Tuesday, April 28, 2015

To Win Her Favor

To Win Her Favor Tamera Alexander

To Win Her Favor

Author: Tamera Alexander
Publisher: Zondervan
April 2015
ISBN: 9 78-0310291077
Genre: Historical
Series: A Belle Meade Plantation Novel

A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever.
An Irishman far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He's come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and begin farming, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he'd wagered, especially when Maggie Linden's father makes him an offer he shouldn't accept yet cannot possibly refuse.

Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance--and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder--Maggie's father, aging, yet wily as ever, makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail--Maggie must marry a man she's never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

TO WIN HER FAVOR is the second book in Ms. Alexander’s A Belle Meade Plantation Novel series, but it easily stands alone.

It absolutely broke my heart the way the Irish were treated back then. Some of the phrases were rather cruel and unkind to both blacks and Irish, calling the Irish “white niggers.” I never heard that before, probably due to the reasons I just said. Cruel and unkind.

However, the look at the historical racing world was fascinating and how both Cullen and Maggie become acquainted and start to fall in love was interesting.

In a way, this story was kind of predictable. It also had kind of a sad sort of feel, but it was realistic for the time period, for the trials the main characters were forced to endure, and for the story line. On the other hand, it was very well written, with real-life people starring in secondary roles, and obviously well researched. Fans of historical fiction, southern fiction, or Tamela Alexander will not want to miss TO WIN HER FAVOR.

4 stars. Available in ebook, hardcover, MP3 CD, and paperback. 384 pages.

This book was provided by the publisher and from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author:

Tamera Alexander
 is a best-selling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Nashville, Tennessee, along with their two adult children who live near by. And don't forget Jack, their precious---and precocious---silky terrier.

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