A Beauty So Rare, Belmont Mansion Series #2   -     By: Tamera Alexander
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A Beauty So Rare, Belmont Mansion Series #2

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She's plain, practical. No stunning Southern beauty. And she never wears pink...

Eleanor Braddock, a spinster at 30, has long since dismissed any hope of marriage. But when a dying soldier whispers his final words, she believes her life can still have meaning and determines to find his widow. But this compassionate deed takes a harsh turn, and Eleanor finds herself dependent upon the richest woman in America and the most despised woman in Nashville--her aunt, Adelicia Acklen, mistress of Belmont Mansion. A clandestine act of kindness leads Eleanor to an unlikely path for her life--building an orphanage, a place that will house widows and orphans from the Civil War. And while Eleanor knows her own heart, she also knows her aunt will never approve.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764206230
ISBN-13: 9780764206238
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Series: Belmont Mansion

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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.

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.




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.

Author Bio

Two-time Christy Award winner (and six-time Christy finalist) Tamera Alexander is the author of nine novels, all of which have been bestsellers. She and her husband make their home in Nashville, Tennessee, where their two adult children live nearby. Learn more at www.tameraalexander.com.

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  1. Ontario, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Brilliant!
    August 14, 2014
    smiley
    Ontario, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    So well written, you actually feel like you are walking in the pages of the book. I could smell the flowers in the conservatory, I could see the grand mansion for all its glory, I could feel the tension and irritation the characters sometimes had with each other, and on and on the experience went throughout the whole book. I am so grateful to have read this story and that there are authors in this world who ache to tell the ultimate love story of Jesus for us in romantic and funny ways. Well done Tamera and thank you so much for following God's leading in fulfilling your purpose.
  2. Lebanon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Belmont Mansion Story
    August 14, 2014
    Carol
    Lebanon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is an extremely well written historical fiction story. It was

    a mix of humor, mystery, family and human value during that

    era. It takes place in Nashville, post Civil War . Some of the

    story takes place at the Belmont Mansion, some in the mansion

    conservatory, some at the asylum for the insane and some in

    the town itself. The attitudes and social realities of the times,

    although seen through a fictionalized story were truly captured

    by the author. The research was impeccable and the details

    made you feel as though you were part of the entire story.

    The author addressed many social issues: dysfunctional family

    life, loss and grieving, mental health, hunger, lack of food and

    clothing for the widowed and poor women and children who

    were products of losing their men to the war, fear, rejection,

    living with deceit. The author gets you inside the heads of her

    characters. She presents them to the reader so you understand

    all of their inner workings.

    The main female character is Eleanor Braddock, an unmarried

    30 years old who is very plain. When her fathers health fails

    and he is institutionalized, she takes her Aunt Adelicia Acklin's

    offer to live at the Belmont Mansion. She wants to open a

    restaurant in town which is below her status but she loves to

    cook. It is in the building she wanted to rent that she discovers

    God has different plans for her talents as she starts to cook for

    the widows and their children who are poor and hungry.

    The main male character is Marcus Geoffrey who is hiding a

    secret. He has a talent for nature working with grafting of plants

    and has studied architecture. Things just dont seem to go the

    way he plans. Everyday issues are thrown in his way that

    complicate matters.

    There is an undeniable chemistry between these two well

    developed characters.

    They both need to realize that faith and prayer make a

    difference in lifes decisions.

    This book is power packed with emotion from the main

    characters to the supporting secondary characters. Hope you

    enjoy reading.

    This is the second book in the Belmont Mansion series but

    can be read as a stand alone book. This is the first book I

    read by the author but will be reading more of her books.

    I received this ebook from bookfun.org. My opinion is

    my own.
  3. Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Historical Read!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    July 29, 2014
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Beauty So Rare is an incredible book. It is a typical Tamara Alexander read that keeps you entertained from start to finish. Eleanor lost her mother and brother during the Civil War, and her father is suffering from dementia. Eleanor places her father in an asylum for treatment. There is plenty of romance, trials encountered, and obstacles in place. Despite it being a long book, it seems to go so quickly. I can't wait to continue reading Tamara's books.

    I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  4. Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Captivating!
    July 28, 2014
    Nancee
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Tamera Alexander is a masterful author of historical fiction and romance. "A Beauty So Rare" is no exception! From the hospital tents toward the end of the Civil War and their gruesome particulars to the extravagant wealth represented at Belmont Mansion, detailing is well orchestrated. The Belmont Mansion's conservatory reveals architecture and statuary that rival landmarks in Rome, not to mention the grandeur of the roses and other floral plants that it houses. The ravages of poverty are depicted as brilliantly as the spectacular beauty and artistry possessed by the wealthiest woman in America.

    Characters are developed with strong attributes, well exemplified in their varied positions, whether it be impoverished or those of prestige and prominence. Romance is palpable between the unlikeliest of characters, and arranged suitors are not necessarily prone to love. I fell in love with the descriptive elements in "A Beauty So Rare." I highly recommend another of Tamera Alexander's beautifully written novels!

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House through the Book Fun For Readers Only program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
  5. Richey, MT
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Definitely a good read
    July 25, 2014
    Heather
    Richey, MT
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I absolutely loved A Beauty so Rare. I think that it teaches us that we don't have to be beautiful on the outside to be a beautiful person. Most of us only see our faults and we can't see beyond that.

    All Eleanor Braddock ever wanted to do was to take care of people. She grew up on a Southern plantation and taught herself to cook which is something that she absolutely loves to do. She served as a nurse in the Civil War and suffered with each soldier that died. When she has to move to live with her aunt in Nashville, she has a dream to open a restaurant in order to keep herself and her father with a roof over their head, however, her aunt is wealthy and of course no relative of hers would ever be seen working. Eleanor continues with her dream and in the end she makes her dream come true along with Marcus Gottfried's dream.

    I love Tamara Alexander and can't wait to read more of her books. I received a free copy of this book for my honest review from Bookfun.
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