Eleanor is a gifted young woman, with a kind heart, and a love of cooking. She is not beautiful in the classical petite way, but strong and striking in her own right. She befriends a botanist named Marcus Gottfried, who has a desire to create something beautiful and lasting in America combining nature and architecture.
As their friendship grows they come to realize that their relationship has become A Beauty So Rare.
Eleanor was my favorite character, her courage and faith shine through in everything she does, as well are her spunk and compassionate heart. She has wonderful friends who support her in hero journey to finding her true calling in life. One of the best things in this book was the poignant relationship she had with her father, who is losing his memory.
Marcus grows too, and over the course of the book becomes a wonderful hero. His love of nature and structure is inspiring.
Overall, there is so much that happens in this book. It deals with the Reconstruction Era in the South after the war, and the hardships faced by the many women made widows by the war. it skillfully incorporates historical places and people into this inspiring an hopeful story. This book caught my interest and held it throughout. Don't let the length of the book scare you, it is well worth the read.
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