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Reconstructing Jackson

(Prairie Romance #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  309 ratings  ·  65 reviews
1867 . . . Southern lawyer and Civil War veteran, Reed Jackson, returns to his family’s plantation in a wheelchair. His father deems him unfit, and deeds the Jackson holdings, including his intended bride, to a younger brother. Angry and bitter, Reed moves west to Fenton, Missouri, home to a cousin with a successful business, intending to start over.

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ebook, 205 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by BookBaby
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Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it

Reconstructing Jackson is a finely written historical western, well-balanced between the history and romance.

Full review in October issue of InD'Tale Magazine

Reviewed for InD'Tale Magazine
4.5 Stars!! Ok, so I started reading NTM Holly Bush's book and right off the bat it was suffering because the editing wasn't as good as it should have been. I was so sure that 3/4's of the way through the book it stayed firmly at the 3.5 mark and then I hit the last 1/4 of the book and OMGosh there was no way I could keep that next star from Ms. Bush. Had the book been more descriptive about certain parts I would have given it 5 Stars easy, peasy.

So the book starts of with southern man Reed Jac
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A

I can honestly say "I loved the way Holly Bush told this particular story" even though its many disturbing aspects prevented it from being a story I totally loved (in that warm and fuzzy way one seeks to love their escapist fiction!) Bullies, abusers, bigots, and monsters of that ilk really infuriate me and it's never easy to read about their deeds and misdeeds. However, there are many bright spots of human decency, courage and kindness sprinkled throughout the story so the mood d
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reed Jackson comes home from the Civil War in a wheelchair after fighting on behalf of the Confederacy. He lost one leg and seriously injured the other and cannot walk. His family’s plantation, which was his legacy, has been turned over to his younger brother so he sets out to create a new life for himself. He is also a lawyer and joins a distant cousin in Fenton, Missouri to reinvent himself. Belle Richards is a young woman who is at the mercy of her father and two brothers who are dirt poor an ...more
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Where to start in reviewing Holly Bush's Reconstructing Jackson presents me something of a challenge. It is a fabulous book, solidly constructed and well-written, but it is the material itself that made an impression on me.

This is the kind of book that will ruffle feathers, first and foremost because Bush wasn't afraid to use historically appropriate language. I realize some readers find certain terminology offensive, but in
Deanna Sletten
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: HIstorical Romance Lovers!
Reed Jackson returns home to his family plantation after the Civil War a broken man in a wheelchair and considered unfit by his father to claim his inheritance and his bride-to-be. So he leaves his home and moves to Fenton, Missouri to start a new life. The country is still struggling with the newfound ideas of free black men and women and the fact that it is no longer split between north and south. In this atmosphere, Reed also finds himself with an internal battle between his own past upbringi ...more
Jenny Q
Nov 15, 2012 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars. After being so impressed with Romancing Olive, I had really high expectations for Reconstructing Jackson, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped I would. I had been really drawn to the idea of a hero in a wheelchair, and the setting and time period--Missouri two years after the Civil War--is perfect for a good, dramatic romance, but the story lacked the emotional connection that reached out and grabbed me in Romancing Olive. I had a hard time connecting to either of the main ...more
Vikki Vaught
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was such an engaging read. Belle and Reed's story captured my heart. Reed moves to Fenton, Missouri from the south, 2 years after the civil war. He arrives in Fenton a broken man. During the war, he lost his left lower leg and the right is mangled badly so he's in a wheel chair. Once Reed meets Belle, things move very quickly. Due to some extenuating circumstances, Reed and Belle marry, even though they are virtual strangers.

I really enjoyed watching their love for each other develop. This
Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My first novel by Holly Bush and I'm not disappointed. What a thought provoking story, heart wrenching yet beautiful. She has a talent for creating characters that you grow to love, her descriptions of race relations and slavery make you cry. I really liked this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars. Can't wait to read another by this author.

I received an ecopy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

Wheelchair bound, lawyer/ex-soldier, Reed Jackson arrives in Fenton, Missouri after being more or less disinherited by his father because of losing a leg in the Civil War. Reed, the eldest son was set to take over the family plantation and marry a local Southern Belle, until the unfortunate outcome which has the elder Jackson handing said bride-to be and the plantation over to another brother who has no infirmities.

Once in Fenton, he moves into the Ames Hotel, which is owned by his cousin Henry
Ruth Hill
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am so pleased I was able to give this a five star rating. This is the third Holly Bush book I have read, and when I first began reading it, I was afraid I would not like it. It took me a good couple chapters to get into the story, and I guess I was prejudiced. The fact that Holly featured a man as the main character of a romance failed to capture my attention--that is, at first. Once Belle entered the story, I was hooked! And I found myself appreciating Reed for who and what he was.

This book w
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving nightmare
to the jeweled vision of a life started anew.” ― Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

the Civil War may be over but it leaves Southern lawyer Reed Jackson physically crippled and emotionally bitter. Reed then moves to Fenton, Missouri and stays with his cousin Henry Ames and his wife Mary Ellen. as Reed gets settled, he meets Belle Richards and makes a decision that will change his life forever.
author Holly Bush'
Maureen Timerman
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a great book, I read it in one day, and could not put it down. The story is set in Fenton MO, just after the Civil War.
The country is trying to move on, at least some are, where others are convinced that slavery will return!
Reed Jackson survived the War, but lost part of one leg and injured the other. His father seeing him in a chair decides the woman he was to marry will marry his brother, and his brother shall have their Plantation. Reed decides to move on and start a law practice in MO.
Vibina Venugopal
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
The novel opens with Reed Jackson's sour spirit and a contagious aura of despair..Slowly I realised that he has every reason to feel dejected, he has lost his leg in the civil war, considered as no good nothing by his father, worse he not only loses his family inheritance but also his bride-to be to his younger brother...Worn out and utterly disappointed he moves to Fenton, Missouri to gather up the pieces and start all over again in the wild part of the country ..But he is quite taken aback by ...more
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks
Wheelchair bound, lawyer/ex-soldier, Reed Jackson arrives in Fenton, Missouri after being more or less disinherited by his father because of losing a leg in the Civil War. Reed, the eldest son was set to take over the family plantation and marry a local Southern Belle, until the unfortunate outcome which has the elder Jackson handing said bride-to be and the plantation over to another brother who has no infirmities.

Once in Fenton, he moves into the Ames Hotel, which is owned by his cousin Henry
Liz Terek
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it

Two years have passed since the Civil War ended. Reed Jackson has become wheelchair bound. With a chip on his shoulder & leftover racial prejudice, his family has encouraged him to go live with his Cousin Henry & his wife, Mary Ellen. War has stolen a good part of Reed’s life, resulting in the loss of a brother, a career, & his love life.
Belle is a woman stuck in a man’s world. Her father is determined to force her into a loveless marriage. Days are spent catering to her male famil
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it

Holly Bush has written a lovely piece of historical fiction with Reconstructing Jackson. It is full of loss, pain, love and redemption. The American Civil War is a very dark time in our history and so people had to evolve or get lost in the whirlwind of change. Reed Jackson is in the center of this whirlwind and must decide how he will evolve.

Reed has come back from the war a broken man, mind, body and soul. He is truly lost. Ms. Bush describes his pain in way that you sympathize and not pity hi
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very well written book. I think the author has done a wonderful job of depicting a wide spectrum of human emotion. There are two main layers to this book - 1) the relationship of Reed and Belle and 2) attitudes towards race relations and slavery in the post antebellum US.

In Belle and Reed the author presents us with two souls who have both suffered from painful pasts, and shows us two very different ways that that can shape a person. Belle, suffering physical and emotional abuse at the hands
Dani Sue
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reconstructing Jackson centers around Reed Jackson and Belle Richards; 2 people from very different classes and with their own tormented pasts. Reed is a broken man, a lawyer, and a Confederate Veteran. Belle is a poor farm girl with an alcoholic and abusing father and a brother, with simple dreams, and learning to read in secrecy. Their worlds dramatically collide and through it all they rise up above all the tragedy through their love and strength through on another. It’s really a perfect love ...more
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is kind of unusual for me to read, mainly because I don't go out of my way to read self published books. I don't have anything against them other than the fact that I want to not be taking risks on poor format, spelling, grammar and lacklustre storytelling. While I have read other self published books this year, it has been from authors that I already know that I like and trust.

What prompted me to want to read this book though was the fact that I had seen some good reviews of previous
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Holly pens "Reconstructing Jackson", a Civil War novel, filled with history, romance and emotion. Her characters are believable and realistic in a plot that was so interesting that it kept my attention from start to finish. Another great novel from Holly! I highly recommend this book to all historical romance fans.

This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reconstructing Jackson is another winner from Holly Bush. From the opening page I was drawn into this story about 'two wounded souls' who come together and find love. It is beautifully written and I love the way Ms Bush closes the story - an exceptionally good ending in my opinion.

I highly recommend this book and look forward to future books written by this very talented author.
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reconstructing Jackson by Holly Bush is an intensely emotional historical read dealing with many hot button issues such as slavery, abuse, and disabilities. From the very start Ms. Bush presents a story that pulls no punches in its frank use of language in addressing the issue of slavery. This use of language reflects the time period and lends credibility to the story even as it's hard to hear those terms being bandied about. Seeing the physical implications of slavery, and the aftermath of the ...more
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review. I rated it 5 out of 5 Stars and a Recommended Read.

To change the future, you must first learn from the past. You need to face your fears, be willing to ask for and grant forgiveness and work hard to change the future. Author Holly Bush reminds us of this with her Civil War historical romance, Reconstructing Jackson. Part history, part social commentary and part second chance romance, M
Suzan Tisdale
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don’t normally read books from this era. However, I am so very glad that I did!
Holly Bush weaves a very sweet romance into a time period and subject matter that is, to say the least, complicated and at times, quite ugly. Holly pulls no punches in regard to how slaves were treated after the war, to preconceived notions, and the struggle that people had when the war ended.
At times, I did not like Reed Jackson, simply because of his hardheaded ways and his ideals. But I had to remind myself the
Books Mom
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Though it starts a bit slow, Reconstructing Jackson makes it worth pushing through to find a truly heartwarming story set in the times immediately following the American Civil War. With a hero who's a crippled confederate soldier forced to face the reality of losing his inheritance (a southern plantation) and his fiancee to his non-crippled, younger brother and learning how to function in a post-war world we're plunged into a time when women were chattel, and former slaves had to fight for every ...more
Asha Pena
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story about Reed Jackson is heart tearing and full of so much emotion for me. When Jackson was in the Civil War he was badly injury, leaving him in a wheelchair. When Reed came back from the war, his father did not see him as a fit husband for to marry his bride-to-be or take over the family plantation. With everything that has happened Reed becomes angry at everything, he ends up moving out west to his cousin’s hotel the Ames and in search of a new start on life. On the start of his new lif ...more
A very engrossing story about two broken people immediately following the civil war. Reed, the son of a very wealthy plantation owner, is in a wheelchair from injuries he sustained fighting for the South. Belle grew up the daughter of a dirt poor drunk who physically abused and mistreated her. Together Reed and Belle learn to find life and love even amongst the horrible prejudices and aftermath of war.

There are a few places where Belles headstrong behavior seems a bit out of character and Reed’
Beverly McCall
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of historical romances
Holly Bush does it again! An exceptionally well told story dealing with heartbreaking aspects of a time when the world (America) was in chaos—the post-Civil war. Ms. Bush did a great job developing her characters and this book has the full range of characters to include bigots, bullies and abusers. The main characters are multidimensional as well as being damaged. It is their handling of their circumstances unite them. Ms. Bush’s characters demonstrate kindness, courage and a basic human decency ...more
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Southern Reconstruction

A confederate officer returns home from the war missing a leg and in a wheelchair. His father deeming him unfit, deeds the plantation and his former fiancee over to his younger brother. So Reed Jackson leaves home for Missouri where some cousins live, to practice law in a small town. There he finds that the war really isn't over as both tragedy and bliss await him.

Excellent, heart touching story with the growth of love between two wounded people. Very minimal married sexua
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