By day, the impoverished Southern belle 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 constructing a school for former slaves. With the Mississippi arm of the Ku Klux Klan gaining power and prestige, Joelle knows she is playing a dangerous game.
Loyalties shift when Schuyler Beaumont, childhood enemy and current investor in the Daughtry House renovation, 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 really enjoyed this latest historical romance novel from Beth White! I really enjoy books and movies set during the Civil War ear and this is during the re-building after and the aftermath of the war and tensions that go along with that as well. Joelle is such a fascinating main character, she is strong, determined and yet finds herself questioning things as she is writing under false pretense and is making enemies because of her articles. Schuyler is another great main character and I love how he is portrayed and his role in Joelle's life. As their lives intertwine through business and as they spend more time together, their interactions change as do their hearts. I love how their relationship and interactions are written and I wanted to keep on reading to find out what would happen next. This is a great novel, not to be missed!
*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*