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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. She also rejoices in her part in transforming the family's dilapidated plantation manor into a luxurious and lucrative resort hotel. Just when it seems there is nothing left to absorb her co 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. She also rejoices in her part in transforming the family's dilapidated plantation manor into a luxurious and lucrative resort hotel. 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--and God in particular--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. Award-wining author Beth White closes out her Daughtry House series with this exciting and emotional tale of two strong-willed people who may have met their match.


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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. She also rejoices in her part in transforming the family's dilapidated plantation manor into a luxurious and lucrative resort hotel. Just when it seems there is nothing left to absorb her co 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. She also rejoices in her part in transforming the family's dilapidated plantation manor into a luxurious and lucrative resort hotel. 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--and God in particular--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. Award-wining author Beth White closes out her Daughtry House series with this exciting and emotional tale of two strong-willed people who may have met their match.

30 review for A Reckless Love

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Thank you Revell for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. A Reckless Love Daughtry House #3 By: Beth White REVIEW ☆☆☆☆ Welcome back to reconstruction era Mississippi and The Daughtry House. A Reckless Love is the concluding novel of The Daughtry House Trilogy and focuses on the youngest sister, Aurora. She is happy to see her sisters happy, but what can now occupy her time? Marshall Zane Sager, in town to collect two witnesses, might be the ans Thank you Revell for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. A Reckless Love Daughtry House #3 By: Beth White REVIEW ☆☆☆☆ Welcome back to reconstruction era Mississippi and The Daughtry House. A Reckless Love is the concluding novel of The Daughtry House Trilogy and focuses on the youngest sister, Aurora. She is happy to see her sisters happy, but what can now occupy her time? Marshall Zane Sager, in town to collect two witnesses, might be the answer. Aurora is a sassy redhead with a zest for life, and she's out to destroy Zane's cynical attitude. Zane might even like her a bit, but he can never forget that danger lurks in every corner of the world. Is Aurora in danger, and to what lengths will Zane go to protect her? This is a great historical fiction read complete with romance, drama, thrills and true bits of history woven throughout the entire story. The landscape of Mississippi during the Reconstruction was not affable, and violence, discrimination and religion ran deep here. Beth White obviously researched the era in order to write a story with such attention to detail and historical context. Any lover of this era will delight in A Reckless Love!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    I was so excited to see the conclusion to this series, not because I was glad for the series to be over but because I was excited to see the series wrap up with questions answered and read the third sister's story. I've really enjoyed reading all the books in the series and each book follows the previous one in the plot. We find the books dealing with subjects such as the Ku Klux Klan,racial tensions and riots and more I enjoyed reading about post-Civil War Reconstruction and very much appreciate I was so excited to see the conclusion to this series, not because I was glad for the series to be over but because I was excited to see the series wrap up with questions answered and read the third sister's story. I've really enjoyed reading all the books in the series and each book follows the previous one in the plot. We find the books dealing with subjects such as the Ku Klux Klan,racial tensions and riots and more I enjoyed reading about post-Civil War Reconstruction and very much appreciate the research the author put in this whole series. I'm all about detail so the more information I can learn about in a book based on true facts the better for me. Bravo Beth, this book was fascinating and I can't wait to see what you have for us next! Published June 2nd 2020 by Fleming H. Revell Company . I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    The perfect conclusion to The Daughtry House series! Aurora is a spunky heroine whose banter and "get 'er done" attitude had me laughing out loud. Pairing her with Deputy Marshall Zane Sanger sparked entertaining and endearing scenes. I love all the history that shone through in this novel, just as it did in the previous two. Powerful themes of justice, courage, and redemption are as relevant today as they were in Reconstruction Era Mississippi. Kudos to author Beth White for weaving all the mys The perfect conclusion to The Daughtry House series! Aurora is a spunky heroine whose banter and "get 'er done" attitude had me laughing out loud. Pairing her with Deputy Marshall Zane Sanger sparked entertaining and endearing scenes. I love all the history that shone through in this novel, just as it did in the previous two. Powerful themes of justice, courage, and redemption are as relevant today as they were in Reconstruction Era Mississippi. Kudos to author Beth White for weaving all the mystery elements together in a satisfying way, too. A pleasure to read. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    A Reckless Love by Beth White is the last in a series about the Daughtry Girls set in northeast Mississippi after the Civil War. This one featured the youngest sister, Aurora. She is a feisty little red head who seems to have no trouble speaking her mind. The hero, is a quiet marshal who seeks justice and has no time for any distractions. This is an adorably cute story with action, suspense and of course romance. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, and this is my honest opinion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars " . . . . .your jabbering is like a cool glass of lemonade after walking around in the desert." Seasoned lawman Zane Sabiere has just been outmatched by a confection in a yellow dress; a little dynamo with a head full of gorgeous red hair, Aurora Daughtry is a force to be reckoned with on any given day. A man of few words, or at least he used to be, Zane's task of guarding key witnesses for a federal murder trial somehow got him tangled up with a southern belle whose sharp wit and spirit 3.5 stars " . . . . .your jabbering is like a cool glass of lemonade after walking around in the desert." Seasoned lawman Zane Sabiere has just been outmatched by a confection in a yellow dress; a little dynamo with a head full of gorgeous red hair, Aurora Daughtry is a force to be reckoned with on any given day. A man of few words, or at least he used to be, Zane's task of guarding key witnesses for a federal murder trial somehow got him tangled up with a southern belle whose sharp wit and spirited demeanor . . . . . . well, "no wonder he didn't stand a chance. She was fearless". Tired of being viewed as the "baby of the family" Aurora Daughtry is certain about what she feels for the handsome Deputy U. S. Marshall, whose eye patch makes him all that more distinctive. Determined to help Zane solve his case, Aurora places herself in the position to endanger those that she loves the most, including Zane. A "reckless love", indeed. Soak in the flirtatious banter between Zane and Aurora, while becoming reacquainted with favorite characters from the first two books in the series (they haven't changed a bit!!); all humor aside . . . there is deep inspiration lurking between the pages of this book with its sobering glimpse of the turbulent years following the close of the Civil War. The author has done a really good job of coating reality with an entertaining character like Aurora. (not to mention Grandmama) I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing through Interviews and Reviews. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aminata Coote

    The Daughtry House trilogy by Beth White ends with Aurora’s story in A Reckless Love. Aurora, nicknamed Pete by her family, is the baby but don’t be fooled by her age or diminutive size–she’s a firecracker! Aurora is used to managing her family but not in a mean way. She has very decided opinions and is forceful in getting what she wants. But she loves fiercely and will put herself at risk when the people she loves are in danger. She meets her match in Deputy Marshall Zane Sager. Zane at first wan The Daughtry House trilogy by Beth White ends with Aurora’s story in A Reckless Love. Aurora, nicknamed Pete by her family, is the baby but don’t be fooled by her age or diminutive size–she’s a firecracker! Aurora is used to managing her family but not in a mean way. She has very decided opinions and is forceful in getting what she wants. But she loves fiercely and will put herself at risk when the people she loves are in danger. She meets her match in Deputy Marshall Zane Sager. Zane at first wants nothing to do with her even as he is drawn to her. But, circumstances being as they are, the two are thrown together as they try to protect two witnesses who were to testify against men who had done heinous crimes. I enjoyed the romance between Aurora and Zane. He tempered her exuberance while she drew him into a world of light and laughter–something he needed after the life he had had. I enjoyed the storyline but some storylines were a little hard to follow and I feel like I need to read all the books in this series to understand some of what happened. I had read A Reluctant Belle without reading the first book in the series and had been able to follow the storyline but it was a bit more difficult with A Reckless Love. This was probably because she was wrapping up a series and had a lot of pieces to juggle. Still, as with A Reluctant Belle, I was drawn in by the history. Beth White has a skill for recreating the tension that may have existed in the South post-war. She treated this serious subject with compassion and heart. There is a strong theme that God will give you wisdom if you ask Him and it was gratifying to see the characters praying before making big decisions or when they are in a difficult situation. There was also the reminder that none of are beyond redemption--love covers a multitude of sins. I received an advanced reader’s copy of A Reckless Love by Beth White from the publishers through the Revell Reads Bloggers program; a positive review was not required. Read the full review: https://hebrews12endurance.com/seek-w...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Harris

    Ahh, "A Reckless Love", this story does indeed show recklessness at times and love. I really will have to go back to the first book in the series, "A Rebel Heart" and read it since I was slightly lost when reading the second and now the third books in the series. That didn't stop me from enjoying the book though, and I want to mention here that I did skim at parts, only because I couldn't get into the writing style, yet, I loved the story and characters. "A Reckless Love" is a strong ending to a st Ahh, "A Reckless Love", this story does indeed show recklessness at times and love. I really will have to go back to the first book in the series, "A Rebel Heart" and read it since I was slightly lost when reading the second and now the third books in the series. That didn't stop me from enjoying the book though, and I want to mention here that I did skim at parts, only because I couldn't get into the writing style, yet, I loved the story and characters. "A Reckless Love" is a strong ending to a strong series of healing after a horrible time in America's history. I enjoyed seeing more than one side of the Civil War and the aftermath of the war's end. There was some content that makes this a book for readers older than 18, just mentions of things that you wouldn't want to read. And the last pages of the book are between a husband and wife after a nightmare and she suggests he love her... It made me somewhat uncomfortable otherwise from what I have read this is a great book. This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing (Revell), through Interviews & Reviews.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Sassy Aurora Daughtry meets US Marshall Zane Sager and sparks fly in this third and final book of the series. Aurora: Fixing people was not as simple a procedure as one might suppose, Aurora concluded, but at least she and Bedelia had reached what might be called an armistice. Zane: Now he was... content. God had been good to rescue him from those privations, none of which he deserved exactly, but which constituted the bounds of living as a sinful, prideful human being. Zane Sager has a dangerous Sassy Aurora Daughtry meets US Marshall Zane Sager and sparks fly in this third and final book of the series. Aurora: Fixing people was not as simple a procedure as one might suppose, Aurora concluded, but at least she and Bedelia had reached what might be called an armistice. Zane: Now he was... content. God had been good to rescue him from those privations, none of which he deserved exactly, but which constituted the bounds of living as a sinful, prideful human being. Zane Sager has a dangerous and important job ahead of him. He must hide and protect witnesses in an upcoming trial. Aurora Daughtry, new owner of a boarded up saloon, may just be the answer to a sticky situation. Aurora is the youngest of three sisters who are refurbishing their plantation during Reconstruction in order to provide employment for liberated slaves. This story is full of danger and intrigue but has light moments as well. The banter between Aurora and Zane is pretty cute. They were brought up to have faith and manners in a world where turmoil churns. They grow in grace and realize that God sees their worth. They each have a good heart and want to do the correct and honorable thing. A speech Zane gives in the midst of a scary situation sums up what was needed in the aftermath of the Civil War and should be heeded in our present National unrest: Quote: Think about what you just said! If the law is not on your side, then whose side are you on? Anarchy? Violence? Screaming and mobbing and tearing each other apart make you less than human. If you don’t like the laws, vote to change them! That is what Americans just fought a war over...the right for every man to have an equal say in his destiny. In the meantime, give one another room to disagree.... Don’t let a handful of men with the personal agenda, like greed or revenge or hunger for power, twist us against one another. Don’t let them destroy our humanity! Such a timeless book to read in light of today. It is both entertaining and relevant. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell on behalf of the author and the Revell Reads program. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  9. 5 out of 5

    Missy

    This is the last of the Daughtry House trilogy, and I have to say it was my favorite. Aurora is full of spunk is not afraid to say so. The story brings Marshall Zane Sager to Tupelo to watch over the new witnesses for the ongoing trial, and it is the coppery red head that has caught his eye. Besides Daughtry House the girls learn they have also become the owners of the Dogwood Saloon. But no respectable Southern woman can own a saloon. It also becomes the perfect place to hid witnesses that coul This is the last of the Daughtry House trilogy, and I have to say it was my favorite. Aurora is full of spunk is not afraid to say so. The story brings Marshall Zane Sager to Tupelo to watch over the new witnesses for the ongoing trial, and it is the coppery red head that has caught his eye. Besides Daughtry House the girls learn they have also become the owners of the Dogwood Saloon. But no respectable Southern woman can own a saloon. It also becomes the perfect place to hid witnesses that could bring down a lot of high profile men. With Zane's past of prisoner at Cahaba, the explosion of the Sultana in Memphis, and the shooting of Judge Teague, comes back to haunt him, it will only take one spitfire woman who can calm him. This was a great ending to the story of the Daughtry sisters and would recommend the series very much. I received an advanced copy from Netgalley and Revell for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Clark

    A Reckless Love offers an opposites-attract romance within a unique historical setting. I appreciate its perspective on the restoration period after the Civil War, including a bit of “western” flair (even with its southern setting), with its cast of rangers, Pinkertons, and outlaw activities. The relationship between feisty, talkative Aurora is wonderfully contrasted with Zane’s straightforward and quiet strength, allowing for plenty spark and humor amidst all the drama. This last book in the se A Reckless Love offers an opposites-attract romance within a unique historical setting. I appreciate its perspective on the restoration period after the Civil War, including a bit of “western” flair (even with its southern setting), with its cast of rangers, Pinkertons, and outlaw activities. The relationship between feisty, talkative Aurora is wonderfully contrasted with Zane’s straightforward and quiet strength, allowing for plenty spark and humor amidst all the drama. This last book in the series continues with the loose ends from the previous stories and wraps them up nicely. I enjoyed seeing the cast of characters reunited and working together to solve the mystery threads and to further their community with their goals of justice and fairness. This is a recommended series for fans of post-Civil War stories, slight mystery, and historical romance! Thank you to Revell for the review copy. This is my honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Thank you in advance to the publisher, Revell Books, for sending me a complimentary advanced reader edition through Interviews and Reviews. A positive review was not required and all words are my own. As a member of street teams, and review teams such as Interviews & Reviews; I usually look for books that I might want based on previous author experience, they’re highly rated, or as part of a set I already have. If I can’t find one I’m looking for (or it isn’t up in queue), I look for a book that I Thank you in advance to the publisher, Revell Books, for sending me a complimentary advanced reader edition through Interviews and Reviews. A positive review was not required and all words are my own. As a member of street teams, and review teams such as Interviews & Reviews; I usually look for books that I might want based on previous author experience, they’re highly rated, or as part of a set I already have. If I can’t find one I’m looking for (or it isn’t up in queue), I look for a book that I wouldn’t ordinarily have bought but still holds some level curiosity for me; especially new books that my library may not have. Over the past year, I’ve found that this is a good way to sample genres or authors I wouldn’t know about or have ordinarily experienced, and see if I would be interested in their other work(s). It is also a good way to broaden my fiction experiences in a genre I wouldn’t normally seek out. Since last year, I’ve been reading a LOT more Historical Fiction. It’s one I am still navigating. Yet, as I have discovered – it isn’t necessarily I don’t like the genre, I’m not that familiar with it. In most cases, the genre has never interested me. There has to be some element that would make me pick out the book, get me to read the first pages, and keep me interested until I close the book. There have been some that have not interested me at all. And, despite a continually stacked calendar, I still enjoy reading and reviewing. The problem was that I couldn’t find anything I didn’t have or that interested me. Apologies in advance, Ms. Davis (Interviews & Reviews) – so, I went for a challenge. Yup, another Historical Romance – “A Reckless Love” (The Daughtry House Series #3). It had a blurb that immediately caught my eye; in addition, Beth White was a new-to-me author. Definitely a good pick. But, she didn’t stay that way. I can honestly now say this is the third (3rd) book of hers I have read. And, it was a GREAT pick! Seeing that the title I requested was book three of this series, I uncharacteristically went and bought the previous two books from Amazon: ** A Rebel Heart ** A Reluctant Belle With the beautiful covers – who could blame me for giving them a try? Unlike some series that vary with the design, these are all the same basic design – the house at the bottom, and the featured sister on top. What I thoroughly enjoyed about the Daughtry House Series was that they weren’t just a Historical Romance series about a trio of sisters – they also had an element of suspense to them. Usually the suspense revolved around the sister’s intended love interest. For me there is more emphasis on the suspense rather than the romance, so I’m not too disappointed in that. It is this suspense that the sisters find themselves in the middle of. What makes this series even better – it is connected. Not by a town, a character, but a sequence of violent events that begins with the first book and that plot is carried over into books #2 and #3. Since this is part of a series, I definitely don’t recommend it as a standalone read. While it could work, it would greatly benefit the reader to read the previous two novels mentioned above. Since I did read them, that’s probably what enhanced my enjoyment of the series, and this book in particular. After all, the first book, A Rebel Heart literally started off as a train wreck. The second book, A Reluctant Belle, was explosive and fiery. This third one, A Reckless Love – is quite the bullet. Readers of the books will notice the slight “puns” I added. The books pick up one right after the other – five (5) years after the final shot of the Civil War. The first book begins in February 1870, and this picks up in June. This series/story line doesn’t stretch out over years or an undetermined amount of time. The timeline is coherent, believable, and practical. The books are in the order of the sisters’ birth order – Selah, Joelle, Aurora. A Reckless Love is the youngest sister Aurora’s story. Some trigger warnings might include: murder, racism, slavery, the KKK, questionable language, gender insults This book is far less controversial than the middle book, but still as exciting. There is less emphasis on the racial tension/tones while relying heavily on the “action” and the investigation. In the blurb on the ARC, along with the description on Goodreads – Zane’s last name is Sabiere. Yet, in the ARC I have, it is Sager from beginning to end. As I don’t have a finished copy – I can’t exactly state what his last name is. From the description on the author’s website, Amazon, as well as Bookbub – it stated SAGER. That is what I am going to use in this review. In the prologue, set in April 1865, there is an explosion aboard a boat, the Sultana, which is being used to ferry former Union troops home. This is where we learn about the strong friendship between Deputy U.S Marshal Zane Sager and Judge Teague. Readers familiar to the series will remember that Teague was murdered in book two. That murder is currently unsolved … until now. Sorry for the spoiler if you haven’t read book two, but that is what brings Zane to us in this installment. This also brings in Aurora and her grandparents connection to one of the men in the “plot” and Zane. Like some have noted – the romance is left on the back burner for the suspense element. Some previously mentioned “minor” characters return, and some do not. Some have little to no lines or have been reduced to background players. What I enjoyed about this book (and series) was the aspect where the case was still being solved despite the arrest of two men. This is due to the fact that the main villain(s) have yet to surface and/or be captured. This also touches on why Zane is as standoffish as he is. However, he can’t seem to resist Aurora’s charm. Nor will she let him. Zane and Aurora were so mismatched that it was a sheer delight to watch them interact. Despite being the youngest, she didn’t let it deter her from staking her claim on the lawman. But, Zane isn’t the only thing on Aurora’s mind – she and her sisters have been left a shuttered saloon. This is the part I found endearing and even humorous. For me, it was a spark of some normality in a rough period. In addition it was like some ray of sunshine through dark clouds. As they had and were still in the process of, renovating their home, they now had another project. Immediately the thought is to turn it into a boarding house. But, it comes with two occupants – Bedelia and Rosie, two former saloon girls. As usual – the Daughtry girls (namely Joelle and Aurora) are going to attempt to fine tune the two saloon girls and fix up what would become Dogwood Manor to be a respectable rooming house, though even at the end it (like the Daughtry House) had a ways to go to before being ready to take in guests. In addition, the two men from the previous novel are heading to trial and need protection. This is where it gets tense and that tension gets broken appropriately with Zane and Aurora’s unconventional courting. Some of the previous characters will be “exposed” for who they are. As I had already read the previous books; I sort of saw these changes, digs, and barbs leading up to a final confrontation. A slight spoiler – I am still waiting for Gil to get his comeuppance. Like the other two – this is well written, engaging, riveting, and attention grabbing. There were times it was even thrilling and an edge-of-seat read. I found I held my breath in a few places. It doesn’t really differ from the previous two novels. The plot runs smoothly and coherently. Given this is an advanced review copy, the typos are minimal. Even in the finished version of A Rebel Heart, there was the huge double sentence error. Thankfully this book escapes major errors. In the author’s notes, White is careful to admit that there may be small plot threads she wasn’t able to wrap or tie up due to a lack of space. I did have some questions, but since the author acknowledges them and explains them – mentioning them isn’t necessary as I know why they weren’t tied up. She is right in that the main story is concluded to some degree of satisfaction. To me it was a little quick with the ending, but still somewhat satisfactory. I was slightly disappointed with a few things in it, but naming them would result in major spoilers. Despite this being what I assume to be the last book of the series – as the bookend, it keeps the momentum that started in A Rebel Heart and A Reluctant Belle. It carries it through all the way up until the startling end. This was very difficult to put down. I have to admit it does stand out as one of the best of the series. I was far too busy reading it to keep notes. In addition I had to re-edit when I read the book on Goodreads as I read this so fast I forgot to mark that I was CURRENTLY READING it. As far as the other characters – I already admire how much Aurora grew and matured from the first novel. There was so much more to her than the dainty little girl some were intent to present her as. Her tenacity and spunk were quite admirable. More growth here, even during a few surprising confrontations. There wasn’t much of Selah in it this time around. Levi and Schuyler remained the same and drifted somewhat to the background more than I expected. Joelle was less focused on her writing and her school efforts (though I do hope they rebuild the school). ThomasAnne and Doc’s relationship makes progression towards the end of the novel but it is mostly left out. However, ThomasAnne does reveal something to Aurora that I wouldn’t have expected at all. And, given the time it is set in – it was scandalous. I praise the author for tackling it as tactfully as she did. It was stunning but provided insight into her character. As of note – I would definitely be interested in reading her story as part of a standalone novel (hint to the writer). What shocked me the most was what Grandmama Winnie did at the end when Aurora was in danger. From the first book, I wasn’t sure what to make of this grand ole gal. She seemed pretentious and uptight. But, by the end of this book – I was almost laughing at her tenacity. Despite a tragic and gruesome incident, I was laughing. This was a good thing as I came to respect the crusty lady and her gumption. It was a character trait, that in retrospect I should’ve expected, but I sure didn’t see it coming. I enjoy those sweet surprises. There was a balance of character development, suspense, and a family theme that truly rounds out this novel. While I knew that the era was a painful time for the country (and even now it is a sore spot) – this novel truly highlighted it in a respectful and tactful manner. As this is distributed by Revell, a Christian/faith themed publisher, there are several references to God and faith. They are not a central part of the plot or focus of the story. It is a clean read with no sex scenes or foul language. The only questionable thing might be when a business owner refers to the Daughty siblings using not only a somewhat racial slur, but a gender slur as well. To some it could be vulgar or alarming. Some words of “caution” for potential readers – PLEASE note that this does take place about five (5) AFTER the Civil War in 1870. There will be some references to slavery, prejudice, racism, as well as other language and terms that are authentic to the era. While some of it can be offensive, using it in this story; set in that time; gives the story historical accuracy while being respectful and sensitive of the complex social issue on race relations. One cannot write or author an authentic Civil War or Re-Constructionist Era novel without being authentic to the vernacular or attitudes. The author herself acknowledges that some of the language back in that time was offensive and that some of the terminology was toned down due to the fact she and her editor felt there was no reason to be deliberately inflammatory. I respect White for remaining as historically accurate as possible and believe she has done a wonderful job balancing that accuracy while maintaining a respectful/sensitive tone towards slavery, the injustices as a result, and the feelings of those involved. These historical romance/fiction/suspense novels are also a great way to learn about history or learn enough about it to seek out more information about it. I would suggest this to anyone who is a fan of her previous works, anyone interested in the re-constructionist era that also loves a great suspense with a touch of romance. But, as stated previously, I do very much suggest reading the previous two books.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I gave this book five stars because it was so very good! A story that will not let go of your heart even after it's long over. Set after the Civil War I found this one to be the best one yet! All the characters especially Aurora who isn't afraid to voice her opinion on anything is a woman before her time. She's a delightful young lady that was fun in getting to know and I loved her story. I felt that this one was the best one yet. I liked Zane even better. He was just as determined to do his job I gave this book five stars because it was so very good! A story that will not let go of your heart even after it's long over. Set after the Civil War I found this one to be the best one yet! All the characters especially Aurora who isn't afraid to voice her opinion on anything is a woman before her time. She's a delightful young lady that was fun in getting to know and I loved her story. I felt that this one was the best one yet. I liked Zane even better. He was just as determined to do his job and to right a wrong. I have to admit there were parts in this book that made me smile and others that tugged at my heart. I enjoyed the historical events that were the backdrop of this wonderful book. I learned quit a bit and there were some events that matched up with what I had learned in school. It's clear that this author has done a wonderful job researching these events for her story. The things that took place in this story reminds me of today's rioting, looting, and the demand for justice. As they say, history tends to repeat itself. But, overall this is a can't put down book and you will find yourself rooting for Aurora and Zane as they work their way to the top so to speak and come out even better. My thanks to Netgalley and Revell Publishing for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review for this book and all opinions are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    Once I got into this book, I did enjoy it. I know that it is part of a series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything since I hadn’t read the other two books. There was enough of a brief recap included in the story to catch me up. I liked Aurora and Zane. I think their characters complemented each other well. I really enjoyed this author’s writing! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinion Once I got into this book, I did enjoy it. I know that it is part of a series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything since I hadn’t read the other two books. There was enough of a brief recap included in the story to catch me up. I liked Aurora and Zane. I think their characters complemented each other well. I really enjoyed this author’s writing! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Averee Whited

    While traveling to Branson for a family vacation, I started A Reckless Love and sadly, was not able to finish when we reached our destination. After unloading, buying groceries, unpacking, making dinner, and the like, I was able to return to post-civil war Mississippi in the comfort of my hotel room. It was not long before I had turned the last page, and although I know the series has ended, I am still longing for more. Not because the story was lacking or ended strangely, but because I am truly While traveling to Branson for a family vacation, I started A Reckless Love and sadly, was not able to finish when we reached our destination. After unloading, buying groceries, unpacking, making dinner, and the like, I was able to return to post-civil war Mississippi in the comfort of my hotel room. It was not long before I had turned the last page, and although I know the series has ended, I am still longing for more. Not because the story was lacking or ended strangely, but because I am truly sad to finish. The historic detail, the characters, the plot, the mystery, the romance… I was captivated from the beginning and look forward to returning again in the future. Uncharacteristically, I read the series in order and I am incredibly thankful I did. Although each book centers around a different Daughtry sister, each installment builds upon the last. As I finished reading the first two, I thought of a few unanswered questions and storylines, but Beth White beautifully ties each story together into a well-crafted trilogy that leaves you unable to stop reading. As this series is based around a family of redhead women, it is no surprise that I greatly enjoyed each addition to the series. When I read typically, I usually imagine the character in my head looking like me, regardless of what the author says. Every book contains a short, freckled, redhead with blue eyes. However, that was true in the case of The Daughtry House Series. And true to life, as my brothers can attest, the redhead Daughtry sisters contain the same famed feisty spirit that we are known for. Beth White has written such deep and diverse characters in the series that I honestly found myself relating and loving each one for their own strengths and quirks. But honestly, I really love Aurora, the youngest and most feisty, bossy sister the most. I have often been described as such and thus felt a certain kinship with her desire to manage others and situations. She was strong, capable, lovable, competent, and an all-around great character. I loved how slowly Beth White unravels Zane Sager’s life story. It kept me turning page after page as I began to fall in love along with Aurora. His sense of duty, justice, unwitting charm, likeability, guilelessness, and strength made him a wonderful pairing with Aurora. I love stories that involve a man falling for a woman, against his better judgment! My only complaint is how quickly Zane often changes his mind. His decision shifts gave me whiplash. Although the series only progresses from February to July of the same year, I enjoyed seeing previous narrators reappear as they continue their own lives. Having had the opportunity to see their point of view in the first two books, I found it interesting to see them through Aurora’s eyes. Especially all the love and adoration she sees in their relationships. The mystery and complex plot make the book engaging and difficult to stop reading, even when the real world requires it. I wish there had been more development at the end of the series. It seemed rather abrupt in the way the story was resolved. Regardless, I finished feeling satisfied with how the story ended. If you enjoy civil-war era novels that center around mysterious and suspense with clean, swoon-worthy romance, then I heartedly suggest adding this to your week’s TBR list. I was given a free copy of the book from the publisher, but the opinions in this review are completely my own. The Red Review: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ ***5 Hearts: Compelling Characters, Well-Written, Interesting Storyline, Unable to Stop, Desire to Re-read For more reviews and recommendations, check out christianbooklover.com or @christianbooklover | The Red Review on Instagram!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: A Reckless Love (Daughtry House #3) Author: Beth White Pages: 368 Year: 2020 Publisher: Revell My rating is 4 out of 5 stars. This third novel in the Daughtry House series focuses on the youngest of three sisters, Aurora Daughtry. I would recommend reading the other two books in the series as they focus on the other two sisters, Selah and Joelle, and their stories. All the novels are set in Mississippi in 1870, just five years after the end of the Civil War. The South is in the beginning stages Title: A Reckless Love (Daughtry House #3) Author: Beth White Pages: 368 Year: 2020 Publisher: Revell My rating is 4 out of 5 stars. This third novel in the Daughtry House series focuses on the youngest of three sisters, Aurora Daughtry. I would recommend reading the other two books in the series as they focus on the other two sisters, Selah and Joelle, and their stories. All the novels are set in Mississippi in 1870, just five years after the end of the Civil War. The South is in the beginning stages of Reconstruction. Aurora Daughtry may be the youngest Daughtry sister, but she has the most ambition. She has plans to turn a former saloon, with “amenities” upstairs, that her father had secretly owned into a boardinghouse. The only problem is a couple of former employees of the saloon still live there even though it is out of business. Aurora plans to give these two women a new chance at a respectable life by teaching them a new skillset. She is determined and feisty. She talks a lot and is never still and has a compassionate heart. She meets a law man, who is in charge of protecting two prisoners set to testify in a murder trial. She and he set sparks to flying! Zane Sager is a former soldier who is now in law enforcement. He has been charged with keeping two key witnesses in a murder safe until the trial. However, there is someone else who wants to silence these witnesses permanently. Zane must be a vigilant protector, but somehow he has become the object of affection/irritation of Miss Aurora Daughtry. She confounds him and attracts him. He doesn’t know which way is up, but he tries his best to remain focused on his job. Aurora sneaks under his radar and steals his heart, but can he let go of his mission of justice for a mentor and make peace with his past to grab hold of a future that sure will be a whirlwind? I liked the sassy interaction between Aurora and Zane. Aurora’s soft heart and Zane’s protective nature are on full display. Their faith is seamlessly woven into their character. There are definitely some humorous moments in the story, and I appreciated this lighter portion of the story. I also noted Aurora’s keen business sense at the young age of 19. Come visit Daughtry House, sit a spell and get to know the three sisters who will change their part of the world, one person at a time. Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    This entire series, The Daughtry House, has been wonderful! I hope to eventually read all three in succession to better follow each character. Each book is based on one Daughtry sister. This book has the youngest as the main character. She has much spunk in her small frame, and she tended to chatter. This led to Aurora frequently saying things she meant to just think. She is a really fun character as is the man she falls in love with, Zane. He is not the typical hero. This one bears seen scars fr This entire series, The Daughtry House, has been wonderful! I hope to eventually read all three in succession to better follow each character. Each book is based on one Daughtry sister. This book has the youngest as the main character. She has much spunk in her small frame, and she tended to chatter. This led to Aurora frequently saying things she meant to just think. She is a really fun character as is the man she falls in love with, Zane. He is not the typical hero. This one bears seen scars from the war as well as those not seen. He is a well developed character with much depth. Of course, the characters that the reader so enjoys from the previous books are present in the last. That makes the read even more enjoyable. The suspense is well done as is the historical research for the book and series. I really enjoy the storyline plot and characters, but the hope and faith in this series is what makes it stand out in my book! That was much needed after The War Between the States. The faith theme is well done and incredibly natural to the storyline. This book will go on my forever shelves...along with the other two in the series. This novel can be read alone, but I do recommend reading the series. It makes for a much richer experience. I honestly cannot pick a favorite in this series. I have enjoyed all of them. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    maiaisreading

    A Reckless Love by Beth White - 4 stars “How would he protect her, if she recklessly ran toward whatever she wanted? Especially if that was, unbelievably, himself?” . I have been reading new authors for the past months and it’s been really fun. @bethwhite is also new to me. This book is the third in the series. You can read this as a stand alone. There are many retellings of past events experienced by the two older sisters, Selah and Joelle, in the first half of the book. It was good in providing m A Reckless Love by Beth White - 4 stars “How would he protect her, if she recklessly ran toward whatever she wanted? Especially if that was, unbelievably, himself?” . I have been reading new authors for the past months and it’s been really fun. @bethwhite is also new to me. This book is the third in the series. You can read this as a stand alone. There are many retellings of past events experienced by the two older sisters, Selah and Joelle, in the first half of the book. It was good in providing me a background story but I felt it dragged on a bit. . I enjoyed the second half better. Zane, a deputy Marshall is very serious with his job and his goal. He tries to stay away from Aurora. But Aurora is a very determined, gutsy and persistent young lady. Zane has no way out. They are cute together. They are alike but also very different in many ways, financially or physically. . Various forms of discrimination, intimidation and politics are some of the issues covered in the book as this happened after the Civil War. But it also also includes the fact that there are people with good hearts and open their homes to those in need like the Daughtry’s. It was an educational and fun read. . *Thank you #netgalley and @Revell books for the free copy. All opinions are my own*

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    Well it’s a shame I came into this series at the end, because it was a great read! But honestly, I never felt like I was missing anything by not reading the first two, so I do think it could be read as a stand alone. That being said, it was such a fantastic read, why wouldn’t you want to start at the beginning? White paints such a fantastic picture with her words. I could see every scene so vividly, I could smell the food cooking, and I could feel the emotions of the characters. I love it when an Well it’s a shame I came into this series at the end, because it was a great read! But honestly, I never felt like I was missing anything by not reading the first two, so I do think it could be read as a stand alone. That being said, it was such a fantastic read, why wouldn’t you want to start at the beginning? White paints such a fantastic picture with her words. I could see every scene so vividly, I could smell the food cooking, and I could feel the emotions of the characters. I love it when an author totally immerses you in the story – it just makes the reading experience so much better. I was on edge at times, crying at times, and even laughing at times! All the emotions were there, and I loved every one of them. I really liked Aurora’s character. She had some spunk to her, which I quite enjoyed. It almost seemed like Zane was her opposite – quiet, somewhat reserved, but still totally swoon worthy! They were the perfect pair and I was sorry to say goodbye to them. Overall, this is a fantastic read that historical fiction fans are going to devour. And I highly recommend reading the series from the beginning. I’m going to go back and check out the others!! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Voss

    Beth White has written the perfect ending to her Daughtry House series in A Reckless Love. The final book in this trilogy, our story is centered on the third Daughtry daughter, Aurora, and federal marshal Zane Sager, who is work-ing to wrap up the mystery surrounding the murders and unrest we encountered in the previous 2 books. Our tale comes full circle in this final installment, where we finally have resolution accompanied by a satisfying romance. From the first book in this series, I complet Beth White has written the perfect ending to her Daughtry House series in A Reckless Love. The final book in this trilogy, our story is centered on the third Daughtry daughter, Aurora, and federal marshal Zane Sager, who is work-ing to wrap up the mystery surrounding the murders and unrest we encountered in the previous 2 books. Our tale comes full circle in this final installment, where we finally have resolution accompanied by a satisfying romance. From the first book in this series, I completely fell in love with White’s characters. She has created such lovable, refreshing heroines to lead her novels during a period full of unrest –that of the post Civil War south. Her novels are immersed in history, molded by lively characters that build a plot of rich dynamics. We have intrigue, danger, rac-ism, the fight for justice, and romance. What more can I ask for in a fabulous read! I guarantee you will want to delve into this entire series. Prepare to run the gamut of emotions and sit spellbound as this story unfolds before you! I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ochegba

    A unique opposites attract story. This was a wonderful story. Though the last in the series, it doesn't feel like you've missed out on much. I loved the way the main characters complimented each other, though different in their very own rights they both worked well together. Aurora is different, strong and independent. I loved her characters strength and tenacity. Zane is also delightful, I loved the growth process he went through throughout the book. This beautiful community working together to A unique opposites attract story. This was a wonderful story. Though the last in the series, it doesn't feel like you've missed out on much. I loved the way the main characters complimented each other, though different in their very own rights they both worked well together. Aurora is different, strong and independent. I loved her characters strength and tenacity. Zane is also delightful, I loved the growth process he went through throughout the book. This beautiful community working together to build each other up post the civil war is something beautiful and definitely not to be missed I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed are solely mine.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Winfield

    This was a wonderful ending to a fantastic series. This made me laugh and cry. This gave an idea of how the southerners saw the northerners after the war and hopes the northerners saw the aftermath of the war. As it shows all people were to blame for what happened after the war was over. It was hard for everyone to be able to change with the times. Change is hard for all. I really liked how the Ku Klux Klan was handled at this time. That is not a time period I would have wanted to live through. This was a wonderful ending to a fantastic series. This made me laugh and cry. This gave an idea of how the southerners saw the northerners after the war and hopes the northerners saw the aftermath of the war. As it shows all people were to blame for what happened after the war was over. It was hard for everyone to be able to change with the times. Change is hard for all. I really liked how the Ku Klux Klan was handled at this time. That is not a time period I would have wanted to live through. I loved the characters in all of these books. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    First Initial Thoughts Aurora is the youngest of the Daughtery daughters. In the last book, we gather that their father has just passed. Even though he was well-loved by his family, he led an interesting life. He left his daughters a Saloon he co-owned with another individual. That individual had recently passed and now the saloon is in his daughter’s hands - Joelle, Selah, and Aurora. They are shocked to find that their well-respected father was entangled in such a business. Aurora has a brillia First Initial Thoughts Aurora is the youngest of the Daughtery daughters. In the last book, we gather that their father has just passed. Even though he was well-loved by his family, he led an interesting life. He left his daughters a Saloon he co-owned with another individual. That individual had recently passed and now the saloon is in his daughter’s hands - Joelle, Selah, and Aurora. They are shocked to find that their well-respected father was entangled in such a business. Aurora has a brilliant idea of turning the Saloon into a boarding house. When they go to the now shut down Saloon, they find two Saloon girls still living there. Instead of turning them to the streets, they propose a job. I adored Aurora. She was a spunky gal that was willing to do what she needed to get things done. She was not afraid to get her hands dirty and wasn’t ashamed of what people thought of her doing “beneath” her tasks. Zane is a U.S. Marshal that previously fought in the Civil War as a Union Soldier. We learn that he was imprisoned in the Cahaba prison. Which was an actual Union prison in the South. He is assigned to transport two prisoners and keep them safe until trial as they have important testimonies for a federal judge’s murder. When he is at the local courthouse a group of men protests about the murder and recent attacks. There he meets Aurora and she has the brilliant idea of housing the prisoners at the boarding house as it would most likely go undetected. Zane I felt was a complicated individual. He was very loyal to his job but the past still haunted him in his dreams. Setting Beth absolutely nailed the setting. Not only could you visualize the saloon, city, and the people inhabiting the city but you could also feel the tension everyone was feeling. It was such a tumulous and uncertain time and you could really feel that in Beth’s writing. And that is hard to do in writing! You could tell that she did her research, and it showed. Final Thoughts While this is the third book in the series I do feel like you could read this as a standalone. I do feel like the plot could get confusing at times if you have not yet read the previous two books. The mystery of the story is revealed in this story and the last two books lead up to the conclusion. Aurora and Zane were probably my absolute favorite romance. They absolutely loathed each other at first and bickered at each other at the start. I adored their little fights because underneath it all they were thinking of one another but denied it at the same time. I think if not for Aurora, Zane would have not had the courage to face his past. This story revolved around the post-civil war reconstruction. After the Civil War especially in the south, feelings and opinions were heated. The Daughtery family was ridiculed and hated for being progressive and treating African American’s with respect and love. This was unheard of the time in the south at this time. Aurora and her sisters were very progressive and I definitely feel like they would even make an impact today in such matters. I loved that they didn’t let the opinions of others get in the way of what they wanted to do in life. The KKK was formed around this time as well, which many probably didn’t associate them with that time period. This story revolved around their organization and what they did around town. It was pretty disgusting to what they did. I also feel that that this story could even be relevant to today. With the recent BLM movement, we have learned that Blacks (and many other non-white individuals) are still targeted and experience racism every day. This story teaches us that we need community to come together and spark change. Please Note: I was sent a copy of this book from the publisher to review. All opinions are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Paty

    This is the final installment of the Daughtry House Series and it was the perfect ending to an amazing series! After partaking in Selah and Joelle’s journey of finding their purpose in life as well as love, my expectations for the third story about Aurora, the Daughtry’s youngest sister, were very high, and I was not disappointed! I totally fell in love with Aurora's spunky and cheerful character, opposed to Zane’s brooding and cynical one. Plus, his eye-patch, which Aurora doesn't seem to mind, This is the final installment of the Daughtry House Series and it was the perfect ending to an amazing series! After partaking in Selah and Joelle’s journey of finding their purpose in life as well as love, my expectations for the third story about Aurora, the Daughtry’s youngest sister, were very high, and I was not disappointed! I totally fell in love with Aurora's spunky and cheerful character, opposed to Zane’s brooding and cynical one. Plus, his eye-patch, which Aurora doesn't seem to mind, makes him more mysterious. They were the perfect match, both with strong personalities, and I loved the way Aurora melted Zane’s defenses, who wasn’t supposed to be interested in a love match, quite the contrary, his solely focus as a Federal Deputy Marshall on duty was finding Judge Teague’s murderer (to whom he feels indebted) and protect the two witnesses who could be the key to uncovering the killer. I also loved the witty banter and dialogues between them! I won’t dwell much on the plot, so I won’t spoil it. You can get the basics on the blurb of the book. But I will say that I love Beth’s writing! She portrays her characters so well that you feel as if you know them deeply and she makes you care for them as if they were your own family! The characters are deep and relatable. The story is settled in the Post Civil War Era, a very difficult period, and these characters know how to bring out good things out of tragedy and hardship. The descriptions of this particular period of the US history is very well and accurately portrait. It seems Beth has done a lot of research. It felt quite realistic and vivid. And there are sensible themes like racism and the KKK that made it yer more realistic. The part of the inherited saloon turned into a boarding house gave the story a humorous side, which delighted me. And some quirky characters came about too... Zane and Aurora’s romance was sweet, tender and clean. I loved Zane's protectiveness of her. And Aurora's "reckless love" will put, not only her life on the line, but also that of others she loves as well. Zane was truly an awesome hero in this story. The fact that they were so opposed in character made the relationship more enjoyable. There is also an inspiring message behind the story, about faith and trusting God, forgiveness, and selfless love. And it was not preachy at all. Even if this book can be read as a standalone, I definitely recommend to read the whole series in order. Is so much richer, as you get to know the characters from the start. I also liked some of the secondary characters as well, like part of their family, or the people who work for them at Daughtry House (Grandmama, Horatia, for example). So charming! This is definitely a must read I recommend for all Historical Romance lovers! A beautiful and heart touching series! And a perfect conclusion with a sweet and Happily Ever After!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Edwards

    Beth White is an author I enjoy; her distinct settings and vibrant characters draw me into her novels quickly and keep me there until the final pages. This book delivers on both counts, rounding out the Daughtry House series with Aurora's story and drawing to a close the final threads from earlier books. It's also a timely novel that addresses racial divisions and the uncomfortable places reconciliation may require us to journey through in order to come to a better place for everyone. Aurora is t Beth White is an author I enjoy; her distinct settings and vibrant characters draw me into her novels quickly and keep me there until the final pages. This book delivers on both counts, rounding out the Daughtry House series with Aurora's story and drawing to a close the final threads from earlier books. It's also a timely novel that addresses racial divisions and the uncomfortable places reconciliation may require us to journey through in order to come to a better place for everyone. Aurora is the youngest sister, with plenty of sass and determination to accomplish much in difficult times. Interestingly enough, the author describes her as uncomfortable with politics and social unrest, but has placed her square in the middle of just that. Yet the hero looks at her and describes her almost as joy personified, a good reminder to me that a lack of comfort should not rob me of my joy. Zane is a unique character as well, thought of as a "young-old man," a former Pony Express rider and wartime POW who needs people in his life but isn't really sure what to do with himself when he's around them. He's a man of faith who finds it hard to believe that anyone would find him a worthy life-partner given his challenges. White writes with obvious love for her setting and characters, even the antagonists have motivations and she prevents them from becoming cardboard "bad guys" though that would be easy to allow. Instead, she shows us how fear can be a hindrance to growth, even as she refuses to let them get away with their ingrained prejudices. The author deftly illustrates the contrast between those warped by bigotry and those motivated by love for others, including those who look different from them. She intersperses some levity to break up the heavy topics of racial tensions and protecting witnesses, though she never minimizes the struggles newly-freed slaves and those who desired to help them faced. Overall, she allows the story to maintain its impact but prevents the reader from feeling hopeless by showing the love and goodness that still existed, even in those turbulent times, giving her audience some hope for our own troubles today. And through it all, she points back toward the one true giver of hope: God. I highly recommend this book. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post positive remarks. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Victoria W.

    Sometimes I'm almost nervous to pick up the end of a trilogy. Will the ends be tied up, will the writing stay consistent? I'm so happy that I took a chance as White delivers a thrilling end to The Daughtry House Series that is sure to keep readers engaged to the last page. Now, confession, I still haven't gotten my hands on book 1 and honestly, while Aurora holds her own as the female lead, White has delivered such an exciting and intricate plot that I'd definitely recommend reading through all t Sometimes I'm almost nervous to pick up the end of a trilogy. Will the ends be tied up, will the writing stay consistent? I'm so happy that I took a chance as White delivers a thrilling end to The Daughtry House Series that is sure to keep readers engaged to the last page. Now, confession, I still haven't gotten my hands on book 1 and honestly, while Aurora holds her own as the female lead, White has delivered such an exciting and intricate plot that I'd definitely recommend reading through all three books to get the full impact. In A Reckless Love readers get a chance to follow Aurora's journey as the youngest of the Daughtry girls trying to find her own place amid her changing family and town life. Aurora really is the perfect sister to finish out this trilogy with her mix of sunny outlook and spitfire personality, her newly realized maturity fits well into a world that was trying to find it's feet. Aurora certainly has a lot to sort out too as she helps her sisters establishing their hotel, inherits a saloon (complete with saloon girls), and finds herself in the middle of increasing tensions in her hometown as the klan's web effects continue to throw the town into strife. I'll admit, given recent events the plot lines surrounding postwar racial tension was a bit sobering. Themes like justice, racism, and revenge are explored throughout the trilogy but the feel more prominent here as White seeks to bring the Daughtry sisters story to a close. I felt for the most part they were handled well as they were mostly presented to the readers through the sisters eyes. Zane also provides a strong male lead throughout the story as he wrestles with his desire to see justice done after a years long man hunt. I have to admit well a quicker romantic plot than I usually enjoy, White does such a wonderful job writing the interaction and inner wrestlings of both Aurora and Zane that their story line was absolutely delightful to read and possibly my favourite pairing of the series. For fans of historical fiction of this era, White's trilogy is a perfect balance of romance and intrigue. 4.5 out of 5 stars I received this book as part of the #RevellReads summer tour. All opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christian Fiction Addiction

    The Daughtry House sisters have each proven themselves to be strong, capable women, who fairly leap off the pages as they stumble into trouble...and into love. Not to be outdone by her older sisters' experiences, Aurora finds herself careening right into both with "A Reckless Love". The result is that I found this final story focused on Aurora to perhaps be one of the most entertaining of all, though I have enjoyed each novel in turn. Aurora is just such a spirited and spunky soul that it was ha The Daughtry House sisters have each proven themselves to be strong, capable women, who fairly leap off the pages as they stumble into trouble...and into love. Not to be outdone by her older sisters' experiences, Aurora finds herself careening right into both with "A Reckless Love". The result is that I found this final story focused on Aurora to perhaps be one of the most entertaining of all, though I have enjoyed each novel in turn. Aurora is just such a spirited and spunky soul that it was hard to step away from this story for even one moment because I wanted to see what she'd be up to next. Her love for life, her loyalty to others, and her sheer determination make for a winning combination. Zane is a neat character in his own right, with a past that could not be more different than Aurora's. Though each of them has their own heartbreaks from their childhoods, Zane's story was particularly moving, making it all the more satisfying to watch him get folded into Aurora's world and the family and friends around her, as he finds a place in the world where he can belong. As Aurora and Zane discover their feelings for each other, there is plenty of humour and also moments of suspense that keeps their romance alive in a unique way. And as with her prior books, White has also woven in spiritual truths into this story as well, such that readers will be left with a fresh appreciation for the hand of God and his love in our lives, even when we don't always see Him at work. With intriguing characters, witty dialogue, and elements of mystery wrapped up in racial overtones, "A Reckless Love" is a first-rate finale of what has been an enjoyable series from start to finish. Readers who have appreciated the first two novels will definitely want to count on adding this third novel to their collection as well. It is definitely worth the read, and will bring things full circle for those who'd joined these sisters from the get-go. As for me, I award this novel a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Barb

    “Reckless Love” by Beth White is the third book in the Daughtry House series. I had the privilege of reading the previous two books and enjoyed them very much, as I did this novel. The three Daughtry sisters, Selah, Joelle, and Aurora (also called Pete) and the heroines of this series of novels which take place during and after the Civil War. Each novel spotlights one of the sisters as the heroine of the novel. In “Reckless Love”, we follow Aurora as she whirls and twirls her way through life. Sh “Reckless Love” by Beth White is the third book in the Daughtry House series. I had the privilege of reading the previous two books and enjoyed them very much, as I did this novel. The three Daughtry sisters, Selah, Joelle, and Aurora (also called Pete) and the heroines of this series of novels which take place during and after the Civil War. Each novel spotlights one of the sisters as the heroine of the novel. In “Reckless Love”, we follow Aurora as she whirls and twirls her way through life. She can talk a preacher into retirement and has a solution for everything. The sisters find out that they’ve inherited a saloon and Aurora decides to make it a boarding house. First, she has to re-educate the two “girls” who are residing there. Then she takes on the task of renovating the premises to more resemble a presentable establishment. The Daughtry women have been harassed by members of the KKK because of their association with the freedmen and their social acceptance of the blacks in their community. Because of the violence and killings that have taken place in their area if Mississippi, Federal Marshals have been called to protect them and protect informants who are to stand trial. Zane Sager is in charge of two prisoners whom he has to keep alive in order to testify. When Aurora steps in with her inquisitiveness and forcefulness, the two are at loggerheads most of the time. We will see by the end of the novel just how two strong-willed people can come to grips with their feelings. We may even see some resolutions to the problems of violence and terrorism prevalent in the south at this time. Ms. White writes novels with humor, wit, romance, and danger. I read this book in one day. I know you will find this and other novels by Ms. Bradley definitely worth your reading time. I received an ARC print copy of this book from Revel Books in return for my honest review. You can find this review on my blog at https://wp.me/p2pjIt-zL. Reviews of other books can be found at http://imhookedonbooks.wordpress.com.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Becky Lewis

    “Zane’s first thought when he came to was that the world was coming to an end.” With an explosive start like that, Beth White quickly lights a fire under the reader to delve into her last story of the Daughtry House series, A Reckless Love. I was a little confused at first, because this sister’s chronicle backtracks a little from where the last book ended. But White has her reasons. By the way, this is one series that needs to be read in order. The year is 1870, and slavery has been abolished. Ma “Zane’s first thought when he came to was that the world was coming to an end.” With an explosive start like that, Beth White quickly lights a fire under the reader to delve into her last story of the Daughtry House series, A Reckless Love. I was a little confused at first, because this sister’s chronicle backtracks a little from where the last book ended. But White has her reasons. By the way, this is one series that needs to be read in order. The year is 1870, and slavery has been abolished. Many on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line struggle with racial equality. When Judge Teague, a beloved mentor of Deputy Marshall Sager, is attacked for ruling over a race-related trial, Sager vows to visit justice upon the guilty. Sager gets to know the Daughtry sisters as he works with Riggins, Selah’s husband, who is also a Pinkerton. Both men are working at ending organized racial intimidation and suppression in the South. I find Aurora amazing in that she has a good business head at nineteen, but she is also high-handed, determined to orchestrate events as she sees fit. Every one else had better get in line behind her. She is a tough cookie but loves anyone with a good heart. She is brave and unconventional. Sager is independent, also brave, and other than the judge, not one to be close to others. His appearance helps out his tenacious personality, but he is hiding a weakness. Plus, he failed at the protection gig once. He is afraid of failing again. If “there is no fear in love,” then there is no love in fear. White, like Joelle, has a proclivity towards big words. I had to google quite a few definitions. I very much enjoyed getting to know all three of the Daughtry sisters in this series. Notable Quotables: ”Find a man who serves Christ first. Then his love for you will fall rightly.” “Honey, we all get left behind at some time or another. Only one person is always there.” “And when somebody gives you a hand out of the mud, you don’t spit on it just because it doesn’t land you exactly where you want to go.” “...secrets were burdensome things.” “...he packed more raw emotion into one eye than most people conveyed in two.” I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Revell Reads program. This in no way affects my opinions, which are solely my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Aurora Daughtry is the youngest of the Daughtry sisters and is known for her persistence and endless talking. She has just inherited a saloon and has decided to renovate it and convert it to a boardinghouse. As she is making the necessary changes, federal deputy marshal Zane Sager comes into town with key witnesses for a murder trial he is working on and needs a safe place to hide his witnesses. When it’s decided that Aurora’s boarding house attic is the perfect place to hide the men, things sta Aurora Daughtry is the youngest of the Daughtry sisters and is known for her persistence and endless talking. She has just inherited a saloon and has decided to renovate it and convert it to a boardinghouse. As she is making the necessary changes, federal deputy marshal Zane Sager comes into town with key witnesses for a murder trial he is working on and needs a safe place to hide his witnesses. When it’s decided that Aurora’s boarding house attic is the perfect place to hide the men, things start to become interesting. And Zane learns there is more to Aurora than what he first suspects. Set in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1870, this story is the third in the Daughtry House Series. I did not read the previous two books in the series and honestly, I think it that made it difficult to get absorbed into the story. I felt like I was missing information both with the plot and characters. Aurora, the heroine, was an unconventional woman for her time and was one who precipitated change. She knew her mind and went full speed ahead in executing her plan. I enjoyed the historical aspect of the novel and thought the plot was well crafted. I appreciated that the author seemed to have a good understanding of the historical time period and was not afraid to address some of the racial issues from the era. And I liked the connection and relationship between the three Daughtry sisters. All were unique yet very accepting of each other and each other’s personalities. The romance was a bit abrupt and I thought the emotional connection between the Aurora and Zane lacking a bit. I thought it could have been developed more. Another character that I enjoyed, even though she played only a small part in this story, was Grandmama. Like Aurora, Grandmama was a woman of action. Overall, it was an entertaining and engaging story and one I would recommend it you like historical fiction. Again, I would recommend reading the first two books in the series to enhance your reading of this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    A Reckless Love by Beth White is an exciting and inspirational historical romance, book 3 in the Daughtry House series. But you didn't have to read the first two to enjoy this story. Being the "baby of the family" Aurora Daughtry, has a good business head at nineteen. She is determined and single focused. Especially when it comes to Federal Deputy Marshal Zane Sage. Their interactions are at odds, he being a man of few words, and she doesn't have any trouble speaking her mind. I laughed out loud a A Reckless Love by Beth White is an exciting and inspirational historical romance, book 3 in the Daughtry House series. But you didn't have to read the first two to enjoy this story. Being the "baby of the family" Aurora Daughtry, has a good business head at nineteen. She is determined and single focused. Especially when it comes to Federal Deputy Marshal Zane Sage. Their interactions are at odds, he being a man of few words, and she doesn't have any trouble speaking her mind. I laughed out loud at some of the bantering. But I love how this romance played out. There was some great dialog. "Miss Daughtry - " Oh, stop calling me that. If you're going to keep bossing me around like- like one of my brothers, then you might as well call me Pete like everybody else." "But he couldn't call this vivid, sassy porcelain doll "Pete." "After a moment, she heard his step behind her. "You, Aurora Daughtry, are a manageing femaile." She laughed. "I know. That makes me happy too.: "I told you, she sent me. I think she trusts you. In fact. I'm sure of it. though I don't know why." I imagine she's aware I'm scared to death of you." Oh really?" She skipped a step, and Zane took the lamp from her. Here, you're going to set us both on fire." She sighed. "I'm pretty sure that's already happened." Joelle swung her feet to the floor. "They don't mean to be so stupid. They just can't help it. "She smiled. "You'll learn to overlook the stupidity and find the things he's good at." A totally enjoyable read. Engaging and inspirational. A sweet clean romance. The times were full of hope and yet there was still turmoil in the deep south. I loved how Beth writes her characters with such depth of feelings. Zane is a wonderful hero, and Aurora is a delightful southern belle. Definitely a 5+ I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

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