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Pink was 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, 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.

Marcus von Quint, Archduke of the House of Habsburg and second in line to the Austrian throne, arrives in Nashville in search of a life he determines, instead of one determined for him. Collaborating with botanist Luther Burbank, Marcus seeks to combine his own passion for nature with his expertise in architecture. But his plans to incorporate natural beauty into the design of the orphanage run contrary to the wishes of practical, frugal Eleanor, who sees his ideas as costly nonsense. Yet as the construction project continues, Marcus and Eleanor find common ground--and a love neither of them expected.

But Marcus is not the man Adelicia has chosen for Eleanor to marry, and even if he were, someone who knows Marcus's secrets is about to reveal them all.

©2014 Tamera Alexander (P)2014 Recorded Books

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A sweet story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it had a nice story line, and was a wonderful feel good tale. <br/>

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The South Lost . . . get over it!

I enjoyed several different things about this book and I realize that atrocities were committed by both the North and the South but come on! Attempting to make the South's pro-slavery message more palatable by making &quot;owners&quot; nice to their &quot;slaves&quot; and more charitable to their communities is asking too much! Alexander could have at least made the prior slave owner to have had an epiphany of some sort recognizing &quot;owning&quot; people is bad!

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  • Grace
  • Colorado City, Texas, US
  • 08-21-17

A treasure to savor.

Taken back in time by a story with suspense and anticipation the reader awaits every word. Spoken words by a gifted narrator holds your attention with spellbinding authority. You are more than a spectator but rather participating in the gripping story of days gone by in history.
My applause to everyone whose time and giftedness made this happen for our enjoyment.

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story w/history & fiction intermingled perfectly

History and fiction are intertwined so perfect that you both enjoy the historic story and the beauty of the romance unfold in the pages.

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overall a wonderful book. i was a little disappointed that Claire lost her accent though.

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Bravo

All of Tamera Alexander's writings are so special. Love all of them so far. Especially loved the ones of the Nashville area, since have lived there, and know exactly where and what she writes about. Hope to read all she has written.

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Beautiful story about defining beauty & life

I've read all the Belmont Mansion books. While each story involves Belmont Mansion this one has the least direct involvement with Adelicia. Given that she's usually haughty and controlling, that's a good thing. In books 1 & 3 her advice to the H & H is often given with consideration of others. But in this one Adelicia is entirely too controlling towards Eleanor which for me makes her unlikeable.

Both Eleanor and Marcus are anxious to live the life they want rather than the societal roles they were born into. They both journey to find their place and question whether or not to meet others expectations or forge their own path.

Something I liked in the story was describing how mental illness was treated in the 1860's. The institution is a private one so conditions of the time were likely better than public ones.

I enjoyed the story and would recommend it. The narration is excellent. She performs women's and men's as well as children's voices.

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Beautifully written faith based historical romance

This is a well wrtten and entertaining book that includes both history romance, and faith. it was a delight and I couldn't put it down.

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a good tear jurker

Although you know where the book is going you are not sure how it is going to get there. Good beach book for women or the female gay man.

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The Belmont Mansion Series

A must read series!! Each book gets more and more captivating and unexpected twists! loved it!

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  • Roslyn
  • 05-25-17

A fantastic read

What made the experience of listening to A Beauty So Rare the most enjoyable?

Engrossing and lovely story. Beautifully written and very well read.

What about Linda Stephens’s performance did you like?

Linda has a command of accents which make listening so very enjoyable. Even singing in this book! Fabulous job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this book in huge sections. It was a wonderful, edifying story.