Book Review: “To Win Her Favor” by Tamera Alexander

April 30, 2015 at 5:35 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Tamera Alexander in her new book, “to win book coverTo Win Her Favor” Book Two in the Belle Meade Plantation series published by Zondervan  brings us into the life of Maggie Linden.

From the Back Cover:  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.

Cullen and Maggie need each other in order to achieve their dreams. But their stubborn, wounded hearts––and the escalating violence from a “secret society” responsible for lynchings and midnight raids––may prove too much for even two determined souls.

Yes, it is true, I am very fond of horses and, if it were possible, I would own a horse ranch. Since this is never going to happen I get to settle for the next best thing which is this book. Welcome to Linden Farms in 1869. It has been four years since the end of the Civil War and The South is still trying to recover. Cullen and Maggie are two of the most well drawn characters that I have ever come across. Cullen is experiencing all the prejudice against the Irish and actually has been asked to leave town. Maggie can actually race her horse at a time when there are no women jockeys. Now her father has set it up so that if these two want to fulfill their dreams they are going to have to get married. Ms. Alexander has written one exciting book that covers quite a lot of territory. History, Horses, Prejudice, Horse racing and romance this book has it all. “To Win Her Favor” may be Ms. Alexander’s best book yet.  Tamera Alexander has written a well done novel that I recommend highly.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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