(Daughtry House #2)
By day, the impoverished Southern belle has been helping her sisters in their quest to turn the run-down family plantation into a resort hotel after the close of the Civil War. But by night and under a male pseudonym, she has been penning articles for the local paper in support of constructing a school for former slaves. With the Mississippi arm of the Ku Klux Klan gaining power and prestige, Joelle knows she is playing a dangerous game.
Loyalties shift when Schuyler Beaumont, childhood enemy and current investor in the Daughtry House renovation, takes over his assassinated father's candidacy for state office. Joelle finds that in order to protect her family and her home, she and Schuyler will have to put aside their longstanding personal conflict and develop a united public front. The trouble is, what do you do when animosity becomes respect--and even love--if you're already engaged to someone else?
Reluctant Belle is the second book in the Daughtry House series by Beth White. I did not read the first book in this series and while I think that would be helpful, this book can be read as a stand alone. There are some details that are mentioned in this book from the first novel, but it is not necessary to read the first book in order to understand this one.
This novel is set after the Civil War, so it is written during the time when racial discrimination was prevalent and the tension was very high. The author does a great job at respecting this time period and bringing it to light in a way that the reader can comprehend in a way that is possible through the lens of reading. The main character of this novel are awesome and I love their hearts. You will fall in love with them, especially with the fact that they want educate those around them who are marginalized. This book has elements of faith, which I think is done exceptionally well. I love when the characters talked prayer and God. Overall, I felt the author wrote with a lot of heart and that was what I took away from this novel.
About The Author:
Beth White teaches music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. Her hobbies include playing flute and pennywhistle and painting, but her real passion is writing historical romance with a Southern drawl.
A native Mississippian, she is a pastor's wife, mother of two, and grandmother of two--so far.
Also published as Elizabeth White, her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award.