22 June 2019

A Reluctant Belle | Book Review


Impoverished Southern belle Joelle Daughtry has a secret. By day she 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 the construction of a Negro school. With the Mississippi arm of the Ku Klux Klan gaining power and prestige, Joelle knows she is playing a dangerous game.

When childhood enemy and current investor in the Daughtry house renovation Schuyler Beaumont 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?

Publisher: Revell
Release Date: June 4, 2019



Once again, Beth White crafts an intriguing novel, complete with a glimpse into the (sometimes horrifying) history of the post-Civil War South, an element of danger, and a complicated romance. With faith, humor, and mystery, the story surrounding Joelle Daughtry and Schuyler Beaumont unfolds at a steady pace, proving entertaining, captivating, and hard-to-put-down.

A Reluctant Belle is a delightful historical read, perfectly continuing White’s Daughtry House series. I enjoyed it and know that fans of the genre are sure to, as well.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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