Reckless Love (Daughtry House)

Written by Beth White
Review by J. Lynn Else

Mississippi, 1870. After the Daughtry sisters learn they’ve been left a saloon, Aurora makes plans to convert it into a boardinghouse. With one sister married and the other engaged, she’s looking to support herself. When she meets Deputy Marshal Zane, her world is turned on its axis. As Zane hunts down a serial killer, Aurora quickly finds herself in the middle of a civil rights conflict on the verge of exploding.

The KKK continues to play a role in this series. While they’re a simmering undercurrent, adding suspense to the plot, its thread running through all three books never truly resolves. I’d hoped the mystery behind the fires and shootings that occurred in books 1 and 2 would be revealed. Alas, it was not to be.

The author has a great sense of social awareness during the post-Civil War era. Character-wise, Aurora is delightfully feisty. She’s also bubbly, strong-willed, and intelligent. Both Aurora and Zane explore their insecurities and must learn to trust one another, which provides meaningful twists and turns while driving the romance forward. There are a few loose threads, but this is a satisfying historical Christian romance and an enjoyable series as a whole.