Week 4: Special Content for A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander

It's Week #4 of special content for Tamera Alexander's new release, A Beauty So Rare!!!

Are you guys ready to find out what this week's special is??? 
Well, it made me want to travel back in time a little to when women wore exquisite
dresses and practiced etiquette. . . . Scroll on down to see what I mean. ;)

A Beauty So Rare (a Belmont Mansion novel, #2)A Beauty So Rare 
(Belmont Mansion #2)
by Tamera Alexander

Christian Historical Romance
March 23rd 2014 by Bethany House Publishers


From the USA Today bestselling author of To Whisper Her Name and A Lasting Impression comes a moving historical novel about a bold young woman drawn to a group of people forgotten by Nashville society--and to the one man with whom she has no business falling in love.

Eleanor Braddock, a spinster--plain, practical, no stunning Southern beauty--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 a home for destitute widows and children from the Civil War. And while Eleanor knows her own heart, she also knows her aunt will never approve.

Gerhard Marcus Gottfried, Archduke of the House of Habsburg and fourth 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 widow's and children's home 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.

This post was originally posted on Tamera's website HERE
I loved the pictures and all the info so much, that I wanted to re-share it on 
here instead of just on social media. This is what Tamera has to say:

Have you ever been on a photo shoot for a novel cover?

If you haven't, then I'm right there with you! But I'm so grateful that my publisher took a ton of photos for me on the photo shoot for A Beauty So Rare, the second standalone novel in the Belmont Mansion series.

Here are a few behind-the-scenes glimpses…

And now, if you're willing to be so bold, Tamera would love to know:

1. What's your biggest pet peeve about historical fiction novel covers?
2. Which do you prefer in historical women's fashion: hoop skirts or bustles?

To read about the woman who sewed Eleanor Braddock's dress for the cover of the novel (and to learn what the most challenging part of the project was), click here!

So, what do you think? I don't know if I have a pet peeve about historical fiction novel covers. I'd have to think about it, so obviously I don't have one. I personally actually prefer bustles to hoop skirts. Hoop skirts are just impossible to sit and rush around in. However, you could hide a lot under them! Lol! ;)


  1. I've read Cinder, and I so need Scarlet in my embrace right now except for the fact that there are lots of books waiting to be read by me. Ughhh, I can't wait to get my hands on this one!

  2. I LOVED Scarlet, but it is a lot more violent than Cinder. This whole series is really fabulous. I highly recommend you getting them all read soon!!!


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