A Heart Most Certain
by Melissa Jagears
Published: Augusts 2, 2016
Publisher: Bethany House
Purchase: A Heart Most Certain
Lydia King knows what it's like to be in need, so when she joins the Teaville Moral Society, she genuinely hopes 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 poor house herself. Her best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her, and it certainly doesn't hurt that the moral society's president is her suitor's mother. Her first task as a moral society member—to obtain a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town—should be easy . . . except he 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 foresee the harrowing complications that will arise from working together. When town secrets are brought to light, this unlikely pair must decide where their beliefs—and hearts—truly align.
Get to know Melissa...
What are the names of your pets? If you don't have any, what would you name your pets?
We have two animals, a cat and a dog. The cat is my daughter’s that she got when she was a toddler. He’s a yellow tabby and she named him Sunflower. Since that’s a rather feminine name, we call him Sonny. The dog is a stray, but he didn’t eat our chickens, so we kept him. Our daughter named him Mickey. Since we don’t have television, and she’d never seen Mickey Mouse before, I have no idea where she got the name, but thankfully it was more masculine than Sunflower.
Do you have a nickname? Care to share?
My nickname is Izzy Bee. When I was in junior high, a friend of a friend called me that and I turned around and asked her if that’s what she was calling me, and she said, “Yes, you’ve been answering to it for weeks now.” And I said, “Well that’s not my name.” But evidently I had indeed been answering to it for weeks because plenty of people were already calling me that, and it stuck. You can tell who my older friends are, because they call me Izzy. It’s very odd to hear my husband introduce me to people as Melissa.
Which of your characters do you secretly have a crush on?
Out of all my heroes so far, Nicholas in my new release A Heart Most Certain is definitely my crush. He’s the richest hero I’ve written, has a mansion, is very well read, has a huge library, compassionate, fastidious, tall, dark, and handsome with a great smile. Though he’s a bit tough on the outside, he’s soft on the inside. He’s like a combination of Mr. Darcy and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. What’s not to love?
Connect with Melissa: http://melissajagears.com/
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