The Red Review

So Many Books… So Little Time!

by Beth White

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

There was not another human being in his life who had the temerity or the insight to insist that he needed to bring his sorrow to God. And she was right. Those few minutes had broken him and seared him and set him on a path to healing.

A Reluctant Belle

The story of the Daughtry sisters continues as they begin to rebuild their family home into a resort. However, most of this story consists of rebuilding (or rather re-constructing the social norms) of the south following the Civil War.


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?


– Childhood Nemesis turned True Love –

I have heard that there’s a fine line between love and hate and that what once was true is not always true. So can be said of Joelle and Schuyler (pronounced sky-ler). After a rather innocent practical joke gone wrong while children, Joelle and her sisters have placed distance between themselves and the wealthy womanizer, Schuyler. However, after almost losing their family home in the first book, they must put away all ill-will as they begin to turn their family plantation into a resort, with the financial backing of the one and only Schuyler. But as stated, what once was try is not always true. 

I, myself, also have a love/hate relationship with Joelle Daughtry. I love her kind spirit as well as her intelligence and courage to write articles opposing some of the most dangerous men not only in her town but in the south. I admire her and hope that in many aspects, I would be more like her. However, I think she was wretchedly weak at times. Her willingness to marry someone she not only was not in love with nor attracted to but also mildly disliked made me want to knock some sense into her. 

All right. So Gil was a man, the one she was doomed to spend her life with—no better, no worse than any of the rest of them. She’d best set about helping him become someone she could live with.

A Reluctant Belle

I am rather confused about my understanding of her character, however. In my mind, I see her as brave and courageous, mostly speaking her mind. However, in the other books, her sisters comment many times on the quiet nature of Joelle. Outside of men, she is not weak-willed nor timid. Maybe more of a recluse as she rather dislikes social engagements. 

Despite Joelle’s great dislike of Schuyler, I rather liked his character. He was charming and I felt he rather redeemed himself quite bravely. I did not see him as Joelle or any other who found him lacking. I admired his willingness to aid in his father’s murder investigation, especially when it became life threatening. I also liked how steadfast his devotion to Joelle was, despite how sudden his change of heart was. 

Every bookworm princess needs a hero to keep her from walking into walls.

A Reluctant Belle

The Red Review: ❤️❤️❤️❤️💔

***4.5 Hearts: Compelling Characters (.5), Well-Written, Interesting Storyline, Unable to Stop, Desire to Re-read

There are three books in the series:

  1. A Rebel HeartSelah Daughtry and Levi Riggins
  2. A Reluctant Belle – Joelle Daughtry and Schuyler Beaumont
  3. A Reckless Love Aurora Daughtry and Zane Sager
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Today’s Review: A Reluctant Belle (The Daughtry House Series Book 2) by Beth White • The story of the Daughtry sisters continues as they begin to rebuild their family home into a resort. However, most of this story consists of rebuilding (or rather re-constructing the social norms) of the south following the Civil War. • – Childhood Nemesis turned True Love – • I have heard that there’s a fine line between love and hate and that what once was true is not always true. So can be said of Joelle and Schuyler (pronounced sky-ler). After a rather innocent practical joke gone wrong while children, Joelle and her sisters have placed distance between themselves and the wealthy womanizer, Schuyler. However, after almost losing their family home in the first book, they must put away all ill-will as they begin to turn their family plantation into a resort, with the financial backing of the one and only Schuyler. But as stated, what once was true is not always true. • I, myself, also have a love/hate relationship with Joelle Daughtry. I love her kind spirit as well as her intelligence and courage to write articles opposing some of the most dangerous men not only in her town but in the south. I admire her and hope that in many aspects, I would be more like her. However, I think she was wretchedly weak at times. Her willingness to marry someone she not only was not in love with nor attracted to but also mildly disliked made me want to knock some sense into her. • Despite Joelle’s great dislike of Schuyler, I rather liked his character. He was charming and I felt he rather redeemed himself quite bravely. I did not see him as Joelle or any other who found him lacking. I admired his willingness to aid in his father’s murder investigation, especially when it became life threatening. I also liked how steadfast his devotion to Joelle was, despite how sudden his change of heart was. • The Red Review: ❤️❤️❤️❤️💔 ***4.5 Hearts: Compelling Characters (.5), Well-Written, Interesting Storyline, Unable to Stop, Desire to Re-read • #AReluctantBelle #BethWhite #TheDaughtryHouseSeries #Historicalfiction #Love #christianfiction #christian #Book #Read #Bookstagram #goodreads

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