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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: “A Beauty So Rare” by Tamera Alexander

May 26, 2014 at 7:48 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Tamera Alexander in her new book, “A Beauty So Rare book coverA Beauty So Rare” Book Two in the Belmont Mansion series published by Bethany House  introduces us to Eleanor Braddock.

From the Back Cover:  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.

Eleanor Braddock–plain, practical, no stunning Southern beauty–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 the 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.
Post Civil War Nashville and The Reconstruction really potent ingredients in a historical novel.  This was a terrible time in The South and Ms. Alexander has brought much of the emotion to these pages.  Eleanor wants to build a home for destitute widows and fatherless children from the Civil War and there are lots of them as we lost many men during the battles.  Marcus is the architect that is helping her.  Together they explore the talents of the other and begin romance. Ms. Alexander explores the theme of beauty and what others see it is and what we see it is.  She also explores what makes a person special, is it titles or our uniqueness?  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 Bethany House Publishers.   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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: “To Whisper Her Name” by Tamera Alexander

October 30, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Tamera Alexander in her new book, “To Whisper Her Name” Book One in the Belle Meade Plantation series published by Zondervan  brings us into the life of Olivia Aberdeen in 1866 Nashville.

From the Back Cover:  Set at Nashville’s historic Belle Meade Plantation, the most influential thoroughbred stud farm in America’s history, To Whisper Her Name weaves the struggles of real people of the post-war South with the journeys of a man and a woman scarred by betrayal.

Olivia Aberdeen, destitute widow of a man shot as a traitor to the South, is shunned by proper society and gratefully accepts an invitation from “Aunt” Elizabeth Harding, mistress of Belle Meade Plantation. Expecting to be the Harding’s head housekeeper, Olivia is disillusioned when she learns the real reason Elizabeth’s husband, Confederate General William Giles Harding, agreed to her coming. Not finding the safe haven she expects, Olivia is caught off guard by her feelings for Ridley Adam Cooper, a Southern man who seems anything but a Southern gentleman.

Branded a traitor by some, Ridley Cooper, a Southern son who chose to fight for the Union, is a man desperate to end the war still raging inside him. Determined to learn “the gift” that Belle Meade’s head horse trainer and former slave, Bob Green, possesses, Ridley harbors secrets that threaten both their lives.

As Ridley seeks to make peace within himself for “betraying” the South he loved, Olivia is determined to never be betrayed again.

History, Plantations, Horses, Horse racing, this book has it all.  “To Whisper Her Name” explores the South and a nation mending in 1866, just after the end of the Civil War which ended in 1865.  Ms. Alexander deals with the historic Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville.  Ms. Alexander has given us a novel of the South that is filled with scope and grandeur.  1866 is a time in history that will never be repeated by which I mean we will never see this side of the South again.  Unless, of course, it is in a book written by Tamera Alexander.  The characters are marvelous, meticulously crafted, and each one literally breathes on the pages.  “To Whisper Her Name” 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 PR by the Book.   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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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