Life has not been kind to Eleanor Braddock but she doesn’t intend to let it get her down. In time maybe, just maybe, she and her father will be a family again. The late war (Civil War) has deprived the Braddocks of much. For Eleanor memories of the dead and dying of the field hospitals forever linger in her mind; for her father the loss of a dear son and wife has left a wound that seemingly even time cannot heal. Eleanor is distraught over her father’s deteriorating mental condition and the harsh words he flings at her cut deep. But with the help of an aunt she hopes he will soon be on the mend. And in the meantime Eleanor attempts to strike it out on her own. Along the way she meets up with an enigma by the name of Marcus Gottfried who has his own secrets he isn’t ready to part with.
At one time I would have read anything that was written by Tamera Alexander, but I don’t believe I would anymore. In the last year I have attempted to read different books by her but they not longer have the appeal they once did. Mainly due to uncomfortable content or lack of action. With A Beauty so Rare I felt there wasn’t enough action and perhaps just a little bit too much mystery (believe me, I can’t believe I just said that either – I usually love too much mystery). I really could not get into the whole cooking-botany-architecture thing of this book. A little bit too niche perhaps? Now people with an interest in that sort of thing will probably revel in their good luck after stumbling upon such a book. But not I. The characters themselves were mediocre; they weren’t very colorful but they had SOME backbone so that is indeed a plus. Meh, overall an okay read.
I will say that I’m not sure how the last 60 or so pages ended though as there was something wrong with my download (attempts to read the last bit of the story were made via Nook and Adobe Digital Editions). As the story progressed the file seemed to “deteriorate” as pages grew slower and slower to turn until it just stopped altogether.
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