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 younger brother. Angry and bitter, Reed moves west to Fenton, Missouri, home to a cousin with a successful business, intending to start over.
Belle 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 them.
Reed 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.
Reed Jackson thinks his life is over after he returns from the Civil War, forever forced into a wheelchair. Nothing proves to be less true though. Instead, he gets another chance at life, a chance to make things right, to fall in love and to fight for everything he’s ever believed in. Belle Richards may be poor, but she won’t let that stand in the way of realizing her dreams. When she meets Reed, she falls for him like she’s never loved anyone before. Together, they must stand up against the community and fight for their love.
I loved Reconstructing Jackson because it’s such a raw, honest account of America post-Civil War. I liked the characters, because they showed depth and personality, especially Reed Jackson. The story had a definite historical setting, with well-described scenes and characters, and a fast-paced, intriguing plot. Greatly recommended to all historical romance fans.