A Beauty So Rare

A Beauty So Rare

eBook - 2014
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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. Plain, practical Eleanor Braddock 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. From USA Today bestselling author Tamera Alexander comes a moving historical novel about a bold young woman drawn to a group of people forgotten by Nashville society--and to the one man with whom she has no business falling in love.
Publisher: [United States] : Baker Publishing Group, 2014.
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Loved it and the Belmont series. Each book stands on it's own, but does reference the previous characters. This is my second time reading and I literally couldn't put it down. I particularly enjoyed this story as the main character, Eleanor, finds her joy in cooking and serving food to widows and orphans who have been beaten down by the end of the civil war. Eleanor not only has to fight the cultural prejudice at the time to perform such a charity, but actually fight within her family to be "allowed" to lower herself to serve others. A good reminder of how far society has come.

Sep 10, 2015

Tamera Alexander's love for writing is apparent through her very detailed writing style. Her characters are well developed and have great depth, her plot is enjoyable yet not always predictable, and her message is inspiring. This novel's Post Civil War setting will delight the reader.

LadySugar Jul 09, 2014

Loved it, every minute of it..all 400+ pages of it! only a few authors can give you a story that has convincing depth, emotion, and meaning all wrapped up in a happy-ending romance. Tamera Alexander usually does. I was charmed by Marcus (the oh-so-handsome and gallant hero) and impressed and inspired by the Heroine Eleanor, who was described in the book nearly akin to a wall flower. At many points during the book i stopped to stare at the cover, the girl on the cover is anything but a wallflower! Overall enjoyable read.

Jul 05, 2014

Great book. Enjoyable read.

Jun 21, 2014

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the second book in this series!

Jun 16, 2014

Book #2...very good book

jhoerger Jun 13, 2014

This is the 2nd book in Tamera Alexander's Bellmont Mansion series. I love the era during which the story takes place, and the Christian references throughout the book. Very interesting and captivating story!

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