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Pink is 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.

Plain, practical Eleanor Braddock knows she will never marry, but with a dying soldier's last whisper, she believes her life can still have meaning and determines to find his widow. Impoverished and struggling to care for her ailing father, Eleanor arrives at Belmont Mansion, home of her aunt, Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America--and possibly the most demanding, as well. Adelicia insists on finding her niece a husband, but a simple act of kindness leads Eleanor down a far different path--building a home for destitute widows and fatherless children from the Civil War. While Eleanor knows her own heart, she also knows her aunt will never approve of this endeavor.

Archduke Marcus Gottfried has come to Nashville from Austria in search of a life he determines, instead of one determined for him. Hiding his royal heritage, Marcus longs to combine his passion for nature with his expertise in architecture, but his plans to incorporate natural beauty into the design of the widows' and children's home run contrary to Eleanor's wishes. As work on the home draws them closer together, Marcus and Eleanor find common ground--and a love neither of them expects. But Marcus is not the man Adelicia has chosen for Eleanor, and even if he were, someone who knows his secrets is about to reveal them all.

From USA Today bestselling author Tamera Alexander 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.

Fiction & Literature
March 25
Baker Publishing Group
Baker Book House Company

Customer Reviews

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Gorgeous cover, equally wonderful story!

I loved the first book this series, A Lasting Impression, and this story is just as captivating. Despite their length, these books do not disappoint from the first chapter to the last. They are full of strong characters, intrigue and history.

Set at the historic Belmont Mansion, this story combines real historical characters with fictional ones and does so seamlessly. The cover is gorgeous and the story inside truly lives up to its cover. So much happens in this story, and it kept my attention all the way along. Eleanor's passion is cooking but something so very domestic is frowned upon for someone of her station. It's simply not done. Her dream is to open a restaurant but when her very rich aunt hears of it she simply won't allow it. As for Marcus, I recently read another book that tried the whole prince in disguise thing and really couldn't pull it off, but it definitely works here.

This is a beautiful story I absolutely love. It's funny and interesting - definitely one of the very best books of the year to date. You won't be disappointed.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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