A Beauty so Rare, by Tamera Alexander

Product Details

Rating: ***– 3 Stars

GENRE: Historical Christian Fiction

BOOK SUMMARY:  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.

REVIEWER COMMENTS:  A Beauty so Rare is the sequel to Tamera Alexander’s first novel in the Belmont Mansion series, A Lasting Impression,  but it can stand on its own. While I loved the first installment in the series, I was  a bit disappointed by this novel. The plot was not as interesting as I hoped, and found it hard to relate to Marcus botanical interests and Eleanor’s culinary passion. Their love story also progressed extremely slowly, and I got to a point where I felt  unimportant plot lines and details were filling the pages. And yet, I do love Alexander’s descriptive style and storytelling so I would still recommend this book for those who are looking for a well-written historical fiction story.

SEXUAL CONTENT: A few kisses

ADULT LANGUAGE: None

*Conclusion: A nice, clean, Christian fiction story. I am thankful to Bethany House Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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