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A Beauty So Rare

Tamera Alexander

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Linda Stephens

Length:

21h 11m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

22:55


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

23:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

14:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

48:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:19


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

33:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

35:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

39:58


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:05


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

29:19


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:30


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

17:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:23


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:43


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

26:20


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

25:06


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:59


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:21


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

30:59


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

12:45


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

31:13


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:22


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

24:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

32:42


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

36:08


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

33:30


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

17:24


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

21:31


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

39:40


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

38:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

28:14


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

21:59


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

10:07


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

29:54


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

29:36


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:17


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

16:50


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

23:30


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

25:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

11:20


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

32:01


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

11:44


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

23:05


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

11:50


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

14:15


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

17:41


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

19:53


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

32:28


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

15:24


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

22:13


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

19:39


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

31:13


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:57