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A Beauty So Rare

Belmont Mansion, Book 2
Lu par : Linda Stephens
Série : Belmont Mansion, Volume 2
Durée : 21 h et 10 min
Catégories : Anglais - Romance, Historical

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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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  • Debi S.Buckingham
  • 29/05/2019

Heart Beating!

the storyline and the characters were just so amazing. The facts about the Civil War as well as widows and orphans was right on. I loved how the author included some foreign information. You will not regret listening to this book.

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  • ann
  • 08/10/2018

Voices a bit weird

Although voice reflection done well. The men’s voices especially the main character was as if he was an elderly man. I did not like at all. A young dashing aristocrat with accent of 90 year old. Yikes

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  • Donya Bauer
  • 31/01/2020

Good Story

A good story that kept me interested. Looking forward to reading book 3 of series.

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  • JBDAVIS1998
  • 28/09/2018

5 Star book and performance!

Again: one of my favorite narrators. An engaging story performed with great style and panache. I’m amazed at not only Mrs. Alexander’s depth and delicacy in dealing with the Reconstruction era, but Ms Stephens’ acting, in that she didn’t feel the need to sound like a “Southern darkie” of the era.

It is a great book full of not only the first rate love story one expects of Tamera Alexander, but of familial love and loss, and of putting others before self. And then there is a strong sense of God’s love flowing throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Kathryn
  • 06/09/2018

Excellent book and interesting portrayal of history.

Although we really enjoyed the book, it was very slow getting started: we were about to return the audible book when we finally understood the direction it was going. Also, at time the book seemed a little drawn out. The narrator’s reading with a British accent was sometimes difficult to understand making it difficult to increase the speed as we occasionally do when a story line seems too slow.

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  • Glenda
  • 17/10/2017

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 "owners" nice to their "slaves" 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 "owning" people is bad!

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  • Heartzjoi83
  • 24/07/2017

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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  • Shannon A
  • 20/07/2017

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

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  • naomi
  • 16/06/2017

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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  • GTBuzz
  • 07/06/2017

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.