This is the fourth novel I’ve read by Tamera Alexander. As with the previous three, Alexander weaves a tale which blends authentic historical information with fictional characters who come alive in the story, as though they once lived as well. If you love a story rich in history, and filled with unexpected twists and turns, Tamera Alexander is certain to become one of your favorite authors.
A Beauty So Rare places plain Eleanor Braddock at the Belmont Mansion, home of Adelicia Acklen, Braddock’s aunt and one of America’s richest women. Having served as a nurse in the Civil War, Eleanor carries the dying wish of a soldier with her, hoping to deliver a message to his widow one day. Without resources and natural beauty, Eleanor believes she will never marry, though her aunt is determined to find her a good match, forcing Eleanor to choose between marrying for love or out of necessity.
A simple act of kindness takes Eleanor down a different path, one which leads to the establishment of a home for Civil War widows and their children. Her adventures pair her with an architect, Marcus Gottfried, who has left Austria and his inheritance to establish his own life’s adventures. Together they find common ground and a deep, abiding love they didn’t expect. But will it come too late?
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