A Love So True – a Bethany House Review

Review of: A Love So True
book by:
Melissa Jagears

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On August 25, 2017
Last modified:August 25, 2017


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 by Melissa Jagears is a novel that took me down a road that I’m not used to traveling on in Christian fiction. This piece of historical fiction hit on the topic of prostitution. Evelyn Wisely, the main character, works at the local orphanage, and in her work she mingles with the children of such women. Aiding the women and providing a safe haven for them is Evelyn’s dream. Opening a shelter to help the ladies leave their lives of prostitution is her desire.

David Kingsman is given the task of aiding his father’s business venture. Soon finds himself knee-deep in the community, aiding Evelyn.

David is intrigued with Evelyn, but she is completely cold. He finds her lovely and his attempts to charm her are ill-received.

Initial Thoughts

For the first half of the story, I was very intrigued with the role the characters played in the lives of the orphan children and the prostitute children. The differences in social classes were made real in the story. It was a very touching, and the plights of the women were very real, very emotional. The historical detail was appreciated.

I liked the fact that Evelyn was a character cut from a different mold. In her late 20’s and single, she believes that she’ll never find love because of her advanced age. While reading, it is emphasized quite frequently that she is not interested in marrying. The explanation was not given until much later in the story.

Thoughts on Writing

Jagears’ writing is highly appreciated by this gal. I enjoy her writing style–it’s raw, emotional, and the characters seem so real. Her attention to historical detail is refreshing, but not overly deep to detract from the story. Her writing is easy to understand and very entertaining. She does a good job of making me wonder what’s next.

Final Words

I would recommend A Love So True for adult readers (18+) who enjoy inspirational historical fiction. I wouldn’t recommend it for young teens because of the sensitive content matter. Overall, I have enjoyed this novel and would recommend it to others. I think you will find A Love So True to be thought-provoking, yet touching.

For more of my thoughts on Melissa Jagears’ novels: read here.

About the Author

Bio: Carol Award winning writer, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night. She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides Series with Bethany House. The prequel ebook novella, Love by the Letter, is her ACFW Carol Award winning novella and free to try. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online at www.melissajagears.com

Author Contact Information:

Website:  http://melissajagears.com/
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Email: mjagears AT gmail DOT com

 Thanks to Baker Publishing Group!

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