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A Reluctant Belle #ourgoodlifebooklist

Thank you to Revell Books for selecting me for the A Reluctant Belle Blog Party and for supplying me with a copy of the book for my review. My opinions here are my own.

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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?


This is my first book by author Beth White. I love a good character and I felt that the author took the time to develop Joelle and Schuyler. She created great banter between the two of them and how hard it was to recognize that their childhood angst turned into deep love for one another.  Other characters added much to the storyline, which I find delightful, when I care about the minor characters as much as the main one!  I give her high marks on creating characters that you want to continue to read about, after the story is done!

The plot was full of adventure, danger and romance. The danger was real and felt real.  The romance was sweet, yet sultry as we see inside Joelle's budding desire for Schuyler.  The author did a nice job in showing us how confusing those first feelings of desire are to a young, innocent woman.  The subplot of Schuyler's father's murder was intriguing and helped the story find and keep momentum, especially when Joelle's and Schulyer's romance seemed to take forever to ignite.

The author's historical details were spot on. I have read much about educating former slaves after the war, and the story reflected that danger well. I have read about the treatment of men who tried to join the KKK and Schuyler's experience seems to echo what has been written in the past.  

I enjoyed my time with this book and would recommend it to others who like romance but don't want a lot of passion-driven passages that make you blush!  This beautiful story uses faith in a way that doesn't feel preachy but more like, here is what this character believes is true.  

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  1. This sounds like a great read! I've been looking for a new book, and this is exactly the kind I love to read. I'll have to check it out.

  2. I'm not one for a historical romance type book, but your review has me intrigued enough to read this one. I especially like the fact that the heroine is doing something so courageous and brave during a time where it would be easier to be passive and lay low. Yeah, I definitely think this will be my next beach read.

  3. I wouldn't normally read this kind of book but your review makes me interested! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This is the kind of book when I want to unwind for a bit. It sounds like it keeps you interested from beginning to end. Stellar and honest review!

  5. I haven't heard about this book yet but it looks so exciting. I know I won't be bored that much. I hope to get this in my local bookstore.

  6. Wherever I see romance, it's a go for me! This book has been earmarked for my next read, Terri!

  7. I'm not usually into historical romance but this book sounds lovely! Thank you for sharing your review with us :)

  8. Joanna Clute11:31 AM

    This sounds like a book I would LOVE to read. I like the southern aspect of literature and lean that way.

  9. Vanessa Delia11:31 AM

    This sounds like a stellar romance novel. I haven't read in so long and this reminds me of how much I love to read.

  10. Tiffany Grau11:33 AM

    I miss reading SO much. I've been so busy I can barely get in sleep, much less reading! Sounds like a wonderful book.

  11. Never heard of this book before, but it seems to be a good read. I read a lot when I travel so I will definitely add this to my list.

  12. Anonymous3:59 PM

    This sounds like a great read. I like to read romances to relax a bit. Frederique


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