About the book:
Lydia King knows what it's like to be in need, so she joins the Teaville Moral Society hoping 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 poorhouse herself. Her best chance at a financially secure future is to impress the politician courting her, and it certainly doesn't hurt that his mother is the moral society's president. Lydia's first task as a moral society member--to obtain a donation from Nicholas Lowe, the wealthiest man in town--seems easy . . . until the man 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 foresees the harrowing complications that will arise from working together, and when town secrets are brought to light, this unlikely pair must decide where their beliefs--and hearts--truly align.
I absolutely loved this book! The plot was so unique with Lydia trying to get a donation from Nicholas and then him turning her preconceived ideas on their head. I loved how he found unique ways to help the poor without humiliating them or making himself look good. They learned from each other and brought out the best in each other. It was wonderful to see how they both grew. Nicholas had great pain in his past and had a hard time trusting people while Lydia also had a very difficult situation she was going through. There was a good message, too, about trusting God with everything. There were some cute romantic moments as they were both drawn together, but felt there were too many roadblocks to be together. The discussion questions were some of the best I've seen. They really made you dig deep into Scripture with many references to look up and consider how your own answers compare to Scripture. I highly recommend this book!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.