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.– from author’s website
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.
I was looking forward to this book ever since I was introduced to Lydia in Engaging the Competition. I was interested in the girl who liked to read and was more interested in learning and helping people than in the latest fashions. I thought Nicholas was the perfect complement for her. He pulled at my heart strings with his story and his conviction to help people. I fell in love with their story arc. I also liked that Jagears wrote a sympathetic view of women in prostitution and made them human. The ending was a little disappointing for me, but it was still a nice story and I still enjoyed it.