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A Love So True
by Melissa Jagears
Introduction: I read this without realizing it was #2 in the Teaville Moral Society Series. It did very well as a stand alone title. While quite interesting, this book is not a typical light weight historical romance and goes a lot deeper than the description on the back of the cover led me to expect. To be honest, had I known what the focus was, I probably would not have chosen this title. That being said: This is the first of Melissa Jagears books I have read and it did not take long before I was hooked and had to read the book to find out why Evelyn resisted any male suitors and specifically David. In spite of the clues the author planted throughout the story, my expectation was way off. I will be interested to see what other issues the Teaville Moral Society has in store for the rest of the series.
Comments: We are all influenced by our circumstances and past experiences. Where we are and who we become can be the result of decisions - some made by ourselves and some by others - that majorly impact our future. Learning, in story form, about what may be behind some of the attitudes and behaviors of those effected, by putting names and faces to them, opens the door to understanding a class of people that we tend to ignore or at very least avoid. Although Evelyn worked really hard to provide a way out for women caught in a life of prostitution in Teaville's "red-light" district, she was especially interested in helping the children, who through no fault of their own, were labeled and branded by society. The author successfully shared her concerns in a form that would cause others to see this group that is invisible to many of us and share Evelyn's desire to reach out to those caught in prostitution including their children.
There were many other issues including smallpox, rich class/poor class, divorce, controlling father, etc.
My review standards:
Language: There was no profanity used - There was one example of a crude term used for a prostitute that I would have preferred not to have included but it was a mild way to communicate the "real world" response.
Characters: Early in the book, I had a bit of a struggle following all the names of characters introduced - probably because of interruptions on my end. Included a good variety of realistic characters that covered a lot of attitudes that we deal with in life.
Faith issues: prostitution, divorce, compassion, forgiveness, hope
Who should read this? Those who have been caught in, know someone or care about those who have been caught in some of the difficult circumstances of life and need hope and encouragement. Those who want to learn more about some of the struggles of life in the early 1900's in the United States. Those who read to be challenged and expand their understanding. If you read to escape, this book might be more than you can handle, but you never know, you might get caught up in the story, learn another side of those caught in prostitution and awaken a compassion for them.
Don't read it: This book is not a quick read if you are looking for a light, Hallmark type romance, this is the wrong choice. If you read to escape, this might not be a good choice for you
Disclaimer: I have received a copy of this book for free for the purpose of reviewing it so that you can have additional information to help in your purchasing decisions.