Read a Book Monday: “A Love So True” by Melissa Jagears

Do you enjoy reading? I do. Give me a good book and sip of hot tea or coffee, and I am perfectly content. Well, depending upon the book, right? I never need worry about that with author Melissa Jagears.  She is a fabulous Christian fiction author.  Each book she writes is another great one that will brings enjoyment, contentment, entertainment, and best of all inspiration.  They have all been page turning, hard to put down novels.

“A Love So True” by author Melissa Jagears is Book 2 in her Teaville Moral Society Series. This paperback by Bethany House Publishing House is 358 pages of inspirational Christian fiction. Even though this is book two, it can easily be read as a standalone book. This is a compelling, page turning, hard to put down book, which is the only kind author Jagears knows how to write.

Jagears does another exceptional job as she takes us back to Teaville where we are reacquainted with old friends and make new ones. This is the story of Evelyn Wisely who helps the town’s orphans. She has a heart for others and works with her parents at the orphanage. Miss Evelyn is a unique character who happens to be tall. She also has a secret. It is also the tale of David Kingsman. He has recently moved to Teaville for business. Evelyn catches his eye as do the children and their mission for help. David wants to help, too. This character is also unique and absolutely adorable. He has a good heart and a secret, too. Together they work to help women and children find ways out of the poverty and wretchedness of prostitution. It isn’t an easy task. Evelyn wants to build a women’s shelter but isn’t getting support from the town businessmen.

This story, set in 1908, is filled with inspirational lessons. It shows a different side of the “red light” districts. Many things are brought to light that may not be known. Some women and children are forced into this horrible way of life. Many or most people look down upon them. Very few want to help, but what would Jesus do? As Christians we are called to love, serve and help others. Author Jagears puts this into a beautifully moving story. I love her style of writing. The descriptions take me away to Teaville. I become friends with her wonderful characters. They are rich, full, and lively. Well rounded and full of drama the story and characters come to life on her pages. The dialog is smooth and effortlessly written. It’s like listening in on a conversation. Jagears puts twists and turns in her encouraging, God glorifying novel. Scripture is sprinkled throughout the book.  Again, this is not Christian fluff, but some hardy Christian fiction to chew on. It sticks with you.

Jagears takes on various topics and issues, such as sin, deceit, secrets, prayer, judging, trusting God, helping others, society, morality, suicide, and love. The book is well written, researched, and organized. It has humor, inspiration, mystery, adventure, romance, and history. There are no study questions at the end. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Christian fiction, any book clubs or church groups, or historical fiction lovers. I gladly rated it 5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided from the author and publisher but this is my own, honest review.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”  Col. 3:23-24  NIV


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