Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

A Reckless Love by Beth White August 18, 2020

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 9:14 pm
Tags: ,



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 thoughts:

I have really enjoyed this series and I couldn’t wait to get to Aurora’s story. She is a fiery young woman who likes to talk. I love her boldness and the way she went after Zane. I mean, I probably wouldn’t have acted that way but way to go Aurora.

Zane is a wonderfully, flawed hero who doubts that any woman could love him, but especially someone like Aurora.

The faith of the characters is strong through this book as well, which is something I always appreciate.

This is a great conclusion to this engaging series.

Visit Beth here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own. 


The Reluctant Belle by Beth White July 30, 2019

Filed under: Book Reviews,Uncategorized — Melissa Finnegan @ 7:32 pm
Tags: , ,



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?

My thoughts:

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.

Visit Beth here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 


Review and Giveaway: A Rebel Heart by Beth White July 2, 2018

Filed under: Book Reviews,Uncategorized — Melissa Finnegan @ 7:00 pm
Tags: , ,



“Full of intrigue, grit, and grace, A Rebel Heart is Beth White at her finest.”Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of A Refuge Assured

Five years after the final shot was fired in the War Between the States, Selah Daughtry can barely manage to keep herself, her two younger sisters, and their spinster cousin fed and clothed. With their family’s Mississippi plantation swamped by debt and the Big House falling down around them, the only option seems to be giving up their ancestral land–until a hotel management agent for the railroad offers her hope for the future.

If she’ll turn her home into a hotel, Levi Riggins says, he can all but guarantee it will be saved. Selah isn’t sure she entirely trusts the handsome Yankee. Yet what other options does she have? She’ll have to stay on her guard . . . but she never expected to have to guard her heart.

“With great skill, Beth White combines intriguing history with inspiring romance, and then adds a good measure of mystery and suspense. Well done!”–Carrie Turansky, award-winning author of Shine Like the Dawn and Across the Blue

“Beth White’s careful historical research shines throughout this novel, as do her wonderful characters. Highly recommended.”–Robin Lee Hatcher, Lifetime Achievement Award-winning author of You’re Gonna Love Me

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 The Pelican BrideThe Creole Princess, and The Magnolia Duchess. 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

My thoughts and giveaway:

This book opens with a heart wrenching scene and it’s scene you won’t forget but reminded of and learn more about as the book goes on.

Selah is a wonderful, strong character, who carries the burdens of her family and is trying to do what is best for them.

Levi has an agenda of his own but also finds himself drawn to Selah, which can only lead to heartache when the truth comes out.

And that is what adds tension to this book. The reader knows the conflict between Levi and Selah and Levi knows it, but Selah does not. So I just kept wondering when she finds out what will happen? How will she find out?

This is a wonderful historical romance that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Visit Beth here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by July 9th for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 


Review and Giveaway: The Creole Princess by Beth White April 9, 2015

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 12:33 pm
Tags: , ,



Torn between loyalties to family and flag, one young woman is about to discover that her most important allegiance is to her heart.

It is 1776, and all along the eastern seaboard the American struggle for independence rages. But in the British-held southern port of Mobile, Alabama, the conflict brewing is much quieter–though no less deadly.

Lyse Lanier may be largely French in heritage, but she spends most of her time in the company of the ebullient daughter of the British commander of Mobile. When a charming young Spanish merchant docks in town, Lyse is immediately struck by his easy wit and flair for the dramatic. But is he truly who he makes himself out to be? Spies abound, and Spain has yet to choose a side in the American conflict. Is Lyse simply an easy mark for Rafael Gonzalez to exploit? Or are his overtures of love as genuine as Spanish gold?

With spectacular detail that brings the cultural gumbo of the Colonial Gulf Coast alive, Beth White invites you to step into a world of intrigue and espionage from a little-known slice of the American Revolutionary War.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is the first book by Beth I have had the chance to read. I’m glad picked up this book.

This is a part and place in history I haven’t given much thought to, pre-revolutionary war. Racial tensions already exist and social lines are drawn.

This book is rich in description. I love Beth’s style of writing and the pictures she paints of the south.

Lyse is definitely not what I expected. She starts out barefoot and dancing. She isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty and push against social norms.

Rafael is handsome and cultured. His coming and going from Lyse’s life makes their meetings even more precious.

All the characters in this book come to life and are well-developed.

A beautiful read set in a unique time.

Visit Beth here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by April 20th for your chance to win a copy. (U.S. residents only. I am not responsible for books lost in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.