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?
This is the second book in the Teaville Moral Society series. The story centers around Evelyn Wisely, who has dedicated her time and attention to caring for orphans and lady’s of the night. I found her to be very driven and determined while also having a a tender heart for those she is trying to help. She does however, harbor a secret that keeps her from befriending or attatching herself romantically to any man. When David Kingsman arrives in town he swiftly involves himself into Evelyn’s life and ministries. She is completely closed off to even the idea of friendship with David. His patience and determination to break down her walls and get to her open up made him quite charming. These characters are both dealing with things from their past that have left emmotional scars and they share a common interest in helping those around them in need. This story does not shy away from highlighting the hard things that take place for these children and ladies that live in the poverty of this time. Evelyn was desperately trying to bring a hopeless group of people something to hope for. David was willing to hear her hopes and dreams and work towards turning them into reality. Their friendship moves achingly slowly, but when Evelyn is finally able to trust David with the secrets of her past, she is finally able to confront the things she has been running away from. This story had a sweet conclusion and the last several chapters had me turning the pages quickly to see how it all worked out. I feel liked the character that touched me the most in this story was Caroline. She had a heart aching story that was very impactful, even if she was not one of the main characters. If you like historical fiction you should check out this series by Melissa Jagears.