Another entertaining read: "A Reluctant Belle" (Daughtry House Book #2) by Beth White
about the book....
Joelle Daughtry has a secret.
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?
The theme of white supremacy that rears its ugly head in the formation of the Ku Klux Klan in this novel was sobering to consider, especially with the racial tensions that persist today and the role this plays in modern hate crimes that rob the headlines of any good news. Beth White has shown how, unfortunately, nothing is new under the sun and that past and present and future have these same issues of people hating people for the different colour of their skin. In that way, the Daughtry House sisters continue to inspire as differences among skin colour and race means nothing to them, and they look at each person as the fellow human that they are. That is a lesson we would all do well to be repeating!
"A Reluctant Belle" is another great addition to what is proving to be a well-written series. I give this book a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
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