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.
A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander
I’ve read a great many books by Tamera Alexander and I’ve really enjoyed re-reading them throughout the years. Included in this series was, “A Lasting Impression” and that was a really good book to read as well! I recommend that book to those who haven’t read it yet!
I can truly say that I thoroughly,thoroughly,enjoyed reading, “A Beauty So Rare”! I felt that I had much in common with the heroine and the hero as well! Even reading about a very historical woman in history as Adelicia Ackleman in Tamera Alexander’s writing was very interesting. I’m so glad when authors include figures and happenings in history into their stories because that makes it even more interesting and enjoyable! Adelicia Ackleman seemed a very inspiring and interesting character being the richest woman in history at the time. Reading Tamera Alexander’s story, made me want to know more about Adelicia.
I really loved and admired Eleanor’s character in this story. She was very dedicated to what she did. Her recipes in the book sounded delicious! Also I loved how the author really worked on the hero’s character because I had a serious HERO CRUSH! I love when an author can create such a *swoon worthy* hero! 🙂
Also, I could really identify with all that Eleanor dealt with regarding the situations with her father. It was really familiar. The author really explained the situations so well.
I do wish that the author included a glossary because their was a lot of German intertwined in the story. Sometimes couldn’t quite grasp what the characters were saying, but I did sorta figure it out by the following sentences though. Even though I’m also not fond of very long books,I thought this one ended too soon!! I didn’t want the story to end!!! lol!
Overall, I was enriched by reading this story! I really appreciate the author for dedicating her time in research and imagination to make this story a cherished story in my heart forever! This book has the potential to be my go-to re-read in the future or at least I tackle most of my to-be-read books! This story is definitely a keeper! I was captivated by every page! I would certainly recommend this book to anyone looking for a very good read. I promise you that you won’t be disappointed!! 🙂
HAPPY READING Y’ALL!! 🙂
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About Tamera Alexander:
Her first seven novels are set against the rugged backdrop of the Colorado Territory (1860-70s), but she’s recently turned her pen toward “home” and is writing about her own Southern heritage. A Lasting Impression, the first of three Belmont Mansion novels, showcases the larger-than-life history of Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America at the time, and the Belmont Mansion in the years following the Civil War.
Tamera’s ninth novel, To Whisper Her Name, the first of three Belle Meade Plantation novels reveals the story behind the most influential thoroughbred stud farm in our nation’s history, as well as what happens when a Southern born son who chose to fight for the Union mets a Southern belle whose husband was killed for being a traitor to the South.
These two Southern series (the Belmont Mansion and Belle Meade Plantation) intertwine with each other, detailing the “real life” history of two of Nashville’s most famous homes and their intriguing families. A Lasting Impression was a 2012 Christy Award finalist for Best Historical Romance (an award honoring excellence in Christian Fiction. This was Tamera’s sixth Christy nomination. She’s also the recipient of two RITA awards for Best Inspirational Romance.
After seventeen years in Colorado, Tamera and her husband have returned to their native South and reside in Nashville, Tennessee, where they enjoy spending time with their two grown children who live nearby, as well as a ten-pound silky terrier named Jack. When she writes, Tamera takes steps closer to Christ, and it’s her earnest desire that her readers will do the same, as they read.
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Happy Reading Y’all!!
*My sister won this book from Goodreads and she was gracious enough to let me read it! Thanks sis! 😉 All opinions are entirely my own.*
UPCOMING RELEASE FROM TAMERA ALEXANDER!!
A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who can help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing for good.
An Irish-born son far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and start a farm, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept yet cannot possibly refuse.
Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the annual Drayton Stakes at Nashville’s racetrack––the richest race run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance, and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder, Maggie’s father––aging, yet wily as ever––makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail––Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.
Cullen and Maggie need each other in order to achieve their dreams. But their stubborn, wounded hearts––and the escalating violence from a “secret society” responsible for lynchings and midnight raids––may prove too much for even two determined souls.