Reconstructing Jackson Prairie Romance #2

Reconstructing Jackson Prairie Romance #2[Download] ➵ Reconstructing Jackson Prairie Romance #2 Author Holly Bush – 1867 Southern lawyer and Civil War veteran Reed Jackson returns to his family’s plantation in a wheelchair His father deems him unfit and deeds the Jackson holdings including his intended bride to a Southern lawyer and Civil War veteran Reed Prairie Romance PDF/EPUB Ã Jackson returns to his family’s plantation in a wheelchair His father deems him unfit and deeds Reconstructing Jackson PDF/EPUB ² the Jackson holdings including his intended bride to a younger brother Angry and bitter Reed moves west to Fenton Missouri home to a cousin with Jackson Prairie Romance MOBI ☆ a successful business intending to start overBelle Richards a dirt poor farm girl aching to learn how to read cleans cooks and holds together her family’s meager property A violent brother and a drunken father plot to marry her off and gain a new horse in the bargain But Belle’s got other plans and risks her life to reach themReed is captivated by Belle from their first meeting but wheelchair bound is unable to protect her from violence Bleak times will challenge Reed and Belle's courage and dreams as they forge a new beginning from the ashes of war and ignorance.

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 191 pages
  • Reconstructing Jackson Prairie Romance #2
  • Holly Bush
  • English
  • 17 May 2014

10 thoughts on “Reconstructing Jackson Prairie Romance #2

  1. Jill says:

    Reconstructing Jackson is a finely written historical western well balanced between the history and romanceFull review in October issue of InD'Tale Magazine for InD'Tale Magazine

  2. Laura (Kyahgirl) says:

    45; 4 stars; AI can honestly say I loved the way Holly Bush told this particular story even though its many disturbing aspects prevented it from being a story I totally loved in that warm and fuzzy way one seeks to love their escapist fiction Bullies abusers bigots and monsters of that ilk really infuriate me and it's never easy to read about their deeds and misdeeds However there are many bright spots of human decency courage and kindness sprinkled throughout the story so the mood doesn't become too darkReed Jackson returned from fighting in the American civil war; a man broken in body and spirit Reconstructing Jackson is an apt title because although it was at times very uncomfortable to watch the reader joins him on the journey to physical mental and spiritual health The author didn't romanticize Jackson or spend a bunch of times waxing on about how handsome he was Reed was an angry ugly character at many times in the telling of the tale Luckily he was also an honourable courageous man under all that anger and throughout the course of the book we see and flashes of that character The backdrop of 1860s American south provides a boiling cauldron of social upheaval and tension to catalyze his changeBelle was a great foil for Jackson She had suffered a difficult upbringing but instead of detracting from her character it strengthened it Her character was solidly rooted in a bedrock of integrity courage and faith so when Jackson desperately needed a moral compass a kick in the butt and some plain examples of how to do the right thing Belle was there to provide it Holly Bush has a great skill in drawing characters and speaking with an authentic and smoothly flowing voice Even though the subject matter was hard to take in spots I still highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a story that exemplifies the ability of humans to grow and heal as well as a love story that has depth and complexity

  3. Keri says:

    45 Stars Ok so I started reading NTM Holly Bush's book and right off the bat it was suffering because the editing wasn't as good as it should have been I was so sure that 34's of the way through the book it stayed firmly at the 35 mark and then I hit the last 14 of the book and OMGosh there was no way I could keep that next star from Ms Bush Had the book been descriptive about certain parts I would have given it 5 Stars easy peasy So the book starts of with southern man Reed Jackson making his way further west after basically being ousted of his inheritance by his own dad Buford didn't feel Reed could handle the plantation after he came back from the war minus a lower leg and in a wheel chair So Reed's dad just hands it all over to Reed's younger brother Reed at the urging of his mother heads to his cousin's hotel in Missouri When Reed gets there after a long and difficult journey his first test of his southern prejudiced upbringing is immediately put to the test His cousin Henry has a manager of his hotel and not only is she a woman she is black He gets his back up but eventually Ms Beulah starts to win his hard head over During this process he helps rescue a young woman whom had been beaten by her own brother over the fact that she had been learning to read In order to save Belle Reed offers her marriage Although he doesn't love Belle he admires her courage and looks down on her at the same timeat first Eventually Reed's beliefs began to take a beating as a double tragedy takes place right in his front yard He is forced to defend the constitution of which he took an oath for a murderous bigot I wasn't sure how it was going to play out but HB did a marvelous job of not only bringing Reed around but making me come to love him in the process when in the beginning he wasn't unlikable he just wasn't hero material yet But he sure was in the end Bravo Ms Bush I would have given the final 12 star had the love scenes been descriptive and why I say that Reed's handicap was an issue in his mind alone not Belle's I would have liked to have had Belle prove that to him in bed than what was done Also better editing would have been lovely If you like post war Civil War romances I would for sure give this lovely gem a try Don't let my remarks about the editing and such throw you off because this was well worth my time and money to read

  4. Jonetta says:

    Reed Jackson comes home from the Civil War in a wheelchair after fighting on behalf of the Confederacy He lost one leg and seriously injured the other and cannot walk His family’s plantation which was his legacy has been turned over to his younger brother so he sets out to create a new life for himself He is also a lawyer and joins a distant cousin in Fenton Missouri to reinvent himself Belle Richards is a young woman who is at the mercy of her father and two brothers who are dirt poor and treat her abysmally In spite of that Belle has simple dreams for herself and is convinced they will come true especially as she has secretly learned to readReed’s struggle to deal with the post slavery country outside of the South is harsh but realistic The story is true to the period including the vernacular common in the era There are times when you’ll really despise him and other moments where you see glimpses of the true and decent man When Reed encounters Belle for the first time he is struck by the purity of her heart which was reflected in her whole being and expression Their union was the most improbable but since both arose from harsh circumstances it worked in a way that ends up being magical While Reed came from affluence his father’s cruelty impacted him almost as badly as Belle’s family’s fists did her except she was able to keep her spirit intact I loved this story even when some of the situations were almost unbearable While there are some extremely sad moments there were where my heart was uplifted on so many levels This is a mature story and a lovely lovely romance I plan to read the other two books by Bush and this will definitely be a re read

  5. Erin says:

    Find this and other reviews at to start in reviewing Holly Bush's Reconstructing Jackson presents me something of a challenge It is a fabulous book solidly constructed and well written but it is the material itself that made an impression on meThis is the kind of book that will ruffle feathers first and foremost because Bush wasn't afraid to use historically appropriate language I realize some readers find certain terminology offensive but in context I always appreciate those who can recreate a time and culture without imposing modern ideology on their characters The ability to do this as convincingly as Bush does is a hallmark of great historic fiction writers Reconstructing Jackson also touches on some intense subject matter lynchings murder slavery racism child abduction Again I was struck by how open Bush was to tackling such controversial material These difficult and ugly concepts are central to her story but she explores each sometimes from surprising angles forcing her readers to see and understand the prejudice and turbulence that characterized America after the Civil War Then of course we come to Reed My favorite aspect of the book he is a man who stands upon his principles Through him Bush recreates the same sense of honor that led Robert E Lee to refuse President Lincoln and take up arms for Davis This isn't Atticus Finch the reader isn't predisposed to like or appreciate what Reed does No Bush asks her audience challenges them dares them to look deeper to understand her character's foundations and the convictions that led him to wear gray in one of our nations darkest hours I admit I am hesitant to read civil war fiction Please excuse the pun but I find most of it written in black and white when I know the truth is convoluted and penned in shades of gray The courage Bush exhibits in creating a book that approaches these subjects without bias offers such compelling characters as Reed Belle and Beulah combined with her obvious love and gift for storytelling make Reconstructing Jackson a remarkable and highly recommended piece of literature

  6. Deanna Lynn Sletten says:

    Reed Jackson returns home to his family plantation after the Civil War a broken man in a wheelchair and considered unfit by his father to claim his inheritance and his bride to be So he leaves his home and moves to Fenton Missouri to start a new life The country is still struggling with the newfound ideas of free black men and women and the fact that it is no longer split between north and south In this atmosphere Reed also finds himself with an internal battle between his own past upbringing and the changes of the new United States When he meets a young woman Belle who has no prospects and is treated like property by her family he is not only enthralled by her beauty but also by her perseverance to better herself Together he and Belle forge a life as they learn what to love and respect about each other and how to break through their limitations for a full rich lifeReconstructing Jackson once again reminds my why I love novels by Holly Bush Her ability to place you into a previous time period and enthrall you with a story so compelling that you can't put it down is incredible Her characters just jump off the pages and her historical knowledge rings true In Reconstructing Jackson she delves deeply into the uncomfortable topic of slavery and race relations from our country's history and writes about it thoughtfully and with integrity Not only will you fall in love with these characters but you will be entertained by this thought provoking story

  7. Jenny Q says:

    25 Stars After being so impressed with Romancing Olive I had really high expectations for Reconstructing Jackson but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped I would I had been really drawn to the idea of a hero in a wheelchair and the setting and time period Missouri two years after the Civil War is perfect for a good dramatic romance but the story lacked the emotional connection that reached out and grabbed me in Romancing Olive I had a hard time connecting to either of the main characters As much as I wanted to love Belle she just didn't seem to have much substance All cheerfulness and sunshine and often described as meek but when she did decide to take a stand her righteousness and backbone seemed to come out of nowhere And Jackson was the reason I wanted to read the story but he was bitter and judgmental and not at all apologetic about it That was fine in the beginning but I wanted to feel growth from him as the story went along He is different at the end but it seemed superficial I felt like I was told a bunch of things about him but never shown the real changes taking place It didn't seem like he was very proactive in changing his life rather he was influenced by others I kept waiting for his emotional breakthrough but I didn't feel like it really ever cameI give the story big props for the setting and tone the coming together of people from different ways of life trying to figure out how to exist in the newly reunited United States The story tackles serious issues and holds no punches but I think the development of the romance suffered for it With so much focus on racial tensions in the town and what was going on with other characters there was no time to focus on what was going on between Belle and Jackson and that's what I wanted of Even the ending seemed to be tacked on as an afterthought and I really wanted to get invested in these characters' lives Other reviewers are raving about Reconstructing Jackson so I seem to be in the minority with my opinions but for me there just wasn't enough romance or emotional connection However I think it's worth a try for someone interested in this time period and in reading about a different type of hero

  8. Vikki Vaught says:

    This was such an engaging read Belle and Reed's story captured my heart Reed moves to Fenton Missouri from the south 2 years after the civil war He arrives in Fenton a broken man During the war he lost his left lower leg and the right is mangled badly so he's in a wheel chair Once Reed meets Belle things move very uickly Due to some extenuating circumstances Reed and Belle marry even though they are virtual strangers I really enjoyed watching their love for each other develop This novel is much than a historical romance It deals with the very real issues of slavery and the reconstruction period of history for our nation Ms Bush paints a vivid picture of the reality of the prejudices that existed then and still exist todayThis is a story that will linger long in my mind and one that I will read again in the future I highly recommend this book and could easily give it 5 stars I look forward to reading other works from this author I've read all three novels she's written and each of them have touched my heart

  9. Joy says:

    My first novel by Holly Bush and I'm not disappointed What a thought provoking story heart wrenching yet beautiful She has a talent for creating characters that you grow to love her descriptions of race relations and slavery make you cry I really liked this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read another by this author I received an ecopy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  10. Kath Robertson says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book so much so that I read it in one sitting and the romance between Belle and Reed which started unconventionally The back story of the civil war and slavery really set this story apart for me I would have given this book stars of had it tbeen possible☺

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