Review: To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander

May 15, 2015

Title: To Win Her Favor
Author: Tamera Alexander
Publisher: Zondervan
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780310291077
Publication Date: May 12, 2015

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.
I have been hearing many wonderful things about Tamera Alexander's books for quite a while, so much so, I've gone out and have bought many of them! Sadly though, I haven't had the opportunity to read any of them until recently, when the opportunity to read To Win Her Favor came about.

The detail, the history, and the beautiful story telling all come together in this book. Tamera has an amazing talent for story telling and it shines through these pages! Her character development of Maggie and Cullen is wonderful. They are very real and deal with with many things, but they do their best and rely on their faith.

I've always been a big fan of Gone with the Wind. To Win Her Favor is similar to topics brought up in the book (the movie is drastically different by the way), and the way that Tamera Alexander presented it is hard and brutal, but it is truth. The prejudices after the war was high. It was a hard time and this book showed it. But the story wasn't all about that, it was also a sweet love story, and horse story! This book had a rich background. It brought everything in an intertwined them well.

I can't wait to read the other books now in this series, this was a fabulous tale to get lost in!

Too Read
5 out of 5

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.

Thank you Litfuse and Zondervan, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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