In “A Love So True” by Melissa Jagears, Evelyn Wisely and her parents run the local orphanage in Teaville, Kansas. They are employed by Nicholas and Lydia Lowe who had previously worked there. Evelyn has a secret, but no one knows anything about it. She has determined never to marry and is leery of men…all men. Because of this, she is very active in the Teaville Moral Society and works to bring help, food, medicine and faith to the “soiled doves” of Teaville. She plans on opening a shelter for these women who want to leave that “profession”, teach them a skill, and see that they get a job. Of course, all of the members of the Society are not in favor of this. She must overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to accomplish this.
David Kingsman has been sent to Teaville by his father, a cold, unfeeling man, to try to revitalize his father’s business there. He happens upon Evelyn as she is hosting a Saturday picnic for the children of the women she is trying to help. She wants them to at least have one good meal. Sometimes the mothers venture to this outing and Evelyn attempts to lead them away from the brothels. David is captivated by Evelyn and her cause and decides to help. Along the way, the two find each other, but with everything they have against them, their plans seem to go awry.
I found Ms. Jagears writing style to be very appealing. Her characters jump from the page as realistic and true. The story moves along at a steady rate which makes for a leisurely read.