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Reluctant Belle

(Daughtry House #2)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  74 reviews
With the Civil War over, Mississippi Belle Joelle Daughtry wants to establish a school to teach freed slaves. But she might have to form an alliance with her childhood nemesis and reveal her deepest secret to make changes in her worldand her heart.
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Deanne Patterson
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited to start this book after I read the first book in the series!
The second book picks up right where A Rebel Heart leaves off .
The author does a wonderful job on bringing us up to speed with what happened in the last book that even if we haven't read it we are aware of the going ons.
It's a very turbulent time in the South, tensions are high and the KKK is gaining strength.
It's after the Civil War and Southern belle Joelle Daughtry is helping her sisters turn the old run down fami
The Civil War has ended and Reconstruction has taken over the south along with the burgeoning Ku Klux Klan. The Daughtry sisters are in the midst of preparations for the opening of their antebellum home as a resort hotel. Selah, the oldest sister, is on her honeymoon while Joelle the middle sister is busy by day with preparations for the hotel and teaching her black freedmen while by night she is filled with writing for the local newspaper under her pseudonym. Her childhood friend, Schuyler, is ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Revell for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

A Reluctant Belle is the first book I've read by author Beth White. I found the story charming and thought provoking. Set in Mississippi during the turbulent time period of The Klu Klux Klan' s powerful influence during The Reconstruction, there are numerous issues, some relevant still, that the story explores to varying degrees. For example, the main character, Joelle, is too opinionated for her time. Women
Read it or Leave it Blog
**This book is second in a series. However, I did not read the first book and feel this can be read as a stand-alone. Some of the details from the first book were mentioned in this one, which helped to not feel left out of what happened prior to this story.

The pace of this book was done really well. The political information flew over my head at first, but the more I read, the more I began to piece together who was who. The descriptions of everything were also done well, which leads me to my ne
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A terrific novel from this Author! It had just the right mixture of suspense, wit, humor, romance, and faith to produce an entertaining read that was at times incredibly funny and at others infuriating and tense.

Set during the very volatile time after the Civil War, the historical setting is incredibly well done and creates the suspenseful backdrop and circumstances surrounding a love triangle story where one angle clearly wasn’t IN the triangle. Historical fiction is probably my favorite genre
Maureen Timerman
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I loved being back with the Daughtry sisters, and being reunited with old friends.
This being the second book in the series the author does a wonderful job of bringing you up to date, and a bit about what happened in the previous read.
The Inn is about ready for guests, and times and tensions are heightened, and evil rears its ugly head. This is a rebuilding time after the Civil War, but there are those that really don’t want change and will do all they can to ensure that what they want continues.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

"Sit down and tell me why you failed to keep my granddaughter from betrothing herself to that young Ichabod Crane."

Joelle Daughtry's accidental-on-purpose betrothal to the Reverend Gil Reese came about with no fireworks or heirloom ring attached; it just might have happened on the rebound after one of her most embarrassing, public humiliation moments, which of course included her childhood nemesis, Schuyler Beaumont. She intended to put as much distance as possible between herself and S
Karen Thornell
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the second in the series, and having not read the first I was a little confused. Though I was able to keep up with the story, and the author did a commendable job filling a new reader in, I had some difficulty with confusing secondary characters and information that I'm sure would have been more clear had I read the first book. I would recommend reading the first before this one. That being said, this book was very enjoyable!

The characters were great, Joelle was delightfully awkward
Lisa Johnson
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: A Reluctant Belle (The Daughtry House Series #2)
Author: Beth White
Pages: 363 (ARC)
Year: 2019
Publisher: Revell
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Joelle Daughtry has a dream of opening a school in her home state of Mississippi to teach the recently freed slaves after the Civil War., or Recent Unpleasantness as Southerners would say. However, finding the money and the support for such an endeavor is proving to be difficult. There are still many people who are against slaves being freed. There are
Paula Shreckhise
A Reluctant Belle by Beth White is the second story in The Daughtry house series. It is best if you start with A Rebel Heart, Selah’s story, for a full experience and background information. A Reluctant Belle is about middle daughter, Joelle. The third will be A Reckless Love, Aurora’s story.
The Daughtry sisters have come through the Civil War but have lost their father. In order to provide for themselves, they are making their family mansion into a resort hotel in the midst of Reconstruction.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She'll take on the world single-handed...

While I enjoyed the first book in The Daughtry House Series this is the one that I've looked forward to the most. The intelligent, shy, and forward thinking bookworm, Joelle had quite captured my attention. In some ways she reminded me of one of my favorite fictional heroines, Jo March. Plus I just had to know why Joelle despised Schuyler so much...

A Reluctant Belle is a fascinating look into the post Civil War south, both the good and the bad. The Reco
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
“Cracking you open is like getting the sweets out of a pecan. It’s a lot of work, but the result is pretty tasty.”

Ah, the second book in The Daughtry House series picks up right after where the first one left off. A Reluctant Belle continues with Joelle, the middle Daughtry sister, and her long-time frenemy Schuyler during the middle of the Reconstruction Era as the poor town of Tupelo, Mississippi struggles to find its footing in the midst of violent racism. With her easy-to-read and descriptiv
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intricate plots run the risk of plunging into two major pitfalls: either the story gets lost in the myriad of details that have been packed into the novel, or the sheer overload of facts make it a difficult book to read. Reluctant Belle triumphantly scales these hurdles and delivers both an intricate plot and a very sweet love story. It provides just the right amount of context and the right amount of new learning to make it much more than a formulaic story and a very enjoyable read. The synopsi ...more
Abigail Harris
My Review:

Genre: Historical, Christian fiction, Civil War, and some romance.

Rating: 4 and 1/2 stars.

My Recommendation: 16 up. Warnings below.

My Favorite Character/s: Schuyler was an interesting guy. I enjoyed getting to read his point of view which surprised me since I’ve read a few Civil War books that I ended care for the male point of view.

He was somewhat annoying at first but as the book went on I ended up loving how he and Joelle were friends or rather enemies I suppose.

My Verse for Schuyle
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
From book one I have been rooting for Joelle, the second sister, and her childhood friend/enemy Schuyler. When we get to see what happened all those years ago, something Joelle made sure they never mentioned you get quite a taste of why their relationship is where it is at. The push and pull of their chemistry and animosity with each other was amusing to watch as they battled with their words.

Not only do we have this romance, but Schuyler has had a devastating blow and now he may be in danger.
Rachel DeVaughn
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story was set in the time period right after the Civil War where the North and South were trying to reestablish themselves, reunited and rebuild instead of fight, where African Americans were trying to gain more freedom and rights, and when the KKK was rising strong to try and prevent change and progress.

I read book 1 in this "Daughtry House" series so I was excited to continue reading the story about the Daughtry girls. This story focuses on Joelle who is very head strong, progressive and
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
"Well, sooner or later a man has to grow and adjust his priorities"

Ain't that the truth... the question is, will Joelle see the change before it's too late or is Schuyler destined to be her nemesis from childhood? And how will Schuyler cope with the death of his father, the secrets being revealed and the possibility of losing Joelle forever?

But this is not just a romance book... there's much history being brought alive with tensions rising in the South, KKK threats, and one shy and spirited girl
Dana Michael
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Reluctant Belle is the second book in The Daughtry House Series, and can be easily read as a stand alone. This southern reconstruction story has history, humor, and sweet romance. There was a good bit of action and a mystery as well. My favorite thing about the book was the humor. I literally laughed out loud several times. I loved the banter between Schuyler and Joelle. Schuyler is now a favorite book boyfriend of mine.

I enjoyed this book very much and I look forward to the third book in the
Jun 14, 2019 marked it as dnf-did-not-finish
What I Liked:
* Joelle’s personality
* The Daughtry family dynamics
* The setting was vividly written

Unfortunately, there were too many characters and the plot was too busy. Once I hit the halfway point (page 194), I did not finish reading it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell as part of the Revell Reads Blog Tour Program. A positive review was not required. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
Caroline Grace
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Joelle was a great main character, with her bookwormish, introverted tendencies and her love for writing and sassy comebacks.

Beth White's writing style is energetic and vivid, and her attention to historical detail was excellent! I really enjoyed this aspect of the book. I appreciated how she focused on the lesser known education of former slaves just after the Civil War, and the brutal travesties of the Ku Klux Klan.

But the story fell short for me. I had to force myself to finish it because t
Beverly Laude
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Every bookworm princess needs a hero to keep her from walking into walls."

This is the first book that I have read by Beth White and is the second in the series "Daughtry House." However, it is easy to follow the story without having read the first book. The author gives enough background throughout the book that you can pick up on what you might have missed.

After the Civil War, Joelle Daughtry and her sisters are getting ready to open their Antebellum home, Daughtry House, as a Hotel. Joelle is
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beth White is an amazing author! I love her books!
I thought it was going to be hard to improve her book “A Rebel Heart”, but she did it! This is a new favorite of mine!
I read this book in just two days! I was grateful to have a relaxing weekend, because I really couldn’t put it down and I just finished it and didn’t want to wait anymore to share my review while it’s still fresh in my mind!
Joelle Daughtry may appear to be the typical Southern Belle, but she’s so much more than what most people in
Meagan Myhren-bennett
A Reluctant Belle
The Daughtrey House #2
By Beth Wise

Joelle Daughtry wants to bring education to those recently freed from the bonds of slavery - there is just one problem most of Tupelo, Mississippi, doesn't agree with her. In fact, she's considered by some to be the oddest of the Daughtrey girls. In the opinion of most Joelle thinks too much and has none of the necessary skills that a proper young lady should have with her head always deep in some book only appropriate for the facilities of the
Conny Reviews
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
“What do you want from me? We can’t be confidants any ore. We can’t even be—argument mates anymore,” Joelle is told in Beth White’s novel, Reluctant Belle.

~ What ~
The second in the Daughtry House series, this three-hundred-and-sixty-eight-page paperback targets those interested in a historical romance set in the South during the middle of the Reconstruction Era. With no profanity, topics of abuse, torture, and murder may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes a note to the
A Reluctant Belle is the second book in Beth White's Daughtry House series. It focuses on Joelle Daughtry and Schuyler Beaumont in South dealing with the conflicts that continued or intensified in the aftermath of the Civil War. Joelle and Schuyler have been friends and constantly bickering since childhood. Joelle and her sisters had found themselves in tough circumstances at the end of the war and following the death of their father. Determined to stay together and fight for themselves, the sis ...more
Liz F.
From the gorgeous cover to the well-crafted plot, A Reluctant Belle was quite a read. It’s one of those books you just don’t want to put down! :D

If you read this book for anything, read it for the history and intriguing characters. This book takes place in the Reconstruction period and, before reading this book, I actually didn’t know much about it. I learned a lot from this book. :)

Joelle Daugherty-- as the second book in this series, A Reluctant Belle definitely focused more on Joelle. And I
Randi Sampson
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First and foremost, it is important to note that this is book number TWO in Beth White's 'The Daughtry House Series', coming after the first book 'A Rebel Heart'. If you've not yet read that one, it might be a good idea to read it first, but I must admit that I had not myself and found that I did not feel like I was missing anything in not doing so. Had I not known that this were a second in a series, it would have stood alone just well on its own. Reading the first would give a little bit more ...more
Linda Wilson
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
mpoverished 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 inv
V. Palmer
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Reluctant Belle by Beth White took me to all the places I expected to go and to all the places I did NOT expect to go!

First things first, Joelle and Schuyler! I knew from the first book in the series (A Rebel Heart) that I would adore these two! Their bickering had me living for the moments they were together, and I could not stop smiling! Joelle couldn't conform to the "ideal" standards of a woman if she wanted to, and Schuyler was a reformed man in his walk with God! The chemistry snapped be
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Although I missed the story of the first Daughtry sister, I did not feel that I absolutely had to go back and read it since the author does a masterful job of filling in the gaps for the reader. This historical fiction is set during the Reconstruction Era, when the south is still reeling from having lost the war and all of the changes that this means to their lifestyles. The author does a wonderful job of portraying such explosive topics as the rights of the freedmen to be educated and to vote. ...more
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Beth White teaches music at an inner-city high school in historic Mobile, Alabama. Her hobbies include playing flute and pennywhistle and painting, but her real passion is writing historical romance with a Southern drawl.

A native Mississippian, she is a pastor's wife, mother of two, and grandmother of two--so fa

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Daughtry House (3 books)
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