Pink is not what Eleanor Braddock ordered, but maybe it would soften the tempered steel of a woman who came through a war--and still had one to fight.
Eleanor Braddock--plain, practical, no stunning Southern beauty--knows she will never marry. But with a dying soldier's last whisper, she believes her life can still have meaning and determines to find his widow. Impoverished and struggling to care for her ailing father, Eleanor arrives at Belmont Mansion, home of her aunt, Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America--and possibly the most demanding, as well. Adelicia insists on finding her niece a husband, but a simple act of kindness leads Eleanor down a far different path--building a home for destitute widows and fatherless children from the Civil War. While Eleanor knows her own heart, she also knows her aunt will never approve of this endeavor.
Archduke Marcus Gottfried has come to Nashville from Austria in search of a life he determines, instead of one determined for him. Hiding his royal heritage, Marcus longs to combine his passion for nature with his expertise in architecture, but his plans to incorporate natural beauty into the design of the widows' and children's home run contrary to Eleanor's wishes. As work on the home draws them closer together, Marcus and Eleanor find common ground--and a love neither of them expects.
But Marcus is not the man Adelicia has chosen for Eleanor, and even if he were, someone who knows his secrets is about to reveal them all.
Series: A Belmont Mansion Novel (Book 2)
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 1, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
USA Today bestselling author Tamera Alexander is an award-winning novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose have earned her devoted readers worldwide, and multiple industry awards. Among them, the Christy Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader's Choice Award, the Bookseller's Best Award, and the prestigious Library Journal's top honors for Inspirational Fiction. Tamera's books are published internationally, and she'll visit Germany and Switzerland on a book signing/speaking tour in June 2014. Visit www.TameraAlexander.com for more details.
A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander is such a amazing, special book. I so enjoyed reading it and glad I read it.
The characters are so lifelike and so real. You will believe it is about a real life event. I enjoyed the main characters Eleanor, Marcus, Adelicia, but really loved Eleanor’s father.
Each chapter holds events and surprises that will keep you reading to find out how it all ends.
I love the sweet love story between Eleanor and Marcus. They don’t want to and can’t fall in love with each other, because they both are suppose to marry someone else.
The ending is so very sweet and you will want to read this book again and again. Some people say this book is to long, but I enjoyed it greatly. I highly recommend reading A Beauty So Rare and know you will love it.
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Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255