This is a wonderful book! I absolutely loved Marcus, not just because he was charming and handsome, but because of his love for Eleanor. She is someone who I'd like for a friend. When she saw a need, she worked to do something about it. She regarded herself to be plain (and some even had the audacity to call her that) but I don't think she really was. Marcus saw her as beautiful; she had a beauty within that transformed her. Marcus and Eleanor were friends, though they developed stronger feelings for each other. But there were obstacles: obligations and fears. I loved that they had such a strong friendship that developed. "Beste Freunde machen die besten Liebhaber"--Best friends make the best lovers.
So well written, you actually feel like you are walking in the pages of the book. I could smell the flowers in the conservatory, I could see the grand mansion for all its glory, I could feel the tension and irritation the characters sometimes had with each other, and on and on the experience went throughout the whole book. I am so grateful to have read this story and that there are authors in this world who ache to tell the ultimate love story of Jesus for us in romantic and funny ways. Well done Tamera and thank you so much for following God's leading in fulfilling your purpose.
A Beauty So Rare is an incredible book. It is a typical Tamara Alexander read that keeps you entertained from start to finish. Eleanor lost her mother and brother during the Civil War, and her father is suffering from dementia. Eleanor places her father in an asylum for treatment. There is plenty of romance, trials encountered, and obstacles in place. Despite it being a long book, it seems to go so quickly. I can't wait to continue reading Tamara's books.
I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Tamera Alexander is a masterful author of historical fiction and romance. "A Beauty So Rare" is no exception! From the hospital tents toward the end of the Civil War and their gruesome particulars to the extravagant wealth represented at Belmont Mansion, detailing is well orchestrated. The Belmont Mansion's conservatory reveals architecture and statuary that rival landmarks in Rome, not to mention the grandeur of the roses and other floral plants that it houses. The ravages of poverty are depicted as brilliantly as the spectacular beauty and artistry possessed by the wealthiest woman in America.
Characters are developed with strong attributes, well exemplified in their varied positions, whether it be impoverished or those of prestige and prominence. Romance is palpable between the unlikeliest of characters, and arranged suitors are not necessarily prone to love. I fell in love with the descriptive elements in "A Beauty So Rare." I highly recommend another of Tamera Alexander's beautifully written novels!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Bethany House through the Book Fun For Readers Only program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.