Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Review: A Beauty So Rare by:Tamera Alexander

A Beauty So Rare (Belmont Mansion, #2)
About the Book:
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.

About the Author:
 USA Today bestselling author Tamera Alexander is an award-winning novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose have earned her devoted readers worldwide, and multiple industry awards. Among them, the Christy Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader's Choice Award, the Bookseller's Best Award, and the prestigious Library Journal's top honors for Inspirational Fiction. Tamera's books are published internationally, and she'll visit Germany and Switzerland on a book signing/speaking tour in June 2014. Visit www.TameraAlexander.com for more details.

My Review:
 Eleanor's life has been quite the struggle, between the war and her ailing father, she never was able to marry. Soon Eleanor's aunt, the richest woman she knows, comes to the rescue because Eleanor is now destitute. As she arrives at her Aunt Adelicia's home, she soon realizes the plans her aunt has for her. Ans as a result she isn't too thrilled with the idea of looking for possible suitors.

 Marcus wants a life, he chooses for himself not one that is predetermined. Coming from royalty, his life is always in someone else's hands. Soon his and Eleanor's paths cross and he feels instantly drawn to her as she does him. But he is terrified to continue to pursue her, in the reality that after she finds out about him, things could go terribly wrong for the love he has for her.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Book Fun.