Monday, July 6, 2020

A Reckless Love by Beth White

My thoughts: 
As the third and final book in a series, A Reckless Love can be a stand-alone story (as it was for me), but would decidedly be better understood if read in sequence.

Historically set during the reconstruction period following the American Civil War, the emotional  climate is extremely tense as a defeated South comes to gripes with rebuilding buildings, lives, and their society. Racial tension is rampant. Trains bombed and boats explode in fiery disaster. Lives lost and damaged.

The author plots a good story amidst all this troubled time and the characters vary from evil doers, justice enforcers, cute Southern Belles, feisty ladies, and stern grandparents.

I found the story and characters enjoyable and the research by the author is good. I did not, however, enjoy reading about racial tensions. I know they existed. I know it was a horrible period of time for Americans.  But I just didn't enjoy revisiting that subject at a current period of American history when we, again, are experiencing so much racial tension.

We learn from history and if we do not, then we are very likely to repeat history. So we need to be knowledgeable. I just felt this was not the best time for this book to be published.

About the book: On the trail of an elusive enemy, cynical, war-damaged lawman Zane Sager crosses paths once more with Aurora Daughtry, the vivacious Mississippi belle he once admired from a distance. As his defenses start to crumble, the criminal he's been pursuing reminds him that that no one he loves is safe. Ever.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

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