Lydia King is stubborn, determined, and desperate to prove herself to the Teaville Moral Society, a church group who desires to help the poor. Her own family situation is deteriorating quickly and her only hope seems to be to marry the successful mayor’s son, a son whose mother has tasked her with getting a donation for the Teaville Moral Society from the grumpiest and most tightfisted man in the community. Nicholas Lowe may prefer to be alone, but he has reasons for his secluded lifestyle. Yet he finds Lydia’s persistence intriguing and agrees to help her if she will accept his conditions. As he sets out to show Lydia flaws in her reasons for chartable giving, he discovers that Lydia may actually teach him a few things about generosity.
This novel has fantastic character development. The individuals are both realistically flawed but learn to grow in their maturity and their spirituality throughout the book. The characters were easily to relate to and they truly came alive during the story. I enjoyed the interactions between Lydia and Nicholas and found their personalities to complement each other well. And I loved Lydia and her ability to do the right thing despite resistance. The plot was creative although some of the topics are sensitive and may be better suited for more mature readers. This is a well-written novel with all the right components to make it a truly exceptional read!
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.