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Genre: Historical Romance (Post Civil War era)

Series:  A Belmont Mansion Novel #2

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or author.


  • Series: A Belmont Mansion Novel (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764206230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764206238



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.

From the 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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A BEAUTY SO RARE by Tamera Alexander is an exciting Inspirational Historical Romance set in the post-Civil War era. #2 in “A Belmont Mansion Novel” series, but can be read as a stand alone. See, “A Lasting Impression”.
Follow, Archduke Marcus Gottfried and Eleanor Braddock on their journey of discovery and the fact that what we want, is not always what God’s deems best for us. Also,appearing is, Eleanor’s aunt, Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America and most demanding.
Fast paced and filled with emotion, romance, secrets, faith, forgiveness, healing, and the power of true love.
Eleanor, is plain, nearly thirty, and has nothing to offer in the marriage market, but her father is ill, so she accepts her aunt’s offer to live at Belmont House.
Marcus Geoffrey is hiding a secret, a very big secret.  He can’t risk anyone knowing his secret, for it could destroy all Marcus’ longs for in life.  Marcus’ true  passion is nature and architecture, which he excels in both. 
With Civil War battle lines drawn, our country still in turmoil, Eleanor and Marcus face their greatest struggle yet, while dealing with their with romantic entanglements, and can they actually begin to achieve their dreams?
Fast paced tale of romance, and love! I enjoy Ms. Alexander’s tales of romance and love. She draws the reader into her story and hold them spellbound to the very end and beyond. Her characters are truly realistic and believable, her storyline emotional and realistic. I would recommend A BEAUTY SO FAR to anyone who enjoys an awesome read. Rather, historical romance readers, or inspirational readers, you will find an emotionally charged tale that will leave you spellbound and intrigued from beginning to end. While, this is an inspirational historical Romance, it is not a “preachy” tale, but a tale of romance, passion and the power of faith and true love. Ms. Alexander manages to incorporate romance with actual historical facts. What a treat! Received for an honest review.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More