A Beauty So Rare

a beauty so rare

 

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.

My daughter Chief asked me after I had been reading Tamera Alexander‘s new book  A Beauty So Rare for about five days, “Why is it taking you so long?” I just looked up at her and smiled, knowing her question had nothing to do with my reading skills, and said “Girl, I am savoring this thing!” Boy did I ever savor this book. What an amazing read A Beauty So Rare is. I just fell in love.

Now this is the second in the Belmont Mansion series, but don’t worry this is stand alone, so you do not have to read the first. ( Although you SHOULD 🙂 ) We meet up with Eleanor as she is traveling to stay with her Aunt Adelicia. Eleanor is smart, single, and ambitious. She also carries a secret.  At her Aunt’s home she meets Marcus, who she mistakes for an under gardener. Eleanor later comes to discover he is actually an architect with a love for botany/horticulture as well as having a few secrets himself. This is where their stories begin, and I love seeing the way they grew from there.

 I enjoyed so many aspects of this book. I loved the chemistry between Eleanor and Marcus. It wasn’t just about a physical attraction but, a well developed friendship. That isn’t always easy to write.  The way that all the characters were woven throughout the story is amazing. The supporting cast Naomi, Mr. Stover, and even young Caleb, brought such spunk to the story.

Another favorite part of the book was all the imagery associated with the gardening. While I do like to garden, I can easily admit my thumb is not any shade of green. I am more of an appreciator. Which according to my friends who play musical instruments (since I can’t carry any sort of tune in any size of bucket) people who appreciate the artistry are just as important as the artists. Tamera’s writing itself is something to be praised, she paints elaborate pictures for the mind’s eye. I can honestly say that I have never been disappointed in any of her books. There are many good authors, but Tamera is a storyteller. She has a gift of making you truly care for the ones she writes about.

 My heart warmed when Eleanor uses her gift/love for cooking to help out those less fortunate. Her love for her father was such an example of grace and dedication . Even when she didn’t get “her way” she waited to see how God would use her. I loved Marcus, I adored reading how his character developed through the story. He was a man of conviction, yet he was vulnerable making him more handsome than the “Adonis” Tamera described. I admit one of my other favorites, as I mentioned before, was Mr. Stover. The love and dedication that he had to his deceased wife made me tear up a bit. It was just so sweet.

Overall this book is a definite MUST read. In a world with so many books to choose from (most of them not enjoyable), this book is a breath of fresh air. Tamera’s accomplished writing style is what makes this book stand out. Her writing is A Beauty So Rare.

Title: A Beauty So Rare

Pages: 480

Publisher: Bethany House Publishing

ISBN: 0764206230

ISBN-13: 9780764206238

I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

 

  
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3 Responses to A Beauty So Rare

  1. This is definitely a book to be savored! I enjoyed that Eleanor and Marcus shared a wonderful friendship for so long as well as attraction.

  2. Great review. It took me longer than normal to read this book also. It would have done an injustice to Tamera’s work to not pay close attention to every word!

  3. Carla says:

    Fantastic book! Love your review

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