Saturday, May 31, 2014

Review: A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander


About the book:
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.
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My thoughts:

A Beauty So Rare is the second book in the “Belmont Mansion” series and another wonderful read. I really enjoyed the plant and architecture aspects in the story and how caring Eleanor was about widows and children.


I loved the characters and, while I still really liked Adelicia (who was my fav from A Lasting Impression), I think my favorite character this time around was Marcus. I loved all of the things he did for Eleanor and others at his own expense.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed A Beauty So Rare and definitely recommend it. I think I enjoyed A Lasting Impression a tiny bit more, but this one was still really great. :)

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2 comments:

  1. I totally fell in love with this book. If the first one is better then I SO need to get my hands on it! I also didn't realize there were overlapping characters in these books. Thanks for the info!

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  2. I really enjoyed this book and even got to participate in helping the author promote it by being part of a special facebook group called Tamera's Blogging Buddies. It was so fun getting to know Tamera and the other bloggers! I'm excited to read A Lasting Impression since you said you liked it even more :)

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