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A Love So True (Book 2 in the Teaville Moral Society Series)
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?
A Love So True takes us back to Teaville where the Moral Society exists to help those in need. A couple of years have past since A Heart Most Certain ended. (If you’ve not read A Heart Most Certain, you can still read this as a stand alone, but I loved that book and recommend it highly.) Lydia and Nicolas no longer live at the mansion as it is now being run as an orphanage by Evelyn Wisely and her parents.
Evelyn has sworn off of marriage and completely throws herself into her work at the orphanage, but she sees a greater need. She wants to help women get out of prostitution and start a women’s home. She goes to Nicholas for his support, but he tells her she must gain the support of other businessmen in order for him to back this idea. He knows that without the support of the town leaders, the house will fail. In fact, probably several of the business owners and their patrons frequent the houses of prostitution and would be against stopping it.
Evelyn sets out on her crusade, and she ends up with more than she bargained for…love. Since she is dead set on love, she pushes David, the owner of a glass factory, away every chance she gets. When he tells her he is likely to only be in Teaville a couple of months, she decides to let him into her life as a friend. After all, he is helping her gain the support she needs for women’s home.
I enjoyed reading Evelyn’s story very much, though at times she is very frustrating. We don’t know why she pushes love away until almost the end of the story, but when it is finally revealed, it makes much more sense. I admire her heart for the less fortunate, her tenacity and drive, but I was mad at her for not telling David the truth earlier! I also loved the ending of A Love So True and am looking forward to the next return to Teaville.