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?
I am loving this series.
I read the first book a while ago so it took me a little bit to remember everyone and what what had happened before. However, if you pick this book up first it won’t matter if you don’t know the other stuff (although the first book is very good as well).
Joelle is a unique character who I enjoyed getting to more in this book. I really like getting to Schuyler more as well. In the first book I wasn’t so sure I could trust him but in this book he proves trustworthy.
What I like about these books is that there is a mystery involved as well as the romance. That always keeps things interesting. I also like hearing about the United States coming out of the civil war and the adjustments that were being made during that time.
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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.