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?
Set after the civil war during the reconstruction, A Reluctant Bride made me think more of the devastation of this country and people lives, then I ever had before. Of course, it was during that time that people also had to start to learn to change their mindset. The aftermath was still such a very dangerous,volatile time in our history and this book deals with that.
There were times I felt as though things were just touched upon when there could have been described with so much more depth. In fact, I was about ready to give up when about midway through finally there was some action and things finally got really interesting.
This book was filled with a lot of history, action (in the middle), romance, and learning to leaning on faith. My favorite part was when Schuyler went to church and prayed. The presence of God in that church just jumped off the page.
A good read!
I received a copy of Reluctant Belle from Revell. A positive review was not required.
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