I just finished A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander. Loved it! This book is the perfect romance for women of all ages. It’s clean, wholesome, and contains no bad language, violence or sex scenes. The romance is satisfying and the plot is interesting. It's Christian in content, but it's not preachy.
The plot is fairly typical for a romance: a woman who has lost all, living with a rich relative until she gets her feet on the ground, feeling forced to marry for security, but in love with a man who cannot provide that security. The interesting part is how Tamera Alexander makes it HER story including a unique setting and unique characters. A Beauty So Rare is a very enjoyable story and it will make you smile!
Although the book is listed as historical fiction, I consider the historical aspects to be minor. The story is set in Nashville during Reconstruction. Other than this historical setting and a few brief mentions of the Hapsburg family, Luther Burbank, Dorothea Dix and Gregor Mendel, the history in the novel is not very detailed. I consider it a taste of history, rather than a historical novel. This is not a criticism; I just don’t want someone to buy the novel thinking they will gain a lot of historical knowledge about this period. It’s not that kind of novel. It’s mainly a romance and a good one at that.
I would recommend the novel to anyone who wants to read a clean, wholesome romance set in a unique period of history. If you're looking for a light, enjoyable read that won't make you blush, grab this one off the shelf. You won't regret it!
I’ve enjoyed all of Tamera Alexander’s novels and A Beauty So Rare is no exception.
NOTE: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.