Book review and Kindle sale: A Beauty So Rare, by Tamera Alexander

March 25, 2014

I recently had the chance to read A Beauty So Rare, by Tamera Alexander. This fiction book was published on March 25,  by Bethany House.

About this book (from the back cover):

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.

From the 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.

Final Verdict:

I  read Alexander’s first novel in the Belmont Mansion series, A Lasting Impression, and I liked it for many of the same reasons I liked this second book in the series, including the post-Civil War setting, the real-life character of Adelicia Acklin and the real-life setting of Belmont, in Nashville. The plot is fun, and will keep readers interested. It’s a basic love story, but it brings in a little European history, a little botany, and the fantastic plot of a woman finding her place in society by serving others. The main character, Eleanor Braddock, is smart, sympathetic, and fun to read about. Although this book is pretty long, readers will probably finish it in a night, like I did. (Also, after reading this book, I am determined I need to plan a trip to Nashville to tour Belmont and see where Adelicia Acklin really lived!) This book is perfect for anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

If you’d like to check out A Beauty So Rare it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version. (Regularly $15.99.) If you prefer a paperback copy it’s currently on sale for $10.89. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

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