This week I have the privilege of featuring a book from another very dear friend. (To tell the truth, one of the greatest blessings that has come from my career as a writer are the friendships it has brought me.) Tamera’s new novel is sure to please. Her Southern mansion books are a history lover’s delight!
A BEAUTY SO RARE
by Tamera Alexander
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 of To Whisper Her Name and A Lasting Impression 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.
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 has over a million books in print worldwide and will be visiting Germany and Switzerland on a book signing/speaking tour in June 2014.