Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Nashville's Belmont Mansion - in fiction!

I just finished reading one of Tamera Alexander's Belmont Mansion novels, A Beauty so Rare.  It was another historical fiction novel that I wanted to read in every spare moment.  I loved the glimpses into Nashville history, since I've lived in the Nashville area for almost 20 years.  I enjoyed meeting the characters and practically seeing their strengths and weaknesses. I enjoyed the quiet messages of God's love and grace scattered throughout the book.  But what I loved most was the tale of mercy, leadership, courage and social activism related to the main character's efforts to care for the city's widows and children.  Eleanor's sacrificial love will surely inspire readers to be more aware of people's needs and how they might use their talents, time and money for the betterment of others.  I could easily imagine a book club adopting a service project together after reading the book.

I recommend this book to female readers age 14+, and book clubs would enjoy discussion stemming from the book.  Fun side story - my grandmother also enjoys reading this series, so I'll enjoy talking about it with her.  And I look forward to reading other books in the Belmont series.

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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