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A Beauty So Rare (A Belmont Mansion Novel Book #2) Kindle Edition
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 hedetermines, 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.
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.
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- ASIN : B00DWA69PU
- Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (March 25, 2014)
- Publication date : March 25, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 6317 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 482 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #241,284 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Eleanor Braddock is nearly 30, plain and has nothing to offer in the marriage market. Her father is ill and she accepts her Aunt Adelicia Acklin's offer to come live with her at Belmont Mansion. Eleanor has no interest in the little teas and parties her aunt has planned for her, but feels she must consent since she is living off her aunt's charity. Her heart lies elsewhere, but she is doomed to disappointment. Her dream does not ever seem it will come true.
Marcus Geoffrey is hiding a secret, a very deep secret. He can't risk anyone knowing this secret,either. Marcus's passion is for nature and architecture and he is indeed talented in this area. Things just don't seem to cooperate for his dream, either.
Eleanor and Marcus begin work on a widow and children's home but they can't seem to agree on everything. They begin to develop feelings for one another but Eleanor knows her aunt will never approve of this. Besides, Marcus is not free. Or is he?
Tamera Alexander has a way of creating characters that seem so real they nearly jump off the pages. This book was so rich and full, like nothing I'd ever read. I cherished every sentence.
This book is Christian fiction and a romance. Some Christian fiction authors push the envelope way too far to remain a clean novel. Tamera Alexander never does that. She manages to create romance just with a conversation. I loved that this book was clean but still romantic.
Also, in the spiritual realm, the reader learns that what we want and long for and know is best for us is not always God's best for us. Instead, He gives us far richer dreams that we ever even dreamed of. (Ephesians 3:20.) It was wonderful to watch Eleanor and Marcus discover this. God blessed them with HIS plans for them far more than they wanted themselves. God's good like that.
I ached for these two as they suffered with their plans being cast down. I ached for them as they realized they could not ever realize their hopes with each other. But I also rejoice and yes, wept, with them as God blessed them in so many little ways throughout this book.
I wanted to read quickly to finish this book, but I tried to savor it as it should be savored. I know that when I pick up a Tamera Alexander book, I'm in for a treat. And her books always minister to me in some way. Never fails. Now I have to wait another year to read another of her good books.
This book is worth every penny and every moment spent reading.
Eleanor was immediately likable, and so easy for me to relate to. I really felt for her in her struggle to become her own woman and not depend on a man to survive. Eleanor is honest, hardworking and dependable. She is considered an old maid at age 29, and has reconciled herself to the fact that she'll never marry. However, Eleanor's great dream is to own a restaurant and she does everything in her power to make that dream a reality.
Marcus was an enigma from the start. I liked him too, but Eleanor was my favorite. I liked the air of mystery surrounding Marcus, and the tension between he and Eleanor was palpable. I wanted them to fall in love so badly!
Alexander's books are Christian fiction, however the Christian element is handled with a light hand. By that I mean that they aren't in-your-face Christian and if someone were not a fan of faith-based reads, I don't think that would stop them from enjoying these novels. I think of Alexander's novels as clean historical romance. I love how she conveys emotion and feelings between characters without going into the physical side of a relationship. She does it perfectly, without feeling too sweet, yet the feelings are so raw they are palpable.
I loved everything about A Beauty So Rare and immediately bought another one of Alexander's books upon finishing it!