A first-rate finale: "A Reckless Love" by Beth White

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about the book....

These two may have met their match--in each other.

In the fine tradition established by her Southern grandmama, Aurora Daughtry has recently orchestrated the marriage of her eldest sister and facilitated her middle sister's engagement. Just when it seems there is nothing left to absorb her considerable talent for managing people, in walks federal deputy marshal Zane Sager.

But Zane is not at Daughtry House for a vacation. He's tracking a killer and collecting two key witnesses to a federal judge's murder.

Aurora takes it upon herself to disabuse the cynical lawman of his conviction that the world is out to get him. But just as she's on the verge of cracking Zane's defenses, the man he is after reminds him that no one he loves is safe. Ever.

my review....

The Daughtry House sisters have each proven themselves to be strong, capable women, who fairly leap off the pages as they stumble into trouble...and into love. Not to be outdone by her older sisters' experiences, Aurora finds herself careening right into both with "A Reckless Love". The result is that I found this final story focused on Aurora to perhaps be one of the most entertaining of all, though I have enjoyed each novel in turn. 

Aurora is just such a spirited and spunky soul that it was hard to step away from this story for even one moment because I wanted to see what she'd be up to next. Her love for life, her loyalty to others, and her sheer determination make for a winning combination. Zane is a neat character in his own right, with a past that could not be more different than Aurora's. Though each of them has their own heartbreaks from their childhoods, Zane's story was particularly moving, making it all the more satisfying to watch him get folded into Aurora's world and the family and friends around her, as he finds a place in the world where he can belong. As Aurora and Zane discover their feelings for each other, there is plenty of humour and also moments of suspense that keeps their romance alive in a unique way. And as with her prior books, White has also woven in spiritual truths into this story as well, such that readers will be left with a fresh appreciation for the hand of God and his love in our lives, even when we don't always see Him at work.

With intriguing characters, witty dialogue, and elements of mystery wrapped up in racial overtones, "A Reckless Love" is a first-rate finale of what has been an enjoyable series from start to finish. Readers who have appreciated the first two novels will definitely want to count on adding this third novel to their collection as well. It is definitely worth the read, and will bring things full circle for those who'd joined these sisters from the get-go. As for me, I award this novel a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Beth White
Beth White's day job is teaching music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. A native Mississippian, she writes historical romance with a Southern drawl and is the author of A Rebel Heart and A Reluctant Belle, as well as the Gulf Coast Chronicles series. Her novels have won the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award, the RT Book Club Reviewers' Choice Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award. Learn more at www.bethwhite.net.

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