by her to lend his support to her cause.
They begin with the best of intentions, but soon the complications pile up and Evelyn and David’s dreams look more unattainable every day. When the revelation of a long-held secret creates a seemingly insurmountable rift between them, can they trust God still has a good plan for them despite all that is stacked against them?
Philanthropy, friendship, and romance collide in this sweet and charming historical. The Moral Society ladies have toned the drama down a bit but there’s never a dull moment in Teaville’s orphanage. Kids have a way of injecting energy and excitement wherever they go, after all!
Evelyn is determined to do all she can for the children of the red-light district. She works at the orphanage and looks after those who still live in the district but most importantly she loves them. Evelyn is a woman on a mission and she doesn’t let the opinions of others or hopeless dreams stand in her way. I admire this lady for her mother-heart and devotion. Evelyn shows uncommon sympathy for forgotten and misused members of society.
David’s plans to focus on proving his business skills to his father are sidetracked by his fascination with an intriguing and compassionate woman. He has a lot to learn about courting women, tending children, and even himself! David is a quiet steady man of many talents and entirely swoon-worthy. His integrity and work ethic are commendable yet it’s his quiet, sympathetic nature that won me over.
The children in this book will steal your heart and the story will have you rooting for true love, reader friends!
I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Carol Award winning writer, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night. She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides series and Teaville Moral Society series with Bethany House. The prequel ebook novella, Love by the Letter, is her ACFW Carol Award winning novella and free to try. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online by visiting her website.
Teaville Moral Society series
Unexpected Brides series