Lydia King knows what it's like to be in need, so she joins the Teaville Moral Society hoping 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 poorhouse herself. Her best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her, and it certainly doesn't hurt that his mother is the moral society's president. Lydia's first task as a moral society member--to obtain a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town--seems easy . . . until the man 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 foresees the harrowing complications that will arise from working together, and when town secrets are brought to light, this unlikely pair must decide where their beliefs--and hearts--truly align.
When I think back to when I read this book my first thought about Nicholas is "never judge a book by it's cover." Also the saying "practice what you preach" comes to mind about the Teaville Moral Society. For the historical point of view this was very interesting especially what "working women" had to go through in the late 1800's, and how these women's children suffered.
Also it brought to mind another saying, "but by the Grace of God, we could be in that position, about the character Lydia and her mother. There were other valuable lessons weaved into this book, that we could all use and were a good reminder.
The characters were easy to love and the story easy to follow. This book is the first book in the "Teaville Moral Society," series.
Stars out of 5 : 4 Good book, plenty to keep you interested and not overly taxing on the brain. Looking forward to reading her next book in the series.
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