A Reluctant Belle is book two in The Daughtry House Series by Beth White. This story takes over where book one ends, so it is best to read them in order. The author gives background information to fill in for those who do not read the first book. The story takes place in Mississippi following the Civil War, during the Reconstruction Era.
Following the death of the Daughtry sister’s father, Schuyler Beaumont invested in the Daughtry House to keep the sister from losing it. The sisters, including Joelle, are responsible for overseeing the renovation that turns the house into a resort hotel. Joelle works on the plantation, and secretly writes politically charged articles for the local paper to support the school for the freed slaves, where she teaches. Joelle and Schuyler have known each other since childhood. After an argument with him, Joelle impulsively accepts a proposal from the local pastor, whom she does not love.
Schuyler’s father was murdered while on the political trail. Schuyler works with a friend and Pinkerton agent to find his father’s murderer. All while the Ku Klux Klan are gaining power and include people who would never be suspected.
This is an good story that was well researched, to be as accurate as possible. There is adventure, suspense, family loyalty and romance within the story. The story is fast paced with only a handful of well defined main characters. I would recommend this story to those who enjoy reading Christian stories based on our country’s history.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blog Program. This is my honest review.
Series: The Daughtry House (Book 2)
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